finally four

Confession:  I thought that because we had a planned C-section, Charlie really wouldn’t have a “birth story.”

I mean, with Eddie it was very dramatic how I went into labor and how I pushed and worked at it all day and then the emergency situations that landed us in the OR for a c-section.

This time?  Everything was planned.  Maybe I would have nothing to share.

I was wrong.

Everyone has a birth story no matter how they got here.

And here is Charlie’s…

At 6:10am on Tuesday, March 13, Cort’s mom showed up at our house to sit with Eddie and do breakfast and what not.  Cort and I grabbed my bag and the camera and headed to the hospital.

I was more nervous than I thought I would be.  Since I couldn’t eat or drink…not even a SIP of water…I was all cotton-mouthed and nervous stomach.  I even got the vom sweats while sitting in the little prep room with Cort.

Once I was in the nice cool OR though, I was totally calmed down.  Everyone was so laid back.

We were first of the day so there were lots of chit chats going on and jokes and just…calm.  So different from last time.

My nurses were totally funny and awesome and laughed at my lame attempts at jokes about my sad shave job on my legs.

My anesthesiologist was the shiz, yo.  He chatted about microbrew beers and his twin boys.  He asked me if I had any other kids, and I told him about Eddie.

“Heh, heh…like Eddie Vedder?” He asked me.

“Well, now that you mention it…” and I went on to tell him about our love of Pearl Jam (even though, no, Eddie is not named after Eddie Vedder…but it’s a cool coincidence).

Later, during the surgery, he whipped out his iphone and played some Pearl Jam for me.

Yup. The staff here is awesome like that.

The surgery started when Cort was brought in.  No announcing it, just cutting in.

And we all talked and joked.

Did I mention everything was laid back?

Charlie was waaaaay up in my ribs though, so in the middle of everything, my doc says, “Ok, vacuum, please,” and Cort peeked for a look at that.  Once they got Charlie’s head out, they noticed that the chord was double wrapped around his neck, so they adjusted all that and pulled the rest of him out.

And out he came at 8:03am.  Just 33 minutes after I had practically walked myself into the OR.

This time, the Good Doc held him over the sheet so I could get a first glimpse of my sweet little man.

nurse took this from her side of the sheet when they showed me Charlie

Charlie let out a good couple bellows to announce his arrival into this world and then he chilled out under the warmer while the nurses went to it.

8 lbs, 9 oz and 20 1/2 inches long.

Within minutes they had him all cleaned and wrapped and handed off to Cort.  And the three of us were very happy.  Very, very happy!

Shortly after, Cort and Charlie went with Charlie’s nurse upstairs to the baby floor to do all the little tests and things, while I was brought to be monitored in recovery.

Last time I was so exhausted after being awake for over 36 hours and going through labor first, that I passed right out and slept for an hour in recovery.  This time, it was only about 3 hours after I had gotten up, and I was wide awake twiddling my thumbs hoping to get out of there and up with my new little love.

By 9:15am I got my wish.

Cort and Charlie were waiting for me in our room, where we quickly called Cort’s mom to bring Eddie over.

We were a family of four…finally.  And we wanted to be together.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.



    That is all. 😀

  2. What a wonderful entrance into the world! Many congrats to you and your family! 🙂

  3. OMG, what a sweet sweet story! I’ so thrilled that this birth was so calm, relaxed and supported. Yaying and happy dancing for you. Congratulations.

  4. Sounds like a perfect birth story!

  5. So glad everything went smoothly. And what a handsome little man you have! I love little chubby babies. I truly think my ovaries ached while looking at the pictures.

    Which isn’t really a good thing since the hubs & I have decided that our family is complete. But all of these little urges? Are making me rethink that plan.

  6. So very, very sweet. Congratulations.

  7. Such a happy, happy time!

  8. He. Is. So. Gorgeous. Really. Really, really. Such a gorgeous color and chubby little arms and legs! So happy for you all.

  9. I’m so happy for you that Charlie’s entrance was such a clam and laid back event. I sure didn’t expect to see an entry from you so quickly after his birth. Looking at the pictures brings a big smile to my face.

  10. Yay! What a beautiful story!

  11. Congrats! So glad to hear what it is like to have a planned c-section. My first ended up being a c-section although I went through the whole dilation, epidural, pushing, etc last time. I always kinda wondered what it might be like if my next one ended up being planned and like you was worried there might not be a story. You are right though, everyone does have a story and your little guy’s is certainly sweet!

