wow! sounds amazing, can't wait to hear all the details. She's so cute all new! how is dd adapting?
<3 Dh Jason 3/22/03
Baby #4 11/24/13
Congrats!!!!!! I can't wait to hear your story!
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Elliana ~ 9/10/10
Here is my birthstory. I was lucky to have my laptop in the hospital (no internet though) so I was ablt to write it out while the details were fresh in my mind.
We are doing great! So far, we are adjusting well. Ask me in a week after being up all night nursing. Brynn loves her sister and quickly learned to say "audrey"
This 2 kid thing is going to be....shall we say....Interesting. I anticipate an adjustment trying to juggle the two girls.
Anyways, without further adu (sp?) here is my story
Thursday night, Chad and I had just finished watching an SNL election special on TV with the presidential election only 11 days away. And Chad went to turn out all the lights...and at that very moment I felt what was my first contraction. It wasnt very strong at all, it was really more of a low ache and I just thought to myself wouldnt it be great if this was it? That was at 10pm.
I only felt a couple more during the 10pm hour...nothing at all noticable. When 11pm hit they really started to pick up in intensity and frequency. So I decided to head down stairs to time them just to humor myself
The started off at 11:15 about 6 minutes apart and quickly picked up to about 4 minutes apart and I couldn't keep track anymore because I was having to concentrate on each contraction as the pain was intensifying
So I went up stairs and handed Chad the computer to time while I got in the shower and sat on the floor. The warm water was SO revleiving! It made me want a water birth so bad! By midnight, Chad determined that they were still 4 minutes apart and I put a call into the hospital
Because I was still able to somewhat talk through my contrax, the nurse thought that I was just dehydrated and instructed me to drink a bunch of water and call back in an hour. I kind of rolled my eyes at this...but wanted to rule out false labor first since I didnt want to take Brynn to a friends house for nothing
At this time...Brynn is awake and thinks its time to party. She sees that mommy is in the tub and thinks its just hilarious...I didnt want to freak her out, so if I started moaning during a contraction, I would try to crack a smile and say "Hi Brynn" and she would laugh and laugh and come splash the water
By 12:30 my contractions were 2 minutes apart and I decided there was no way that it was dehydration and we needed to get moving. So we called the nurse back and she told us to come on in.
Brynn was SO excited we were getting in the car...she had her babies, and was super stoked. Maybe she thought we were going to the park or something. It really made me smile. Although the ride to the Hosital was horrible! Contractions every 2 minutes and it felt like Chad was trying to take the most bumpy ride possible.[/
We drop Brynn off at my friend Amandas house and get to the Hospital at 1:30am. And they check us in and hook me up to the monitors and check my cervix 5cm...we are staying to have a baby
Chad was an AMAZING labor partner. He really was with me for every contractions...not too much not too little, he was just right. Being hooked up to the monitor for the first 30 minutes was excruciating...I wanted to stand up so bad, but they had to start my GBS medication and make sure baby was okay for 30 minutes so I just layed there and took it. I found the most usefull coping method at this point was to have shorter breaths and count each breath and i knew that at about 15 breaths, the contraction would be over. This kind of gave me a finish line so to speak.
After the 30 minutes they let me do whatever I wanted, but I still had the IV cord in, but it didnt really phase me at that point.
I spent the next 30 minutes in this routine:
During a contraction, I would stand up and "slow dance" with Chad, I would wrap my arms around him and rock back and forth letting out at "oooo" "oooo" "oooo" during the contraction with one big final "OOOOOO!" at the end of each. Chad was great, he would tell me things like
"your doing it baby"
" each contraction we are closer to Audrey"
"every contraction brings us closer to her in your arms"
"grat job baby"
and then when the contraction was over, I would sit on the side of the bed because my legs felt so weak at this point.
At 2:30 I started having a TON of pressure and I started involuntarily pushing at the peak of each contraction, so they checked me and I was only 6 and she said that my bag of waters was bulgin so much it was triggering that pushing even though I had 4 cm to go. She offered to break my water. Baby was in proper positioning so I though about it and decided to go for it, The energy it was taking to handle these contractions was energy I would be needing shortly. So she broke my waters. Nice and clear. But the sensation of the water coming out of me triggered my gag reflex and I began vomiting with every contraction for just a couple contractions...that was no fun....
Right after my water broke, she checked and I was at a 7.
I continued the slow dance routine with chad for about 15 more minutes until I could feel Audrey heading south for her arrival. That all too common "baby is going to come out of my butt" sensation occured and I knew it was time
The MW checked me and I still had 1 cm to go. It took everything in me to NOT push at this time. This I would say was the most difficult part of the whole labor. But luckily it was short lived and they declared me complete at 2:55am! Its GO TIME
Pushing for me is a very releiveing feeling. the contractions pain is still there, but it doesnt bother me as much because I am able to counter act it with pushing. I had a mirror set up and wathced my baby come into the world. that was the most rewarding part. chad was right by my side with each contraction, cheering me on. He was great. I was screaming...and I mean SCREAMING with every contraction, but it was a good primal scream that needed to be done. After 10 minutes of pushing, she was out and in my arms COVERED in vernix and purple. But she was beautful. Since she spent so little time in the birth canal...she has some fluid in her lungs that they quickly took care of.
Everyone was shocked at how BIG she was and how fast I delivered. I thought she was maybe 8lbs...but NO....she was NINE lbs, SEVEN ounces....my jaw dropped! But she is still so perfect in everyway. her Apgars were 8 and 9. She latched on immidiatly...and here I am 2 days later and I feel like I havent stopped nursing
In reflecting back on the labor, I have to say it was trully amazing and trully empowering. I remember that superwoman feeling with Brynn, its the same this time, but I feel like I handled it better because I knew the pain was coming.
I accepted the pain as part of the process to get to my baby, and that made me less afraid and more able to handle each contraction. I am so proud that I stuck to what was important to ME as far as my labor plans. I had the best labor partner and I didn't even know it. Chad was amazing, I couldnt have done it with out him. I wouldnt change a single thing about my delivery. Not a second. And as a result of it all, we have a beautiful, perfect little human that we get to watch grow and learn and thrive.
Its an amazing thing to look at your child for the first time. I was worried if i had enough room in my heart for a seond child. how can i possibly when i love Brynn SO much? The truth is, its like the universe doubles and so does your heart and I fell in love with Audrey. Such an intense love I recall these first moments with Brynn to. Looking and Audrey, my heart smiles. Every hair, finger, coo, and movement just amazes me, I could stare at her for days.
Here are pictures
Absolutely fantastic!! That is a great birth story...and I am glad to hear how wonderful of a birth partner Chad was. And it looks like Brynn is enjoying being a big sister!
What a GREAT birth story!!! I love her cheeks! She is adorable! You rock! Chad reminds me of my DH, the best birth coach ever!! A million congrats on your new family!
That is a beautiful story and it brought tears to my eyes!
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09
Awesome story...aren't short labors great but a little tough to handle at times. The girls are truly beautiful.
What a great birth story!!! So glad everything turned out just the way you wanted it to, and now you finally have your baby in your arms!!!
mommy to the most beautiful princess