You look fantastic! Hope you're feeling equally well today
You look great!
Just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and you look fabulous. I hope your birthing time is soon!
come out, baby, come out!!!!
Hope things are going well
NAK! That is right, I am NAK!!!
Layla Grace was born at 5:59 am after 3.5ish hrs of labor. Drug free except for a dose of zofran so I wouldn't be sick. Beautiful calm birth No tearing!
9 lb 6 oz
still at hosp will post more in a day or two!
Oh wow!!! Congratulations!!!! I'm so happy for you :)!!
Congratulations on your baby girl!
Congratulations! I'm so glad you got to avoid your induction!!! Can't wait to see pics!!
Way to go--congratulations! What a big & healthy girl!
Congrats Kasey!!! And welcome to the world, Layla. Can't wait to 'see' you
I hope the HG is ALL GONE now Kasey, and that you get plenty of rest in the hospital.
And, Happy Father's Day, Luke!!!
Kasey, That's wonderful news!!
Yay! I'm so pleased for you, congratulations!!
Congratulations!!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!
Posting now since I am bored out of my mind at the hospital! Would love to get some rest, but it isn't happen ing. yday I had the loudest neighbors! (Well, her visitors anyway- it was awful. FIVE little kids in there, screaming crying laughing, hollering, all day long.) No rest for Layla and Mommy.
Layla is doing great. She is doing a lot of cluster nursing, which also doesn't help much for sleep. But she is great nurser, so no real complaints there. I feel great. Besides being exhausted from being here! Usualli I get a ton of rest in the hospital, but not this time, lol. Going to go home this afternoon, and lay in my own bed all day Have to take advantage of the laptop here at the hospital while I can!
My body feels awesome for pushing out a big ol baby! Yesterday right after she was born my butt was pretty sore, a few little 'rrhoids made an appearance during pushing, but those were already gone a few hrs later. Perinium feels just fine too. My back hurts mroe than anything else from my big floppy belly. I already put on my belly support belt and it makes it so much easier to lay down- glad I brought it. My thighs are a it sore from all the squatting, but even they feel better than I thought they would. So all in all, I would say I am doing fantastic.
Since Layla was about 1.5 hrs old, I haven't had any nausea! All day yesterday, I habitually kept waiting for it to happen at the normal times, then I would have to remind myself that it isn't going too! I love only eating when I want to- not b/c I have to to keep from getting sick- and being able to eat a lot just because I want to is great too
I should be napping but I think my sister is going to be here soon, so I don't want to be asleep when she gets here. Layla is getting her hearing test done right now, so one less thing to think about before we go today!!!
I ahve had some really great nurses, and my doc was so great too! I haven't had anyone give me any crap about any of the things in my birth plan or newborn care plan at all. Everyone has been very respectful of my wishes. My doc told me that this was probably the most memorable birth she had attended in 6+ yrs It was just so calm and laid back, and I was in control of pretty much every part that I wanted to be, as much as you can control L&D at least.
Congratulations on your little girl. I hope you get some rest when you get home. I'm sorry about your neighbors! Can't wait to see pics.
Congrats! What a big girl, I can't wait to see pics of her! I'm sorry your neighbors are being loud! Guess they didn't have a babysitter!
congrats!! sounds like everything's going great (despite the noisy neighbors :lol:) what a big girl!!!!! and I'm glad the nausea's all gone for you.
Congratulations!! You did it!!!
And that's awesome that your nausea is finally gone!
congrats!!! Welcome to the world Miss Layla. It sounds like your birth experience was beautiful! Things must have really moved quickly that night. Can't wait to see pics, enjoy your 'going home' day!
can't wait for your story and pics!!
Many congrats Kasey! I'm so thrilled for you!!
Congrats on your little one! Sounds like things are going great... I hope you can get lots of rest at home.
congrats! I'm so excited for you!!!
Here are some pics while I have a second:
ast pic pregnant, I am holding my mp3 player wrapped in a bag if you are wondering wth is around my neck About 1 hr 15 min b4 birth:
You have such a beautiful family!! Your kids all look so excited about their baby sister!
what wonderful pics. You have a beautiful family.
Ah, now for an update that requires more than copy & paste While dinner is cooking, kids are watching blues clues and Layla is sleeping.
Layla: nursing like a pro. sleeping well too Up lots at night, but easy to get on and nurse back to sleep. cluster feeding less, thankfully, so I am getting more sleep! She is such a calm baby, and rarely fusses- not that she has the chance to- anytime she makes a noise, one or more children immediately run to tell me that she is in desperate need of me :roll: So dramatic around here! She has the stinkiest burps! I know it is a wierd thing to notice, but at times during my pgcy I had the WORST burps, SO unpleasant- and hers have been like that a few times, very wierd.
