Meet Lincoln Bradford

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“Open your eyes Heather! Open your eyes! Your son is here!” After 12 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing, I gave one final push and opened my eyes. I was exhausted. I didn’t think the pushing would ever end. And just like that it did.

At 5:56 AM on September 9th, Lincoln Bradford came into our world. To be honest, I’ve never really wanted to be a mom. All the responsibility, poop, and sleepless nights seemed so unappealing to me. Then 5 years into marriage, I discovered that I had somewhat of a mom bone only to find out that getting pregnant wouldn’t be so easy. After going through infertility treatments for a year, on Christmas Day of 2015 I found out that we had created a miracle. The second I saw our miracle, I was in love. Real heart pounding love.

Within 30 seconds of being born, Lincoln was on my chest turning from bluish/purple to a bright shade of pink. My husband describes the moment as transcendent. I had tears streaming down my face and I couldn’t take my eyes off of this new little human. We were the definition of a family.

Since coming home, Lincoln has opened up my heart even more. He’s such a great baby. My days are spent snuggled up to his little body and watching him discover new things around him. Just last week, his eye sight started to improve. He is now aware of the little owls over his bassinet – he fixates on them! He is also obsessed with music. He will pump his little hands and legs at the sound of any tune. Lincoln loves doing tummy time and skin to skin bonding. He also loves to sleep – at least during the day.

In regards to who he looks like – I definitely think my side of the family. Specifically, my dad and brother which is so funny because I look NOTHING like either one of them. So crazy how genes work, right?

Overall, being a mom is the best job on my resume. I cannot wait to see this little boy continue to transform over the next year. Here are some pictures from the hospital. They are oh so cute!!!IVF Baby BornBoy Birth
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