Jaedyn's birth story...(DD2)
DH had just graduated P.A. school the month before. DD2 was due October 7th 2009 but DH was scheduled to start his new job on October 1st and we wanted to try and have our baby before that so he would be there and it wouldn't conflict with his new patients or anything. We tried everything we could think of to naturally start labor. DTD, walking, spicy food, pineapple, pressure points, etc. Nothing worked.
My midwife wouldn't induce until I was at least 39 weeks, so the date of that fell on September 30th...one day before he was scheduled to start work. It was cutting it close but we had so much going on and I was very stressed and anxious to have the baby before he started work so I opted to induce on Wednesday Sep. 30. We were also in the process of moving. We had moved out of our condo, into our neighbors basement, and had to stay there for a month in between...waiting for the paperwork to go through on the house we had just bought. It was a very crazy time for us...lots going on.
We went into the hospital around 7am on Wednesday morning September 30, 2009. Filled out the paperwork and put on a gown, got situated, etc. My midwife came in around 9am and broke my water, then we got the pitocin going around 10:30-11. They had the pit on the highest dose they could give me and I was handling the contractions fine for the first couple hours. My mother arrived around 10am and was there with us the whole day. So it was me, my mom, and DH. I laboured on a birth ball, in a rocker, in the tub, and in the bed.
Around 3pm, they checked me and I was progressed to a 6ish I believe...so the last few hours is when things moved quickly. Things started to get bad around 3:30-4pm. I was handling it, but it was tough. My midwife had them put a needle in me that stayed in my arm but the cord thing could be removed from the needle, so I could get up and walk around if I had to. So when I was hooked to that, I had the pit going in me, but when they unhooked it, it wasn't going in me. I thought that was nice that I had the option to get up and move around. I tried several different positions near the last hour. It was getting pretty unbearable for me as I was doing it all natural once again...no pain drugs or anything. They kept readjusting the hospital bed so I could try different positions. My midwife wanted me to labour on my knees bent over, so I did that for a bit but that was hard.
I got to 9 1/2 cm for the last little bit and I was just desperate to start pushing. I was hoping I was complete but every time she checked me there was still a little bit of cervix left there. She really didn't want me to push with that there. She eventually asked me if I wanted her to help stretch me and get rid of that last little bit. I said yes, and man when she did it...wow! That hurt so bad!!! But it helped me get complete and I was able to start pushing. It only took me 7 minutes to push her out. And she was born at 6:22 pm. What a beautiful little girl she was and still is!
We recorded the whole thing and I love watching it and reminiscing. Overall, it was a great labour and delivery of our third child. No complications, did it all completely natural. So except for the intervention of the induction I did it all on my own. After, I always think, what was I thinking? But I always do it natural the next time around.
So other than being induced, the whole thing was great. She was able to latch on very quickly and nurse and be with me. They took her back to the nursery 1 1/2-2 hours after she was born, and had her back by 9ish. Enough time for DH to say goodbye to her and make sure we were both okay for the night before he went home to try and get some sleep before starting his job the very next day. I was alone in the hospital for the next two days except for when I had visitors and DH came back the next morning before work and brought me flowers, and came back that night, and then took us home on Friday. The kids came to see her on Thursday also and they fell in love instantly.
It was funny, I let the nursery take her the first night so I could get some sleep and asked them to please page me and wake me up if they needed to bring her up to nurse, and after only 2 hours they woke me up and the nurse said she was hungry. She brought her to me and she said she tried to soothe Jaeda but couldn't get her to sleep or be content. She just wanted to be with me. As soon as they handed her to me she was happy. So she became a mamas girl from the first night. And pretty much slept with me the whole time we were at the hospital.
She is such a precious little girl now. So smart and fun! She didn't start walking until about 14 months, but then started talking only 1 month later. She talks so well for her age and was speaking in sentences at 18 months. We can't imagine our lives without her. So happy to have her in our family.
Okay...for those of you who got through all my intro and background stories...great job! I know they were kind of long. Now that I am all caught up in that area...I will catch you up on what is happening now.
This pregnancy has gone very smoothly. I had morning sickness until 20 weeks which was longer than my others, but other than that I have felt pretty good. Except for the last couple weeks where things have been getting more uncomfortable, harder to walk, harder to sleep at night, etc.
