Lucy Sun Vargo
January 12, 2018 // 5:21 pm
6 lbs 15 oz // 20″ long
As I sit down to write this, our sweet Lucy Sun (sounds like soon, also my mom’s middle name) is 3 weeks old. 3 weeks! When they tell you that time flies with a little one, it’s truly no joke. Like clockwork, as each week passes by, I cry happy tears and say to Scott, it’s been 1 – or 2 or 3 – weeks since we met this perfect nugget. How did we get so lucky? Our biggest thanks! to all of you for your kind words, emails and messages since we shared our news. You made us smile so hard.
Lucy’s Birth Story | 3 AM
I always told Scott that I had a feeling our girl would come before her due date, and she did by 4 days. During the 39th week of pregnancy, we took extra long walks with the pups and ate spicy foods, and each evening as we tucked ourselves into bed, we would say, will tonight be the night? We were so excited to have her join our family that our difficulty sleeping was a result of our own giddiness. Finally – 3 weeks ago, sigh – I awoke to a small cramp in my stomach at 3 am. When it happened again, I began timing them, and they consistently stayed 15 minutes apart until around 5 am. At this point, I woke up Scott, and in my most calm voice, I said, it might be today. I remember feeling a chill throughout my body. Saying those words aloud had us both grinning from ear to ear.
By 8 am, we had both showered and packed up the hospital and dog bags. The contractions were harder to talk through, and by now, they were consistently 5 minutes apart. We called our doctor, and she gave us the green light to come in, at which point, we both laughed and cried, and we did our best to not get too excited – just in case it was a false alarm. On the drive to the hospital, I remember looking out my window and watching the cars on their morning commute. I watched the drivers sip their coffee at stop lights, and I watched as they swerved to miss the same pot holes we had memorized from our weekly doctor appointments. How strange, I thought, that they’re going to work, and we might have a baby today! I must have said it aloud, because it made Scott smile.
We made it to Northwestern Triage by 9 am, and within that first hour, it was determined that I was dilated to 3.5, and it was time to move up to Labor & Delivery. Up until this point, I was convinced it would somehow be a false alarm, but in an instant, it all became very, very real. Everything that happened after that point felt momentous. I’m being pushed in a wheelchair up to L & D!, I thought. They’re showing us our room! They’re telling us how to use the remote control! It was all so wild, and I vowed to remember every detail.
I have the most fond, warm and fuzzy memories of being in the delivery room. I had no idea what to expect, and aside from a couple of birthing classes we had taken in December, my assumption was that having a baby would happen quickly, with several doctors in the room. There would surely be blindingly bright lights, and without a doubt, there would be a lot of screaming. Instead, we were greeted by two smiling nurses who remained with us throughout the day. They dimmed the lights, and we watched the prettiest snow fall outside. (Should we name her flurry?, we joked.) I opted for an epidural to ease the contraction pain, after which, I zoned out to a Friends marathon on the television (best day ever!) and took a short nap.
Around 12 pm, my water broke on its own, and in-between sleep and wake, I was greeted by my doctor later that afternoon. At 3 pm, she said, Kim, you’re fully dilated. Let’s have a baby today! I cried. Scott cried. (Are you sensing a theme?) Our nurses took over, and when I began pushing at 3:30, everything felt… Serene? Calm? They eased off of my epidural so that I could just barely feel my contractions again, and with our nurses and Scott in the room, I began pushing. On a funny side note, Scott reminded me that we had brought our portable speaker in case I’d like to hear music. Between contractions, we shuffled through Spotify playlists, testing everything from Sam Cooke radio to Sturgill Simpson. I thought I wanted something soothing and familiar, but nothing felt right. On a whim, I suggested Chromeo. And so as the story goes, we met our Lucy girl to the pumped up tunes of Fancy Footwork. (Ha!)
