Welcome to our world January Bundles!!
Please share your arrivals complete with stats if you are willing to share,
birthstories and dont forget first pictures!
Caroline Rose@ 12:38am
4lbs 4oz & 16.52"
Edward Stephen @ 12:02pm
7 lbs 14oz & 19 3/4"
Joseph Damian @ 9:03pm
8lbs 8.6oz & 21½"
Brynn Elise @ 11:10am
7lbs 9oz & 19 3/4"
Andrew Gary @ 7:03pm
5lbs 5oz & 18½"
Kianna Marie @ 12:04pm
7lbs 12oz & 19 3/4"
Richard Stephen III @ 3:56pm
8lbs 4oz & 19½"
Henry William @ 11:41am
7lbs 7oz & 18½"
Jasmine Elizabeth @ 4:40pm
7lbs 3oz & 19"
Ryan Taylor @ 6:36pm
6lbs 10oz & 20"
Riley Ellen @ 6:04am
7lbs 4oz & 21"
Claire Elizabeth @ 5:54pm
5lbs 15oz & 19½"
Sophia @ 8:20am
8lbs 4oz & 19 3/4"
Shaylee @ 1:50am
7lbs 12oz & 19½"
Isabella Faith @ 4:19pm
7lbs 4oz & 19½"
Reilly Patrick @ 4:07pm
9lb 1oz & 21 3/4"
Olivia Michelle @ 7:21am
6lbs 6oz & 19"
Gideon Emerick @ 6:13am
9lbs 5.3oz & 20½"
Ethan Elijah @ 4:17pm
7lbs 12oz & 21"
Bryson Joseph @ 10:37am
6lbs 14oz & 20"
Dalton George @
6lbs 1.7oz & 18"
Kiley London @ 1:50pm
7lbs 1oz & 21"
Evan Joseph @ 7:41am
9lbs 10oz & 21"
Henry Oliver @ 12:49pm
8lbs 5oz & 20"
Avery Cole @ 5:43pm
8lbs 15oz &
Matthew Ryan @ 8:02am
10lbs 2oz &
Isobel Simone @ 6:59am
8lbs 8oz & 20"
Maxton Leons @ 7:57am
8lbs 3oz & 19.5"
Bryce Robert @ 11:14am
8lbs 12oz & 20.5"
Madelynn Marie @ 6:31am
8lbs 2oz & 19 3/4"
Rowan @ 7:50am
6lbs 13oz & 19"
Aaron William @ 8:25am
6lbs 12oz & 19"
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Last edited by lovelymomma; 02-01-2011 at 04:23 PM.
What a crazy weekend!
I honestly had no signs that she was coming early until Friday morning. I got up and was eating breakfast and getting ready for work but noticed I was leaking. I felt like I was peeing myself but I couldn't control it and it wasn't pee. I had a feeling I had to go into L&D but called the doctor's office to be sure and of course they told me to come in. I called BF, figuring he was at least on his way to work, but he had actually overslept and my call woke him up. After telling him what happened, I took some time to throw a bag together ("just in case" because I was trying to convince myself that I'd be going to work later that day), he picked me up, and we got to L&D around 9am.
It took them forever to check me in - first the nurse asked me a bunch of questions, then a student asked me almost the same questions, then the residents. FINALLY they do the tests for amniotic fluid. They said there was a lot of pooling, and then the giant QTip that came out black confirmed that I was not leaving the hospital. I was still not having any other signs of labor except some very slight contractions that I couldn't even feel and were barely noticeable on the monitor.
Needless to say, they had to start me on pitocin to get things moving. Apparently I am very sensitive to it though because the levels go up to 36 and they only had me at 3 or 4 and I was having doublet and triplet contractions. I worked through them for a couple of hours and everything was fine. Eventually, though, I asked for the epidural and that's when things got interesting.
The actual process of the epidural was fine - for some reason I thought it was going to hurt and it really didn't hurt at all. They sat me up and I was feeling pretty good. Then all of a sudden the nurses and anesthesiologist and doctors ran in, started giving me oxygen and flipping me over, doing all of this crazy stuff because I apparently was having so many contractions so closely together that the baby wasn't having time to recover between them and so her heart rate kept dropping. They weren't sure if it was the epidural that caused it or if it was just a coincidence. Either way, they turned off the pitocin for awhile.
