Meet Evelyn | The Newest Member of the IPC Family
Hello, hello! It has been a week since Evelyn was born and I am so excited to share her with you! As I sit here are write this, she is snuggled up fast asleep on my chest and I am so tempted to stop and cuddle her but I really want to write this post.
If you follow my personal account on Instagram, @AlitzahStinson, then you probably know all about how crazy this pregnancy has been. For those of you who are unaware, I will quickly recap.
At six weeks pregnant I was hospitalized and diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). I had HG with my previous pregnancy so I kind of was expecting to have it again this time around, but little did I know how different this would be. With my last pregnancy, my HG was only moderate and lasted till my 11th week. This time around, I had stage 3 Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which is the most severe, and ended up being in the hospital for over 37 days. I was on home healthcare for 5 months of this pregnancy where I had nurses come visit me daily to administer my care.
I finally was able to be weened off my medications that I was receiving through a central line which I had surgically placed my 12th week of pregnancy and from about 28 weeks onward, I was free of my HG symptoms. I couldn’t be any happier and was so eager to enjoy my last few weeks of pregnancy. Well, that all kind of went out the window when I ended up in Labor & Delivery at 33 weeks contracting every 1 to 3 minutes apart.
I was less than thrilled to be spending more time in the hospital and was admitted for preterm labor. They tried everything they could to stop my contractions and I was even given two rounds of steroid shots to help my little Evelyn’s lungs develop faster in the event she was born prematurely.
I spent the next 5 weeks of my pregnancy in and out of the Labor and Delivery unit for preterm labor before giving birth to Evelyn at 38 weeks. My labor was pretty relaxed (I will be sharing my birth video soon!!) and she arrived weighing 6 pounds and 12 ounces. She was healthy and had a bunch of hair and I couldn’t be anymore grateful that she is apart of our family now.
Anyways, I was kind of crazy and scheduled this family photo session for 2 hours after Brandon, Evie and I arrived home from the hospital. Little did I know that Eleanor would end up having the biggest meltdown of her life, and it would be a circus trying to get everything ready. I was so stressed and on the verge of tears by the time our photographer, and my best friend, Natalie, arrived… and then my dog peed on her! Haha. Luckily this isn’t her first rodeo and she came prepared with all the toddler bribery needed to get things started! Hence why Eleanor is holding a sucker in every photo! Haha, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!
By the time I got these photos I was so so happy that we took them and I know I will cherish these images forever! I hope you enjoy them as well!
Photos by Natalie Curtis of White Elm Photography