Maxwell’s Birth Story

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I shared Caleb’s birth story on our blog and I am so glad I did because I enjoy looking back at the day he was born. Today it is Maxwell’s turn! It is crazy that little Maxwell was born over a week ago. The days have been foggy, but it seems like he has been with us forever. He fits right in and I am so happy to have him home with us!

Ok, onto the story! My due date was August 4th. Of course, we all know due dates don’t really mean anything. Caleb was four days late so I knew that I could go late the second time around, but I was hoping I would have an early or at least an on time delivery. Well, August 4th passed us by and I was still very pregnant.

On Tuesday, August 5th we had a morning appointment with our midwife to make sure everything was still going well. I was in a lot of pain because the baby was so low. There was an extreme amount of pressure “down there.” They were a little concerned that my belly wasn’t measuring any bigger. It was at a 36, where it had been for the past few weeks. So we had to get an ultrasound to make sure the baby was growing and there was enough fluid. Luckily, everything was perfect!

They checked me and I was dilated to a two, so we went home and started the waiting game again. They told me if I didn’t have the baby by Sunday, I would be induced.

Well, around 4 p.m. I started having consistent contractions. Josh started timing them on his phone and they were happening every 3-5 minutes. I knew it was baby time! So we made some calls to make sure Caleb was taken care of, I ate a PB & J, took a shower, and finished packing my bag! We were ready to go to the hospital.

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We arrived at the hospital at about 8:00 p.m. We checked in and when we got to our room we looked out the window and saw a beautiful rainbow! That put me at ease!

Our nurse came in and checked me out. I was dilated to a four and they asked me if I wanted an epidural. I for sure wanted one, no doubt about that. I just wasn’t sure if I was ready for it. When I had Caleb, I was at almost a seven before I had the epidural…because that is when we got to the hospital. I thought I had to wait a little longer, but they told me it was more than ok to go ahead and get it. There was no reason to be in pain. I agreed and told them I was ready to be drugged!

The epidural went smoothly. It really helped me relax. I read my book and we visited with our nurse and midwife. We were all hanging out waiting for our baby to arrive.

We told our midwife we really wanted to have the baby on August 5th, so if she could make that happen, we would be very happy. She looked at the clock and said no worries, we’ve got this! That made me happy and excited! I couldn’t believe I would be holding my baby before midnight!

We wanted to have the baby on Tuesday, August 5th because about a week before we had the baby we all started making predictions on when he would arrive. Caleb kept saying the baby was coming on Tuesday. When we would suggest another day, he would say NO, he is coming on TUESDAY! Well, I guess our Caleb knew something we didn’t know because he was right. Our baby came at 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

My midwife broke my water which sped things along. When it was time to push I only had to push for ten minutes. I was alert and felt good about everything. When I heard our baby cry I was relieved and beyond happy. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck three times, but thank goodness it was very loose. Our baby was just fine! Josh cut the cord and they handed our baby to me.  I placed him on my skin and took a good look at our baby. He had hair, but not nearly as much as Caleb. It was also much lighter. He was absolutely perfect!

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They cleaned up our baby and weighed him. He was 6 pounds 13 ounces and 19.5 inches long, the EXACT same measurements as Caleb. Crazy!!

They brought the baby back to me and Josh and I decided it was time to officially name him. We chose Maxwell Forrest Lichty. We both liked the name Maxwell and Forrest is a family name….after my grandpa, dad, and brother.

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I nursed Maxwell for the first time and he was a pro from the beginning. He latched right on and didn’t want to stop eating. That was a relief.

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We waited in the recovery room for about an hour and then were moved up to our room. We were relaxing by 1 a.m. I couldn’t believe how quickly everything happened.  Labor and delivery was much easier than I was anticipating. Josh made sure he put a Ute beanie on Maxwell, much better than the hospital hats:)

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We stayed at the hospital for two nights. We didn’t get much rest because they come in and check on you every five minutes, but it was nice to have some time to recover. I was really swollen and needed some time to heal. The food was not very tasty, but I survived. On our last night, Josh surprised me with some ice cream. It tasted SO good:)

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Caleb came and visited us at the hospital and it was the highlight of our stay. We missed him! Caleb was so excited to meet his baby brother. He gave him kisses, held him, and told him about his day. It melted my heart to see my two boys together.

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We were happy to come home and spend time together as a family. The days and nights blur together and I am still sore and tired, but life is good. We are blessed to have such a beautiful baby and family. We are also grateful for everyone’s love, support, kind comments, emails, and prayers. We are also thankful for friends who have made sure we have delicious and nutritious food to eat and for friends who have stepped in to help with Caleb. We can’t thank you all enough!

We are taking one day at a time and trying to enjoy all of the baby snuggles we can! We are thrilled Maxwell is part of our pea pod! He makes our family complete!

