We went in Monday night at 11:30pm and it was questionable if I was going to be admitted. I was only at 3 but having contractions. The OB on call was afraid that since my last labor went fast that she would send me home and I would be right back in. So around 1:30am she did admit me.
I really was in pain but wanted to go natural so I opted for a shot of Nubane, well the darn stuff stalled my labor! By 7am Tuesday morning I was only at 4 and still 80% effaced. This is about the time it all started to go downhill. I was sent to walk for an hour and then take a shower. I then was able to eat some creal and drink some juice. Got checked again and was about 5 and at 0 station. Also got my epi. at this time, which had to be re-upped every hour at least. Again we had an OP aka face up baby! The back labor was horrible!! That was the last I saw of the OB on call until later. Tuesday must of been baby day here because everytime she was going to come in and break my water she got called for an emergency. One so that we were told a lady came in at 11:20am and gave birth at 11:27am Had another ladies water break right outside my door! Babies were flying out of everywhere which made me lowest man on the totem pole!
Finally at 7 the OB on call as her last job broke my water. And the show was on the road or so we thought. When she broke it I was 5 and 0 station, well when the new OB on call came in he checked me and the little stinker somehow went to -2 station! So out came the big guns the big "P" word was put into action, Pitocin that is. And being that the epi. was just not working I had to have 2 applications put into my epi. IV directly. That did help. Around 9pm I got the pressure in my bottom I had wanted all day. It was showtime! I started to push around 9:15pm so exhausted that I could barley hold my legs back. But I just wanted it over with at that point. I found the strength from somewhere and just kept pulling my legs back as far as they would go. At 10pm the Dr. was called in and 2 more very hard pushes and out came her head, and she had flipped to face down!!!! Then I was told one more push and I just grabbed my legs and pushed very hard I wanted this to be the last one, and it was she just poped out!! I did tear again in the same spot but only in the skin not the muscle like last time. But it did go down to my rectum, ouch! Also had my vaginal cyst removed at the same time. So I am really stitched up down there.
Unlike with Kaya's delivery I was able to have her handed up to me on my chest, something I know may not be a big deal but it was to us. Then came the big surprise, her weight! We could not believe her size and neither could the Dr. We got to bond with her for a short while as she was grunting a bit and had been all cleared out. Turnes out her blood sugar was low, but soon after going to the nursery and given a bit of formula it went up.
She is an awesome breastfeeder, totally different than Kaya (can't fault Kaya since she was a preemie) latches like a pro!
Well that is all for now. Or at least al I can drag out of my head. I am sure I may of forgotten some small detail somewhere.
Toby was diagnosed as breech during my 36th week. I had been going to acupuncture the week before my version was due. The version was set for this past Tuesday, but Sunday, my water broke and I went into early labor. Because Toby was in the extended breech position, a c-section was the safest option. Toby was delivered on Father's Day at 1:40pm. He was a healthy 6 pounds, 19.5 inches long! He and I are now both home from the hospital and doing very well. I think I may be the happiest person in the world right now.
Thanks to all you wonderful women for all your support throughout these past 9 months. I look forward to hearing all your stories as well. Here's to healthy happy babies
Well, I did it again with another really quick labor! I went into L&D on Sunday night to get the cervadill. For some reason, the cervadill didn't do anything, so my Midwife started pic this morning around 8am. By 830am my water broke, by 930 I was at 3cm (up from 2) by 1030am I was at 10cm. I actually had to wait for my Midwife to arrive to push. Fortunately she was really quick to arrive. I pushed twice, and at 1038am, Trysten Elizabeth was born. While I tried to prepare myself for another possible quick delivery, I really was shocked at how quick it went. And, no tearing or episiotomy!!!!!
Anyways, here are the stats:
Tristyn Elizabeth Righi
19 1/4 inches
After an exhausting 9-day stay at the hospital, I was finally released. Thanks to all of you who have been sending me good thoughts, prayers, and congrats!