For the last 30 minutes of pushing, our doctor came back to check on our progress. She said, you’re doing it, Kim! Two more pushes and you’ll be holding your baby! Now, when I say that we ‘cried,’ in every other point of this story, I mean that our eyes got misty, and I had a few tears – the silent kind that roll down your cheek. But this. This time, we both really, really cried. Like, ugly, red-faced bawling. I began crying so much, that those final pushes felt impossible. We had waited so long to get to that exact moment. A few minutes later, in my haze, I asked our doctor, is she here yet?, to which she replied, Kim, look down, meet your baby. It was 5:21 pm. There she was.
The Next Day
Our experience with the team at Northwestern was outstanding. Our first day with Lucy was a sunny one, and our recovery room was filled with the warmest, most beautiful light. We took countless photos (with our Instant Camera, too!), and we spent the entire morning by the window, watching the ice break along Lake Michigan and holding our girl tight. The nurses slipped in and out invisibly, giving us privacy and offering up pain medicine before I realized I needed it.
We talked about who she looks most like, and after examining all the teeniest, tiniest details on her body, we ultimately agreed that she’s a fifty-fifty split. Her skin is rosy like Scott’s, but her eyes resemble my own. As every hour passed, we changed our minds on whether or not she has dad’s lips, and I apologized to her for inheriting my lack of eyebrows. Only one of her itty bitty ears comes to a slight elfin-like point, which was passed down from her grandpa, my dad.
That first full day was so tremendously special, and I have spent almost every day since recounting every minute of it. On her one week birthday, I couldn’t stop crying while I nursed her. I told Scott that all I wanted most in the world was to go back to that recovery room, and relive Day One. Why?, I asked. Why do I want to go back to the hospital? To which Scott replied, because it was where we finally got to know Lucy. That whole day was only ours.
Lucy’s First Weeks At Home
Most of our family lives out of town, and for the first two weeks of Lucy’s life, our home was filled with three sets of grandparents. Somehow, hours would fly by, and all we had done for the day was stare at Lucy, squeeze her toes and nibble her fingers. When she opened her eyes, we all coo-ed and acted like children ourselves, and when she squeaked like a bird, we all laughed and asked, did you hear that?!
Slowly, Lucy has been venturing out into the world! She’s a busy lady, with pediatric appointments to meet, coffee dates to woo and conservatories to discover. Scott is the proudest dad I’ve ever seen, and to watch her with him has my heart exploding into a thousand pieces.
Many of you have asked about Jack, CC and Libby, and after a bit of a learning curve, things are going well! It was a bit rough for Jack in the beginning (between baby and visitors, there was a lot of change in his home), but I’d like to dedicate an entirely separate post on the topic as an update to our pre-baby training.
Welcome, our sweet Lucy! We are so in love, and we can’t wait to watch our lives unfold with you in it.
PS … Lucy’s birth announcement, gender reveal, a Palm Springs babymoon and preparing our pups. Sources for the items in our home can be found right here, including the nursery!
She is so, so cute. I love this post. Congratulations!
Many, many congratulations! And welcome to the world of not wanting to get anything done because whatever baby is doing is better. She’s beautiful.
Love this. You’re so right.
Congratulations to you both! You are a beautiful family. I love reading birth stories. They are just the most wonderful glimpse into the most happy and special time in someone’s life. Your happiness radiates! I’ll admit, I was nearly ugly crying while reading this. It makes me want to try for another baby myself! Blessings to you all!
So kind, thanks, Danielle!
Congratulations. What a blessing ?
Oh my goodness, she is absolutely precious. I started tearing up looking at those sweet pictures of her and you meeting for the first time – WOW! Those sweet little leg rolls are just…gah! I melt. Thank you so much for sharing your story! I’m so happy it was a healthy and positive experience. Time truly does fly!
Those pictures make me cry every time.
These photos are so dear. I enjoyed the birth story too. Welcome to the world, Lucy!
She is the absolute cutest! (I think I may have a touch of baby fever now.) Congratulations again! I’m so happy for you guys!