After a couple more hours they started the pitocin again, but still at a very low level. I think during this entire process it was never above a 4. Around 10 pm I was dilated enough to move forward. The nurses started getting things ready, the doctor on call was on his way, etc. However, baby wasn't dropping down enough to continue, and her heart rate kept dropping every time I would contract. At the same time the epidural seemed to wear off because I had the feeling back in my legs and was starting to feel this mysterious pressure that they kept asking me if I felt and I previously hadn't really As I'm sobbing in pain, the doctor says it's time to discuss a csection and the essence of that discussion was that I had to have one immediately.
At that point I just wanted the whole ordeal to be over so it was off we went to have the csection. During the prep, the anesthesiologist is testing my numbness, asking if I can feel the places he was touching. My right side, which I had spent most of the day on, was ok but I could feel everything on the left side so I ended up needing the gas. Next thing I know, I'm awake and on my way to recovery.
Caroline Rose was born at 12:38 am on December 4, 4lb 4 oz, 16.52 inches long. I got back to the room sometime around 1:30 I guess, and BF was there waiting for me. The rest of my family that had been there with me all day (mom, her bf, dad, his partner, brother, his gf) had to leave before then because there was another birth going on that was apparently not going smoothly and so they asked everyone else to leave. The first images I saw of Caroline were cell phone pictures. I was just amazed. I knew she was 4 lbs 4 oz before I got there, but she looked pretty big in the pictures all stretched out. She was finally brought to me at around 3 or 3:30 am and I was SHOCKED how tiny she was! All bundled up she is the size of a football!!
Despite her size she is perfectly healthy in every way. Since they brought her to me she hasn't left my side except for various tests like the hearing test and measurements, etc. No bilirubin issues, and she eats and poops like a champ (I swear we've changed her diaper at least a dozen times today). They're going to give her the car seat test tonight sometime to make sure she'll be ok for the ride home. As long as she passes that, there's no reason that she will have to stay here.
Right now we're planning to go home Tuesday morning. I could leave on Monday if I want, but I want an extra day here to give my incision some more time to heal. BF has been staying with me each night, so he helps me out of bed when I have to go to the bathroom and whatnot. Other than that and some gas pains I feel pretty good. Still waiting for a #2 though.
Now that I've written a novel, I'll get to the part everyone has been waiting for - the pictures!
I copied and pasted this from my original post, so the links to embed the images didn't transfer... here's the link to the Picasa page I saved them on: http://picasaweb.google.com/sara.cas...eat=directlink
DD Caroline 12/4/10 - My Bundle is a Gingersnap!
Goggies: Max, Bella, and Buddy
Well it all started on Monday 12/13/10 when I was having some really strong pains/pressure all day long. Dr Parker advised I go to triage to be checked out just to be safe. While I am there the baby's HB is super high (198-200) and he is very stressed. My BP was high but they figured it was due to the pain. He did a CBC and Liver Panel to check for pre-e since my bp was high and I had been having swelling. I did a 24hr urine which tests for protein and sure enough I had 319 and anything over 300 is pre-e. I also had platelets that were dropping and if they get below 100 they have to induce also you can't get an epidural if it's lower than 100. Note * I saw a MFS on Tuesday who says the GD has caused me to have a LOT of fluid*
So Thursday 12/16/10 my platelets have dropped to 108 and he wants to start induction at 5pm that day to push it into Friday. I finally get over to L&D Thursday night and they dialate my cervix with a balloon foley which was very painful trying to get it in. They basically put a foley cath into the opening of the cervix then inflate it like a balloon, when it falls out the cervix is at 3 and water can be broken and pitocin started. Well Fri morning Dr comes to check and baloon falls out. 3cm it is finally dialated after a night on my back on the monitor with MAYBE an hour sleep total. Baby E did not like the monitor and was not having it at all. He broke my water which was very strange (warm, wet) and when he did he put the monitor back on b/c once water is broken he didn't want cord out or something (I missed this part) Well he leaves to consult with Anesthesia and the RN is unable to find the baby on the monitor. He comes back in to give the ok for epidural and says I just had his HB on the monitor, she says no can't find it. He says "damn it if he is breech-get the U/S machine" He puts the probe right above my pubic bone and we see boy parts & booty OH NO. Dr. then throws the gell across the room and says "you are having a c-section" O M G Talk about panic mode for me. I love my Dr, he is wonderful and didn't upset me by getting upset b/c I totally understood but I was freaking about the section b/c that meant labor was right around the corner.
