+ Image above taken by our dear friend and photographer – Candice – of The Beautiful Mess.
It has been a little over one week since Geoff and I met our sweet baby girl. Crew Nancy Schultz was born on Valentine’s Day at 10:47pm weighing in at 9 pounds, 14 ounces. Yes, I had an almost ten pound baby. It wasn’t really a shock that she was so big, as Geoff and I both weighed 9 lbs. 1 oz. at birth. Boone weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz., but he was over three weeks early.
I won’t lie. The labor and delivery was singlehandedly the most difficult thing I have ever physically been through.
When I was pregnant with Boone, Geoff and I took a 10 week natural childbirth course (The Bradley Method) in hopes of succeeding with a medication free birth experience. After all of that preparation, I didn’t experience even one labor pain in the end, as he was born via emergency C-section out of the blue. You can read that story HERE if you like. When I became pregnant again, I knew I wanted to not only attempt a VBAC, but also to use the techniques I had learned in my pregnancy with Boone to complete labor and delivery drug-free. I got my wish on both counts with Crew’s birth, but to be honest, I feel like it was something I survived….not conquered. I always pictured it to be a relaxing and empowering experience – one that I could keep control over my body, breathing through one contraction at a time. The way that it all played out was the opposite of that vision. Geoff says that it was like something straight out of a movie.
Speaking of Geoff. What a wonderful husband I have in him. He was truly incredible through her birth, as he did everything he knew to support me. He really was a rock, as he remained patient and encouraging, praying over me and caring for me…even through the moments that I was hitting him and screaming at him. Yes, it certainly was out of a movie. :/ I am so grateful that God has given me this man to share my life with.
Here are a couple of pictures that were captured by Candice. You can view more images of Crew’s birth in Candice’s blog post HERE. We can’t thank her enough for these photographs…we am so happy to have these moments documented.
We’ve been asked how we arrived at her name. During the first trimester of pregnancy we began talking names and were pretty set on the name “Crew” if we were to have a little boy. After finding out we were having a daughter, we tossed around a few other names, but liked “Crew” so much that we just stuck with it.
For her middle name, we knew that instead of choosing a name just because it sounded good, we wanted to name her after a woman that we know that had certain characteristics that we admired. There are no shortage of amazing women in our lives, so choosing this portion of her name was no easy task. Ultimately, we landed on Nancy…named after our friend Nancy Ray. Some of the words/personality traits that describe Nancy and that we wouldn’t mind if Crew inherited are: a gentle spirit, thoughtful, motivated, seeks Jesus above all else, caretaker, sweet, creative, balanced, warm, and friendly.
+ Here’s a shot Geoff grabbed of Crew as a one-day-old, as well as one of Boone when he came to the hospital to meet his baby sister. :)
The last week since we have been home has actually been really hard. Typical of a first week with a newborn baby, I suppose. I have had a hard time recovering and a hard time getting in the groove of nursing this baby. On top of that I’ve been crazily emotional/hormonal. I’ve been crying at the drop of a hat over nothing, such as feeling actual despair over things like not being physically able to go with Boone to Target to pick out his big boy underwear. Or weeping when I see pictures of my still-pregnant friends, as I know that season of my life is over. Crazy, I tell you. Crazy.
I’ve been trying my best to take my own advice that I give new mom’s in my life….that this WILL get easier. I know it will. In the meantime, I’m going to try my best to not wish these precious times away and soak in every moment. I know they are fleeting and I know I can’t get them back once they are gone.
A couple of days ago as I uploaded these hospital images onto our computer, I came across this picture below and couldn’t help the tears from coming. Our family. Our family of four. How very blessed are we.