Saturday, March 31, 2012

My Baby Is One

Our baby is one...or more importantly, we survived Mavis' first year! I started planning Mavis' birthday months ago. It started with the best idea I've had in years...hire Portland's favorite family photographer and friend, Posy Quarterman to take some family photos and photos at the party. The BEST idea. Although, I'm not going to lie, I felt a little weird not taking a single photo of the birthday girl all day, but then...I saw this photo! My baby...

Was there drama? Why, yes. Of course. We were packed up and rushing out of the house to meet Posy for some pre-photos. Mezmur was having ANOTHER tantrum...I think this one was about how she couldn't have gum yet, because the gum was in the car or something like that. So, Mezmur, in all her rage slammed the door shut...with us all outside and the keys to the car and house inside. Not what this stressed out mom needed! Trust me. Mezmur knew she made a big mistake as we rushed around trying to find a door/window to open. With no luck, we went to plan B. We got a hold of Posy and she took some pre-photos at our house...well, the neighbors house, because the neighbors have a much prettier yard. Next, we rushed around putting things in Posy's car and hitched a ride to the party at Kennedy School. The party was a huge success and Dan declared, "Mavis won't have a cake that fancy again until her wedding day." (No, I did not make the cake, but I did decorate it.) Here is another photo by Posy. I'll share more about the birthday party when I can share more photos.

Of course there was a lot of reflection on the birth of Mavis yesterday...and the day before that. After a successful unmediated VBAC (still my biggest success in life) Mavis Miriam was born! Not without drama and that drama has continued with sleepless nights and a bit of a high need baby. But we couldn't imagine our life without our baby Mavis.

This remains my favorite photo from the day Mavis was born. I love the way she is looking at me...for the first time.

What was the drama at the birth? Well, after the birth the umbilical cord got detached from the placenta causing the placenta to get stuck. After getting to hold Mavis for ten short minutes I needed to be rushed into surgery, because I was hemorrhaging. I was so sad I couldn't be with Mavis and sad I needed an epidural! I needed a D and C to get the placenta out. This added three-four weeks to my recovery. After the surgery, I got Mavis back and nursed her for an hour and a half straight, while I watched them clean up buckets of my blood off the floor. After a little research, Dan and I think this happened because of my previous cesarean. I'll write a post about that soon...

We love you Mavis Miriam.

5 comments:

Grayson Dempsey said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful day, beautiful memories. Congratulations to your whole family. Xoxo

Christi said...

Wow, such a great idea to hire a photographer for this day. I love the pictures so much. And I love your family too :)

Duncan said...

I love the photos so far, I can't wait to see the rest of them. Sounded like "The Modern Family" type of family photo session. . . I'm sure the party was great and to say the least I wish I was there to be a part of it. Miss you all and the Birthday girl is a doll. Memories indeed for her 1st Birthday. Love to all! ! ! !

April said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Mavis! I can't believe it's already been a year!!!

rachel said...

autumn, the photos are *amazing*, the dress is perfect, and i had no idea about that aspect of Mavis' birth! wow. i had quite a lot of bleeding too (*nothing* like what you are describing - but i did need pitocin) and i remember feeling so weak. you are a real trooper. you must be one strong women. happy birthday, mavis!