I am finally rolled into the room (looks like an OR) and I bend over for my spinal block which I must say is awesome. My legs got warm and numb then it spreads from my waist down to my feet. Fast forward to the Dr starting to cut- WATER goes all over the floor from the excess fluid. They had broken my water but there was still lots left. I can smell the skin being cut & it freaked me out (despite having been in the OR before) The CRNA was wonderful and put some alcohol swabs under my oxygen tube which helped tons. I feel lots pressure and movement but no pain. My child was not going to make anything easy and instead of getting his butt/waist & pulling, they have to do 1 foot at a time then get to the 1arm at a time and then head last. Everyone talks about how big/huge he is. Dr said he didn't think we would have been able to do vaginal anyway b/c he was so big. He starts to cry and of course my tears started! It was the best sound ever, he even threw a fit when they took him away. They took him directly to be cleaned up, I didn't get to see him but BF did and did WONDERFUL looking over curtain! He got to go take pictures after they cleaned him and showed me on his phone. He looked red & swollen not really "like" anyone just yet.
I felt this immediate love that I can't describe but I assume that the BTDT moms understand.
Edward Stephen was born at 12:02pm with a weight of 7 lbs 14oz, 19 3/4 inches long. 34weeks 5 days gestation.
He was taken to the NICU b/c of his lungs. I had a horrible recovery. My BP spiked up to 167/98 at one point so they put me on horrible medicine called mag something and it made me SO SICK. I finally got to see my baby 5 hours later b/c I was in recovery so long and then really sick once in my room from all the meds on an empty stomach. I am doing much better today. He is breathing on his own but somtimes stops so they have him on 27% oxygen round the clock. He passed the scores with 8-9 which is great. Today they moved him to a regular crib instead of under the warmer which means he is keeping his body temp on his own Today he also looks much more like a baby. His color is better and his face isn't as swollen.
I love him so much and can't believe I am finally a mommy!!! Despite the rough road we have had at the end, I would do it all over again tomorrow!
1st night in NICU. Poor baby looks swollen and miserable.
2nd day, little man looks MUCH better! Awwwww
Last edited by LStiff; 01-09-2011 at 01:24 PM.
12/21: I was out taking photos of the lunar eclipse, up wayyyy late, and after uploading my pics to my website and sewing some, my water broke!
I called the midwife, we did some tests over the phone and determined it was infact my water. We were able to find a way to keep me in the birth center... if you go by my LMP, i was 37 weeks, but I was fairly certain of my O date, which would put me at 35 weeks. But, if we went by 35 weeks, I would have had to go to the hospital, so we are going by my LMP
I went into the birth center and she gave me some caster oil and some black cohosh to induce the contractions since I was not having any. That sucked! I was sent back home to nap for a few hours (this was at 8am or so). By 11am i had started to have contractions. By 1 or so, they were 1 min long, 3 mins apart. We went into the birth center and was checked at 2pm or so, i was only 1cm dilated and just starting to be effaced. At 5:00-5:30 (time is a bit hazy, i didnt have a watch), i was checked and was 5-6 cm 90% effaced. They started the water at that point. By 6:00 i was in the water, and only a few contractions later, i felt the urge to push. Midwife checked, and sure enough, i was fully dilated and ready to go. At 6:20 i started pushing. Reading sure does not prepare you for what the birth experience is like.
My husband surprisingly watched the whole time and held the flashlight for the midwife. He said he'd be the "up at the head" kinda husband's, but he was too enthralled to look away. The midwife did have to remind him to breathe a couple times though. Within about 10 pushes, the baby was crowning. Once the baby was crowned, shoulders and body all came out in one fell push. He cried immediately and was staring at me, it was absolutely beautiful.
They let him stay with me for 5-10 mins, but then had to take him to check his lungs incase they werent fully matured. Luckily, they were. Unfortunately, his birth weight was too low and he had to be admitted to the hospital. He was born at 7:03pm, at 5 lbs 5 oz. The birth center rule (or law, not sure) is that babies have to be admitted if they are under 5 lbs 8 oz, so just barely under that limit He is absolutely fine otherwise, he is breathing fantastically, his color is great, really responsive, absolutely perfect for a preterm baby! Midwife checked for tears, I got none and have been recovering beautifully. I'm now 3 days Post-birth and my bleeding is now down to panty liner bleeding. I dont want to brag, but I feel incredibly lucky, 5 hour labor, all natural, no tearing, and my baby is absolutely beautiful and has been such an easy baby. He is not fussy at all!