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Make sure you follow us on Instagram for more baby Maxwell photos! I am trying to not to post TOO many photos, but I can’t help myself. Maxwell is too cute:)

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. What an awesome story! I read every word like it was a novel unfolding 🙂 Thanks for sharing all the details and that’s crazy that he was the EXACT same measurements as Caleb! And I love his name! CONGRATS you guys!!!

  2. Congrats on another little pea! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and have always been enjoying your family updates, besides the awesome recipes. Keep it up!

  3. What an alert little guy! Babies lately are soooo alert, way more than they were when i was young, my son is 24, the 11th august, and was nowhere near this alert! Max is as cute as Caleb, who was uberdarling(and still is)! Congrats!! Quite the keepers there!!

  4. What a cute cute baby boy, actually 2 cute cute baby boys! Post away on the pictures I love them!! Congratulations to you and Josh!!

  5. I follow you on instagram, and I have to say, post away! He is such a cute little squish. Just love the picture of him with Caleb.

  6. Beautiful birth story, congratulations! Your family is beautiful. I am so jealous of your ten minutes of pushing. I pushed for 5 hours, yes FIVE. Hoping the next one isn’t so traumatic!! He is perfect!

  7. I am a mom of five and a former labor/delivery nurse…..and I never get tired of reading new baby stories! OF COURSE you should be posting lots of baby pictures! 🙂 That’s what new moms do, and you have two beautiful little boys. Congratulations on your sweet new baby, and blessings to your whole little family!

  8. Your birth story brought back so many happy memories! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful family memories with all of us! Your boys are beautiful and they are blessed to have you and Josh as wonderful loving parents. Congrats to all of you……welcome to the pea pod Maxwell!

  9. Fun to read your birth story! Even at age 65 I remember each of my three children’s births and the joy each as brought to our lives!

  10. Congratulations on your new baby! The pictures of Caleb and Maxwell are precious. I am glad you’re doing well and that you’re both home. I follow you on Instagram, and you can keep the baby pics coming! There is NO complaint from me! 🙂

  11. how wonderful your pod is now full! Enjoy this precious time together! It is great you have family and friends helping out so needed at this time. My mother use to take her month vacation when i had my boys she was wonderful to me and my family and was so so helpful and I in turn have done the same for my daughter in laws when my 8 grandbebe’s came along!!!

  12. Congratulations!!! The pictures are fabulous! My daughter’s going to be induced next Friday with my second granddaughter (a little premature, but there have been complications from her beginning and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will be handling everything- thank God!) and I hope to have some similar and wonderful pictures like yours! But this will be sister-bonding instead!

    Best wishes to your new “pea”!!

  13. Enjoyed Maxwell’s story and Caleb’s too. Proud everything went well for all of you. Enjoy those two boys. They grow up so quickly..

  14. Adorable baby! My daughter is just 2 mos pregnant with my second grandchild- she’s hoping for a girl, I’m hoping for healthy.
    Best wishes for you and your handsome boys!

  15. So happy for you all! Welcome to the world Maxwell. And thank you for all the great recipes and kitchen hints! Be well!

  16. Maxwell is too cute! Glad you had a good delivery and are home. You’re blessed to have good support from friends and family for sure. Caleb is very cute hanging with his brother:)

  17. Huge congrats Maria and family, such a beautiful story to tell. My mom always has to note how she saw a rainbow on my birth morning too 🙂 we always had rainbow Sherbert ice cream on my birthdays because of it

  18. Congratulations to all of you! What a beautiful baby boy, and you did a fantastic job telling his birth story. Thank you for sharing, Maria!

  19. Soooooo precious, Maria!! Congratulations – officially!

    How crazy that both babies had the same measurements. Talk about cut from the same cloth.

    Hope you are resting and healing. I wish I could bring a hot meal! xo

  20. What a beautiful story. We are waiting for our first baby due Dec 14th. This brought a tear to my eye. Might be the hormones but very sweet indeed. I’m definitely getting an epidural also. Why be in pain if not necessary. Congrats

  21. A new little pea to add to the pod! I just love the picture of Maxwell’s feet! What fun it will be watching Caleb and Maxwell grow up together. Thanks for sharing with us (and get some rest!).

  22. Wow! reading this brought tears to my eyes. I went through all the child bearing stuff in the 70’s early 80’s- my last son was born in 81. I had 3 boys. Anyhow God bless and enjoy the little ingrates because someday they will grow up and move out. Give them lots of hugs and kisses from this old grandma

  23. congratulations!!!! What a beautiful baby. Thanks for sharing the newborn pictures. Your “pod” is getting bigger. 🙂

  24. Awe congratulations! Yay for a super speedy delivery and a good latch! I know that I personally was concerned when Ryder was born about that. It’s a nice relief once that happens! He is absolutely adorable!!!

  25. I came here for the french bread pizza recipe and saw your pregnancy update… turns out we had babies 1 day apart. My second daughter was born a week early on August 4th. Congratulations! Hope you are having as much fun as we are!!

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