abjane17 Good Morning! #elinashcs #cutegumdropwillow 1d

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abjane17 Mia LOVES her new unicorn pillow! Thanks @minixstyle and @miniboheme #miasnewbedroom 2d

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abjane17 all day long. 😴 #cutegumdropwillow #elinashcs 3d

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abjane17 this usually lasts about five seconds. but still... #miamuffin #miabellacs
#cutegumdropwillow #elinashcs
#miamuffinandgumdrop
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  •   piperh79 I've been in the hell that is breastfeeding stress. I went 3 months until I finally had to just stop and go to 100% bottle feeding. It made me so sad. I tried like hell and it was making me miserable. It tainted so much of the first few months with Parker and I regret that so very much. I don't say that to tell you it will be the same for y'all. Or to scare you or talk you out of continuing to try to breastfeed. I just want to tell you it will hurt and be sad to stop trying, but sometimes it's better. Just don't let breastfeeding struggles be a negative cloud that taints this time with your boy. Good luck! I'm rooting for him to get the hang of it. 22h
  •   abjane17 @piperh79 thankfully he has made huge progress in the last day or two! I'm so relieved. It was so stressful. Plus, it's been feeling worse because I am tandem nursing Mia and my mother keeps making comments about how Eli isn't getting anything because Mia is taking it all. She's calmed down now that we are home and he's improving...but she actually yelled at me AND Mia when we were still in the hospital...in front of a nurse too. Yay. Really made everything feel so much easier. I talked to the nurse about it afterward and she was really nice and tactfully implied that my mom wasn't being supportive and was misinformed on tandem nursing. Sigh. 22h
  •   abjane17 @piperh79 I remember your bfing struggles well! I'm so sorry it was so hard on you. I'm also sorry if I wasn't supportive of you...I didn't have any understanding of what it is like to have a screaming baby and how awful it is to fight with them at the breast! Mia had a hard time learning to nurse at first, but she didn't get mad. Did you have a csection with Parker? My doula thinks that all the meds and the actual harshness of the surgery can cause breastfeeding problems. 22h
  •   piperh79 @abjane17 I had csections with both my girls. I don't think that is the cause of bf issues, but who knows. I'm no expert. I think some babies just don't have the patience or whatever to pick it up. Plus I had supply problems. Hearing your baby cry and not being able to feed then the way you want to is hard. Parker was a screamer. She was a big baby (nearly 9lbs.) and she was hungry. She'd get so mad and cry so loud it would make me get anxious and panicky. I caved and gave her a bottle (that she scarfed down like she was starving) and the lactation specialist I met with made it pretty obvious that was a HUGE no-no. I eventually had to stop fighting it and bottle feed, which I did from the start with Piper. I wish I'd done the same with Parker from the start because like I said the stress and disappointment I felt trying and failing to bf tainted those early weeks with my baby. 21h
  •   piperh79 I'm glad he's doing better with it. And sorry your mother was tough on you. That's the last thing you need. 21h
  •   abjane17 @piperh79 didn't you say that Parker weighed the same as Eli? 8.10? I can't believe that big of a baby fit inside my 4'11" body! Mia only weighed 6.08! 15h
  •   piperh79 Yes. She was 8.10 and a week and that was at 39 weeks. Ha! 14h

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abjane17 waiting to discharge from the hospital...things went better today! Yay for milk arriving!
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  •   __mesfillesmavie__ Oooh great news 6d
  •   knipsarina Great to hear everything is going better Hope you can go home soon6d
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  •   lightlovers Yay so glad to hear that! Such a beautiful little bubba! Sending love hun 5d
  •   spearmintbaby Yay! So happy to hear it! 5d
  •   gparrish Yaaaay!!!!!! My heart is beating so fast right now. I'm not kidding! He's here, he's really truly here! Hope you're feeling okay mama! 5d
  •   sunshineinateacup Yay!!!! I hope it's all smooth sailing from her on out! 3d