Stats: Born at 12/21/2010 at 7:03pm
18.5 inches long
5 lbs 5 oz
So it started the night of the 20th I was lying in bed and all of a sudden I started having contractions about every 8 min apart. I figured if I still had them in the morning then I would call the doc to see what I should do.
I woke up and to my suprise I was still having contractions. At that point I wasnt timing cause I was getting ready for work. So I called the doc she suggested I come in to have a NST done just to see what my contractions were looking like. Well she ran the machine on me 3 times I'm guessing she wasnt sure what she wanted to do with me yet. My contractions were still about 8 min apart at at that time.
She keep asking me do you have pain in your old C-section scar and I said yea, but only cause I could feel it through my whole stomach and sometimes my back. So I thought in my head well why wouldn't I.
This whole time I'm thinking they are gonna send me home. I was hoping if they were, they needed to hurry up so I'm not late to work...lol So out of nowhere she goes ok we are having this baby today let me call the hospital and you go to the hospital now.
Ok great, I'm thinking well that was fast but I was ok with it. I go home to pack my bag, get a sitter for my DD and get my DH. I get a call on my cell it's the Dr. she goes where are you?? I say I'm at home getting a bag and getting a sitter for my daughter. She goes a bag is not important!! I get off the phone and start bawling, like WTH is her deal ya know.
I finally get to the hospital only 30 mins after I left her office btw. And a whole team of people meet me at the door!! I was signing consents at the front nurses station and talking with the anesethologist (sp) already. I was getting a little freaked, like what this all couldn't wait till I got in a room geez.
So I finally get in a room and I had people coming at me from all directions. All the while I sit there and bawl. I didn't understand what all the fuss was about. Yeah I'm having contractions that weren't that severe what the big deal.
Well come to find out when my doc called to get me in she told them that she wanted me done asap they took that as STAT. No wonder why everyone around me was rushing. Makes sense now.
So all in all it was kinda tramatic and very fast. She is here now and just as perfect as can be. A perfect Christmas present.
I got to the hospital at 6am to be induced. They started potocin at 8am, and was increasing it every 1/2 hour. Then by 8:45 they turned it off cause her heart rate kept dropping. They put me on oxygen. At 9, they turned it back on and broke my water. By 9:30, I was gettimg my eppi. That doctor sucked! He had no bed side manners, and had to stick me twice. It felt like he went into my right kidney the first time. It hurt like hell!! He got it right the second time. The eppi worked good, and I was still able to feel the contractions, but they did not hurt. Through out the day they had to keep turning the potocin off because of her heart rate, but finally by 4:10pm, I was ready to push. She was born at 4:40pm. 7 pounds 3 ounces, and 19 inches long. We are both doing great.
Last edited by lil one on the way; 01-06-2011 at 09:55 PM.
Christmas was a buzz with how close my 1/10/11 due date was getting and how nice it would be if I would have our little one on New Year’s since it was DH’s mom’s birthday. She passed away a few years ago and it was really hard on the family.
After an exhausting Christmas seeing both of our families we stopped at the grocery store for some Red Raspberry Leaf tea. I don’t know if this played a part in anything, but I had a cup or so a day until my delivery date.
I had a doctor’s appointment and she said that I was dilated to 1 and about 50% effaced. I was so excited that I had finally made some progress! My sister and BIL came to visit and we went out for Mexican food. After they left I started to really not feel well. I thought it was the Mexican food, but I ended up having this really bad pain/contraction and passing my mucous plug.
DH had the day off so we went out to our favorite bagel place for breakfast. By this time I was walking really slow and I was having really inconsistent contractions. Of course, I didn’t know they were contractions at the time ☺ By the time we finished with breakfast I was not feeling so well. DH dropped me off at our new place and he went to go finishing cleaning our old apartment since we had to turn in the keys the next day. I did get a short nap in which was good because I didn’t know that would be the last sleep I’d be getting until getting my epidural. DH got home from cleaning our old place and I said it would be a good idea to go to Target and BRU to get the last items we needed. So, we did that and by 10 pm I was contracting every 10-12 minutes. It was a long night of no sleep.
