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December 16, 2014

birth story | sawyer made us a family of four

seven and a half weeks ago sawyer-muffin made us a family of four.

i told myself at the time we were done-zo after sawyer. two kids and two adults. that's a nice ratio.

but day after day sawyer proves to be more and more perfect. a perfect baby. a patient little sister. an excellent running partner. a notable cuddler. she's just...the best. 

if i were guaranteed five more perfect babies like sawyer...well, i'd have like, two more babies. definitely not five. 

our muffy-muff arrived on october 24th. 10.24.14 - all even numbers if you care about that kind of stuff.
it started with me waking at 4 am to get showered, blow dried, and appropriately make-up'd before our family of three drove the hour to the big city for the scheduled induction.

when we pulled into the hospital parking lot, kaye's nana was there to pick her up for the day and night. when we said goodbye to kaye i couldn't help but wonder if she had any idea what was about to happen to our world.

my farmer and i made our way into the hospital where we got checked in and whisked away by the very best labor and delivery nurse there ever was. cathie - my bridesmaid, the nurse who helped deliver kaye, and now the nurse who would help deliver sawyer. 

it really doesn't get better than that. 

i decided a scheduled induction was the way to go for sawyer, because after going nearly two weeks overdue with kaye, with still no sign of any action, resulting in a scheduled induction with her...well, it just looked like the same situation all over again. my body was not responding to anything, i wasn't dilated, and i was 100% positive i didn't want to go past my due date. some may call me a quitter...i call me a winner with a plan.

once we settled into our room our doctor came in and gave me progesterone (in my whoo-ha) to get the party started. i was told i would start to feel cramping after a little bit and contractions after about an hour. we chatted for a bit more about ????

i have no clue what we chatted about because within two minutes of receiving the progesterone i was definitely feeling contractions. all i could think was how i wanted the doctor to leave so i could take off my brave face and start complaining about how badly my back and abdomen hurt.

our doctor left and i immediately confessed to cathie that we needed to order up that fancy epidural...stat. on the double. right now. 

within thirty minutes i was sitting on the side of the bed, curled around a pillow, cathie holding me stable through contractions as the anesthesiologist prepped my back for the goods. no shame in my game...i began feeling relief within minutes.

several hours passed and everyone gave their predictions as to when they thought sawyer would arrive. the general consensus amongst cathie, our doctor, and my farmer was between 3:30 and 4 pm. call it mother's intuition, but i just knew sawyer had other plans - quicker plans.

an hour or so passed - my water was broken, i watched some netflix, and all of a sudden i could feel some contractions. i was like, pump the brakes! i didn't pay for an epidural to feel contractions. my new best friend came back in and injected my line with what i now refer to as the hippo tranquilizer. all of a sudden my legs were gone. as in, i may as well not have had a lower body. i could feel 100% nothing. i can't say it wasn't a little freaky, but i can say it was better than feeling those contractions. the only bad part was i had no ability to move myself. i had to be flipped several times so the medication was distributed evenly between the left and right sides of my body...so my farmer and cathie physically had to pick me up and flip me. it really isn't fun to feel that helpless.

less than an hour passed - i watched some more netflix and all of a sudden cathie was back in our room explaining that she needed to see how dilated i was. i thought this was confusing because she had just told us that after my water was broken they wouldn't check me for awhile because of the risk of bacteria. so i asked cathie why she was checking me already so soon? low and behold, sawyer's head was right there. 

i'll never forget cathie telling me she was going to go out of friend mode and into business mode and then she asked me if i was ready to have a baby. i laughed. this was hysterical because sawyer wasn't supposed to arrive for at least two more hours. 

cathie was buzzing about the room getting everything ready, when our doctor came in, sat down, and asked for gloves. apparently sawyer was well on her way out. i gave a push and our doctor told me to stop. someone said something that i thought was funny, so i laughed again. (epidurals are awesome.) our doctor told me i should stop laughing or sawyer was going to make her debut. again, i found this funny, laughed some more, and just like that sawyer arrived. 

cover your eyes if you don't want to hear this, but sawyer was either really small, or i have a huge vagina, or i dilated to 27. maybe it was a combo of the three. but seriously, who laughs a baby out?

and the rest is history. we are a family of four.

SAWYER BELL SCHIERMEIER
october 24, 2014
12:58 pm
 6lbs 3oz - 20 inches
my farmer cut the umbilical cord. i held sawyer to my chest. and the feeling in my legs finally returned 45 minutes later. 
we had sawyer so early she was given a bath, a bow, and we were positive we would be headed home the next day to introduce her to her big sister. (kaye couldn't come to the hospital because she was just getting over a cold.)
unfortunately, sawyer decided that she didn't want to show the hospital staff that she could go #1, which is mandatory before we could be discharged. i was so frustrated because all i wanted to do was to hold my newborn in one arm and cuddle my first born in the other. 
sawyer eventually did her business by the second day and we were out of the hospital by 10 am. kaye was finally able to meet her little sister, and the introduction was the sweetest. every day kaye proves that she can be a great big sister...even with all her wild animal ways.
again, i can't believe how wonderful our sawyer-muff is. she makes our family that much more complete and brings smiles to our faces daily. she's beyond perfection.
36 comments on "birth story | sawyer made us a family of four"
  1. I love the ending to this story - laughing out loud over here at work ;) I'm jealous of your birth story - coming from a gal who had 3 c-sections. You should have more babes...you know, cause you have a big vagina and all.
    xoxo Erin

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  2. Laughing your baby out. Now that is the way to do it, girlfriend.

