Aspen Theodore

We've been a little quiet over here on the blog and that's because we welcome our first born into the world!

Aspen Theodore Koebel was born at 10:08am on April 22, 2017! Aspen was measuring about 5 weeks behind and after an ultrasound on April 20th it was determined he was better off coming sooner rather than later. We were called on Friday April 21 to come to the hospital to be induced, after a minor freak out we headed to the hospital "prepared" to have a baby! When we got there, they were full so I was given an NST, checked and sent home to come back the next morning to be induced. On our way out our midwife said "pray you go into labour tonight". So on that note we left the hospital and started praying that this baby would come soon so that I wouldn't have to be induced.

We went out for dinner on one last date with just the two of us and as we sat down at the restaurant I WENT INTO LABOUR! Seriously we couldn't believe it. I ended up labouring all night before heading to the hospital around 1am where my water broke in the parking lot (cue the laughter and screaming, seriously so weird). I was admitted and laboured for 14 hours (worst pain of my life).

Just as I was about to ask for the drugs (why didn't I ask earlier?, mental note for next time. Props to you mama's who do it without), Aspen went into distress and his heart rate dropped drastically and did not come back up.

Within 30 minutes he was born via emergency c-section. Although absolutely nothing went as planned and it hurts my heart a bit how it all went down (never thought I would care, but when it happens to you, you care and you care a lot), we are so happy that he arrived healthy weighing in at 6lbs 8oz. Just going to take a minute to praise my midwives and nurses... nurses DO EVERYTHING FOR YOU, THEY ARE THE BEST HUMAN BEINGS EVER

After a few days in the hospital we came home and oh what a ride that was (why does no one prepare c-section mamma's for the car ride home? OW). We hunkered down at home for the first week while I healed (tried to heal? How are you supposed to heal from a major surgery while caring for a newborn?). We had so many visitors and help from our family and friends. We had a meal train set up by a friend and had dinner brought to us every single night for 3 weeks straight, such a blessing. Aspen stayed true to how he was in my belly and NEVER slept. You may be thinking but look at those cute photos of him snoozing... ya he didn't sleep more than 1-2 hours at a time for the first 2 months of his life (coffee please!). 

As much as I wanted to have newborn photos done right away, I was just not in any shape to have photos done (c-section recovery is no joke). After 3 weeks we had the wonderful Julie Christine from Julie Christine Photography come and capture our little family of 3 in our home. 

I probably take about 50 pictures a day of our little Aspen (not kidding, maybe even more). He'll probably be the most photographed child you know but seriously who wouldn't? Look at that little sweet face! 

Myles Koebel

Langley, BC, Canada