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Well, you’ll no longer have to deal with my incessant complaining about pregnancy sciatica or not being able to drink wine. 

That’s right, everyone– a week ago today I gave birth to my third (and last) child.

Baby Ben! (My name won out.)

I had my 39-week appointment at 8:15 A.M. last Friday morning. My doctor stripped my membrane to hopefully get labor started, but warned me that sometimes it doesn’t do anything. 

For me, it worked. I started having contractions a few hours later and went to the hospital at 3:30 P.M.

By 6:15 I was feeling no pain, thanks to the epidural.  At 8:32 they told me to push and at 8:40, there was a baby!

My post-birth experience was quite different this time around.

The hospital I delivered at, Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township, NJ, is taking steps to become recognized as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. The goal of a Baby-Friendly Hospital is to promote successful infant feeding and have lots of close mother/baby bonding time.

So what did this mean for me?

Immediately after the baby was delivered, he was placed on my chest with the cord still attached. He stayed there for a good hour before they took him to weigh him and get cleaned up.

There’s no more nursery, so the baby stays in your room 24/7 and all tests and checkups are done in there. 

I actually really liked these new arrangements. I remember hating when they took my other son out of the room for a few hours to get tests and shots in the nursery. 

Just wanted to share those tidbits in case anyone else’s hospital is labeled “Baby-Friendly.” You have been warned!

We came home from the hospital in time for the Super Bowl and have spent this whole week getting used to managing three kids. I was starting to think that maybe we can actually do this– and then my three-year-old wakes up in the middle of last night with a fever and vomiting. 

So…today should be a challenge! But I accept that challenge, and at least I can have a big ol’ glass of wine at the end of the day. 

A special shout-out to my brother-in-law’s co-worker Sarah for making the beautiful baby blanket seen in the picture above. Thank you so much, Sarah!

little ass kicker

And another shout-out to the coolest onesie ever, from my pal Kate. It will only be funny if you watch The Walking Dead, but if you don’t watch it then maybe you need to start so you can get the joke. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend filled with sleeping through the night and non-vomiting children!

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  • Lisa Lightner @ A Day In Our Shoes .com
    February 6, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Congrats!
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    • Lindsay
      February 8, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      Thanks Lisa!

  • Leslie
    February 6, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Congrats! What a cutie!
    (Love, love, love the onesie btw.)

    • Lindsay
      February 8, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      Isn’t that the best onesie?!

  • Sarah Gibson-reb
    February 6, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    I am so glad you like the blanket! I hope you get lots of use and snuggle time with Ben in it!

    • Lindsay
      February 8, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      We love it, Sarah! Thanks again 🙂 That was so nice of you!

  • Sarah
    February 6, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    He’s so cute!!! When they took Derek and Hayley for those tests I missed them so much!!!

    • Lindsay
      February 8, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      I know, this new way was so much better!

  • Laura
    February 6, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    You’re blogging one week after baby 3-you ROCK!!!!

    • Lindsay
      February 8, 2015 at 7:23 PM

      Thanks Laura! xo

  • Nancy
    February 6, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    U go girl!! Amazing that you are even blogging! But as good as a Mom that you are — you are so talented with your writing!! Enjoy your new son and I love the name!! 🙂

    • Lindsay
      February 8, 2015 at 7:23 PM

      Thanks so much, Nancy! Mwah! xo

  • RJ
    February 7, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Congratulations on the new baby! He’s adorable.

    Did you manage to get your hospital bag packed in time and did Amazon pull through with your delivery?

    • Lindsay
      February 8, 2015 at 7:23 PM

      Yes got the hospital bag packed in time and Amazon got me everything in time! Still wearing my cozy robe!

  • Jill Devine
    February 9, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    Congrats! Finally got a chance to read up! I loved the baby friendly aspects of the hospitals both girls were born in. Hope you’re all doing well!
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  • Becky
    February 9, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Congrats! I delivered at a hospital in Philly that had the same practices and loved it. Glad to hear that all went well and I love the onesie!
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