I loved this story so much. Thank you for sharing it with us. A lot of it spoke to my experience – I remember driving to the hospital for my scheduled c-section, and knowing I was having a baby at 10 am. I looked at everyone around us and thought – “how can they be going about their lives? We’re having our baby!!” :)
Right?! Crazy how the world keeps moving during some of the most insane moments of our lives.
You captured beautifully this most momentous and magical experience two (actually, three) people can have. Thank you for sharing it!
Congratulations! My oldest is 19 now and reading this put me right back in that place, when I first met him. Oh boy, now I am ugly crying. Thanks for sharing.
Oh, her everything! Her little leg wrinkles! Her bright eyes! Her buttony little nose! Kim, Scott, I was hoping so hard for a lovely experience for you and I’m glad you got it. The tiny baby years are well behind me now, but I remember them as hard and amazing. I don’t know how to squee enough for you. I hope the next few weeks are fantastic, that you get lots of rest and good food, and that help in whatever form you need it comes your way. The six-week mark (ish) when she starts REALLY REALLY following you, smiling, and expressing her *social* needs as well as her physical ones is just ahead and it’s so cool. Thank you for updating us; take as much time as you need to just rest and get used to being a bigger family.
Ugh, can’t wait for all those moments! Thanks for the sweet comment, ‘Col.
She is just perfect. Congratulations!!
She is just perfection. My heart is exploding for your sweet little family. Can’t wait to meet Lucy!
What a beautiful baby. Congrats. This time in your life is so precious, continue to enjoy it.
Congratulations! So happy for you and Scott. Your beautiful post made me misty.
Congratulations! Welcome sweet Lucy. You have the most adorable parents and we all look forward to seeing more of you in the future. All the best, Kim. So happy for you and Scott. Thank you for sharing your story of this adorably precious little nugget. Ear scratches to Jack and CC.
Jack and CC give their love right back!
Oh my goodness. She is just the sweetest! I am so, so happy for you three. xoxoxoxo
Congratulations, she is beautiful! The journey of motherhood is such a blessing! Enjoy this time, it is so special to see your baby grow!
So special! She’s beautiful!
I’m about to have my second baby girl in early March and my fingers are crossed my delivery goes as smoothly as yours sounded! My first one with my first daughter (while everyThing was ultimately fine) was not so smooth as my epidural only worked on 1/2 of me. Eek! Makes a huge difference if that thing kicks in fully! So basically I had pain free labor on one side of my body and natural labor on the other side. Not super serene. But we had a healthy and perfect baby girl the first time around so that’s the most important thing.
Soak it all up – it does go so fast. My first is 17 months and I can’t even picture her as a tiny little peanut anymore as she runs around the house dancing. :)
Wow, that was one of my biggest fears! I have slight scoliosis and the anesthesiologist had a hard time at first finding my ‘center’ … thank goodness it functioned perfectly in the end. Best of luck to you and your growing family, Kyley!
Ahhh, congrats Kim and Scott and Lucy! I read this as I am snuggling up with my 4 week old baby girl, so I can relate to everything you’ve said. What a beautiful birth story! I got misty-eyed at the pics of your gorgeous girl. Enjoy every minute of this time – it’s so fleeting and the word precious has new meaning, doesn’t it?
Thanks for sharing your story as always.
Aw, congrats to you as well, Katherine!
I soaked up every word, feeling and picture in this post. I’m so glad you shared! Lucy is impossibly sweet and I wish we were there to take her all in in person–new babies have the ability to melt every other seemingly important thing away.
Also, you’ll always look back on that day. Chris and I still often recount the days each of our girls came into this world. It’s such a surprise every time. Just yesterday, we drove past the hospital on our way home and talked all about the day I went into labor with Polly. It’s so surreal like you said! Everyone else is having a normal day–and we had a baby!
You’re so right about everything. Love you!
I’ve been waiting and hoping that you both would share the birth story of Lucy– and it was worth it. What a wonderful story! Congratulations to your entire family!
Your love for Lucy just shines in your photographs. Congratulations to you both. She is beautiful.