  12. So glad that everything was laid back this time around.

    Everyone has a birth story. . . And Charlie’s? Is just wonderful.

    Keep those pictures coming. Love the squishy newborn pics! 🙂

  13. Oh sweet newborn goodness. I adore those chub legs. How precious. Charlies birth story is beautiful, and so is your new family of 4!

  14. Super cute birth story. :]

    i love how all of you are smiling, even Charlie, in your picture. adorable.

  15. Congratulations. He’s adorable.

  16. And the world just got more AWESOME!!! Congrats on Charlie’s arrival! What a GREAT story! And how wonderful to be able really enjoy those first hours of new mamahood without the exhaustion. Way to go Katie!

  17. My favorite might be that you can totally see Cort’s smile in that picture, despite the fact that he’s wearing a surgical mask.

    Welcome to the nation, Charlie — can’t wait to hear all about your further adventures.

  18. Michelle Neuwirth Gray says

    Congrats Katie and Family! He is so adorable! So glad everything went smoothly and both you and Charlie are healthy and safe. 🙂

  19. So happy for you, and so impressed you were able to post so quickly. LOVE the pics!

  20. Welcome little Charlie! He looks like such a sweet pea! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, health & laughter with your new son, Katie. XOXO

  21. heart warming!
    I love how Charlie is smiling in that last pic!

  22. Look at that CHUBBY BABY BELLY!! Such a doll. Welcome, Charlie!

  23. Beautiful! I have totally forgetten about how much it sucked not to be able to eat or drink anything. I was begging the nurses for ice chips, a swig of water, anything! before I went in for the c-section with Cole.
    Anyway, back to your beautiful boy and his wonderful story. I’m so happy for you! For his wondeful grand entrance and your sweet new baby.

  24. Congrats to all of you. He is perfection! My 1st delivery was over the top dramatic too. The other two, not so much. Very laid back like yours.

  25. LOVE IT! Congratulations!

  26. What a great birth story! So happy you had some great and calm moments this time around 🙂

  27. What a joyful story…

    and now for the joyful life.

  28. Look at you posting blogs from the hospital and all. Great birth story. Even better pictures!

  29. Oh Katie!! That sounds truly amazing! I was wondering what it’d be like with a scheduled c-sec after the trauma of an emergency one. I’ll probably bugging you for more and more details about it 🙂

    And congrats again! You are one lucky momma 🙂

  30. Ooohhhhh…now that is ONE beautiful birth story. Charlie welcome to the world!!!!! Those pictures and the ones on the post before this one have me blubbering like a goofbal!. Your gorgeous family of 4!!!!!

    Much love my friend…much love! Xoxoxo

  31. he is so cute! congratulations!!!!

  32. YAAAAAYYYYYY!!!! Welcome to the world Charlie Thomas!!

    You look soooooo happy, and I love that Charlie is smiling almost as much as Cort in the pictures!

    well done to you all, and good luck for happiness and love always xx

    p.s. can’t believe how excited I was getting your post, I’ve been wondering how it went since Tuesday 🙂

  33. Welcome Charlie! And congratulations Sluiter Nation of 4.

    So glad the delivery went so smoothly!

  34. You’re right… everyone has a birth story and it doesn’t matter how you got here… just that you got here. Sounds like this was a much more positive experience than with Eddie. How special that they now have each other for the rest of their lives.

  35. No matter what is going on in this crazy world, when I see wonderful families , such as yours, and that precious newborn…I know all is right in this world…he is just beautiful..perfect round little head. 🙂
    Many many warm thoughts and congratulations to you, Cort, and of course that super little guy and now Big Brother Eddie <3

  36. Congratulations to you and your family! He is adorable! I had both an emergency c/s and a planned one and they are worlds apart, aren’t they? I could not believe the difference between the two. Also planned c/s was easier to recover from;)

  37. Congrats! He’s beautiful!

  38. What a lovely story!

  39. The three of you are just beaming in that first family shot. Makes me so, so happy.

  40. Congratulations, he is beautiful, love the shot of the three of you. Can’t wait to hear about the brotherly adventures. Boys are awesome!

  41. Congrats! And yes, everybody has a birth story, and each one is different and special in it’s own way.

  42. Welcome to the world, Charlie Sluiter! You are so loved already! Congrats Cort, Kate, and Eddie.

  43. Every mother has a birth story to share and Charlie’s is perfect.

    So happy for you all.


  44. Congratulations!!


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