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abjane17 Mia is really a lot more excited about her baby brother than it appears. In other news...we have to stay in the hospital a couple more days because Eli developed a fever last night. And of course, just after I shared that he's been nursing like a pro...he's been having a harder time with it. So stressful! We are waiting for my milk to come in-I thought I'd be in the clear since I've nursed Mia for so long-and throughout the whole pregnancy-but we aren't! He is not very patient at all. it's hard being a newborn.
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#elinashcs #cutegumdropwillow
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  •   happierstill Beautiful photo. I hope they can remove that little port on this head soon and I bet in the next 24 hours your milk will come in! 7d
  •   piperh79 Sorry y'all had a rough day. Glad it looks like things are going better. 7d
  •   nadja_b Thinking of you 7d
  •   threeblondeboys I missed this. Hope it all settles down quickly for you. Boys are just more stubborn than girls don't you think?! he is just soooo gorgeous 5d
  •   gparrish I have so much catching up to do! So happy for you right now my friend. Praying things are going better since I'm reading this! 5d
  •   boos_closet Bless him , hope he's all better now 5d
  •   miniboheme Thinking of you!! I'm sure he'll get the hang of it soon! 4d
  •   sunshineinateacup I too would have assumed the older nursing would bring in the milk more quickly. Our bodies are amazing. My 4.5 has only just weaned and it has blown my mind to see my milk turn into colostrum so quickly. Readying for the next. Can't wait!! xxxx 3d

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abjane17 Eli Nash Carter-Smith
Born 12:53 am August 20, 2014
He weighed 8.10 pounds! &
19.25 inches long.
I was planning on having a natural birth. Things did not go as planned! Contractions began at 2:45 am the previous day. They came every 3-5 minutes for over the next 17 hours! After 12 hours of laboring (and dilating to 6.5 cm) without any medication, I couldn't (or didn't want to) take it anymore...and asked for an epidural. I had a few hours of rest and then started pushing when my midwife said that the baby's head was already in the birth canal...2 horrible hours later, it was obvious that she hadn't been truthful. It was so incredibly frustrating! By that point, the midwife and the nurse were concerned that Baby's heartbeat was dipping with contractions (even though my doula told us that was totally normal) and they also said that my temperature was rising & they were worried about a uterine infection beginning...and said I had a few options. Because I REALLY didn't want pitocin and another assisted (this time my midwife wanted to use the forceps instead of the vacuum that was used for Mia's birth) birth, and I was so frustrated and exhausted at that point, I chose to have a Caesarian section. Definitely not ideal (or fun at all), but I felt it was the best option for me and the baby.
I'm so glad it is all over now and that sweet Eli is perfectly healthy and here in my arms! He is nursing like a champ & stops crying when Mia sings to him. She adores him. #elinashcs
#cutegumdropwillow
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  •   pippa_willow Wonderful news, he's beautiful, sending lots of love xx @abjane17 5d
  •   boos_closet That sounds dreadful, thank god it's all over for you, and you have your little bundle of joy! I feel your pain, Boo was 10lbs 2oz 5d
  •   miniboheme Aww! What a birth story! He is perfect! What a sweet big sister Mia is! 4d
  •   freddiesfortune Sounds like a very long and painful labour, but so he glad that he has arrived safe and healthy! 4d
  •   becs_82 Glad he's here safe and sound. 3d
  •   lena0210 What a story! Glad he's here and everyone is healthy! Congrats 3d
  •   sunshineinateacup He's absolutely beautiful and you look like one smitten kitten! Congratulations on a safe and healthy baby. Heal up. And well done!!!!! xxxxx 3d
  •   karaskitchen Eli Nash! Congrats. What a doll! So so sorry for the long and complicated delivery. But grateful he is here and you are healing! 1d

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abjane17 Serious little sleeper.
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abjane17 He's here! Our sweet little gumdrop, Eli. #cutegumdropwillow 1w
  •   gparrish Eli!! I love that name! Congratulations sweet sweet mama!!! So happy for you! Sending lots of loves! 5d
  •   vintagesugar congrats to your beautiful family! such a sweet addition! 5d
  •   this_modern_life I missed it! Congratulations, he looks perfect! Xx 4d
  •   miniboheme Aw congrats!!!!! So precious! I hope it all went smoothly! xx 4d
  •   freddiesfortune I can't believe I missed these, congratulations on your little boy! 4d
  •   becs_82 Oh I missed this! Congratulations!!!! 3d
  •   sunshineinateacup This photo makes my heart ache - so much love and beauty. Congratulations!!!!!! 3d
  •   amandabryce Oh sweet friend! Congrats! I haven't even browsing ig much lately so I didn't know he was here! He's beautiful, so much love to you all 1d