Congratulations! She’s so beautiful! :)
Congratulations! So sweet and wonderful, and so much joy is coming. It will keep getting more awesome!!! Enjoy :)
Congratulations!! She is just perfect. So happy to see you’re enjoying all the precious moments ❤️
Oh, how we miss this little bundle of joy!
She just told me she misses you too!
Congratulations!!! So BEAUTIFUL :) Thanks for sharing with all of us.
This made me so happy. Thank you for sharing. To have experienced all those “hope deferred” moments and to finally hold your miracle is something out of this world. I know each new season will be something beautiful for you. Grateful to have heard your story.
What a great way to put it. Thanks, Nancy!
Congratulations!! Thank you for sharing your story and your lives. I wish you all the best! :)
She is such a previous treasure! Congratulations!
This was absolutely precious. I have tears of joy running down my face for you three. Ms. Lucy is so loved! Congratulations. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. ❤
Oh my, I cried reading this, I am so so happy for your little family! Congrats and best wishes ever for you all!
All I do is cry! Haha, thanks, Amy.
I also cried while reading this. My babies are 21, 19, and 17 and we couldn’t love them more! Enjoy the journey. There is beauty every step of the way!
So sweet, love this.
Stop it with those amazing squishy legs!! So beautiful you guys. Your words, stores and your journey All the love in the world to your beautiful ‘sunny’ family.
They’re the squishiest! So yummy!
Oh my gosh these are the sweetest most special photos of your beautiful family. Big congratulations! So happy for you
She is beautiful! Congratulations!!! My heart is exploding with yours. I cried as I read your post. May your new life be filled with love and beautiful memories. ?
Isn’t Lucy the cleverest girl? Born on my son Wynton’s birthday, 19 years later. Congrats to the three of you.
She’s so smart already! Haha!
yay! welcome to the world, Lucy! happy snuggling with your parents and I hope you all get good sleep.
It’s an exhausting and an absolutely, amazingly, delightful adventure; congratulations, Kim and Scott!
I’ve loved reading your posts for so long, and this was the best one ever! I am so happy for all three of you! Lucy is such a lucky girl. And spoiler alert: if you love it now, you’re going to lose your minds in the next ten years or so… ?
Ok, I am not a baby person at all, so I tend to skip the birth stories, but y’all made me cry with this. I’m so happy for you all!
Amazing. So precious. Big congrats to both Mama & Daddy. She is here!!
She’s here, she’s here! Our hearts!
The craziest part of being a parent for the first time is that the love you feel KEEPS GROWING FOREVER! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story with us!
Congratulations! She’s beautiful! I’m so happy for you.
She is so beautiful! Congratulations! You have a remarkable family full of love. You must be so proud.
What a beautiful story. For weeks after my daughter was born, I remember wanting to go back to the hospital so badly. It took a while to realize why, the same reasons you listed. We also struggled to have her, I like to think it brought a different meaning to finally meeting her. Hold that baby tight and soak it up. My baby just turned two. That probably feels like a lifetime away for you, but it happened in an instant :)
She won’t turn two for another twenty years, at least. ;) I’ll be holding onto these baby snuggles for as long as possible!
Congratulations! Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us. It’s hard to believe, but your heart will only continue to grow, not only for Lucy but for each other as partners and parents to such a precious child.
OK, you have ME tearing up! Congratulations… how exciting for you guys!!
The biggest congratulations on your expanding family!! What an adorable bundle of joy. Thank you for sharing your experience.
So happy for you guys! Wow she is just beautiful!
All the congratulations in the world to your family! I’m coming up on 38 weeks pregnant and am a constant ball of joy/nervousness/excitement/trepidation – it seems so surreal to actually HAVE a baby!
Congratulations again – all the best wishes for the brightest future for Miss Lucy!!
Best of luck to you, Ashley!!
Congratulations! So happy for the whole family! What fun! What joy!
UGHHH my fault for trying to read this during lunch. Ugly cry sobbing the whole through. I’m so incredibly happy for guys and boy have you given me the baby fever!! xoxo
What an adorable baby. Congratulations to your entire family!