DH went to drop off the keys to our old place and I was having a ton of contractions ranging from 6-8 minutes apart. By the time he got back I was having a ton of pain. We had some lunch and then the contractions finally got to every 5 minutes or so. We called the doctor’s office and they said to head to the hospital. We got there and they checked me. I was only at a 2, but was like 90% effaced. They said that they would monitor me for an hour to see how I progressed—if I didn’t I’d be sent home. I really didn’t want to go home, so I did some walking. When I was checked I was a 3. However, they sent me home anyway. On the car ride home, I started to have contractions that would barely let up. When we got home I tried to eat a little toast to gain some strength and got in the tub. The tub was the only thing that helped me through the contractions. While I was in the tub I was having contractions like 3 minutes apart and after having one that didn’t let up I said we’re going back. We got there and I was now at a 4 so it was epidural time! I love the epidural man.
After getting the epidural DH and I watched the ball drop and we slept until 4, which we definitely needed from not getting sleep the night before. The nurse checked me at 2am I was a 5, but when she checked be at 5am I was a 9—almost 10! The doctor came in and I starting pushing around 5:20ish. The doctor and nurse said I was a good pusher and before long the doctor said that she had a ton of hair! DH and I were surprised and I couldn’t wait to see her! She was born on 1/1/11 at 6:04am weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches long. She had an 8-9 apgar and nursed right away. She’s definitely a good nurser!
The pediatrician evaluated Riley the next day and noticed something wrong with her left hip. When we were released on 1/3 we had to go to another hospital that specializes in children to get a hip ultrasound. We just got the results that she has hip dysplasia and that we’ll need to get her in a harness on Tuesday when we visit the specialist ☹ Other than the hip thing things are going well at home. The first few days home she didn’t like to be set down at all which made it really tough on us, but she finally is letting us get some rest. She is so precious and we are so excited to have her home.
Here's some pics:
*Right after delivery
*First picture after getting settled in our hospital room
*First car ride
*After her first bath at home
*Riley's hair after a bath
Last edited by Dundees2010; 01-09-2011 at 05:37 PM.
Wednesday December 29th, 2010
7lbs 7oz, 18 1/2 inches
I was up all night with our cat Barney, and DH. They were both so sick. Barney was struggling to breathe and DH couldn't stop vomiting. What a night for all this to happen. I don't think I got a minute of sleep that night. I got out of bed at 8am and had a quick shower and we were off to the hospital. We (DH, my mom and I) got there at 9:30am and they took us into a room right away. After speaking with numerous residents, med students and anesthesia, they decided to start my surgery early at 11:00am.
I walked down to the OR and I began to get nervous. I felt so unprepared. And I had so much on my mind with DH and Barney both being so sick. I got the spinal block (piece of cake, didn't feel a thing) and then they brought DH into the OR. I didn't even know they started the surgery. It was the oddest feeling once they started pushing down on my belly. I could see my body jerking around, but I couldn't feel a thing. At 11:41am, Henry William was born weighing 7lbs7oz and 18 1/2 inches long. He cried immediately. The showed me and DH him quickly and then brought him into a warming room to evaluate him and clean him off. DH was able to go with him and about 10 minutes later, DH came back into the OR with little Henry! It was hard to get a glimpse of him, but I just knew he was perfect!
After they finished the surgery they brought DH, baby Henry and me into a recovery room. My mom was able to come in right away. The rest of the day went by pretty quick. I felt great after the surgery. Zero pain. I would get a few waves of nausea and vomited a couple times, but I didn't feel sick. I was up and walking that night after getting the catheter removed. We were discharged on Friday December 31st and were able to ring in the New Year at home as a new family!
Life at home has been different. But, good. We had to put Barney down this past Monday, which was really hard. Especially since I wasn't able to go. We have all adjusted great so far and I can't believe how well my dogs took to Hen. They HATE people, so I was so worried they were going to be jealous. But, it is the complete opposite. They are in LOVE with Henry! He is their whole world. The follow us everywhere we go. They give him good morning and good night kisses and are on constant watch of him! I don't even think they sleep anymore! I gained a total of 24lbs throughout this pregnancy and at 10 days pp, I have lots 20lbs! Only 4 to go! I feel great and find it so crazy that I had surgery. I haven't even taken anything for pain other the advil and regular strength tylenol!
Anyway, here is what I am sure you are all waiting to see! Here is our sneak peak we have from our newborn pictures that were taken yesterday! I will post pictures from when he was born when I have more time!
