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Welcome Baby Landon.

As I was on my way home from work last Wednesday night I received a text from my sister that read, “So my water just broke.” WHAT! I immediately called her and asked, “Are you serious? Are you sure?” (to which she responded, “What else could it be Diane?” :) ) She told me that she was waiting for her husband to get home and they’d be headed to the hospital.

I figured  I didn’t need to be there while they were getting checked in and settled so I headed home to shower and get a few things done before heading their way (a mere two mile drive from my house!)

A couple of hours later, Marty and I headed over to the hospital. When I found my sister, she was walking the hallways trying to start her labor. The nurses had her do this for two full hours so they wouldn’t have to induce her.

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The next several hours consisted of waiting, waiting and more waiting…until 5AM. She was finally ten centimeters and ready to push!

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And VOILA! Landon David is born! Landon David born on Wednesday, December 12th at 6:34AM. Weighing 6.9oz and 19 inches long.

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Well, actually it wasn’t that easy; however, I will say that my sister maintained a smile on her face until about an hour and fifteen minutes into the process. The last fifteen minutes wasn’t so easy but – as most mothers will say – so worth it.

First diaper change.

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Watching little Landon come into the world was one of the most amazing, overwhelming experiences of my life. I knew watching the birth would be life changing but I clearly underestimated the effect that the experience would have on me. I am so thankful that my sister allowed my mom and I to watch as she brought this little miracle into the world. A son. A nephew. A grandson. A cousin. Landon.

22 comments on “Welcome Baby Landon.

  1. quartercenturysouthernliving
    December 22, 2013

    How beautiful and exciting! Being an Aunt is the absolute best!! Congratulations to your entire family :) What an amazing early Christmas Present!!

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    December 21, 2013

    OMG I have no doubt in my mind that this is an incredible experience! I am so happy to hear that your sister and baby are both healthy :) Can you believe that my mom used to deliver babies for a living!?!

  3. Erica House (@Erica_D_House)
    December 21, 2013

    That photo of her lying in the bed holding her husbands hand is absolutely stunning!

  4. Brittany
    December 21, 2013

    Only you could make a hospital look so great!!! I love these photos, congratulations to you and your family!

  5. This Life is Sparkling
    December 21, 2013

    I seriously LOVE all of your pictures. You need to be a professional photographer ;) Landon is the cutest! I love that name :)

  6. IHeartVegetables
    December 20, 2013

    Those pictures are wonderful! And awww I’m so glad everyone is doing well!!! When my brother and his wife had a baby in June, it was such an amazing experience getting to hold him right after he was born! :)

  7. Stephanie @ My Freckled Life
    December 19, 2013

    Congratulations!! He is so adorable! And being an aunt is so amazing, so I’m sure you’re going to enjoy every second of it! Also, those starbucks cups are AMAZING.

  8. jessielovestorun
    December 19, 2013

    You are such a sweet sister to capture so many beautiful shots of yor sister’s birth! Big congratulations to her & her husband, as well as the rest of the family. Landon is so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people! <3

  9. Lauren @ Short And Healthy
    December 18, 2013

    Congratulations! I love all the pictures!

  10. lifefullofjules
    December 18, 2013

    This was so beautiful!!! I love the Starbucks cups. That has to be the kicker! I know you probably can’t do it now, BUT I am sure you have seen on Pinterest cups which read “bride” or “groom”, it would be neat to have a frame with a starbucks cup picture timeline. Just a different spin on what has already been done. “Bride/groom” “new mommy/daddy” etc!

  11. Erica @ For the Sake of Cake
    December 18, 2013

    So adorable… what a wonderful Christmas gift for your family!

  12. kerrycooks
    December 17, 2013

    Congratulations new Auntie! Wonderful news!

  13. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    December 17, 2013

    Congrats on becoming an aunt!!! That’s so exciting! :)

  14. caileejoy
    December 17, 2013

    Wow!! THis is so so so exciting!! Congrats to you on becoming an aunt!! So fun!

  15. Life After Swimming
    December 17, 2013

    You have the most amazing pictures from her time! Your sister must have been so thankful you were all there with her! Congratulations on becoming an aunt! Landon is beyond adorable!!

  16. lifeaslisaknowsit
    December 16, 2013

    He is adorable! All of your pictures are gorgeous! :-)

  17. Brittany Greer
    December 16, 2013

    So, so sweet! And you got some great pictures, I’m sure your sis appreciates those. What an amazing experience. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • di @ life of di.
      December 16, 2013

      Thanks Brittany :) It was definitely an incredible experience. We were (and are) so happy that he arrived in time for Christmas! What a gift!!

  18. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    December 16, 2013

    Aghh…he’s so cute! That’s so neat that she allowed you to be in the room! From oldest child to oldest child, was it kind of nice to see your sister go through it first? I feel like I’ve always gone through the bigger things in life before my sisters, and that makes it scarier. The actual act of giving birth is one of the things I’m terrified of. She says it’s totally worth it — right :)?

    • di @ life of di.
      December 16, 2013

      Thanks Emily :) I would definitely say that I’m glad my sister went first. Her labor (for the most part) was, not easy, but it wasn’t as intense as you’d picture on A Baby Story (or something along those lines.) I was honestly terrified for her too but she was so calm and really handle labor well. I told my family that I’m already a drama queen so the fact that she stayed so calm and, to be honest, quiet during her labor doesn’t bode well for me. I’m going to look that much crazier, I’m sure. That said, if labor is as easy (I use that term loosely) as it appears until the last stages of pushing – I’m definitely not as fearful as I once was; however, that last fifteen-twenty minutes was REALLY scary. You could tell that she was just exhausted and ready to be done. I can’t even imagine that kind of stress all over your body when you’re pushing.

      All that said, she still claims it wasn’t as painful as it appears in film or reality TV. Here’s hoping we’re similar in that way…

      PS – She had an epidural eight-nine hours after her water broke!

      • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
        December 17, 2013

        I’m a drama queen too, so yeah…I’m still terrified! I’m impressed that she went that long without an epidural! I’d like to think that I can try to hold off too when my time comes, but who knows! This makes me feel a little better. Obviously both of our moms did it multiple times, so it can’t be as terrible as some of those shows make it seem :).

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