Me: Feeling decent. Just a bit sore, but considering it is only three days out I am pretty happy with how I feel! Trying not to over do it- but it is hard! Not even b/c of the fact that there are four, but just b/c there are things now that it seems so much easier to do now that the HG is gone. Even showering is mroe pleasant! PP bleeding is really light compared to my other kids, esp the first two.
Having some really bloody pee though. My doc and I both think at this point that it is more likely from all the stuff that I had in my kidneys coming out and scratchign up my ureters now that there is nothing to hold it back anymore. The game plan for that is to pound the fluids and keep an eye on it to see if it goes away. If I get an other uti type symptoms I have to go in, but so far I have avoided it.
Feeling pretty emotional- def the lovely baby blues. Today has been pretty good so far, but yday I would jsut cry randomly :roll:
Milk is in- ouch. owie, ouch. So much milk in there. I pumped a little last night and this afternoon. I would love to just pump, but I know that will only be worse in the longrun. So I only pump until the bbs are slightly less hard than concrete. I thin I may have a milk blister on my nip though. Never had one, but I have heard of them, and it looks like a little blister full of milk on my nip, so I would assume that was what it was- not quite sure what to do with it, have to go and google it, I guess!
Older babes: All loving their sis. So far no jealousy over her, just over the other sib if they happen to be holding Layla and the other one wants to, lol. Noah gets SO excited when Layla wakes up, or when he wakes up and she is there- it is super cute.
Dh went back to work today. My mom is here for the day- and I am so happy that she vaccumed and mopped! The house really needed it, and though it is something that only takes 40 min to do really well, it is not something I feel like even attempt to do half @$$ed yet, ykwim? And not something I want to ask dh to do after workign 10+ hrs in the sun.
I need to write up my entire birth story in the order it happened, I just want a sizeable chiunk of quiet alone time to do it, ykwim? I can put all the basics down quickly, but mine tend to be LONG b/c I really like to think it through and analyze. Though this time it was shorter so there will be less to write.
How did I miss this?! BIIIG congrats! I can't wait to see LOTS of cute baby pictures and I am so glad you had a beautiful, calm birth. That's the best we can hope for
You have a beautiful family! I'm glad everybody is settling in well and the HG is finally gone!! Congrats again!!
Your family is absolutely beautiful!! I love all the pics :). I'm so glad you are feeling better meaning the HG. I hope the bloody pee calms down and you don't have to deal with a UTI. Your older dd looks so much like you!
Kasey, props to you for writing up such a thorough update only 3 days PP! I'm glad to hear that all in all you're doing well. Be gentle with yourself.
your little girl is beautiful. I love the docs comment about it being a memorable birth. I'm looking so forward to hearing the birth story.
The pictures of your family are beautiful. The kids look enthralled the Layla. I'm glad things are going so well!
Congrats and I LOVED the pics! Your kiddos are SOO cute! I'm so happy they are all lovin their baby sis, thats so sweet!
Big congrats!! She is beautiful! I can't wait to hear your birth story!
June 14, 2008
9lbs 6 oz, 22"
Saturday June 14, 2008 Probably about 2:20-ish I woke up to Allison sound asleep in my bed next to me. I laid there for a minute thinking she must have woken me up. Then I had a contraction. A good hard strong one I could feel deep in my back. I thought it was just more of the same contractions that I had been having, but that it was still somehow different. After four total contractions, I decided it was real labor- they were 4 minutes apart, and I was not chancing waiting the full hour to see what would happen.
I walked Allison back to her bed, and then woke up Luke. I told him that I was in labor and I was going to call my sister, because I didn’t want to wait 30-40 minutes for his mom to get to our house. We left the house just before three am. We got to the hospital around 3:20, and were up in our room getting settled in within a few minutes. My doctor asked if I would like a cervical check and I said yes, and she found me to be 4-5 cm dilated, 90% effaced. I decided to put my mp3 player on and get in the shower after my initial 20 minute strip to monitor my contractions and the baby’s heart rate.
I got in the shower around 4am, and stayed there for probably 30-45 minutes. While I was in there and the contractions were becoming more intense, I started to bend over during them. First just bending at the waist and putting my hands on the wall, and then after some of those, I started doing some yoga stretches that I did in my prenatal yoga videos (which I only did a couple of times this pgcy, lol!) I put my hands on my bent knees and would arch my back and bend forward blowing out when the contraction started, putting my chest between my knees, then breath in coming back up with a rounded back. For some reason that was really nice. The nurse came back in the room as I was getting out to check the baby’s heart rate with the doppler. Baby sounded good, and I was sitting on the birth ball just rolling around, seeing if that made me comfortable. It didn’t really work for me this time though, and when I had a contraction I wanted to stand and bend, not sit, so the ball rolled away from me! I figured that is because it wasn’t meant to be.