Here's my birth story. On Wednesday, June 14th, I went for my regular doctor visit. My feet have been swollen quite a bit and my doctor was concerned because my blood pressure continued to be elevated. She asked me to come back in on Friday, 6/16. When I went back on Friday and got my blood pressure checked, the doctor sent me to the hospital immediately to get a labor evaluation. By the end of this procedure, they decided to admit me because I have developed pre-eclampsia. They did a bunch of labwork (I HATED those needles), an ultrasound (the baby was fine but still breech), and deprived me of food and water in case I neeed to get an emergency surgery. Apparently, this condition can become severe overnight.
They continued to monitor my condition and apparently it continued slowly getting worse. The protein in my urine continued to increase and my blood pressure continued to be elevated. So, finally, on Tuesday, 6/20, my doctor told me that I would either get the surgery the next day, Wednesday, 6/21 or the following week when I turned 37 weeks, pending the latest urine test results. The results came back worse so my doctor told me that I would go into surgery the next day. Again, I had been deprived of food and water as of midnight.
On 6/21 Wednesday morning, I still hadn't been scheduled for the surgery. At 11 a.m., they told me that I was finally scheduled for 12 noon. They prepped me quickly, and wheeled me into the OR. Getting the spinal anesthesia was frightening but it wasn't too bad and fortunately was very quick. I was draped from the waist down and they called DH to sit next to me. From then on, I didn't feel any pain but felt tons of pressure and pulling. At one point, I literally felt like something was ripped out of my body. I heard a cry and the doctor shouted "It's a girl!"
DH took a look at our baby while she was being cleaned. She scored 9/9 for Apgar. She weighs 5 lbs 14 oz, 18.5 inches (good measurement for a 36+1 week). They then wrapped her in a blanket and showed her to me. I was wheeled into the recovery room and DH followed our baby to the nursery to be cleaned and weighed. I think the actual surgery only took about 15 minutes. After the recovery room, I was wheeled into the post-partum room which was to be my room for the next 4 days.
In addition to the anesthesia, I also got meds for my blood pressure condition. I felt pretty drugged most of the time. We asked that Kayleen be in the nursery for the first night because I was literally unable to care for her. Fortunately, I felt a little better on subsequent nights so we were able to care for her then.
Both Kayleen and I got the clearance from our doctors to go home together on Saturday, June 26th. We are both doing fine although I'm still recovering. Those c-section wounds are still very painful. Of course, I'm also lacking sleep since I'm breastfeeding. DH has been wonderful throughout the whole ordeal. My parents are also staying with us and have been helping to take care of Kayleen.
Thank you all so much for your support throughout my whole pregnancy!! We are so in love with our little girl! Here are some pictures to enjoy
I have been gone such a long time it seems. I ended up having to stay in the hospital for 7 nights/8 days. It's been a very long week. Emotional and stressful but now we are finally home and I'm so happy to be here. Seems like I've missed a lot while I've been gone. Here is my birth story. As much as I could write without making it super long. I will be posting a longer version in my journals/myspace blog perhaps. Don't know where yet.
The reason we ended up staying at the hospital for so long was because the baby ended up being a little jaundice the 2nd day and had to be put under some lights and had some tests taken and usually when things like this happen they prefer for the mom to stay while baby is being tested. Even when mothers come back with their baby because of jaundice they have the mother check in again along with the baby. Anyways I was super tired and frustrated and emotional and the Dr.'s wouldn't let me go home with my baby. I wanted my husband with me at night and the nurses and midwives gave my husband and I our own room with 2 beds side by side. They were so considerate and very nice! They made what could have been a crappy stay at the hopstial, a wonderful one. Everyone was so nice and helpful! They helped out so much with breastfeeding especially! I finally feel comfortable breastfeeding. Thanks to my husband too. One nurse actually came up to me and asked me what my husbands profession was. I told them he's a Database administrator and the nurses thought that he might have been a nurse because of how good he is with the baby! He has been wonderful with our little angel. Changing diapers and helping out with breastfeeding even! He has changed so much! It's so wonderful! He got so emotional when our little angel was born. It's so sweet! All the midwives that helped me were awesome and I will never forget them. Being in the hospital for one week you really get to know some of the nurses and midwives. I had a wonderful birth experience and hospital stay. I thank God for everything that has happened. I'm so proud to be a mommy!
