I will have much difficulty living up to the praise and presence of my sisters blog entries, but I will give an effort at least.
My beautiful babe entered the world in such an amazing way and I am so proud to say I am now the momma to 3 sweet girls and 1 darling boy! What a great family!
This experience was altogether so different and yet all the same as the 3 previous. The 3 births prior were almost identical in pain, feeling and many other things (of course there was some variation), but this was a completely different experience from beginning to end. This baby of ours began our journey by scaring me with her heart rates and giving me pain that was easily 10 times worse than any previous. And let's just say she was a little large and birthing her was also not an easy task....one that I feared I would not finish. She then came into this world a little weak and lethargic...and before I knew she was whisked away to be taken care of by the Dr. and her staff. I was unable to see/nurse her for about 4 hours. And then finally when I did see her I saw something I was not prepared for. You see, they really didn't tell me the extent of what was going on, that she was in the Level 2 nursery, and that there were many cords attached to her. They had said they would have to hook up an IV and naively I didn't think it was that serious. But when I saw her for the first time, limp and fairly purple, an alarm sounded; it was at that point that I lost it. The alarm was just telling the nurse a lead had come loose, but to me it meant that this was real. It brought me to a reality I have never experienced before. After I pulled it together, prayed for my baby fervently and began a routine of keeping myself occupied, I was able to get back to my optimistic self. Finally the next afternoon I was able to reunite with a baby that I had only spent 1 hour with after spending almost 42 weeks caring for her inside. It was amazing...I didn't want to put her down...she nuzzled my neck and I knew again that I would never be the same. This job was 100% me; this is what I was made to do. It was at that moment that I thanked our Maker and knew that He was watching over us.
A little dramatic I know...in the end, however, we are all doing amazing. Her sisters and brother love her with an amazing softness (not gentleness...don't get me wrong!) and I'm pretty sure she'll be smothered for the rest of her life. Pearl Patricia has once again made me a mother and I praise God for that everyday.
Written by Alicia Overby - Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears
Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn't seem to get comfortable.
After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for a subluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn't find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!
For more information, visit www.babyelephantears.com.