Baby Jude’s Birth Story

Where to begin!

Our sweet little Jude is now three weeks old and our lives have changed for the better!

I remember wondering with each new baby just HOW I was going to find room in my heart to love another just as deeply as my previous, and sure enough, there has been more than enough love to go around. Three times around!

For those of you who read my (previous) post regarding my preggo status/concerns at 37ish weeks, you’ll remember that I was diagnosed with Polyhydramnios (aka- an extremely high level of amniotic fluid). Just to put it into perspective, the average amount of amniotic fluid at this point in pregnancy is generally between 11 – 20 ish… I was at a 39. Extremely high. And explains SO much. I was extremely uncomfortable (way more than my previous pregnancies) and I couldn’t figure out why. That along with looking like I was about to birth twins any day (I have pictures to prove it!)

Fast forward to my 38 week check up (we’re at the weekly check up’s by this point, you know, when you basically feel like you live at the doctors office). My OB checked me, we did a stress test to make sure Jude was fine (which he was), and last but not least, an ultrasound to find out if my water levels had increased. Sure enough, they had. My OB took a long pause, looked at me with a puzzled look, and said “Well, are you ready to have a baby today?”. I honestly wasn’t shocked. I just had this gut level feeling things were going to happen sooner than later. I felt like I was carrying an 11 pounder around and couldn’t figure out how I hadn’t gone into natural labor yet by this point. She went onto explain that had my water broken at home, complications were at a higher risk and she wasn’t willing to take that chance.

The timing of everything was crazy as my entire household (hubby included) except for me was sick. Throwing up, stuffy noses, coughing… you name it, we were facing it. Thankfully my husband had somewhat taken a turn for the better that morning and felt good enough to be there for the delivery.

We checked into the hospital around 1:30pm on March 21. I won’t bore you with the nitty gritty details, but 6 hours later at 7:19pm, we met our sweet boy- Jude Nathan! He shocked us all weighing in at only 7 lbs 9 oz.. I was sure there was an 8-9 lber in there! That dang water!

We stayed at the hospital that night and left the following. We were dying to get home to create our new normal with our now family of five.

I have to say, we have been BLESSED and I am truly grateful because of it. Jude has got to be one of the most easy going, go-with-the-flow babies. My husband and I keep looking at each other thinking “is he real?!” (Knock on wood). People always told me number three is typically the easiest, but I have also always heard the transition from two to three is the most challenging. In our case, they were right with the first and wrong with the second. I’m not sure if it’s because I mentally overly prepared for crazy town or because it’s just reality, but this transition has been the easiest thus far (all the praise hands!). Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my moments and it’s non.stop.busy! We’re out numbered and there’s another one to add in for everything… getting dressed, laundry, feeding, etc… things are always moving. There’s always something to do. But we’ve been truly blessed by such a happy, healthy baby boy and I couldn’t be more thankful because of it!

Brother and sister are adjusting well, too. Well… sister is. Brother is taking some getting use to. He’s definitely playing into the middle child syndrome thing in finding his new place in the family. He has such a sweet, tender heart, we’ve had to be intentional about making sure we focus on him with such a big shift happening in his little world. Big sister is absolutely loving her new role as second mommy and jumps at the mention of asking for help with Jude. Feeding, changing, burping, holding… you name it, she’s on it!

Looks wise- he’s basically identical to my other two as newborns. I joke that we make “baby Travs” aka- baby daddy’s. My husband has some strong genes, that’s for sure! And now that we’ve pulled out pictures and compared, he looks so much like Ella- it’s crazy!

Jude Nathan… You’ve completed our family little dude. Already can’t imagine life without you!

I’ve included a few pictures from our stay at the hospital below… a ton of you asked where my robe is from on Instagram and unfortunately it’s sold out. However, Pink Blush Maternity has a ton more adorable robes to choose from. If nothing catches your eye there, check out Plum Pretty Sugar and all of their maternity robes- seriously my favorite and a great selection!

One last thing 🙂 I wanted to make mention of my (abnormal) weight loss post baby. So many of you commented on a few pictures I’ve posted on Instagram that I thought I should address it here for those of you who might think I’m crazy or abnormal. That I am- abnormal. Breast feeding sucks the LIFE out of me! In fact, (to be honest) I’m currently struggling and trying my best to keep up with my supply. I’m a little (once again) abnormal when it comes to that, too. I have to literally be eating or drinking 24/7 or else I can’t keep up. Seems as if I’ve tried all of the remedies to increasing my supply, however, It’s still a daily struggle for me. So if you have the magic answer to increasing and maintaining a good supply, please comment below or shoot me an e-mail! I’d LOVE to hear any and all advice! I’m still trying to figure it out, round 3 🙂

P.P.S. Can ya spot the poop on my robe?! 🙂 #lifewithanewborn

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  1. April 12, 2016 / 6:07 am

    CONGRATS! Love his name and your robe!!! 🙂

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 12, 2016 / 11:24 am

      Thanks Andi!!