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abjane17 in labor! painful contractions woke me a few hours ago...I don't know if I can do this. please send good vibes.
#41weeks
#cutegumdropwillow
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  •   mrsjvh Aweeee you were made to do this and I am sure you already have!! Can't wait to see the beautiful little baby!! 2w
  •   rainbowmiller Can't wait to hear from you mama and I hope everything went beautifully however he came earth side! Xoxo 2w
  •   ellebleushoeboutique I hope everything is going well for you!!! Good thoughts coming your way!!! :) 2w
  •   amjovie Thinking of you mama! Xoxo 1w
  •   littlehen Good morning. Hope you're snuggling blissfully with the ones you love 1w
  •   stacirosanne Thinkin' of you!! 1w

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abjane17 Mia picked out this mama chicken & baby chicks as a gift for her baby brother once he is here. It might be soon...I think I'm having pre-labor contractions today! Fingers crossed! 2w

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abjane17 still waiting for baby boy...doesn't he realize he has an adorable wardrobe waiting for him?
#minirodini
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  •   abjane17 @spearmintbaby I know! 2w
  •   abjane17 @malinsroom I'm a week overdue...but I'm not too stressed out about it...I know it's just as "normal"/common for mothers to give birth at 42 weeks as it is at 38. What is the policy in Sweden? My midwife told me that they "won't let me go past 42 weeks" and will discuss methods of induction with me next week. My doula tells me that medical personnel can not legally force me to medically induce...so we will see! I really want a natural birth. 2w
  •   malinsroom If everything looks great (blodpressure, blodtests, screening etc) you can go 21 days past duedate. But some hospitals has 14 days (not mine). This pregnacy I begged for an induction becurse I felt so bad, I almost lost i mentally... But Linné decided to come +14 so I didn't have to. I think we are more naturally over here, when I se american tv-program I am shocked over the amount of "drugs" they use. 2w
  •   abjane17 @malinsroom it's definitely gross how the healthcare system treats birth here...but it is changing. More and more American women are becoming educated about things and wanting another way. I'm trying to concentrate on feeling lucky that I am feeling as well as I am. With Mia I was pretty miserable by the end...this time it's not bad. Maybe it's that I'm more accustomed to great fatigue now OR maybe it's because I'm anxious about what life will be like with two children...whatever! I'm feeling at peace that things will happen when they are supposed to happen. 2w
  •   malinsroom I wish you a great birth. Linnés hurt like hell (of course) but was so cool. I really "enjoyed" it! Wish you the same! Soon! 2w
  •   knipsarina @malinsroom 21 days,really?! In Norway they start labour 11 days past duedate I thought it would be the same in SwedenI think that is great,its not good for the baby to be so over due 2w
  •   malinsroom I know @knipsarina, 21 days is crazy! I thougt of going to Oslo at +10 with Linné 2w
  •   knipsarina Haha @malinsroom , I am so happy she decided to come before that by her self2w

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abjane17 swimming with my little fish
#miamuffin #miabellacs
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  •   rainbowmiller Totally feel you! I hermit myself in those last days haha 2w
  •   dinkyanddandy I keep coming and checking for news! Hope you're doing ok!! Big hugs and kisses! And what a gorgeous photo xxx 2w
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  •   abjane17 @dinkyanddandy aw, I'm sorry! Nothing new yet. I'm starting to think he won't ever come out! I was due on the 11th...I hope it's soon because I really want to avoid being induced...and just want him here! 2w
  •   dinkyanddandy Ahh when I went over with Harriet I just told myself I was doing too good of a job keeping her comfy he'll be in your arms soon! Good luck lovely. Can't wait to see him 2w
  •   kirstylee_memes I'm so jealous!! I'm ready for summer now! 2w
  •   britaney8789 I love her bathing suit! Do u remember where u got it 1w