We decided that we wanted to be surprised on the baby's gender this time around. We already have 1 boy, and 2 girls, so I figured why not? It would add some extra excitement to it all and would give me something extra to work towards when I am in hard labor. DH was not on board with this idea at first but he eventually came around and let me have my way. It has made it extra exciting for us and the kids like the idea of a big surprise at the end of it all. I thought it would be hard for me to not know but it has been really fun actually and I haven't been bothered at all by it.
I posted this next info on my August BB yesterday so I will copy and paste it here so I don't have to re-type it.
I finally got back from my 36 week appointment. It did not go as I thought it would go. I had to bring all 3 kids with me cause DH is working today on his usual day off...they were pretty good though. I got my GBS swab and my midwife asked me if I wanted her to check me. I figured why not since she is already doing the swab. So she checked me and its still pretty high up there...my cervix is really soft but I am only 1 centimeter dilated. That was all fine.
The shocking news was that when she measured the baby it was measuring at 40 weeks!!! She said that is really big for 36 weeks, so just to check I want you to get an ultrasound. So I was luckily able to get squeezed in this morning so I wouldn't have to come back just for that, and went to get the ultrasound.
I have never had an ultrasound past 20 weeks, so this was very new and different for me and the kids to be able to see the baby fully developed pretty much looking like he/she will look when born. It was so amazing! The baby is so adorable...nice chubby cheeks, full perfect lips, we could even see the hair on the baby's head!
So the ultrasound was pretty much right on with what my midwife measured...the baby is measuring 39 weeks, 6 days...and they usually take off 2 days...so about 39 weeks, 4 days. I also have tons of amniotic fluid which is great for the baby...but its a LOT! The ultrasound tech said the average amount of fluid is about 8 centimeters to 24 centimeters...and that being the high end...Well, my fluid is measuring 25.25 centimeters of fluid so I am even above the high end.
She is obviously not my midwife, but she said based on these results she wouldn't be surprised if my midwife wanted to induce me in the next week or so. According to the report, the baby is looking to be about 8 lbs 4 oz. already, and they said they usually take off about 1/2 a lb...so about 7 lbs 8 oz - 7 lbs 12 oz right now. If I were to go full term I could very easily have a baby as big as between 9-10 lbs.
My midwife is leaving on vacation from August 5th-12th...so if she wants to induce me before I hit 39 weeks which by then the baby will be much bigger, her only option would be to do it next week as soon as I hit 37 weeks, so we can have the baby before she leaves.
This all just has me reeling. I was not expecting this. I will have to wait until tomorrow or Friday to have them call me so we can talk about the results and see what we will do, so until then I will be kind of anxious to find out if I will possibly be having my baby as early as next week. So crazy! Anyway, just had to share. Luckily, other than the baby measuring big...everything looks great.
I really did not want to be induced this time around. I was induced with my last one, DD2, and I really preferred when it all happened naturally without pitocin....I went into labor on my own with my first two. I still labor and deliver drug free with pitocin and with no pitocin, so I know I can do it...but it is harder than when it happens naturally.
I don't want to jump to any conclusions but I really can't see my midwife waiting until I am 39 weeks if size of the baby really is the issue. If I had a choice I would be induced around 38 weeks so I could see if it would happen naturally on its own...but she will be out of town that whole week so our only option really is 37 weeks or 39 weeks and to me 39 weeks is cutting it too close...the baby will be much bigger by then.
So I am guessing it will happen next week unless she isn't concerned by the report. I know a lot of times people get induced for fear of a big baby and their baby ends up being much smaller than was measured at. So I think it will ultimately be up to me and DH to decide if we want to be induced as early as next week, or if we want to wait and see if baby will come on its own.
I would like to think that I have enough faith and confidence in my body to know when it and baby are both ready, but I am scared of the idea of pushing out a big baby. My three baby's were only 6'15, 7'7, and 7'8...so I don't have very big babies normally. I don't know if I could do a 9 or 10 pounder. Its all so confusing...sigh.
As far as being ready goes, I am pretty much ready when it comes to car seat being washed, clothes being washed, burp cloths/bibs being washed, blankets being washed, nursery set up and ready, etc. The only things left to do are to clear off my end table and move into the baby's room temporarily so I can put the bassinet next to my side of the bed in our room. And also, I haven't packed any hospital bag yet. Those are the two main things I need to do. This is kind of overwhelming... But until I hear from my midwife on Friday, I will just try to relax and take it one day at a time.
