Shailo Valour Davis
As we drove to the hospital I couldn’t help but noticed how incredibly calm we were, besides the fact that we were running late to have our son :) Even as they prepped me, checked on Shailo’s heart rate and everything beforehand, I was at total peace. My nurse Lindsey which I also had with Eisley, greeted us at the door when we walked in which totally helped on the peace front. She prepped me and took care of me and even though her shift ended before surgery she joined us in the operating room. I can’t even tell you all how much that meant to Ted and I both (Lindsey, if you’re reading this, I hope you know how much that meant. You are amazing. We love you and you seriously bless us!)
Once we were in the operating room and I was on the table, I began to really fear. As they prepped my body and pulled up the blue curtain to separate us from what was happening, I began to shake and cry. Ted held my hand tight and told me everything would really be okay this time. He truly believed that from the beginning. Within 15 minutes of them beginning the c-section I felt this intense pressure and then suddenly heard the cries of our Shailo. He was here. He was alive and well and healthy and screaming. It took my breath away and all I could do was cry.
Ted captured breathtaking photos during the surgery (don’t worry, they don’t show anything really graphic). Here are a few that he has up currently;
Little screamer. He is so precious and has already shocked me with how good and chill of a baby he is. I mean, it’s only been one day ;) but he really is so chill.
Speaking of Chase… how did HE do?
Chase came in and I half expected him to be shocked that baby “Lailo” as he calls him, was truly a baby. I thought maybe he’d be in awe and stunned. Not at all. He walked in like he knew. He was so sweet and gentle with him.
Here is one with his eye open :) He does look a lot like his brother but we also see a lot of difference in them too. For one, he has way more hair than Chase did and… it’s BROWN! I will post a photo of his hair as soon as we take one. He also has dark blue eyes which Chase had as well. They turned into what we called “ocean eyes” for a while and were blue with an “island” of brown in the middle. Chase now has hazel eyes so I wonder if Shailo will too :)
How am I doing?
I’m on cloud 9. He’s so precious and I’m so very thankful he is here and he is healthy. Healing wise- I did just have a c-section but I can already see the difference between laboring and then having a c-section and JUST having a c-section. Wow…. it’s way better. I did have a really rough day yesterday dealing with dizziness when I needed to get up and that made it hard to get up at all which makes my body swell more, especially in my belly which isn’t a good thing. So yesterday was really rough and I was also very emotional, shocking I know :) But I should be recovering here pretty well this time around!
This birth was by far our most peaceful birth. I can’t even express how thankful we are that this time around, everything has gone so smoothly. Shailo has been able to stay with us from the moment he was born. I was even able to nurse him immediately in recovery! I mean, this time has been incredibly different for us, in so many ways. Thank you for your prayers of peace! This was truly a peaceful, healing experience.
I know some of you were waiting for a blog post for an introduction. Hope you enjoyed “meeting” Shailo!