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abjane17 spying on the workers in Nana & Grandpa's backyard.
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  •   abjane17 @thelifeofe oh, I don't blame you for getting an epidural after 36 hours! Of course you would have been exhausted! I can't imagine. Maybe I should get my hands on that tea...just to try? 2w
  •   thelifeofe Oh don't worry, didn't get it that way. Maybe you could try the tea, although my midwife said, it's like an orchestra with a lot of instruments and when your body is not ready yet there is nothing that really helps. But hey, placebos help too right ️ I so wish you have a good experience this time 2w
  •   klamb23 She's so beautiful! 2w
  •   andeeeceee Annabelle was born at home at 41+6. It's hard. I thought she'd never come out either. Labor was fast and not very difficult. Try to trust your body and not stress. I found an article that helped ease my mind a lot. Google "the trouble with due dates" if you want to read it. I shared it with my midwife and she posted it on her blog. Feel free to DM me if you want to chat about the details. 2w
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  •   abjane17 @andeeeceee thanks so much for your story! I am going to read that article as soon as Mia goes to bed! 2w
  •   kirstylee_memes Beautiful! 2w

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  •   miniboheme Haha that's hilarious! Good crazy i hope! Ive been with my husband for 13 years now and it does feel like forever haha! Not always easy but love him to bits 2w
  •   abjane17 @miniboheme no, not really good crazy. I've been with him for 11. He's quite a challenge for me. Especially these days, when I'm not at my most patient! 2w
  •   klamb23 I think I posted a picture a few years ago on here for our anniversary. May have taken it down since it wasn't my pic. But we got married in Destin, Fl. Nowhere exotic. ️ I just didn't want the fuss of a big wedding. My parents are too much to handle. Ha So we just did immediate family & had a party/reception back home a month later. I love the intimate part of a small wedding & we just did a nice dinner at the house we rented in Seaside after the ceremony. But I also see nothing wrong with a second wedding being big. It's nice to celebrate finding the right one. Tom was engaged before we got together. Young love has it's pull. Luckily no one loved me that much before Tom. ️ I'm a tough lady. I'll have to post a pic around our anniversary in Oct. Where is baby boy?????2w
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  •   abjane17 @klamb23 I've seen photos of Destin-it's gorgeous! Your wedding sounds heavenly! 2w
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  •   kirstylee_memes So sweet! 2w

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abjane17 Very first painted nails! #miamuffin #miabellacs 2w

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abjane17 testing out some of Baby Brother's goods... #miamuffin #miabellacs
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abjane17 I'm SO happy that I signed Mia up for her first swim lessons. She has had the best time. The teacher has been great and she's made a new friend. We just have one class tomorrow & I'm hoping I'll make it to that one too before going into labor! Then I plan on signing her up for the next level up in September.
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abjane17 No baby yet...but he already has more places to sleep than I do.
#miasnewbedroom
#gumdropsnursery (kind of)
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  •   abjane17 @maliciousgnome that sounds like a perfect time for a baby! Tell me what you think of the Moba-it's definitely on Pinterest! 2w
  •   abjane17 @sycamorekate aw, thanks for thinking of me! It's surreal to be on this end of things...I don't think he's ever coming out! No signs of it this far. 2w
  •   maliciousgnome Just looked at the Moba and omg! It's so cute! And comes in PURPLE! 2w
  •   abjane17 @maliciousgnome I know! I love the red and the green...and all of them, actually. I still wish I could have gotten one. Scott rolled his eyes when I showed him them and said it was a very overpriced laundry basket. But what does he know?!! 2w
  •   jaccilaw Adorable bedding! Where from, @abjane17?? 2w
  •   abjane17 @jaccilaw thank you! The quilt on the bed is several years old (you can probably see the holes in it!) from @garnethillpics. I adore it. The pillows are a mix of some from Ikea, @thelandofnod and Garnet Hill. The sheets (or the pillowcases that you may be able to see here, I can't remember) are from Garnet Hill (owls) and The Company Store (polka dots) 2w
  •   abjane17 @jaccilaw if you mean the Moses basket bedding...it's just a blanket that I had from when Mia was a baby. I can't remember where it is from...it was a gift. 2w

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