Last edited by AlysseMarie; 01-08-2011 at 02:50 PM.
Born January 1, 2011 @ 5:54pm
5lbs 15oz. and 19.5" long
Hello! Sorry for the lack of updates, I've been stuck in the hospital since delivery... But hooray! We were released on Wednesday night!
I developed pre-eclampsia on Saturday. I checked into L&D with severely high blood pressure. At first the nurses thought it was nerves and excitement, but the BP readings just kept creeping up. They wouldn't even tell me my BP readings, that's how high they were. I was a bit nervous, but I didn't think much of it. I just thought my BP would go down once I got settled in my room and once the Pitocin was started.
At 7:10am, I was still only 1cm dilated and 80% effaced... Just the same as what I was at my doctor appointment on Thursday. By 7:20am, the Pitocin was started. The nurse decided to call my doctor to let her know about my BP. Around 7:30am I began to feel the contractions. They were tolerable, nothing too painful.
I hung out in bed until 10:35am. I had to use the restroom. Steven helped me with my IV pole and helped me out of bed. As soon as I stood up I felt a trickle. I was slightly embarrassed because I thought I had peed a bit. But that same feeling happened even after I used the restroom. Once I got back into bed I called my nurse to let her know that I thought my water was in the middle of breaking. My nurse was busy at the time, but another nurse came and did the amniotic fluid test. Before the 5 minute test was up, the nurse saw a positive test result! My water had broken on it's own!
My doc was in my room by 10:45am. She checked me. I was a loose 1cm and 80% effaced. She moved Claire's head a bit and that's when the amniotic fluid came at a rapid speed. That's such a strange feeling! Luckily the fluid was clear! My BP was still high at this point, so my doc ordered Magnesium Sulfate and Zofran for me. I was told that with my BP so high, there was a higher risk of stroke, so the Magnesium would help lower that risk. I received Zofran because the nurse explained to me that the Magnesium would make me feel very hot, nauseous with flu-like symptoms. Yikes! I was terrified beyond belief... Plus my contractions intensified the minute my water broke! Ouch!
*Note: Magnesium Sulfate is also used to counteract pre-term labor. So now the Pitocin was fighting against the Magnesium to progress my labor.
At 11:05am my doctor came back. My BP was 198/92 and it was incredibly too high. She explained that I had Pre-Eclampsia and Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension. My contractions were very painful by now. I would cry and my whole body would shake with each contraction. This was my breaking point. I asked my nurse and doctor about the possibility of a C-Section. I was begging for a C-Section. I just wanted the pain to stop! My doctor said that we could do that, but that she would rather me make the decision after I got an epidural. The anesthesiologist nurse was called and she arrived by 11:15am! I was so relieved to see her walk into the room!
I was warned that the numbing shot was pretty painful and would burn for 15 seconds. Weird, because I didn't feel a thing! I could feel the cold medicine run into my spine, but that's it. No pain! I laid flat on my back for 20 minutes which the epidural worked it's magic. At first my toes started to tingle, then the feeling crept up my legs. Before I knew it, I couldn't feel the pain of each contraction, only the tightening and pressure of each one.
At 11:30am the Magnesium was started. I was a bit sleepy from it, but didn't notice the side effects of the medication! Lucky the Zofran worked and I didn't feel nauseous!
Around noon I got the catheter put in. Thanks to the epidural, I didn't feel a thing! The nurse explained that because I'm on Magnesium, I'll have to be on it until 24 hours after delivery... And that I wouldn't be able to get out of bed until then as well. I would have to stay in my L&D room during that time.
My nurse checked my progress at 1:50pm. I was only 2.5-3cm dilated. My doctor requested an Internal monitor be put in my uterus so they could monitor the intensity of my contractions better as well as turn up the pitocin more.
My sister Julie joined us in the L&D room. It was so nice having her there for me.
I fell asleep until 2:30, then I was able to see my Mom, Dad and Mamaw. Before then, we hadn't told my family how high and how serious my BP issues were. We didn't want to frighten them.
At 3:30 my nurse mentioned that she suspected Claire is descending due to blood in catheter. gross! She checked me for progress at 3:45pm and announced that I was 6cm dilated and Claire's head was at 0 station! Hallelujah!!! I was so relieved for some progress!