And now for the birth story:
It all started on June 19th when my water broke. In Norway they give 72 hours to women who’s water has broken to go into labor on their own. Well, I was very unfortunate and didn’t contract on my own after 3 days of walking around leaking fluids. On Thursday, June 22nd, my husband and I went in to the hospital at around 10a.m.for a check up and they inserted a balloon with some fluid in me to open up my cervix a bit and to “get things started”. They admitted me that night and my husband went back home to get my bags. The small balloon fell out that night at 9p.m. and the midwives had told me that it had done its job and I had to wait until the next morning to start on a pill to induce.
The next morning they inserted a pill and waited 6 hours, checked me, I had just a little bit of progress and inserted another pill. I had to wait until the next morning, Saturday, to get checked again and get another pill inserted, the 3rd pill. On Saturday morning I actually had a MALE OB/gyn check me! I've never had a male ob before. And he was a little cute! lol They had told me I needed 4 pills in order to get put on the drip, unless I had matured enough with 3. Lucky me 3 was enough to start the drip, FINALLY!
I was a little nervous as we got ready to start the real thing. Up until that point I had had NO contractions at all. I was disappointed but things were going to get started that night. We went into the room where I was going to give birth in and I asked the midwife “How long am I going to be in here for?” And she said “Until your baby is born.” I knew right then that THIS was It! I was going to be a mommy soon! Wow! I didn't know what to think or expect.
They started the drip at around 5p.m. and I started getting contractions. Wow! I survived about 3 hours on the drip without any drugs and in those 3 hours I had only dilated from 2cm to 3cm. I was very disappointed and I was also getting very tired already and I asked for drugs. They gave me some sort of pills at first but those barely helped. Then, I never thought I’d ask for one but I asked for an epidural finally. Ten minutes later the Epidural man came in and it took him 3 tries to get it in properly. After he did though I was feeling much much better and felt my energy level rising again. I was about ready to pass out before the epidural! I was getting so weak from the contractions. They hurt so bad. After the epidural though, things started speeding up just a tad. I was more relaxed and time passed by fast. They checked me at around mid night and I was already 9cm dilated and we tried many positions to get me to dilate to 10 cm. Finally I was 10 cm but I was not ready to push yet because the baby’s head wasn’t down low enough yet. I went through about 1 hour of the midwives telling me “not to push just yet”. It was torture! I wanted to push so bad! Finally they told me I could start pushing. And boy did I! I pushed for what seemed forever! The midwife and my husband told me they could see the baby’s head but it wasn’t close to being out yet. I kept on asking “is the head out yet?” and of course they always said no. I told my husband “dang it just lie to me and tell me it’s out!” lol Sometime during all this a doctor came in to check me and see how far I was and they decided that I needed some help to get the baby out. Baby was right there! So they used a vacuum to get baby out fast because I was getting pretty tired of pushing. I was running out of energy and it was just not going as fast as they had hoped.
Finally after 40 minutes of pushing (and 10 hours of labor) and intense pain, even with the epidural (they had actually lowered it a bit so I could feel the contractions at the end), my beautiful baby was born. The most pain that I had ever felt in my life was when she was coming out. Wow did that hurt! I was screaming! But the moment she was out I felt so much better! It was such a huge relief! The pain was all gone! And my beautiful baby was on my belly crying!!! I didn’t know how to react. I was just so happy! I remember asking the midwife and my husband “What is it?? Is it a boy or a girl?” And 3 times I got a “I Don’t know” lol FINALLY I just had to check for myself and looked in between the legs. And what I saw I just could not believe. I remember saying “I’m a mommy! Oh my God I’m a mommy!” hehe
Giving birth to a little baby was the most wonderful experience of my life! I will never ever forget the day I gave birth to my baby.
And now the moment you have all been waiting for…
I would like to introduce my beautiful baby girl, Jeanette Maya Erika Hoel. (Jeanette pronounced like “Shawn-ette”…its French) We decided 3 names were ok. :P I liked Maya and my husband liked Jeanette and we both wanted Erika so we just put them all together. We don't really care if its long. She won't have to use all of them later on in life.