My midwife called me yesterday right before she went home. She said that they are not going to induce based on estimated size of baby so we are still going to wait and see if I go into labor naturally on my own. I am ok with that. I didn't want to be induced this time around as I was last time and it was not fun at all. I am a little nervous about delivering a bigger baby than I have in the past but I will trust my body and have faith that I can do it whenever my body and baby decide its time.
My midwifes bigger concern and also mine now is my amount of amniotic fluid. She said it isn't hurting the baby at all. Its like the baby is just chillin' in an olympic sized swimming pool since there is so much...so the baby is having a ball in there. The problem is that since my baby is still high up and has not dropped yet, if my water were to break there is a possibility that the umbilical cord could prolapse and come down before the baby...and then the baby would cut off the cord when he/she came down. That could possibly result in an emergency c-section if the baby wasn't getting proper oxygen from the cord because it was pinched or something.
So if my water breaks, she said I must come in immediately because I am considered high risk in that aspect. She said chances are that they would just monitor baby's heart beat and if things sounded good I could still have a vaginal birth. So I shouldn't freak out over this, but it still has me nervous and concerned. Instead of just worrying about a big baby I need to worry about something affecting the baby if the cord got jeopardized.
She also said that once I hit 39 weeks, if I want to talk induction I can probably do it then...unless there is a big change before then and they want to start things sooner because of my fluid...
As of right now, they want to monitor my fluid each week so I need to do weekly high stress tests to check the baby and also monitor my fluid. Sigh...I hope everything turns out okay and that I can have a natural vaginal birth with no complications to me or the baby. Prayers would be appreciated.
Lots of posts from me today...just trying to get you all caught up to speed before I head off to a 3 day family reunion. We are leaving this afternoon and coming back on Sunday but I will still have the laptop so I can check in each day.
So that is where I am right now...hoping and praying that baby continues to do well and I go into labor on my own without any problems with the excessive fluid or umbilical cord. I am planning on packing my hospital bag today just in case something happens and I have to leave the reunion and go straight to the hospital. Its over an hour away from here so I would be pushing it...so hopefully nothing happens this early but it doesn't hurt to be prepared just in case.
If I had a choice in the matter I would choose to go into labor on my own next week, right after I hit 37 weeks...so baby isn't much bigger than he/she is now and my midwife would for sure be here and not on her vacation. But obviously its not up to me so I just have to have faith that it will all work out and happen when the time is right.
So you've got an Olympic sized pool in your uterus, huh? LOL Over achiever!
Have fun at your family reunion! I'm happy to hear that your midwife decided not to induce you, now... I'm sure you will do fantastic, no matter what size the baby!
Hope you are enjoying your family reunion!
Welcome to your lodge. Look forward to your story.
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Finally able to relax and get online since getting to the reunion several hours ago. I drove up with my 3 kids, my sister, and her two kids. DH is joining us tomorrow. My aunt and uncle own a huge property/ranch and its beautiful up here. I am lucky that I get a room in the house with a bed since I am so pregnant. No tent and air mattress for me. DH is pleased with this freebie also this year.
But I am doing more walking while here and my hips, legs, and pelvic are very much protesting. It feels so good to finally lie down. I am so sore and tired. I hope I sleep well tonight. Feeling braxton hicks a lot while up here....but nothing painful yet.
I attempted to pack some form of a hospital bag to take with me up here just in case, but its kind of a joke. I couldn't find a few things and didn't pack others. I guess I figure if I need something after the fact if I had the baby this weekend, DH could go home and get it after. I don't think anything will happen though so I didn't feel too much pressure to have everything packed. But when we get back on Sunday, I am definitely going to focus on getting the last few things ready this next week. The thing that has me the most frustrated is that I can't find my hypnobirthing book so I can refresh and practice in preparation. I hope I can find it when we get back cause I really need to work on relaxation, etc.
Looking forward to this reunion though. I think it will be fun. Its cooler up here also so that is a plus.
I enjoyed reading all of your stories! I hope that the baby's size and the amount of amnitoic fluid work out just fine for you. Sounds like your midwife has you in good hands! Enjoy your family reunion and your freebie bed too.
Great intro and birth stories. I hope and pray the extra fluid doesn't cause any issues for you and that your body decides to get things moving next week.