Right at 5:00pm I started to feel shaky. I thought I might be in transition because I was feeling some pressure, but I really hadn't a clue. Imagine my surprise when the nurse announced that I was completely dilated with Claire's head at +2 station just 5 minutes after I started feeling the shakes! Steven and my sister were so excited! The nurse called my doc and my doc didn't want me to start pushing until she got there! I started crying out of anticipation of meeting our daughter! The emotions were high. Steven was excited yet calm... Julie was jumping up and down cheering!
I had to wait awhile for my doctor to arrive, but it seemed like she was there in no time. She came running in the room laughing and said that Mom, Dad and Mamaw were cheering her on as she ran through the waiting room!
It seemed like a dozen people were in the delivery room. NICU team, nursery team plus a few other nurses. It was incredible how fast they got everything set up!
They put my legs in the stirups and had me push through the next contraction. My sister was on my right side and Elaine, my nurse was on the left. Julie asked Dr. P if she could see if Claire had any hair. When she answered yes, Steven left my side to see! My BP spiked so they pushed some meds in my IV. When that didn't work, they doubled the dose. Hello nausea! I had an oxygen mask over my face and I felt so very sick. A kind nurse ran and got a cold washcloth for my forehead. That helped me feel better. I pushed for 2 more contractions, then Claire's heart rate went from 140 to 60 to 40. I really wasn't aware of how serious it was to get Claire out on the next contraction. My doctor explained that I had to deliver Claire during my next contraction so she said that that she needed to do a small episiotomy. At that point I didn't care, I was just ready to meet my baby! Steven was so supportive during the pushing stage. When everyone else was yelling, Steven was moving my hair from my eyes and saying, "Come on Wifey, you can do it! That's right baby! You're doing so good!"
And at 5:54pm, Claire Elizabeth was welcomed into the world! Dr. P put her on my belly and Claire immediately started screaming! I was in disbelief that she came so quickly after my episiotomy. A nurse came and took her over to the warmer and that's when Steven and Julie rushed to be with her.
I could hear all the nurses gasp and comment on how tiny Claire is! One asked her name and she responded with, "Oh! She looks like a Claire! Look at her tiny little nose! How precious!"
I watched from afar as Steven admired his baby girl. He was so proud and instantly in love. The nurses gave him a scrub top and they placed Claire's tiny footprints on it.
Claire's APGAR scores were 9 and 9! What a relief after her heart decelerating during delivery!
Steven carried Claire over. When he handed her to me and I saw the tears in his eyes, I lost it!
Julie text everyone in the waiting room to announce her arrival! We sent some time as a family before having visitors in. Because I was on the Magnesium, I was limited to 3 visitors at a time... So my family rotated taking turns.
Last edited by SnowWhite9028; 01-09-2011 at 10:45 PM.
Warning: This is EXTREMELY long and probably a little graphic and TMI! Enjoy! LOL Sorry NONE of the pictures are resized - I can't do that LOL
Born: January 8th, 2011
Time: 7:21 AM
Stats: 6 pounds, 6 ounces; 19 inches
Wednesday January 5th at my OB appointment I was told that I was 3 centimeters, 80% effaced and baby was at 1 station - so now I had my hopes up that I'd deliver before my due date of the 15th! The doctor said hopefully I'd be lucky and wouldn't make it to my next appointment but she didn't want to get my hopes up!
Friday January 7th I decided to stay home from work - my maternity leave technically didn't start until Monday the 10th but it was supposed to snow and I wanted that extra day to myself to clean the house, and basically try to keep busy - induce labor, etc. Besides - my class was being horrible so I didn't want to go in. In the middle of the day I lost what I thought was part of my mucus plug - I'm at this point guessing it was the whole thing.
I continued cleaning and bouncing on my yoga ball, etc. I started getting some brownish mucusy discharge and I was wondering if this could be my bloody show or not. I was feeling a little crampy and around 8 started getting what I assumed were contractions. They were about 10-12 minutes apart so I knew this was nowhere near time to go to the hospital or anything but I figured I'd watch it.
Around 9:30 I decided to start timing them and they were coming 5-6 minutes apart and lasting about 30 seconds - sometimes more. I kept track of them until about 10:45 when I decided to call my doctor and see what she had to say - they were slightly painful but I was able to breathe through them. The doctor told me to wait until they were 3-5 minutes apart and lasting a little bit longer and then head to the hospital.