She weighed 3320 grams/7pounds 5oz
Length 50cm/19.7 inches
And according to the Dr’s she was born at 38 ½ weeks. So my due date was way off.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw little girl parts! I am a very happy mommy! A few minutes after she was born I called my mom and told her "MOM! It's a GIRL!!!!" We were all very surprised!!! It was the most wonderful surprise ever! I'm so glad we waited to find out! WOW!!! I still can't believe I have a little girl! She is so precious and is so good. She hardly ever cries and breastfeeding is going great! My husband actually helps me breastfeed. He likes to help and its nice to get him involved in the feeding process.
After she was born I found out I tore and ended up having 6 stitches. Ouchie! But it was definitely worth it! It all happened so fast and it keeps running through my head every day. I can't believe I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I've gotten so emotional thinking about the day I gave birth to her. Now I know I've truly entered a completely different world I've never been in before. Now I know how mother's feel about their children. And it's the most wonderful experience ever. During the 10 hours of labor I kept on saying how much I hated the pain and that I never want to get pregnant again. But um now I just have to say that I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! The feeling right when they are born is something so special and unexplainable. It's such an emotional time and now that I think about it...I'm glad I went through what I went through. Things didn't go as planned but I gave birth to my little girl and that's all that matters.
Giving birth was the most amazing experience of my entire life. My hospital stay was awesome. Everyone was nice and did everything possible to make me comfortable. I will never forget everyone who has helped. I'm going to send them a thank you card later on.
I'm so glad we are home now though. A new chapter in our lives just began. And to be honest...I can't wait to do it again. I can't explain how I feel. I loved it all. And the pain is most definitly worth it.
Here are some pics.
My last baby belly pic:
Getting induced. "The drip" I knew I wasn't going to be smiling for much longer.
My baby girl:
Her little foot
She wasn't very happy in her cute little dress. :P
I don't know who she looks like but I think she looks a little like me when I was born.
I love my little girl.
Anne, midwife who delivered Jeanette.
Daddy and little Jeanette
And last but not least
Thanks for reading. And congratulations to all new mommy's!!! We have entered a brand new chapter in our lives and I can't wait to share more on our journey.
Hello ladies I went to my dr. appointment on Tuesday and my bp was 149/94 +4 protein. My Dr. then decided it was time to induce because I now had full blown Toxemia. I arrived at the hospital at 12:30 p.m in a room and contracting every 2-3 min on my own.
2 P.m Started on pitocin I was 1 cm at this time.
4p.m 2 cm
8 p.m contractions started getting worse still 2 cm.
9:15 p.m baby kicked me so hard he broke my water. That's where my pain became intense!!!
10 p.m pain was so bad I asked for nubain, they said I would get some sleep 2 hrs all I got was drowzy, my eyes were closed and able to keep breathing.
12:30 a.m My contractions were so intense, I was unable to breathe, started having pressure like I had to bm. checked me I was 8 cm asked if I wanted epidural I sais YES!
12:45 a.m Too late for the epidural I was now at 9 cm. They started preparing everything, at this time I was screaming in agony, oh the pain was horrible...got another shot of nubain.
1:00 a.m all I remember is saying I had to use the bathroom, they checked me and I was at 10cm. They called the Dr. to come.
1:20 a.m I started pushing and the Dr. arrived.
IT GETS SCARY FROM HERE ON...
1:33 a.m I pushed and he was born. I opened my eyes to see him and saw what I thought was him peeing on the nurse and dr. But it was his umblical cord splitting apart.They said the cord was short. The dr. didn't even cut the cord she handed him off to the nurse and told her to clamp it. He had trouble breathing, wasent getting pink, they cleaned him up and let me hold him. He was pale but his eyes were open they were dark green. He's beautiful.. 8 lbs 2 oz 20 1/2" long.
1:40 a.m the placenta delivered and I got a second degree tear, she sticthed me up.
1:50 a.m Trying to stable and pink unable to so they took him to the the NICU.
THIS IS WERE IT GETS EVEN SCARIER...
