As many of you already know, Dallas and I welcomed our beautiful daughter, Evangeline Julia Froese into the world at 5:30am on May 21st, 2018. It was a long process getting her here as I went into labour on Thursday at 2am and didn’t deliver her until Monday morning!! Let me say that this love I feel towards her is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. When I birthed her, and heard her first cry, it honestly felt like the heavens opened and she descended from heaven. They placed her on my chest, and I could not stop sobbing. At that moment, all the pain, loss, heartache that I experienced was all worth it. There has been no better feeling in the world than holding Evangeline in my arms.
This past few weeks have gone by so fast! I feel like I’m floating on a cloud. I don’t know if that is because I am so in love and relieved that she is born and healthy, or if it’s because my placenta pills are working it’s magic (for those of you who are wondering, I had my placenta encapsulated by Yellow Bird Birth)! Either way, I am very grateful that I am feeling this good so far.
Here are a few things that I learned through the process of labour/delivery/postpardom
- Labour can take a really really long time. Come to the hospital prepared, download movies off Netflix because there is no wifi at the hospital!
- Laughing gas is your best friend. Try and find a hospital room with a bath tub. I sat in the tub with laughing gas for 8 hours straight one day, it made labour so much easier.
- Invest in a photographer to take pictures of your newborn baby at the hospital! I had Taliah Leigh Photography come to the hospital and capture photos of when I first held her on my chest, as well as when our families met her for the first time. These photos are SO special, and I will cherish them forever.
- I underestimated the recovery post- baby. Go easy on yourself, allow yourself to rest, guilt-free.
- Try and group visitors together, have a friend host a “sip and see”. Having a new baby is so exciting and everyone wants to come visit, which is so nice, but can get exhausting when you’re sleep deprived, sore, and in recovery.
- Take lots of videos!! I’ve had friends say this to me before, and I am trying to video everything. Her little squeal, the face she makes when she is stretching, her cry, I want to be able to remember it forever!
Thank you all for being excited for me as I enter this new chapter of life. I know many of you have been invested in my journey of having a baby for a few years now, and your prayers and excitement for me mean SO much. My blog is all about life, health, wellness, and Living Well – and my baby and journey with motherhood will now be apart of that. Please comment below if there is anything topics you want me to blog on!
Here are some photos that Taliah captured at the hospital.