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I wrote this letter/birth story to Kamryn on December 25...one month from the day she was born. It's going in her baby book. So sorry it's taken me so long to post it, and sorry I've been MIA....I'll explain in another post.
To my precious daughter, Kamryn…
One month ago today, I experienced the most wonderful day of my life...it was the day that God blessed me with you, my beautiful baby girl! I can remember every event like it was just yesterday!
A week before you arrived (Monday, November 16), I went to the doctor for a check-up, and she told me that I was 3cm dialated and my bag of water was bulging. She told me that I could stop working, and I went home expecting to go into labor at any moment. Daddy and I were very busy that evening doing last-minute things…getting your room ready, putting away gifts from your shower, and getting the hospital bags ready. The next day, I went to the fire station and got your car seat installed. I was sure you were coming soon! However, you had other plans and did not come that week.
The following Monday, November 23, I went back to the doctor. She told me that I was now 4cm dialated, and my bag of water was about to break! This time, I didn’t get too excited…I tried to stay calm and just let things happen on their own. The doctor said that if you didn’t come by the next week (December 1), she was going to induce me since my body was ready for labor. The next day, I felt little pains all day long, and I spent the day bouncing on a “birth ball.” This was supposed to help you come down a little and maybe help contractions to start. I never really felt much until later that afternoon when the little pains started coming more frequently. I knew that these were labor pains, but I didn’t want to call the doctor because the ladies at work were having a baby shower for us that evening and I didn’t want to miss it! So, Daddy came home from work, and we decided to go ahead and drive to Hammond for the baby shower.
My boss and all of my work friends were surprised that I came since labor had begun! But, I was handling it well…when I had the contractions, I would hold up one finger to signal to my friends to “hold on a second”…then I’d close my eyes, take a breath, and the contraction would be over. No big deal! The contractions were getting more intense though, and my boss insisted that we hurry and open the gifts and get to the hospital! But, I didn’t want to go to the hospital just yet. I wanted Daddy to take me to Burger King instead! I ordered a double cheeseburger, fries with ranch sauce, and a Diet Coke. I ate as we drove home, and when we got home I took a shower and got my things together because I knew you were coming soon. Daddy called Momo and Papa, and I called Grammy and Papaw and let them know what was happening, then we watched some TV and went to sleep!
At 2am, I woke up to use the bathroom. When I got ready to lay back down, I noticed that I was starting to feel “menstrual cramps.” I knew that wasn’t what they were, but that’s what they felt like! I laid down and went back to sleep. An hour later, I woke up still having the cramps. I told Daddy that I was cramping and that it wasn’t too bad. I just wanted to go to sleep! He told me to stay awake and time them, so I did for a few minutes, and then I fell back asleep. I woke up every half hour or so from then on, and at 5am, I began timing them again. I realized that they were coming closer together, so Daddy called his boss to tell them he wasn’t coming to work, and he called Jamie’s school to tell them she’d be absent.
At 7am, we decided to go to the hospital. We all got ready, and headed out the door. Daddy and Jamie got food from McDonald’s on the way, and I got a decaf coffee. I ate a banana because I was hungry, but I knew that it wasn’t a good idea to eat too much! When we got to the hospital, I was 6cm dialated, and they put me in a room. I asked for a room with a birth tub, because I wanted to use it to help with the pain if it got more intense. I didn’t want any pain medicine because I was worried that it might hurt you! The nurses told me I could walk the halls, so Daddy walked with me up and down the hallway. Grammy walked with us a little too! After walking and walking and walking, I got into the birth tub. It felt great to be in the warm water during the contractions. After a while, the nurse checked me and I was 7cm dialated, so I decided to walk the halls some more. We walked a long time, and then we saw Colleen (the midwife/doctor) in the hallway. She asked how I was feeling. I said I was fine, that I wasn’t in much pain at all, and she said to walk back to my room and she would check me.