I stood at the end of the bed doing the same yoga stretch thing for a little bit. Then I started feeling the need to be touched on my lower back where all the pressure was during a contraction. I asked my husband to lay his hand on my back when I started contracting, and not to push, just to rest it there. So he sat in the little chair, and I stood at the side of the bed just doing my thing. A few contractions into that, bending over wasn’t enough, and I started to squat down too. I would bend all the way over and grab my ankles and squeeze them then squat down and push out on my knees with my elbows. I have no idea why, but this was what worked, so I went with it. After some contractions like that, even that wasn’t enough, and I started doing pelvic tilts while down in that position. At some point in there I started doing some low-tonal moans to release some of the energy, and then started saying “Jesus,” and “Lord God, Heavenly Father.” I remember at one point praying and saying that I knew God would get me through, and telling God I was giving the pain back to Him.
This whole time I had been wearing my mp3 player and listening to music, mostly praise and worship music. A lot of Third Day and Barlow Girl. When I first got out of the shower, I listened to My Savior, My God by Aaron Schust, and was singing through my contractions, and then My God’s Enough by Barlow Girl, those songs got me in such an awesome state of mind, and really let me focus on God and the wondrous thing He was accomplishing within my body. Whenever someone needed me for something, I would have to take an earpiece out, but that really only happened a few times for fhr checks with the doppler, or for me to tell Luke something. At one point when I had just started the squatting down thing, the nurse was trying to check the fhr and she was so good about it when I told her, “Gotta go down,” because a contraction was starting, she just moved right out of the way and let me do what I needed to do.
I was feeling very nauseated at that point, (maybe 5:15a?) and I requested some zofran through my hep-lock. I didn’t want to start vomiting, and I hadn’t taken my zofran before bed the night before, so it was a possibility. My doctor came in to see if I wanted the zofran by mouth or in my iv, and to see how things were going, and I said they were going good, except that I wanted to throw up. Luke told her that he didn’t think it was going to be much longer, judging by my actions. After that I put my earphones back in, and they were talking some more, and I remember thinking, don’t they realize I can’t hear them? Then I realized they weren’t talking to me anyway, and it was all okay. My doctor said she was going to get the table set up. I remember hearing the metal instruments clinking together and thinking that it was funny they needed so many tools available for a delivery that wouldn’t be using them.
Not sure when, (probably about 5:40) but I asked for a check, and my nurse called my doctor in. Right before this, I had been thinking in my head that I couldn’t forget to tell Luke that if I seemed to get overwhelmed I was probably in transition. I forgot to tell him anyway :o) I didn’t think I was completely dilated yet, but I thought I should know what was going on, since it was getting intense. I felt close, and had the very beginnings of the pressure that is the urge to push. I stood up and tried to get my mp3 player off, but couldn’t get it off from around my neck. Luke stepped in and got it off quickly, I think he thought I was about to just break it off. I felt very calm about the whole thing, I just knew that it needed to be off, and that was that, however it happened. I got on the bed and my doctor said my cervix had a slight lip left, 9 cm dilated, zero station, and I had a bulging bag. She asked if it would be okay for her to rupture my bag when I was pushing so that we could avoid the huge gush of water that had happened with both the boys when my water broke right before they crowned. I said that was fine, I didn’t blame her. (She became completely soaked from each of the boys.)
I could feel the next contraction starting, and I needed to roll to my hands and knees during it. After that contraction, I felt SO wonderful. I told the everyone in there (Luke, Dr, nurse) that I felt great, except that I just wanted to throw up. The nurse put a bag by my head just in case, and I told them all that the zofran would probably keep me from actually vomiting, but since I was so used to it, it wouldn’t keep the nausea away. When I went from on my back for my check to my hands and knees is when the baby must have turned anterior, because it felt immediately different. When I told them I felt great, I really did, for that whole minute or so I didn’t even feel like I was in labor.
I had another contraction, and I could feel the baby descending, and was thinking how nice it would be to push. Right at that time, my doctor told me that whenever I wanted to push, to go for it. This wasn’t my first time, and I didn’t need a check unless I wanted one. She could probably tell by my sounds that I was holding off pushing. I gave a little push at the end of that contraction, and waited for the next one. The next one the urge wasn’t super strong right away, and then when I had it and pushed, my water broke spontaneously. I heard it and said, “There’s my water.” It is funny looking at it now how analytical and calm I was about it all. There was very light meconium staining (baby’s first bowel movement was in utero, instead of out) in the water, and the nurse called the desk for someone to be available just in case. She was so calm and quiet about it- didn’t make it a big urgent deal (because it wasn’t- but some nurses spaz a bit at that.) I don’t think another person ever came in the room, though, they were just on stand by. During one of those contractions, Luke leaned down and told me how great I was doing, and it was so nice to hear it- he sounded so excited and proud of me.
