Our girl is finally here!!!! Frankie Jane Clark – and I wanted to do a little post to introduce her! It was so much fun having the gender be a surprise because it made the whole experience that much more special! I had several dreams that I gave birth and they held the baby up and said “its a girl!” (and with all the dreams right after I freaked out and kept saying how it was too early to have the baby and asked if we could put her back in haha!) so that made me think I was having a girl. BUT everyone on insta kept saying I was having a boy – like I would get dm’s saying “You’re having a boy.” .. like literally just that. And it got to the point where so many people sounded SO sure that I thought an ultrasound tech in the office I go to had told someone what I was having and it got out! So I was really torn between girl and boy and really just tried not to think about it too much because I didn’t want to get attached to either gender. So I was very surprised when I saw it was a girl. 🙂
*If you are at all a “TMI” person don’t keep reading 🙂
As I have mentioned before – I got induced on my due date with Atticus because I wasn’t showing signs of labor and he was measuring so big (he was 9lb 5oz) so they induced me at 39 weeks with Rosie. I was expecting to get induced at 39 weeks with this one too but the induction list was so long it didn’t happen. I was fully expecting to go over my due date so on Sunday (the 17th) David went to take the kids to drop off a gift to one of his friends and I headed to my moms house and David was going to meet me there. I was driving and listening to an audiobook when the audio stopped and I thought it was the bluetooth connection so didn’t look down at my phone but it went on a little long so at a red light I looked down and saw BANNER HOSPITAL calling and picked it up (must have been on the last ring) and they asked how soon I could get to the hospital because they had an opening! I went straight there and walked in barefoot because I didn’t have shoes with me – which seemed so fitting.
I got there around 4:45pm ish and got in my room and started the whole process! David came as soon as he could after I called and around the time he got there we started my pitocin and getting things going. I was at a 3 when I got there (which I had been dilated to a 3 for a couple weeks) and the pitocin got me to 5cm but I stayed there for about 10 or so hours until finally they decided to break my water (I first wanted it to break naturally but it wasn’t) and as soon as they broke my water I was dilating FAST. At one point I could feel her coming out and called the nurses in and said “I can feel her head” because when I could feel her coming out, since I was numb I felt to make sure a head wasn’t poking out and could literally feel her head. So they came in and after 2 pushes she was out! It was amazing and I was super calm and the room felt really peaceful. We recorded the birth just on a little camera that we propped on a table and I have listened to the audio back about 100 times – it was SO special and I love hearing her cry, David’s reactions, and the doctor saying it was a girl ahh gives me chills!
I had her around 6am on February 18th which as I have mentioned is crazy because Atticus was born June 18th and Rosie November 18th! But later that afternoon my mom brought the kids to come meet there sibling! It was the best day ever and such and incredible moment seeing their excited faces. After they left and went back to my moms David and I couldn’t stop saying how happy we were and how that was the best moment ever, our first moments as a family of 5 all together!
Frankie has been such a chill baby and we have had SO much fun snuggling non stop. We have been taking it easy and just having really slow days at home and soaking it all in which is exactly what I want (she is snoozing on me as I write this!) She is a really mellow baby and has been a good sleeper and lets me get plenty of sleep which is so nice. I think she will take after her brother and sister in the sleeping category – they were both great sleepers too. The first thing I noticed as soon as they handed her to me was her two dimples – I could see them instantly and was so happy because I absolutely love dimples. She also looks a lot like her siblings and I often look at her and feel like I am having deja vu from holding Rosie as a newborn! Another thing about her is that she takes a binky and bottle which neither of our kids before did! I nurse 95% of the time but really wanted her to take a bottle so if I need to run into work for a meeting David can still feed her. I found it to be really difficult with my others exclusively breastfeeding and working at the same time. I found myself literally running through streets of NYC to get home after a meeting or shoot or something with pure anxiety – stressing that I had been gone too long. So really happy that she also is down for a bottle 🙂 also who knew binkies make life so much easier!?!?!?! Actually I did know that except in the past I was always the binkie haha.
Anyways we are just on cloud nine with her and constantly obsessing over every little noise she makes and pretty much anything she does. We love her so so so much and she is really lucky to have two siblings who adore her. Atticus has said sooo many times how he now has “TWO sisters that he has to protect” haha its so cute hearing all the sweet things they say to her and also catching them bragging to others about their new sister 😉 so so sweet.
Thank you so much for all of your sweet messages and congratulations not only with the birth but throughout my pregnancy! This was my hardest pregnancy for sure. especially the first trimester and the last week I was sooo not myself and it really meant so much to me to see your nice comments and dm’s, so thank you so much for making me smile in moments I was feeling off. 🙂