DH Alex (2005)
TTC since 2007
Addison’s Birth Story
Her story begins the day before we went to the hospital.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
Went to work as normal, I was feeling REALLY run down and tired and sick of being pregnant, or maybe more sick of being at work pregnant, either way I had a doctor appt that afternoon.
All the normal stuff happened, pee in a cup etc. When I went to weigh in the scale read 205 and I gasped. I had known that just the week before I had actually lost a pound and was at 197, so I was in total shock and appalled that I had gained 8 lbs in 1 freaking week. The nurse didn’t seem concerned by it so far so we waited for the doctor. The nurse took my blood pressure and then took notice that it was high, unusual for me because I haven’t had any blood pressure issues the entire pregnancy even though I had swollen up like a balloon since early in my 25th week. Anyways blood pressure was 140 over 80 or 90 or something, I can’t honestly remember now but it was high. The nurse immediately grabbed my chart and noted the 8 lbs weight gain in 1 week and said they would more than likely send me to give some blood because the risk of pre-eclampsia was pretty clear.
When the doctor came in she checked my reflexes and noticed they were a bit hyper extended which also eluded too pre-eclampsia. We did my normal exam, uterus measured 37 weeks and her heartbeat was in the 140’s, all normal. She did an internal exam and I had dilated to 2 cm (from 1 cm the week before). Our doctor asked if we were ready to be parents as she thought it was best that I be induced as soon as possible, the risks of pre-e were too evident and since I was dilating on my own pretty steadily each week and was considered full term already (since I was 37 weeks, 6 days) it seemed little Addie was ready to come into the world. She said she had tomorrow or Friday open, so we picked the next day! We we’re going to be parents.
Here are my LAST belly pics, 38 weeks:
last pic in the nursery before we have our baby:
Wednesday October 14th, 2009
It was GO time. We got to the hospital as we were told at 7:30am, got all checked in and:
8:45am- they inserted the gel to start contractions and have my cervix start to soften even more. I had to lay in bed for 2 hours without getting up.
11:00am-I’m allowed to get up and the hall walking started. I was surprised how fast the contrax started when the gel went in, it was probably only about 15-20 minutes before I started feeling them, mild menstrual cramps really is all they were. I bounced on the medicine ball, rolled around on it and walked the halls. Contrax though uncomfortable weren’t terrible.
1:50p- Doc comes in and checks me, I’m 4 cm! “Woo hoo” I thought! They decided to break my water. Which by the way….totally weird. Pretty uncomfortable as she fished around with what looked like a crochet needle. I heard a “pop” and then a bunch of warmth between my legs. SOOO weird. We walked the halls and were monitored 20 minutes of every hour for the next several hours. The contrax seemed to slowly get stronger and I had Dion start timing them just out of curiousity. They were right on cue…lasting around 35-50 seconds and coming regularly every 2-3 minutes.
4:00p- tried to walk the halls again and the squats that I was doing previously we’re now not even touching the immense pain. I felt like a crazy person for 40 seconds every 2 minutes I had to moan and deep breath and try everything possible to get through the pain. They had kicked themselves up a notch in a BIG hurry. The pain seemed to go from a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 to a 7 or 8 in a matter of minutes. I immediately asked for the epidural!
5:20p- The epi was in and I started feeling wonderful again! Seriously, it’s like nothing else!
5:40p-I started feeling really nauseous, the nurses were there thank god and my blood pressure plummeted to 63/30, they laid me down and pushed 3 rounds of epinephrine. I felt sooooo sick, I threw up several times and couldn’t open my eyes, the room was spinning and I felt like I was going to pass out. I’m not sure how long it lasted, maybe 10-30 minutes and I started to feel better and was allowed to sit up. It was definitely the most nervewracking time of the whole birth experience. Dion said I turned white as a ghost, lost all the pigment in my lips and I couldn’t open my eyes, they were just so heavy and I didn’t want to barf, I kept thinking that I was going to pass out and choke on my vomit for some reason. Anyways….
6:15p- epi was in full effect and I was super woman again, laughing and joking with Dion and the nurses. Doctor came in and checked me and I was only at 5cm (honestly, kind of bummed) I had been watching the contrax monitor and those suckers looked big, I was certain they had to be doing something but only 1 cm. Booo. I got a cathedar at this point also but felt no pain.
8:30p- got checked again and was at 6 cm…again…bummer.
9:00p- They decided to start the pitocin.
10:30-decided to UP the pitocin as the contrax on the monitor seemed to be about the same as they were.
11:45p- I woke up to my doctor in my room after a little nap and she said she was going to check me……..(drum roll please)….”10 cm, you are complete” she said….honestly I started freaking out inside, I felt like all of a sudden I wasn’t ready, like she needed to stay in me for as long as possible. Dion woke up in a panic when he heard we were ready and admitted to being freaked out. The nurse talked to him about ‘getting in the game” now and how to hold my leg and what to do when contrax came. I threw up again.
just before pushing:
11:50-we started pushing. She was at 0 station and after only 1 push…I was doing well and got her down to +2….doc started to get ready and said she didn’t think I would be pushing long. YAY….I totally felt like a champ! I could only mildly feel the contrax, sort of high in my stomach, not painful just a hardening. The nurse counted to 10 three times each contrax and I pushed with all my might! I felt like I was pushing all in my face, I know I turned bright red each time and didn’t think I was doing anything until the doctor said, “do you want to feel the head”…I reached down and there was a soft squishyness. The nurse offered to get a mirror so I could watch and honestly I highly recommend this to ANYONE, it was the most amazing experience watching her come down with each push. So after about 8-12 contrax, he head was out. They suctioned her and she started crying without even being fully out yet. My tears were already streaming down my face. I could not believe that our precious little girl was finally here, here on earth, safe and healthy! All this time and she was really here.