Congrats! I’m so happy for you guys!
Oh man, this made me smile. I remember right after my daughter was born I called my mom and said, remember all those years… when you would say “I love you” and I would say “yeah mom, I love you too”? Well, I always thought we were saying the same thing to each other. But now, NOW, I fully understand what you were saying to me. Holy crap. You like LOVE me LOVE me. Congratulations to you both! The best is yet to come.
The joy and happiness a new addition brings is just the BEST!! Exploding with happiness for you all!
We’re about 4 months ahead of you with our 1st daughter and also delivered at NW prentice so you took me right back and made me well up with your birth story! Never thought I’d say this but it almost makes me want #2 right.away ?
Seeing your L&D room pictures made me cry. I delivered my sons there in 2015 & 2016. We just moved from Chicago back to California and leaving the city of their birth, and not seeing the place they came into the world, was the hardest for me. I bawled like a baby the last time we drove by the hospital. It’s so magical, so special. I will never forget the days they came into the world.
Your comment alone made me cry! How will I ever pass NW again without tearing up?!
I’ve been reading your blog for so long and seeing your family grow has been amazing. I’m so happy for you both! Thank you for sharing your story, it’s been an fantastic journey to read and I wish your family all the joy and happiness that is to come. Can’t wait to see what’s next!
Thank you so much, Alexis.
Congratulations on your precious addition to the family! Your story and pictures made me tear up and brought back such wonderful memories of my first daughter’s birth story. From that odd feeling as regular life goes on around you, to your first tearful photo with your baby, to that warm and cozy feeling as you spent that first day getting to know her, it’s all so beautiful and I can remember my own experience all so clearly (almost 14 years later!). Thank you for sharing and helping me relive what was truly one of the best days of my life! I wish you all the best and am so excited for your family!
Now I’m crying again!
Oh my gosh! I saw your nursery reveal and thought WAIT I missed the birth announcement then frantically found it. Omg Kim, what a story and thank you for sharing. Becoming a mom has been the single most important thing in my life and it makes me ball reading stories of people I know becoming parents as well. Welcome Lucy, you are so perfect and we can’t wait to get to know you too!
Kim and Scott,
Huge congratulations and much love to you all! This post had me tearing up :)! I have been a reader for years, (I’m the reader who sent you the link for the same headboard as yours, with the awful matching dresser, on CL) but had unwittingly fallen out of that habit.
In January I found myself recalling the joy of reading your blog and looked you up on IG. It was within 2 days of you posting about Lucy’s arrival. I didn’t even realize you were pregnant! Apparently I had last read you guys consistently in April 2017 and missed many posts including your pregnancy announcement. I felt like such a bad reader friend! I cried happy tears seeing that post.
I am beyond thrilled for your growing family and to know “The Scary Room” is now a place of light, love, warmth, comfort, and coziness for your baby girl.
Many blessings to you all. I will try to maintain the habit of checking in and checking up, so as not to miss anymore life milestones for you all.
Hugs, love, and continued happiness to you!
Such a sweet comment, and great to hear from you again, Amy! We appreciate you taking the time to check in, and we’re happy to have you ‘back’! xx
It’s so surreal – the whole experience where you watch the world and think “how are they unaware that a BABY could be coming out any minute?!?!” It was also surreal to leave the hospital and see that the world felt so different. Because it continued without you!
I used to get nostalgic and a little eye-tingly whenever I passed by my hospital, too. It’s a place of such joy and such crazy experiences!
Surreal is RIGHT!
The most beautiful birth story I think I’ve ever read. And she is so very beautiful. Congratulations!!
Aw, thank you!
A very big and warm welcome to your beautiful little girl. She blows me away! Looking forward to following her journey and seeing the joy and happiness she brings to your lives. Much love! Heather xo
I love every bit of this post. She is so adorable and I’m excited for your family.
Those leg wrinkles! 9 years later, I still have such fond memories of delivering at Northwestern. Congrats mama.