Sweet Ruby James {one month old}

Well you never believe it when they say it, but man it goes FAST! My sweet Ruby James was born on July 5th and now she is one month old!

I wanted to write down her birth story so I thought I'd share it here too :) 

On July 3rd, my husband and I attended a good friends' outdoor wedding, which included a "standing room only" ceremony and a short hike through the trees afterwards. I'm convinced that's what sent me into labor ;) I captioned this picture on my instagram with "Could this possibly be our last picture together pregnant?!" 
It was...

At 3am, on July 4th, I woke up with some painful contractions. I waited an hour before waking up Tom and then we waited another hour before calling the Dr. At 5am, we packed up the car and headed to the hospital! I really didn't think I would get admitted, as I was still 3 days shy of her due date and I was CONVINCED she'd take after her daddy and come fashionably late ;) 

Well I was hooked up to some machines and monitored for a few hours and eventually was sent back home as my contractions weren't consistent enough to be considered active labor. The nurse gave me an Ambien to help me sleep for "six hours" with directions to call when I woke up if I was still in pain. Umm, I *maybe* was able to sleep for 20 minutes, the Ambien had nothing against my contractions! I took a bath, then a shower, then bounced on my birthing ball...anything to pass the time! My sister came over and straightened my hair for me...in between the most painful contractions I ever felt in my life! Finally, at 3pm I called the Dr again and they told me to come back in.

They checked me when we got there...still no progress!!! What in the world?! I know I'm sensitive, but I swear I am in labor! I cried and told them they can't send me home! They hooked me up to an IV, then came back an hour later to give me an epidural. BEST.THING.IN.THE.WORLD. I've known, even before getting pregnant, that I wanted an epidural as soon as I possibly could get one. The relief after hours of pain is indescribable! My sister joked that she could tell I was feeling better because I was texting her pictures of me with an oxygen mask giving a thumbs up lol! The Dr checked me again and I had made progress! Woohoo! I dilated about a cm each hour and tried to sleep in between the beeping of the machine I was hooked up to. My husband and I watched the fireworks from our hospital window. It was definitely an experience!

At about midnight, my Dr came in to tell me that I was not progressing past 6 cm and my poor baby's heart rate was dropping with every contraction. They gave me a couple doses of Pitocin to see if it would help speed things along but my body was just being stubborn! At 1am, my Dr told me I would need to deliver via c-section. I was surprisingly calm about it {it could've been all the drugs I was on ;)} and I started to cry, not because I was scared but because it meant I was finally going to meet my baby girl!

The surgery was actually really quick and easy. They wheeled me in at 1:45am, my daughter was born at 2:01am, and I was back in my room at 2:45am! I didn't feel ANYTHING. I remember my husband rubbing my shoulder telling me to relax and everything would be okay and my response was "did they start?" bhaha! FINALLY, Ruby James had arrived and it was the BEST feeling in the whole world!

Welcome to the world Ruby James Hartstein! 
July 5th, 2016, 2:01am, 7lbs10oz, 19 inches long!

Although my surgery went really well, my recovery was very rough! This was my first surgery I've ever had, so that was hard! I also developed a tape rash from my bandage and that was no fun! After 5 days in the hospital, we were finally able to go home! Our new family of 3!

These past 4 weeks have been nothing short of magical. Although extremely exhausting, and there are days I flat out don't remember, I wouldn't trade it for the world! 
{swaddle from Mint and Arrows}

Ruby is starting to become a littler person! She is SUCH a good baby!

 She eats like a champ, loves to sleep like her daddy, is now starting to be more alert and checking out her surroundings, and smiles when mommy and daddy talk to her!
{our first night home, one of my all time favorite pictures of her!}

We also got to celebrate lots of firsts with our baby girl!
Our first family walk:

Ruby's first bath:

Ruby's first photoshoot:

{photos by Bachmanville Photography}

Ruby's first trip to Target {and the long nap we all needed after LOL}

Ruby's first trip to her pediatrician!

We just love every little thing about our baby girl and we are so excited to watch her grow.
Ruby James, you are SO loved!
{little miracle onesie from Ella & Eddie}
{Hospital Door Banner from Handcrafted Brunette}


  1. She is absolutely perfect! And your family is as cute as can be. Enjoy EVERY moment together. <3

  2. Sweet! Congratulations! What a wonderful keepsake for your daughter!

  3. Congratulations! My sweet Anneli Elisabeth was born June 5th! So much love! Hard to focus on back to school with such darling little angels! Best wishes for an amazing year with your Ruby!

  4. She is absolutely adorable! Congratulations! My second daughter's middle name is James too! :0) Samantha James.

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  6. Haddar, your baby is so adorable, congratulations!