photos by Kristin Wood Photography
Vivienne Lucía McDonnell was born February 24, 2019 at 5:17 a.m.
6 pounds 9 ounces
and a head full of jet black hair!
To say we are completely head over heels in love would be an understatement.
It’s surreal to think we’ve been parents for a little over two weeks now. All these beautiful firsts with our little baby girl will live in our hearts for the rest of our lives. It’s definitely been a time of trial and error, lots of emotions, and disbelief she’s all ours. She’s more than we could have ever dreamed of and we feel so blessed she chose us to be her mom and dad.
It’s very true what they say: life will forever be known as before and after Vivienne 🙂
Vivienne’s Birth Story
Vivienne decided she was ready to make her debut a lot earlier than we expected. A few weeks before her due date we found out she was breech and if she stayed that way we’d have to schedule a c-section. I’ll admit this news hit me pretty hard because I had an idea of how I wanted to bring Vivienne into the world and this wasn’t it. I actually didn’t know how attached I was to my “birth plan” until this happened and it really took me on an emotional rollercoaster. I really cared about skin to skin with baby girl right after birth and I knew with a c-section that would be delayed. Plus from what I read and heard recovery from a c-section was much longer which scared/worried me since I wanted to be there for Vivienne.
We gave her some time to turn but she had her own plan on how she wanted to enter this world so we went ahead and scheduled the c-section for March 5. By then my mom would be in town and it would be safe for baby girl to be delivered. After so much uncertainty and unknown, finally scheduling a day surprisingly brought a lot of calmness and I felt ready to take on the last bit of things on my “to do” list before she arrived.
On February 23, my husband and I decided to go on our last “date night” just the two of us. We decided on a super casual pizza dinner and a late night movie. We feasted and ate an entire large pizza all to our selves! None of the movies out really interested us so we decided to go home and see what we could find. We settled on Bohemian Rhapsody (loved it!) and went to bed around midnight. Around 2 a.m. I woke up to what felt like my water had broken. I wasn’t really sure so I woke up Gerald and told him what was happening. We then called our doctor who told us to head to the hospital because it all sounded like baby was on her way!
Luckily our bags were pretty much packed so we scrambled to get ready and head to the hospital to potentially deliver our daughter. A million thoughts were racing through my mind but mainly that my mom wasn’t here. She was arriving on the 26th and if baby was born that meant she would miss it.
My husband was a champ driving us to the hospital. He was calm through the nasty, rainy weather and kept me relaxed as well. It was literally like a scene out of the movie with even the normal parking lot being closed once we got to the hospital which probably was one of the worst things when you have a pregnant woman having contractions in the car but my husband kept his cool.
When we finally parked they were already waiting for us and checked me in right away. I want to say it was around 3:30 by this time and everything that followed happened super fast. They confirmed my water had broken and checked to see if baby was still breech, which she was. This meant the c-section was happening and baby girl was on her way!
At 5:17 a.m., Miss Vivienne Lucía McDonnell entered the world and made us mommy and daddy. Gerald was by my side through the whole thing and the whirlwind of emotions I felt through it all is something I’ll never forget. Hearing her cry was about the best sound I ever heard because it reassured me she was alright – and at that moment, it’s all I cared about.
I’ll never forget seeing our little girl for the first time and the look on my husband’s face. We were so happy she got to have skin on skin with her daddy right away and those first moments where it was just the three of us will forever live in my heart. The world literally stopped and all the doctors and nurses around us might as well have not been there because my focus was all on my husband and daughter.
I have loved sharing such a personal, special journey with you all and have loved reading your sweet comments on Instagram as well as the personal messages many of you have sent. Our Vivi girl is truly the best little baby and we feel so blessed beyond words she is healthy and – we believe – very happy 😉 She truly feels like she was meant to be all along and fits like a perfect puzzle piece.
Thank you again! And lots of love from my little family to yours!
Until my next one!!