Sarah Kathryn speaks with us about pumping yourself up for sleepless nights, her Greek food obsession, and how she dealt with having a newborn in the NICU.
Q: What made you decide to have your baby at Brookwood Baptist?
A: A friend recommended Dr. Gregory. We connected immediately, and I felt like I could trust them with such a major part of my life. Brookwood Baptist also has great prenatal classes and fitness programs. My husband and I took the Parenting Class (at one point I thought he was going to pass out but we learned so much!). The swim and yogaclasses were great too. They kept me physically fit, and I got to interact with other girls were experiencing the same things. The girls that had already had babies told us things even our best friends hadn’t told us about being pregnant, and I was able to do the same when I went back during my second pregnancy.
Q: What made you feel beautiful during your pregnancy?
A: Feeling my children move around in my tummy made me feel beautiful … and proud. It’s such a special moment feeling your baby wiggle for the first time, and then to feel the movements and kicks get stronger as you progress. It’s like they are saying, “You can do it, keep it up!”
Q: What was your guilty pleasure during pregnancy?
A: With Ella, I was crazy about anything sweet but especially Cinnamon Crunch Bagels from Panera Bread. I went into labor waaaay ahead of schedule, and I actually had to get my co-worker to get one I had stashed inside my desk drawer out before a trail of ants attacked my office! With Pippin, I loved anything Mediterranean … pita, hummus, fish, greek salads, you name it. I actually started to drive to the Colonnade Taziki’s for my usual lunch, because I was embarrassed of how often I was going to the Mt. Brook location! :)
Q: What are your favorite memories of your children’s first days?
A: By the time it is through you will get to meet your baby. Yes, YOUR BABY, that sweet little thing that been wiggling and kicking and causing heartburn for 9 months. There isn’t a feeling like that in the world. I always tell my friends to enjoy those days at the hospital, ask your nurses a thousand questions and know that you and your baby are in the absolute best care possible. Ella was in the NICU for almost two weeks, and I will never forget the nurses and doctors that taught me so much in those first frightening days. She arrived 5 weeks early and her little lungs weren’t quite developed; she just couldn’t catch her breath and needed some help breathing. She improved after a couple of setbacks with jaundice and apnea – terms the NICU doctors and nurses calmly and thoroughly explained to us. We were able to take her home after 10 days and, today, you would NEVER KNOW how fragile her beginning was! Pippin, on the other hand, probably would have stayed in my tummy until she was two! We induced with her and it was a much easier having a healthy baby from the start. That said, I wouldn’t dream of changing either experience.
Q: What’s the last thing you splurged on just for yourself?
A: I was pregnant and in maternity clothes all last summer, so I just bought a cute pair of shorts that did NOT have a stretchy waist!
Q: How do you get through the “tough days” as a mom?
A: Two things: Around 4:30 or 5pm everyday, I start singing “Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night” by The Black Eyed Peas to pump myself up for the night ahead. I also get the coffee pot ready for the next morning. That way, no matter what time that sweet baby decides to start her day, all I have to do is hit the “start” button and my coffee has begun as well! Seriously though, there are plenty of tough days, but those won’t last forever and a new one will start tomorrow.
Q: What’s your favorite date night spot?
Q: There’s a lot of baby “gear” out there, what’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
A: My jogging stroller! Whenever the girls cried as newborns, I would take them outside and it always seemed to calm them. The rhythm of the walk is settling, and it feels good to get in a little exercise. Ella and I talk and sing songs, and Pippin has now started babbling right along with us. It’s a great time between us girls!