Elton calls from the NICU he informs me that the baby has lost too much blood and needs to get transfusions. He recieved 3. Has tubes and iv's everywhere. He was very lucky everyone kept telling me. I didn't get to see him until Wednesday afternoon. He looked a lot better. I have never heard of this happening, I'm still in shock. Thank God he is doing great!!!
Yesterday he got his feeding tube, oxygen tube, and both I'v's removed from his hands and face. They started feeding him, I fed him his 1st bottle and got to hold him for the first time since he was born. He only has 1 iv in his foot for antibiotics. His is a fighter. It's weird seeing him there because all the baby's in there are premature and there's my big angel. They said he might be there 2 weeks but are not sure. I came home today at 11 a.m. He is under bili lights for jaundice.
Sorry so long but after all this I would not change anything. I am so grateful to have my son and my angel upstairs taking care of us. Here are some pictures, his face is irritated because of the tape they removed when they took the tubes out.
See how pale he was from losing the blood from the cord.
I started labor around 930am. I was dialated to a 3. Got pitocin. In an hour I was at a 5. I remained at a five the rest of the afternoon. In the meantime I got the epi. around 130pm. The doc came in about six and I was still at a 5 so he started to talk about a c-sect. (in the meantime the baby was still high and had not dropped.) My first reaction was NO! Nope! No way! Not gonna happen. Well my epi started to wear off and I could feel the contractions getting more intense. I was in pain. The nurse came in and saw tears in my eyes and asked me why I was crying I told her that I was a baby and did not want to feel any of the pain. So they gave me some nubain to take the edge off not realizing that my epi. had actually fallen out. It took them an hour to figure out what was going on. By this time I was in major pain. I told the nurse that I refused to push the baby out without my epi. They finally replaced it. My doc checks me at this point and I was at an eight and had finally dropped. (it took an hour and a half to go from a 5 to an 8. ) This was around seven thirty. The doc told me that he would be back in a couple of hours to check on me. Within an hour I felt the urge to push. My DH kept insisting that I was not. It was too soon. So I waited thirty min. A nurse came to check on me and she said that I was at a 10. And indeed was ready to push. I threw that one in my DH's face. (don't tell me I don't know what is going on with my body) It took twenty min. to push baby Zane out. I am in love. BTW the doc barely made it in time to catch he baby. I did have to have an episiotomy. But, I gladly welcome it over a c-section. Anyways 12 hours is not bad at all and I am very glad that it is all over with. Zane sleeps very good for me. And my mom is a great help! I will miss her when she leaves.
Here are some recent pics.
My Mom made the blanket.
It started Tues. night about 10 p.m.. I guess he wanted to be part of the 4th of July! I was lying in bed when I heard a pop. It was like a rubber band snapping or something and somehow I just knew it was my water. I jumped up and ran to the bathroom and water was gushing everywhere!!
I called DH, he was at work and he came home and we went to the hospital now it's about 10:45. They did an exam and I was 80% effaced and still only dialated to 1 cm. No real contractions yet, so they put me in a robe and make me start walking.
Contractions started about 11:30 or so weren't too bad. Finally got up to L&D about 1:00. The cont. started to get pretty intense so I got Stadol which just helped to relax me and I actually slept for a while. When I finally woke up it was about 4:30 or so and I was dialated to 4 cm so they called for my Epidural!!!! THANK GOD FOR EPIDURALS!!! Those last few contractions before the epi were pretty crazy.
After the epi I rested fine for a while and at about 8:00 a.m. I was dilated to 7. Dr. said he guessed we'd start pushing around noon. Well about 9:00 I made DH go get the nurse, I could feel his little head and thought he was about to fall out. Sure enough I was fully dilated and she called for the Dr.
Started pushing about 9:30 or so and it was the most EXHAUSTING thing i've ever done, not painful (thanks to epi) just exhausting. Zaden's head would not come out from under my pelvic bone. Each time I had a contraction i'd push, push, push and almost get it and it would slip back under. Finally I was yelling at the Dr. to just pull him out!! I guess I started bleeding a little more than he wanted me to so he grabbed the vaccumn and sucked him out. Now he has a little bit of a cone head! But its going down. He was born at 10:18 a.m. 6 lbs 10 oz. 21 in. long.