Colleen said that I was still 7cm dialated, and since I hadn’t progressed anymore, she broke my water. As soon as she did that, I was in extreme pain from contractions. Aunt Caryn, Daddy, Grammy, and Jamie were in the room at that time, and they were doing everything they could to help me get through the contractions. I kept saying, “I don’t think I can do this anymore!” and they kept saying, “Yes you can!!” I got back in the tub for a while. While I was in the tub, Grammy and Aunt Caryn started looking for a blank DVD for the camcorder, and I started to get upset because I didn’t know where they were and I was in so much pain that I didn’t really care!! Grammy insisted that they find the DVD so they kept looking, and they finally found it. Grammy recorded with the camcorder off-and-on throughout the labor, and afterwards I was happy she did it.
I stayed in the birth tub for a little bit, and it felt good at first, but after just a few minutes, it wasn’t helping anymore. They made Jamie and Aunt Caryn leave the room, and then the nurse had me start pushing while I was still in the tub. I pushed through a few contractions in the birth tub, and then she got me onto the bed. She had me push a few more times. Grammy held my left leg, and Daddy held my right leg. I remember moaning a lot and begging for the nurse to let me push! After just a few pushes, the nurse said I was not allowed to push anymore until Colleen got back to the room. It felt like forever, but it was really only a couple minutes before Colleen got there. Once Colleen got to the room, she had me push at each contraction. I remember the nurses and Colleen counting during each push (counting from 1-10) and Daddy would count with them. A few times, the nurse and Randy would both be counting at the same time, but they would be on completely different numbers, and I didn’t know who to listen to! It made me want to laugh in the middle of all of the pain. I remember feeling like this was the worst pain of my life, but at the same time, it wasn’t bad enough that I wanted pain medicine…I was so glad I never took any! At one point during a push, I remember thinking that I could feel my body ripping in half. I found out later that I DID rip, so my feeling was right!
After just a few pushes, Colleen said to stop pushing. Grammy and Daddy looked down and they said they could see your dark hair. They were both starting to cry a little! I pushed again and your shoulders came out. Colleen said to give just a little push, and the next thing I knew, Colleen was laying you on my chest! I looked down at you, and I remember saying “Hi, Kamryn! I’m your mommy!” You were so beautiful! You weren’t cleaned up yet, but I thought you were the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I held you for a few minutes, and then they took you to the warmer to clean you up and check you out.
Colleen told me that I had a “substantial, jagged tear”, and she began putting my stitches in. It took a long time because it was such a big tear, but it didn’t hurt. As soon as I pushed you out, I began shaking really hard. Colleen said it was from the adrenaline that my body had released during the delivery, and I shook like that for about an hour after you were born. After Colleen stitched me up, the nurse handed you to me again, and I got to see you all cleaned up. I held you for a few minutes, and gave you to Daddy. Jamie was the next person to hold you, then Grammy and Papaw, and Aunt Caryn and Uncle Jarret. Later that evening, Uncle Dan, Aunt Kris, Momo and Papa came to visit us.
The doctor checked you out later, and they said that you were perfect! We were both released to go home the following morning, less than 24 hours after you were born. God really blessed us both with a healthy labor and delivery, and a healthy baby!
We came home on Thanksgiving. Grammy and Papaw came over and brought Thanksgiving dinner. We took lots of pictures! The next few days, our house was full of company…people were coming and going constantly! Everyone was so excited to see you. The next few weeks were challenging, because we were getting used to having a baby in the house, and I was getting used to nursing and being up at night. There were a few really rough nights when you were extra fussy, but as time went on, we learned how to calm you down and how to deal with the loss of sleep!
Today is Christmas day, and you are one month old! It’s been an amazing month full of challenges and surprises…but the most important thing I will remember about this past month is how wonderful it’s been to get to know my baby girl! God has truly blessed Daddy and me with such a perfect baby. I never knew my heart could be so full of love. The day you were born, my life changed. No longer am I “Melissa”…now, I am “Kamryn’s mommy!” I wouldn’t trade you for anything…you are such a blessing, and I am so completely in love with you!
Thank you, Kamryn, for coming into my life and changing my world forever. On November 25, 2009, my entire world changed….and I am so thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to love you and take care of you. “Kamryn’s mommy” is the most important role I’ve ever had…I am TRULY blessed!
Happy first Christmas, my baby…