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Liliana Swan’s Birth Day

Liliana Swan’s Birth Day

No one can prepare you for the day you become Mommy and Daddy. You can try and try to visualize what it might be like, but until you experience your very own child in your arms, you could never imagine the depth of love you’re even capable of feeling.

  How amazing that everyone has a unique story when coming into the world! I always wondered what our babies journeys would be and now we have been blessed to watch Liliana’s story begin.

                            Liliana’s Story      I always knew I wanted to try my best to have as natural of a birth as possible. I find birth fascinating, and had always wanted to try and feel/experience as much as I could! This plan got instantly thrown out the window when October 16 (Liliana’s due date) we were told she was breached! I was panicked. Not only was she flipped, but she was also in the splits! She had one of her shins touching her nose and the other knee was stuck against my cervix. Not ideal for flipping manually... ha For 2 days following, we tried lots of methods to get her to get head down on her own! I spent most of that time upside down or laying inverted on an ironing board hoping she could circle back around but she stayed stuck in her splits. 

 

                         Liliana’s Story 

 

I always knew I wanted to try my best to have as natural of a birth as possible. I find birth fascinating, and had always wanted to try and feel/experience as much as I could! This plan got instantly thrown out the window when October 16 (Liliana’s due date) we were told she was breached! I was panicked. Not only was she flipped, but she was also in the splits! She had one of her shins touching her nose and the other knee was stuck against my cervix. Not ideal for flipping manually... ha For 2 days following, we tried lots of methods to get her to get head down on her own! I spent most of that time upside down or laying inverted on an ironing board hoping she could circle back around but she stayed stuck in her splits. 

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We decided to go ahead and do the recommended C section since no progress had been made. Once I got my head around the new plan the excitement started to settle in. The night before we went into the hospital Drew and I stayed up and talked about all the changes coming. We both felt excited, and ready for the challenge we were about to take on. Most of all, we were thrilled to finally meet the baby we had dreamt of our whole lives. We didn’t know what the following day would be like, we didn’t know what we would feel, we didn’t even know what we wanted to name her, but we knew we already loved her more than anything in this world.

 

      Walking from the parking lot to the Hospital was like walking down the aisle. So much emotion and excitement! We met my mother and our Doula Meagan there, and once settled into the recovery room the nursing team quickly started getting us ready to meet our baby girl! We changed, we prayed, we took a lot of deep breaths, and we entered the OR.

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Laying on the table I had a clear sheet in front of me so I could see as much of the birth as possible. I wanted to see my little girls first breath. “Here we go!” said our Doctor and shortly after I could feel pressure, a release, and then there she was, my heart in a little body. 

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She arrived at 8:03 am. Born bum first, via C Section, with “lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat in the background. She was perfect! 

She arrived at 8:03 am. Born bum first, via C Section, with “lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat in the background. She was perfect! 

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They quickly brought her over to me so we could finally meet. They laid her on my chest and my heart changed forever. 

They quickly brought her over to me so we could finally meet. They laid her on my chest and my heart changed forever. 

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She looked at me with her sparkling eyes, reached out and grabbed my face, our first handshake. It was such a powerful moment, I felt like in that second we both said “It’s you.”

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Drew was a perfect partner through everything. We sat there and stared at our daughter in awe with tears and smiles. 

Drew was a perfect partner through everything. We sat there and stared at our daughter in awe with tears and smiles. 

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He took her as they finished stitching me up and as I stared at the love of my life holding our little gift from God, I cried grateful tears and thought “There’s my family”...”MY family”.... “how amazing to have a family of my very own.” 

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We wheeled to our recovery room where she latched first try and afterward slept on my chest. It was an incredible feeling to finally have her in my arms.

We wheeled to our recovery room where she latched first try and afterward slept on my chest. It was an incredible feeling to finally have her in my arms.

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Hours later we realized we hadn’t named her yet. Drew and I had narrowed it down to two names and decided to just tell each other which we felt fit her best. Luckily we were both united and said she looked like Baby Liliana. Swan is my grandmother’s maiden name, she passed when my dad was a young boy and I wanted to give my daughter a name that represented a piece of family history. So here she was, our heart, our little girl, our Liliana Swan.

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We left the hospital a family of three. Since then, I couldn’t be more blessed by her infectious smile and her sweet demeanor. I know this little girl is going to do amazing things, and I know her parents will be there loving her through the rest of her big journey ahead.

 

Happy Birth Day sweet Lili!

Mommy and Daddy love you.

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