Michele & Phil are no strangers to this blog! Melanie was with them for the births of their second and third children, Lyla and Levi. Continuing their trend of accidentally getting pregnant when the previous baby is around 9 months old, we were not that surprised when Michele told us to add her to our calendar for February 😉 Seeing as how this was going to be her 4th child and Michele has SUPER fast labors (Lyla barely waited for Melanie and Levi decided to come just minutes before she arrived), I was an anxious mess for weeks surrounding her due date. Well her due date came and went and nothing. Then a whole week passed and still nothing! She went for a fluid check and monitoring at that point (on Monday) and since the baby was doing great, her doctors were going to let her go another few days before talking about induction. After a false alarm Wednesday morning, she went to her next scheduled doctor’s appointment on Thursday and finally decided to schedule an induction for Sunday overnight if the baby did not come before then.
Thankfully the baby decided it was time to come out sooner rather than risk an induction, and Michele’s water broke around 9:20pm Thursday night. As soon as I got the text, I got ready to go and was leaving as soon as Michele left her house. But she had a slight set back because Phil was not home and she was originally planning to wait for him to get home before leaving. Good thing she didn’t, though, because he was on the other side of town! Her mom came and drove her to the hospital, and Phil frantically drove as fast as he could to meet them there. God was watching out for all of us and everyone made it safely to the hospital BEFORE the baby was born! She checked in around 10:15pm at 8cm, but you wouldn’t know it by how gracefully she was handling her natural labor. I swear she winced more when they were putting in her IV then she did pushing the baby out!
About an hour later, Michele insisted she needed to push, and one long push later, beautiful Leisel Belle was in her arms at 11:12pm! She is absolutely perfect weighing in at 7.8lbs, 21″ long and looks a lot like her older sisterLeisel means “God’s promise” and Belle means “beautiful”. So perfect! Congratulations to mama, daddy, Lukas, Lyla, & Levi – you all are so sweet and hope you’re enjoying your newest addition!