Scout’s Birth Story

Scout’s Birth Story

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three weeks tomorrow since Sawyer Scout joined our family. Time has been so precious and we have been soaking up all of our moments as a tribe of four. I am excited to finally share her birth story. It was such a hard but beautiful day that I will forever have embedded into my memory. I love that I have this space to record these sweet moments for us to look back on. Pregnancy and childbirth is truly a miracle. I am constantly in awe of how amazing our God is. What a privilege it is for us to be able to give life.Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-1We had our 39 week appointment and I was at a 3 and contracting. I really wanted to go into labor on my own because I was induced with Paisley and it was a long 26 hour labor. However, we went ahead and chose a date just in case she didn’t want to come on her own. It just so happens I’m a champ at carrying children that would love to be in the womb forever-so June 16th came-the night before our induction and my nerves were going crazy. I kept thinking about our last night as a family of three, how nervous I was to do this again, and how much our life was about to change. We got everything ready to go for the next morning and of course I couldn’t get any rest because I was so excited to meet her. We left our house at 5 AM so we could get there for our 6 AM induction, dropped Paisley off with my parents, shed a few tears as I kissed her bye, and went on our way.Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-3When we arrived the staff checked us into a room, I changed into a gown, and the nurses started to hook me up to the fetal monitor. Once they took my blood work and got the IV going, the RN started me on pitocin at 6:00 AM. Labor had begun. My midwife came in to break my water about an hour later and the contractions began to get more intense.Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-6 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-7Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-8My mom brought Paisley to the hospital around 9:00 and we had a “big sister Bag” waiting for her when she walked into the room. She was so excited to meet her sister but worried about mommy’s “owies.” You can see the post about her bag here.
Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-9Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-10 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-12 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-15 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-16 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-19 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-20She was such a good girl while she was with us. She kept saying that she need her “listening heart” (stethoscope) so she could check mommy out and make sure I was ok.Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-21 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-22Around noon, the contractions were really strong and started to make me anxious. I was at a 5 but felt like I had a long way to go. I got an epidural with Paisley but it didn’t help when I needed it. I was going to try to go through labor this round without it but the pain was getting a little unbearable. The nurse came in and gave me some pain medication through IV and that was some of the craziest stuff ever. I felt like the room was spinning and it made me really drousy but helped take the edge off of the contractions a little bit. I decided that I would go ahead and try the epidural but wanted to wait until I progressed a little more.Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-23 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-29 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-30 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-33I can’t imagine going through childbirth without my husband. He was so kind and encouraging and never left my side. He prayed over me constantly and I know that prayers and going to the Lord is what got me through this labor. I am so blessed to have him.Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-34 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-36I got the epidural around 2:00 when I was at a 7 and it was more painful than I remember. I was hoping that it would take away the excruciating pain but it didn’t much at all. I don’t react to medication well and honestly believe I got it too late because after it was in we progressed fast. I could still roll over, move my legs, and everything. It wasn’t until after I delivered that I started going numb.Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-38 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-44Before I knew it I was at a 10 and it was time to push. I don’t remember how long I pushed but it seemed like an eternity. I tried to focus more on the count down than the pain but it started to be too much. I literally felt like my pelvis was breaking and then both Scout and I’s oxygen started to drop. They put my mask on and I just remember feeling like I was going into shock. I saw Zack’s face come over me and hearing him say that we were so close-just two more pushes and we could meet her. Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-47 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-48 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-50I will always remember the feeling of that last push. The instantaneous relief and adrenaline of meeting your child makes the pain literally cease. Tears started to flow as I heard her first cry and Zack whisper that I had done it-our baby girl was with us.Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-53June 17th, 2015 at 5:02 in the afternoon, our lives changed forever. God blessed us with another daughter-a beautiful 9 pound 20 inch baby girl with a head full of hair. Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-54 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-55After 39 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy, Sawyer Scout Ashcraft had finally arrived. And, she was so worth the wait.Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-59 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-61 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-62 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-63 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-64Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-66 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-70Immediately after delivery, we had an hour of skin to skin before the family came in. I loved this time of just us getting to know our sweet girl. Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-73 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-74 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-75 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-76 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-77 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-78 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-79 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-80 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-82 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-83 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-84 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-85Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-86 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-88Her daddy is pretty smitten by his girls.Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-89 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-91 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-94Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-97Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-100Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-99 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-102Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-103I am so glad that other than us and our parents, we didn’t let anyone come in until Paisley got to meet Scout and have her special time. I will never forget the look on her face when she walked into the room and Zack placed Scout on her lap. The face of pure joy and love for her sister brought me to tears. One of the sweetest moments I’ve experienced.Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-106 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-108 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-110 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-112 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-115 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-117 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-118 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-119 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-120Then after a long 11 hour day of patiently waiting, we opened the flood gates and let the family come in. Paisley had us all laughing with her “shooshing” everyone for them to be quite. She was all about making sure baby sis stayed asleep.Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-121 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-122 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-123 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-125 Sawyer-Scout-Birth-web-126I am so thankful for this little miracle. Zack and I are still in shock that we have two girls. She has been the best baby and we couldn’t ask for better. Thank you to all of our friends and family that were praying for us. We are loving life as a family of four and are so excited to watch her grow alongside her sister. God is good.

Sawyer’s Nursery

Sawyer’s Nursery

Nursery-25It’s the day before we have our sweet girl and time to reveal her nursery. So much love went in to this sweet space and I had so much fun shopping, thrifting, going through things we had kept from old decor in our home, and finding great deals to make this room whimsy and warm.Nursery-1The table was a $40 steal from Home Goods. The photo clip holder is from Farm Girl Boutique and Bouquet from The Floral Foundry.Nursery-2I’ve had this clock for about three years now and never had a spot for it. I got it half off at Hobby Lobby. Nursery-3Nursery-4Nursery-5Nursery-6Her bedding was from a handmade shop. I wanted to incorporate whimsy floral designs and soft colors.Nursery-7Nursery-8Nursery-36I wanted to buy her very first doll and loved this little flower child. We bought Clementine and her cat butterscotch from Pretty Little Things, a handmade shop.
Nursery-37Nursery-9Her mobile and sign are two of my favorite pieces. I bought the sign from House of Belonging and the lace mobile from The Glittered Barn.Nursery-17Nursery-18Nursery-42The dresser and crib was Paisley’s first. All I did to make a change was adding these pink druzy knobs from Anthropologie.Nursery-43Nursery-39I bought the lace curtains for under $5 at IKEA of all places and the door knob tie backs are from Urban Outfitters.Nursery-33Nursery-14Nursery-13Nursery-28Nursery-27Nursery-21Nursery-26Nursery-12I have fabric hoops for both girls in their rooms and purchased them from Miss Tweedle. One of my favorite decor pieces.Nursery-31Nursery-32Nursery-30The shelf was a vintage find from my sweet friend Jess! I painted over it with Junk Gypsy Chalk Paint in Buttermilk Biscuit.Nursery-19Nursery-15Nursery-23This was one of my favorite gifts from our baby shower. Jess had made this for me and added some of her lovely accessories on it.
Nursery-34It turned out beautifully and I am so in love with this little room. I can’t wait to fill it with sweet memories of our girls, diaper changes, and late night snuggles.Nursery-40Nursery-24

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Photos by: Aubrey Lisa Photography

Bedding: Lottie Da Baby

Curtain Rod: Land of Nod

Rug: Land of Nod

Rocker: Target

Chandelier: Potter Barn Kids

Cart: Ikea

Paint Color: Crystal Clear from Sherwin Williams