  2. April 12, 2016 / 10:50 am

    So beautiful!! Love all these pictures 🙂 Baby Jude is absolutely adorable. Now I’m really excited to give birth to my baby boy next month <3 Thanks for sharing!

    xo Raina
    http://www.themamaqueen.com

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 12, 2016 / 11:23 am

      Thank you! 🙂 Good luck, mama!

  3. Lindsey w
    April 12, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    Congrats! He is gorgeous and you look fantastic!
    Have you heard of mothers milk tea by earth mama angel baby organics? Their teas are fantastic and I’ve heard the mothers milk tea works great in increasing supply!

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 12, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Hi Lindsey! I’ve heard of mothers milk tea but I’ve also heard it tastes disgusting which is why I have yet to give it a shot. The one you mentioned, are you suggesting that particular brand is the best one? I might have to try it out! Thanks!!!

      • Megan
        April 13, 2016 / 1:29 pm

        I just read your post as I sip my Mother’s Milk tea! I actually really like the taste (I also heard it was gross), and don’t add anything to it. It does seem to help, but for me Gatorade (G2) was what helped my supply the most (my daughter is 16 months and still breastfeeding). Good luck! I know it’s so stressful on top of running after other little ones, lack of sleep, etc. Congratulations on your sweet Jude!

  4. April 12, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Congratulations! I LOL’d at the “P.P.S “. You look stunning even with baby poop on your robe. My 10.5 month old is still being EBF, but boy do I still remember those first few months. I think I tried everything to increase my milk supply…oatmeal cookies!

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 12, 2016 / 8:39 pm

      Thanks for the tip! I’m eating oatmeal every day as so many people swear by it.

  5. Jackie
    April 12, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    I have been following you recently on Instagram. I have a 3 month old, my third baby. He is also the most chill little thing. Makes me question my decision to not have anymore. I eat a bowl of oatmeal, mix Nutella in from time to time, drink 3 mugs of mother’s milk tea a day and pump after I feed and that helps a lot. I notice a big difference if I don’t eat my oatmeal. Hope it helps!

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 12, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      you too?! I hear that soooo much about baby number 3! We are done as well but I totally understand your second guessing… my husband would kill me if he even heard me mention a fourth lol! Thanks for the tips- I’m eating oatmeal every morning for breakfast, too!

  6. Sharley
    April 12, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Adorable! There’s lots of lactation cookie recipes, that I have friends swear by! I have the opposite problem, I have an over abundance supply, more than my 2 month old will ever need!

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 12, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Yes, I’ve been meaning to try the lactation cookies! I’ve seen them all over Pinterest! Thanks girl!

  7. Alicia
    April 12, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Awe, so sweet! I just had my 6th baby a week ago…and he is a Jude, too! 🙂 for nursing, my sister in law had trouble and she used basil and fennel essential oils, diluted it and rubbed it on her chest after she fed and did it about 3 times a day. After a week her milk supply went way up and she hasn’t had a problem since. She said she just does it occasionally now. She had trouble with enough milk with her first and had to supplement, but when she tried this with her second, she said she has never produced this much. Might be worth a try… If you haven’t already tried it. 😉 hope it helps! Your family is just too cute! 🙂

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 12, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Hi Alicia! Interesting about the oils! I will have to look into it! Thanks for the advice!

  8. Christina elliott
    April 12, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Congrats beautiful momma!!! I’m the same way with breastfeeding and quick weight loss. It’s a blessing and a curse, because the combo can be stressful and exhausting. The trick to upping supply is fluids and not worrying about it. It’s okay to supplement if you need to. Don’t be hard on yourself! I’m so glad the transition has been smooth so far!!! Xoxoxoxxxx!

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 12, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Christina! I thought that was you! I even went on Facebook to double check 😉 You are so right! Fluids have been a game changer for me and I notice that if I don’t drink enough, my supply is down. Praying for you, friend!