Tore a little bit only had to get 2 or 3 stitches, nothing bad and recovery has been Sooooo much easier than I had expected.
Overall he's a great baby, hardly cries at all. DH has been awesome, he's constantly holding him, kissing him, cuddling him, changing diapers. We're both so in love!!
Here's a little info for those of you who are still waiting for your little one.... I didn't know this maybe i'm the only one but I didn't know that when you start pushing, you only push during a contraction. I thought once you were ready to push, you just kept going until baby was out. NOOO You push for the minute or so that you are having the contraction, then when it's done, you sit and wait for the next one. So i'd push and then stop and have to wait like 5 minutes to do it again. Anyway, just something I didn't know going into it.
Can't wait to see all the rest of our little ones!!
Wow what a day that was, we got to the hospital @ 7:30 am and were stuck in triage for 2 and 1/2 hours as they got a new computer system over the holiday week. Nobody knew how to do anything on it so we waited!
Finally got up to L&D and wait for orders to start pitocin. Oh when they checked me in triage I was 4-5 cm. So close to 11:00 they get pitocin started and let it do it's magic. well for some reason it took a while. Never really got into a good contracting patteren. I got an epi @ 11:30 in fear I would be in some serious pain soon. Well I waited to get regular contractions and NOTHING. I was contracing every 2 min but it wasn't painful @ all. So she kept uping the pitocin. Well they broke the rest of my waters at 1:30 and I was noticing LOTS of pressure, well she checked me and I was @7 and strechy cervix, she went to go turn to throw her gloves away and I asked how fast that could change. She said fast or slow why?.. I said I think it changed, so she said after your next contraction I will check again. Well I said NO NEED HERE SHE COMES. I think she thought I was kidding. I was on my side and I had to push. so I had lifted my covers off of me and lifted my leg and her head was ALREADY half way out!!! She freaks out and says DON"T PUSH ANYMORE< BLOW. BLOW.. YAY RIGHT LADY! LOL. I couldn't help it, so she yelled for the Dr, and to more RN's come running in, and I just pushed so hard that the nurse JUST caught her!!! OMG the relief was amazing!!! So my Dr, walks in maybe 25 seconds later, and just shakes his head @ me with a big smile... I just told him sorry I couldn't hold it anymore!!! Wow it was amazing and wonderful. I can't believe she is her and we are home...
She is 6lbs 6oz and 20in long
head full of light brown hair, and perfect!!! 1:53 pm
This is the first I am fully breastfeeding and it is going great!!!
7 LBS/2 OZS
JULY 6TH 8:58AM
July 10th: We are home from the hospital and Kailani Sophia is a doll with lots of hair! I will post pictures in a few. We arrived at the hospital 30 minutes late (its ok, my doctor was 2-1/2 hours late) but once things got rolling it all went fast. First I want to say "BOO TO MEDICAL SURGICAL TAPE!!!" There should be a anti-surgical tape group out there demanding better product....how come no one mentions that most people have a reaction to the tape adhesive? I've got welt marks and rashes all over my legs, private area, stomach, arms, butt....anywhere tape went....from the tape. Even till today I am still rubbing off tape adhesive (real easy just rub slightly) and underneath it is a welt mark. YUCK! Most have faded already but in the hospital while you are trying to recover & can barely bath yourself properly it's hard to get all the adhesive off right away. Anyways....the c-section and tubaligation went very well....did not feel a thing except for some tugging & pulling. And I was surprised at how quickly I recovered....the incision from c-section doesn't bother me at all. It's my inside tummy that burns and feels swollen. It's hard to get up or sit/lay down because the strain to my (feels like) ovalries. I don't know if that's normal with c-section or is it becuase of the tubal? Can anyone who had a c-section only tell me if they fell that pain....I know I"m suppose to feel bloated till uterus/stomach returns to normal size but I feel REALLY SWOLLEN inside belly and even my rump (mound if you call it that) right where they shaved is extremely swollen & bruised even. The nurse said bruising is from the tape. Baby is waking for feeding....will jump back on later.