Well, it’s been seven weeks since Stetson’s arrival. Such an incredible seven weeks, but filled with some highest highs and a few oh-my-goodness-what-did-we-get-ourselves-into lows.
As I had mentioned before, Stets was a little stinker and wouldn’t turn from his breach position. The doctors told us to prepare ourselves for a cesarean section, but I remained hopeful that he’d turn as we got closer to my due date (December 23rd). Because of some of my complications, I was going to the fetal diagnostic center twice a week for monitoring and quick ultrasounds to verify fluid levels… so, it was clear after weeks of seeing him breach, that the little buddy was pretty settled in. I was more stressed about knowing exactly when he was coming via c-section (supposed to be December 16th), than I was about a surprise, natural start to labor. People tried to encourage me that it would be great; in at 7am and by 10am, a baby! While all that would be (and ultimately, was) amazing, I just worried how I would be freaking out the night before knowing that, for sure, baby was coming the next day, not to mention the full-on surgery and recovery I was going to endure.
Then, it happened, at 5:45am on Tuesday, December 10th, I woke up to go on one of my many nighttime bathroom runs, when, as I stood up—a sharp pain, then my water broke. The night prior I had taken a Benadryl for some allergies and stayed up way to late (I’m talking 3:30am!) with the mister wondering what Stetson would be like, what his interests might be, what color of eyes, etc. etc., so needless-to-say, I was pretty exhausted and totally confused. “Did I just pee my pants?!” was the first thought that ran through my mind. Based on the amount of fluid, it was clear that I hadn’t, but it took me a few minutes to really think, “Oh my gosh. This is happening. My water’s ruptured. Holy crap!” I yelled out to Stephan and we called my doctor immediately, reminding her that Stets was still in a breach position. The next hour was a blur… I did take a quick shower, as contractions had just started, and then we ran around the apartment like a crazy people grabbing items for my bag (which I was supposed to pack weeks prior!). We arrived at the hospital around 7:30am, checked in, got checked out by the nurse, had another (felt like my 100th—we thought Stets might come out bionic) ultrasound to confirm his positioning, answered loads of questions, monitored our heart rates and my contractions, and then were wheeled off to the operating room. It was surreal. We barely had a moment to process. There was no family or friends in the lobby. There was no time for a big announcement that labor had started. No time to worry about surgery or the spinal I was about to undergo. It was just us, sleepy-eyed with deer-in-the-headlights expressions, and giant we-are-about-to-become-parents grins. He arrived at 9:52am.
When they brought Stetson around the divider, it was pure joy, followed by a moment of, “Umm… is that our baby?! He looks nothing like us. Or, wait, is that a miniature version of my father?!” I somehow thought I’d recognize him after all those months of carrying him, but I didn’t. Within a few moments, after they rested him on my chest and we could hold him, he was ours. We couldn’t (and can’t) imagine our lives without him. He is so perfectly ours.
We are so thankful for our amazing friends and family, as well as all the kind comments via facebook and instagram. We couldn’t be more in love.
Looking forward to give more updates soon!
Stets + Mini Stets
With the arrival of baby Stetson, we are keeping things simple for the holidays, which includes wrapping gifts—kraft boxes and paper, sprigs from the yard, and these fun watercolor gift tags.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Tessa Shane of T&S Craft. She is as sweet as she is talented. Her fine art background coupled with gorgeous lettering skills have me swooning over all her projects, whether chalkboard art or hand-painted menu boards.
We thought it would be fun to offer some free downloadable gift tag printables just in time to spread some extra holiday cheer! Click the links below to download the PDF files, print on some cardstock, and trim them out. Easy peasy!
Kindly note: these files are property of MStetson Design and T&S Craft and are for personal use only—not for commercial use, resale, or to be redistributed. If you’d like to repost the tags on your blog, we ask that you link back to this original post and not to the downloadable links. Thank you so much! Happy holidays!
•01• 1938 Black Leather Butterfly Chair CB2
•02• Leather And Check Oversized Clutch Bag ASOS
•03• Les Perles Black Candelabra Unison Home
•04• Marimekko Pirput Parput Manual Umbrella Crate&Barrel
•05• Snow Hat Hope Need Supply Co.
•06• Domino Dots Pillow Nell & Mary
•07• Transit Issue Waterproof Nomad Journal Apolis
•08• Black and White Stadium Blanket Tanner Goods
•09• Trust Your Guts Black Crew Ascot + Hart
•10• The Weekender Stripe Bag Kate Spade Saturday
•11• Spa Stripe Towels West Elm
•12• Ivanhoe Esso Warehouse Porcelain Pendant Barn Light Electric
•13• U & ME Wall Monogram Plaster Sign NicolePorterDesign Etsy
•15• Knitted 4 Cross Baby Blanket YarningMade Etsy
•16• Max Lamb Crokery Mug Garde
•17• Herringbone Patterned Whiskey Cup in Black and White Ebenotti Etsy
•18• Tisane Scented Candles Half Hitch Goods
•19• Spots Zip Pouch Rebecca Atwood
•20• Honeycomb White Felt Kidney Pillow with Down Insert WhiteNest Etsy
•01• Men’s Down Sweater Patagonia
•02• Plum Magical Thinking Woven Wall Hanging Urban Outfitters
•03• Oasis Purple Stone Set Plastic Watch ASOS
•04• Small Purple Boutique Cushion by Waffle Design FAO Shop
•05• Purple Monserat De Lucca Buzo Zip-Pouch Urban Outfitters
•06• Purple Snowflake Mini Jambox Jawbone
•07• Rope and Amethyst Wrap Bracelet The Vamoose
•08• Purple Composition Notebook Scout Books
•09• Snake Calf Bordo Mirar by H by Hudson Piperlime
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