  9. Emily Lindsey
    April 12, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Congrats!! He’s adorable and I’m so glad I found you on Instagram! Your family is adorable. I had an over abundance until 3 months pp and my supply dropped drastically when my cycle came back (yay 😑). I’ve done a lot and tried a lot & I’d say water definitely is key, like you said. Stay on top of that! Fennel essential oil rubbed around breasts (avoiding the nipple). MotherLove more milk plus supplement. MotherLove Goat’s Rue Herb supplement. Lots of good, healthy fats & trying to stay away from fast food (bad fats). They can decrease fat content in your milk. So tons of coconut oil & pastured butter! I had to cut dairy because of my son’s eczema, but whole milk yogurt is helpful, too. And I hear raw milk helps, too. I pump at least twice a day & I tell myself that even if I don’t get anything, it’s still helpful! Sometimes I’ll pump more frequently & pump after feedings. It’s rough! Hang in there mama! Xo

  10. April 12, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Congrats to your family. Loved reading your birth story.

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 13, 2016 / 10:13 am

      Thanks Andrea!

  11. April 13, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Beautiful baby!! Beautiful family!!

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 13, 2016 / 10:12 am

      Thank you Anna 🙂

  12. Cindy
    April 13, 2016 / 11:53 am

    Congratulations, my dear! I’m expecting my third at the end of July (after having a son 15 years ago and a baby girl a year and a half ago) and reading your words that things are easiest with the third child gives me hope because my girl is energetic as all hell and it scares me to death to have two of her!? lol. I pray my sweet boy comes out as chill as your lovely little Jude. Blessings!

  13. Ellen Watzig
    April 14, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Congratulations Melis! I loved reading this. It’s so wonderful seeing you happy with such a beautiful family xoxo

  14. Elizabeth matchell
    April 15, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Sorry I’m probably late to this convo and you may already have all the info you need haha…but! My mom told me about a couple of remedies, which I’ve tried with some noticeable results! 1) sweetened condensed milk…I’m Russian and let me tell ya – the ruskis love this stuff just as a dessert with some tea. I put this stuff in tea/coffee etc. (that is if there’s no dairy allergy) 2) walnuts and honey together. Also my friend swore by the Guinness, the beer…like almost instant increase (I haven’t tried it)’. But that’s her, everyone’s different. I just know that when I was low I was willing to try anything! From one mama to another! Hope you were able to sort it out. And your fam is super cute!!

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 18, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Thank you girl! Those were some new ones I hadn’t heard yet! Well, I have heard about the beer, just not the biggest fan there 😉 I’ve been downing milk/cream everything!

  15. Jaime
    April 15, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    Congratulations, another beautiful baby 💙 I love his name. I found that oats (in any form) and lots of water made my supply rich and so much of it. Porridge for breakfast, flapjacks for snacks and a water bottle constantly in my hand. 3 hearty home cooked meals and grazing in-between and I could’ve fed the whole town. Good luck x

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 18, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      That’s basically exactly what I’m doing. Wish I could say I could also feed a whole town… working towards it! Thanks for the tips!

  16. April 17, 2016 / 7:52 am

    Awe I’m late to this party, but I love reading birth stories and it was so fun seeing all of your beautiful preggo pics on IG. We are trying for baby #3, but not sure if it’s Gods will yet. I had the same problems breast feeding my two girls and yes drinking tons of water helps, but can be so hard! I found eating oatmeal everyday for breakfast really helps. I would say just keep eating and drinking the best you can. Again I had the same issue but was able to still nurse up to year with both mine. I did have to supplement a bit here and there, but I also had one that was a preemie and wanted to feed around the clock up to 6 mons! Best of luck Momma you have beautiful babies 🙂
    xo, Nicole
    lilflowermama.com

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 18, 2016 / 9:46 pm

      Thanks lady!!

  17. Lindsay Litherland
    April 21, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Hey girl!!! So I’m exclusively pumping for my 3rd. I take this supplement that you can only order through in house pharmacy which is a European pharmacy. I took it during my 2nd and it kept my milk supply going for almost 2 years with Trace b/c I could only pump with him too. Shoot me an email and I can send you the link. They were a game changer for me. I pump double to triple the amount when I take them daily

    • ellabrooksblog
      April 22, 2016 / 3:54 pm

      No way!!! I am so going to e-mail you Lindsay! Thanks girl!

      • Lily Strysko
        April 24, 2016 / 7:19 pm

        Domperidone! Or email me I’ve tried it all with my second.

        • ellabrooksblog
          April 24, 2016 / 9:19 pm

          Is Domperidone the prescription? I’ve heard negative things about it :/

  18. April 29, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Congrats to you and your beautiful family!

  19. June 29, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Congrats! Now that I’ve had a baby of my own I’m constantly looking for lifestyle blogs written by moms. I feel like it’s more relatable for me now haha. Totally jealous you look fab with 3 babies! I can barely find the time to dress into something other then leggings =X

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