October 15th, 2009
12:18a- one final push….and our miracle was here! They put her right on my chest and I got to hold her for like 15 minutes, just cuddling and talking to her, looking at her gorgeous face that at one point I never thought I’d get to see. She was perfect, the most precious child I’ve ever seen in my entire life. She was ours and she was here!
I ended up having a 2nd degree tear and required a couple of stitches, the placenta was delivered without any problems, Dion cut the cord and we were done!
I am sooooo proud to introduce our daughter:
Addison Dori Eads
Born on October 15th, 2009 12:18am
Weighing 6 lbs, 4 ounces
19 inches long
I would like to mention that during this entire pregnancy I have felt like Kylie was here with us, watching over her sister and somehow in this very last instance she made her presence known. October 15th is a day of remembrance for pregnancy and infant loss awareness. Every year from this one forward I not only get to celebrate the life of my precious Addison with her birthday but also remember the short life of her sister Kylie.
here are some pics from her moments:
ad a few from her first week:
Jen, I'm so proud of you! You did it! That was scary about your blood pressure dropping. Addie...she is GORGEOUS mama!
Ryan and Rachael
Parents to Chase, Abby, Hunter, Rachel, Caleb, Hannah & Nate
~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~
Nothing but smiles here!!! Over the moon for you guys
Harry - (Dec 05) Miller - (Feb 09)
Missed M/C (Dec 07)
Ectopic (Mar 12)
Baby #3 due Oct 1st!!
Congrats Jen!!! I just found your birth story!
6/26/09 11wk, 2d
I feel like I have so much to talk about because I haven't been on in so long.
Addison is absolutely amazing, already 5 weeks old and since the moment she was born, time has FLOWN!
week 1- I was nervous, things are not easy, I don't want to leave her side, I'm nervous about her sleeping too far away so we keep her in the pack and play by our bed for now. Unfortunately she developes a case of jaundice and after an urgent trip to Children's hospital after we couldn't get her to wake up (even rubbing ice on her feet wouldn't startle her) we found out her biliruben levels were at a high level but decided to have me start pumping my breastmilk and give it a day to see if we could get some better bowel movements and wet diapers and to make sure she was getting enough milk for a little while. It cleared itself all up!
Week 2- I lay her down in her pack and play after a late night feeding, she spits up and apparently enhales it , she starts choking, her eyes are watering, she's gasping for air with a gurgling noise with every breath! Dion and I FREAK out and call 911. I tried the himlech (sp) manuever that we learned in our CPR class and nothing seemed to help. Right before firefighter arrive she coughed a few times and a bunch of milk came out her nose and mouth! The firefighters come and check out her lungs and her heart rate. Thye said she's sounds good now. Whew....scare #2 in as many weeks and at this time I am sure I will somehow kill my daughter before she has a chance to live a long life, I don't know how ANYONE is a parent without being consistantly scare out of their mind every second of the day for the rest of there lives! Im sooo not looking forward to week 3.
week 3: Smaller issues, apparently because I have been breastfeeding AND pumping my milk is coming in too fast and when she eats she occasionally chokes. It scared the crap out of me, I was soooo scared to feed her, which is NOT a good thing when they are eating 8-10 times a day. I stop pumping all together since I know now for sure that I am clearly getting enough milk. It seems to help!
I am soooo looking forward to her getting bigger now and not so helpless and defenseless!
Week 4 comes and goes without incident! WOOOO HOOOOO FINALLY!
we are now in week 5 and I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of things! Miss Addie is beginning to hold her head up for up to 30 seconds at a time and she can make herself smile, though not "real' ones yet I don't think.
She still eats every 2.5-3 hours. Still sleeping in the pack and play, not a real consistant routine down yet but I'm pretty happy with the way things are going. She usually has about a 4-5 hour stint at night and that is helping A TON with helping to make me feel more rested!
She is absolutely perfect and amazing and I don't know what I would do without her now! Honestly, she has changed my life.
I'm going to work on letting her sleep in her crib, probably starting with nap times and then working up to night times.
Time is really flying by, I can't believe I have to go back to work in just 7 weeks now. It's going to be EXTREMELY hard! EXTREMELY. Luckily we did find a daycare lady that we really like, but still...
breastfeeding WAS NOT easy, don't let ANYONE tell you it is. I got blisters on my nipples the first few days, it's really really painful and apparently you just have to sort of build up callouses. (which I did but it takes a few days) Blocked ducts....SUCK, they are painful and honestly for the first 3 or so weeks each feeding almost mademe cry because it was pretty painful. Luckily it wasn't latching problems or anything it really was just ME having to get used to it. Now, things are going great, my milk is definitely fine and I leak alot which is just a tiny bit annoying but whatever. I'm soooo glad I didn't give up but there were no less than 10 times that I HIGHLY considered it. You do sort of feel tied down, feeding every 2.5-3 hours. You kind of have to do things in increments.
That's about it. I'll have to get some new pics of her posted here and I seriously will try to keep a better update of her progress at least for a little while, I want to remember as many of her firsts and fun things as I can to look back on these feelings and emotions.
Jen, sorry to hear your first few weeks were rough glad to hear things are getting easier. Can't wait to hear more updates about Addie.
* Amanda *