Welcome Alice Anne

I can’t believe little Alice Anne is almost 5 months old! It feels like just yesterday that I was getting to document her birth and the moments leading up to it! Thank you, Ashely, for taking the time to write your story and allowing me to share!

“Finding out we were pregnant was a little a scary for me. Would I be a good enough mom, am I ready, will she love me? My fiancé Will had full confidence in all of those things and he was right. Will was thrilled that we were having a baby and with his reaction, my anxiety went away. Excitement set in. I was going to be a mom. I remember seeing her on the screen at our first appointment. Of course, we didn’t know she was a she. I thought she was a he…but again Will was right, he knew we were having a girl! Finding out that brought us pure joy and feeling her move for the first time was the most incredible feeling. A moment I’ll never forget. All of these little memories building our anticipation to bring her, Alice Anne Spicer, into the world.

I hit my due date and was ready for our baby. She had other ideas though. After visiting the doctor he insisted we induce me on September 26th. That was 10 days past my due date. My mom was 10 days past her due date when I was born so it seemed like fate. The day before my induction I got my hair done, nails done and pampered myself…soon I would be devoting all of my time to Alice. The morning of the 26th we woke up…I could barely sleep. It was like the night before Christmas and you know you’re going to wake up to a huge gift. This one the best of all. We were so excited.

We walked into the hospital at 6 a.m., checked in went up to our room to wait. Doctor Rasner came in and broke my water, which was actually painful, then we waited. I was already dilated one centimeter so we thought things would progress quickly after that… slowly I dilated more. I got an epidural after feeling very frequent contractions. I thought she was coming soon but we waited.

At baptist south laboringat baptist south hospital mom was inducedat baptist south the sun sets as labor progressesA mom labors with her fiance and mother by her sidemonitoring baby while laboring through the night
Close to midnight, Dr. Rasner delivered the news…he wanted to go ahead with a c-section. He said I hadn’t dilated past 8 centimeters in hours. I was upset. I had my heart set on a vaginal birth.

during an induction hand holding and supportfor a cesarean mom getting ready to head back to the OR
The important thing was bringing Alice into the world safely and I was most definitely ready to meet her. So we prepared for a belly birth.

before heading back to OR dad putting on gown

My mom was left behind in my room while Will and I moved to the room we met Alice in. It was 1:22 a.m. I remember knowing she was out but not hearing her cry and I panicked but then I heard a cry, to my relief. The doctor asked did I want to see her…yes, of course, I wanted to see her! I looked up and there she was a little bloody but mostly just beautiful. I cried at her sight and then Will went with her while they stitched me up. I turned my head and could see him with her. He was smiling ear to ear. I wanted to hold her but had to wait.

With Dr. Rasner baby born via c-section at baptist southafter belly birth dad and mom meeting and holding baby for the very first timebefore being weighed and newborn exam grandma meets babyduring the exam newborn ink footprints being done

In recovery, I got to hold my daughter for the first time. I couldn’t believe my nervousness melted away. It felt natural. Alice was 8 pounds 8 ounces and 20.7 inches long. Dark hair and lots of it. The prettiest little hands and feet.

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My mom, Will and I spent the first hours with her and then we tried to sleep. Alice was a good eater from the start, no issues breastfeeding. The pain finally kicked in from the c-section but I was so happy to have Alice it was all ok.

One of Will’s best friends, Brent brought me fried chicken from Publix and mac and cheese. Eating was on the priority list since I hadn’t had food since September 25th at 11 p.m. Will’s family was there and my Dad joined.

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We were ready to leave the hospital and go home to be a family of three! Thankfully Alice and I were healthy enough to go home early so that’s exactly what we did! Recovery was hard after the c-section. My skin is stretched and has stripes and my abs now have a big gap in between. All worth it to have our little angel, I’m glad it was a good home for her for 9 months and even happier to hold her on the outside now.”



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Hi I'm Melissa!

I'm an introverted, T-shirt wearing, animal loving, nature admiring, lucky wife, mother of 3, photography and birth obsessed lady.