By 11:45 they were coming 3 minutes apart and lasting closer to a minute - I was a bit shocked at fast this all seemed to be going but I figured hey maybe I'd be like my mother - who labored and delivered all three of us in under 7 hours each. We headed to the hospital and at each bump I had to grab Danny's hand and squeeze because the pain was intensifying. When I got there my cousin Ashley (who works in L&D) met me at the entrance and checked me in. They brought me into the L&D triage and put me on the table - hooked me up to monitors, etc.
The baby's heartbeat was going good (between 130 and 150) although the contraction monitor was not picking up anything. They gave me a button to press when I felt the contractions - I pressed it - but according to the monitor - nothing was happening - I started to feel stupid - like maybe I didn't know what I was talking about. The on call doctor came in to check me and I was hoping for there to be SOME progress - but no. I was still ONLY 3 centimeters, 80% effaced and baby had moved to -2 - it was sort of like she was climbing back up into me!
It was now 2:30 in the morning and they had to release me - with no progress being made and my contractions not even registering. They said that I was only feeling them in the groin/pelvic area and they needed to be all over my stomach for them to be doing something. So I was discharged and told to go walking, take two tylenol PM and call it a night and maybe things would pick up in the morning.
We left the hospital, went to the store to get tylenol pm - decided I didn't want to walk I was too tired from the contractions and the whole ordeal that I just wanted to go home. The bumps felt even worse in the car on the way home and when we got there I took my two tylenol pm and went to take a shower to try to help with some of the pain.
By the time it was 4AM I was ready to lay down and sleep but once I laid down everything picked up - I spent from 4-6 in excruciating pain - I was screaming and crying because it hurt so bad but still... not all over my stomach so I assumed nothing was happening. I was crying because I couldn't go to sleep - I was in WAY too much pain but at the same time - I didn't want to go back just to get sent home again. I kept feeling like I had to go to the bathroom and I kept having diarrea like poops. Around 5:45 I felt a popping sensation like my pelvic bone was splitting in half. By 6 AM I went downstairs (where Danny was sleeping - well not exactly b/c of my screaming - but he had a fever and was sick so was trying to stay away from me) and I was literally crawling across the floor I was in such agony. I told him there was no way I could stay home - we had to go back and they had to give me something for this pain especially being that it wasn't doing anything.
I made Danny call L&D and talk to Ashley - he told her I was in pain but apparently she heard me screaming through the phone and told him to get me there right away and we'd see what was going on. The car ride felt like I was going to die - every bump I felt like my body was splitting in half - and I was screaming in agony - hysterical crying from the pain. I had no idea what was happening. We got to the hospital around 6:45 AM and the security brought me upstairs in a wheelchair. I got in there and I had to go to the bathroom and felt the urge to push - but Ashley told me get undressed and get on the table. I was in such a different world I didn't even understand what was going on - I thought the on call doctor said I was STILL at 3 - only to find out moments later that I was fully dilated. Apparently in the 3 hours I was at home I went from 3cm - 10cm, 100% effaced and the baby was on her way out... at least now all my pain was explained.
By 7AM I was in a delivery room and Danny got in from parking the car - he was crying b/c I was in so much pain and he couldn't help me - I really felt like I was going to die - I asked for drugs and they said I'm really sorry but you have to push now. They almost didn't get the IV in me. It took approximately 15 minutes and 6 pushes total and Olivia Michelle entered the world. Apparently push #5 her head popped out and push #6 her entire body flew out of me that a nurse had to come over and catch her - no one expected me to labor that quick being a FTM, let alone for her to fly out of me THAT quickly - they were trying to wait for my doctor who made it there when they were stitching me up!
I got a 1st degree tear and had to get a few stitches - me and Danny were in shock for several hours... we figured we'd get back to the hospital they'd give me some drugs and we'd have a baby a few hours later... but no - less than 12 hours from the start of contractions and she was born We didn't even get to call our parents until after she was born - things went so quickly - we are now home and enjoying our little bundle of joy! She was breastfeeding like a champ at first but she got very fussy last night and now I'm just pumping for her - but at least she's eating again! Enjoy some pictures below!! For those on FB - there are TONS more... hehe didn't wanna overload this post!
First Family Picture
All her hair... (mind you - I had more when I was born! LOL)
A close up!
She LOVES getting burped!
Getting Ready to go home... I wore the same white snow suit 27 years ago!!
In her car seat
Today laying in her Boppy!