    I just love birth stories. Yours is great. Hippo tranquilizer and all.

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  3. dilated to a 27. hahaha. crying laughing.

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  4. laughing so hard about laughing your baby out!!! Love it. I love reading birth stories! Love hearing ya'll are adjusting so well to being a family of 4! It gives me great hope. :)

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  5. Beautiful (and hilarious) story! How precious are your girls?!

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  6. Oh my goodness, the pictures of the two of them are PERFECT. Love love love it!

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  7. "Who laughs a baby out?" LOVE it! Apparently you do, my friend! And laughing a baby out is a lot better than crying/screaming one out, so well done. Sawyer is an absolute doll - muffin is the perfect little nickname for her. And I adore those pictures of her with Kaye. I mean. Could they be any sweeter?!!! I give you 18 months before we hear that another muffin is on the way:) Hey, you're a farmer's wife with a lot of land. Fill that land with sweet little muffin children:)

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  8. Yeah, really? Who laughs a baby out? How neat to have a friend as a delivery nurse! And yes, give me all the epidurals!

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  9. That is so funny.. I wish I could laugh my baby out!!! What beautiful pictures!!! I just love it
    Chelsea @ thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com

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  10. Such a sweet story! Especially laughing your baby out, lol! Did you guys have professional pictures in the hospital? They look great!!

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  11. Oh my gosh you are hilarious! I am hoping to laugh out the next baby. Seriously, that would be amazing. And I'm going with small baby, not the other option.

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  12. Love this!! Your family is beautiful! PS. Our daughters were born a week apart (Sofia came on the 17th) and have the same middle name! :)

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  13. You make birth look so glamorous! I laughed about the laughing your baby out part...what a great birth story. And oh my this picture of your two littles....heart melting. I have a toddler and an 8 weeknold and seeing their relationship grow is so heart warming!

    Www.bestofbabylady.blogspot.com

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  14. I hope I laugh my 2nd baby out! What a grata story! Btw, I don't think you are a quitter at all. I don't get why people get so upset over inductions. My doctor told me too many people wait too long and then end up having to have a c section because the baby grew to be too big. I would much rather be induced than have a c section!

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  15. This story is perfect! Y'all are the cutest family!

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  16. Reading this reminds me why you're my favorite. "Who laughs a baby out?!" Oh, sweet Lord, let me be like you one day!

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  17. So sweet, and I totally laughed...who laughs a baby out. Heck yes to the epidural! :)

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  18. GIRLFRIEND! Did you readdddd Skylor's birth story lol LEGITTTTTTTT the exact same, I laughed Sky out too! Minus the induction part but yeah! I say the same thing about him too! I would have 10 (ok maybe 2 more) kids if they are as easy as he's been! I will still say that at 17 months old too! Tracen's birth was HORRIBLE (read 10 days in the NICU) and he's a crazy man that never sleeps! SO glad everything was this easy!!!! ALSO, the hippo tranquilizer...I laughed out loud!!!

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  19. those pictures of the two sisters just melt my heart :) and also, this reminded me of the what to expect when you're expecting movie when brooklyn decker sneezes her baby out - hilarious!

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  20. I just love everything about her story! You set the precedent for her life by laughing her out :) I'm so happy for you, friend!

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  21. i love this! and i agree that anesthesiologists are God's gift to pregnant ladies! your little family of four is perfection.

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  22. Best birth story, ever! Haha "i call me a winner with a plan"... I couldn't agree more, sister! Sounds like it went amazing :)

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  23. pretty sure i shouldnt laugh so hard at A BIRTH STORY!

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  24. OMG I hope I can just laugh my baby out when I get to the point that I have kids! Thanks so much for sharing this with us. And Sawyer is so adorable :)

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  25. This was the most hilarious birth story I've ever read!!!

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  26. Great birth story. She's my birthday twin so she's extra special. I'm just 30 years older. It's a special birthday.

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  27. Only YOU would be able to laugh a perfectly adorable baby out of yoself. Only you....Seriously could you have looked any better after giving birth? And those pics of K with her little baby sis are just too much! Congrats mama! How has it been 7 1/2 weeks already?!

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  28. I wish that I laughed my son out! You look to amazing to have just given birth and that is not fair. My hospital pictures will never see the light of day.

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  29. Talk about easy! I hope it's that way for me ;)

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  30. What a beautiful story.....beautiful babies! Congrats mom! And you look absolutely gorgeous

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  31. Only you my friend... Only you could laugh a baby out! And I am so proud of you - what an amazing birth story! You really are a super woman x

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  32. hilarious! found you through the link up. We call our baby girl Muffin too : ) Sawyer is precious, and your family is beautiful! Congrats!

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  33. Aww, this is the sweetest story ever!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  34. I am dying over here about you laughing her out! That is a priceless story.

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