I pushed for a couple more contractions while on hands and knees, but the urge wasn’t strong at all, and I didn’t feel like I was working with my body. Right after maybe the fourth contraction like that, I told them all that the zofran was not working like it should, I wish I could just throw up! Then, I dry heaved really hard and said, oh- maybe not! And we all kind of laughed at that.
I told them that I was going to get up and squat- they had the bar ready for me. The bar was angled back toward me, and I had a hard time finding a comfortable way to use it. It made me feel too much like I was reclining back, getting ready to go down a slide or something. The nurse asked if I would like her to turn it around, so it was angled away from me, and I said yes. She and Luke made quick work of it, and I tried it that way. I tried leaning into it, and hanging off of it by my arms, and even stood up on the bed and kind of bent over it, just trying to find what was comfortable, and pushing if I felt the urge. This sounds like it took a long time, but really it was a very short amount of time, only over a few minutes, two, maybe three contractions. I remember feeling slightly frustrated that this was taking “so long” considering both the boys were born in three pushing contractions.
I finally settled to a supported squat right at the end of the bed, using the bar for balance if I wanted it. Now the urge to push was strong and I was pushing while grunting or blowing out. Everyone was telling me how good I was doing, and I was just doing my thing. At this point my doctor became a little more active and reminded me to push with the contraction. The pressure was very strong at this point and I was pushing between two contractions, just trying to relieve the pressure. It wasn’t accomplishing much though, except annoying me. (Because it was taking “so long.”) I think I had said something about it taking forever, because she said this baby is taking its time a little more than the last two, but it was going so smooth. She told me that she could see baby’s head, and I said, “Already?” It had only been six or seven contractions I think since I had requested my cervical check. I reached down after that contraction to try to feel the head, but it was hiding again. (I asked Luke about this period of time, since it is fuzzy for me time-wise, and he said he thinks it was about 15 minutes from my water breaking to Layla being born.)
My next contraction I pushed pretty hard, and baby was nearly born. I said “ring of fire” and the doctor said yes, that’s right. I pushed very hard then, probably the only time I held my breath when pushing, and Layla’s head was born! My doctor told me to reach down and deliver my baby, and I reached down and pushed then grabbed her around the chest and delivered her onto my stomach. Then I closed my eyes, then looked all around- it was all SO surreal that it was over already (though it had just seemed to be so slow) and I had to mentally shake myself and remind myself to LOOK at my baby! I looked down and said “Oh she is so tiny!” and the doctor and nurse said that she wasn’t! I checked to make sure she was a girl (she was) and then just kept thinking that I couldn’t believe it was done already!
She had a TON of vernix on her back, but hardly any on the rest of her, that was weird. I had a small gush of blood that Luke told the doctor and nurse about, and we all said it was probably the placenta detatching. He was watching out for me for hemorrhaging. I felt the urge to push again (though much weaker) and pushed out the placenta. I don’t remember if it was right before or right after that the doctor asked if it was okay to clamp it yet... But at some point we consented to clamping, and Luke cut the cord.
My doctor took a look around, and was pleased to announce that there were no tears at all! Then we had a bit of fundal massage, and we were all thrilled that there was no more blood loss than normal! We took a look at the placenta, and saw all the little knobs and bumps where the calcification was starting to happen.
Luke and I held Layla for about 45 minutes before we had her get weighed and measured. She just looked and looked all around, not terribly interested in nursing, or really anything. When we finally let her go to get her stats, she was 9 lbs 6 oz and 22.5 inches long- I could not believe that the baby I was sure was to be my smallest was my largest, by half a pound and half an inch!
All in all, it was pretty much perfect. I don’t know that I would change anything about it. It was so calm, and relaxed- and there was no one running around, no one yelling, “Stat!” like with the boys, no rushing or freaking out. My doctor and nurse let me do my thing, and completely trusted me on each thing that I said was happening, or whatever I needed at the time. Both were very hands off as I wanted them to be, asking permission before they touched me, or did really anything.
A while after Layla was born, my doctor was telling my nurse that she rarely gets to attend a birth like that, and the nurse said that it was so cool to be there since she sees so many epidurals, and this was just so nice.
My doctor then came to us, and said that this was her most memorable birth in probably six years. (That birth was also one she had to do almost nothing for, it was a mom from a foreign country who had delivered her first baby at home, alone.) She thanked us for letting her attend it, and we thanked her for letting us let things happen the way they should.
Great birth story! Congrats! I loved the pics you shared too.
thanks for sharing! Awesome to hear about. Glad it went so well!