JACOB'S BIRTH STORY
Originally Posted by pridd
MAKENNA'S BIRTH STORY
Originally Posted by hopefor4
GABRIEL'S BIRTH STORY
Originally Posted by JenniferBH
KIRA'S BIRTH STORY
Sunday night, October 1st, was one of the most terrible nights of my life. I didn't sleep ONE WINK. I was so exhausted. I don't know exactly what it was that kept me up all night. I was having terrible leg pains, especially in my hamstrings. My daughter, Natalia, was teething and kept waking up as well. I had to pee a lot, only to sit on the toilet and only have one or two drops come out. When the sun came up on Monday morning, I started crying my eyes out, because I was so deliriously tired from not sleeping the night before.
Nick came in the room on Monday morning and saw me bawling like a baby. He gave me a hug, and quickly decided that he was going to stay home from work that day because there was no way I could take care of our toddler on absolutely no sleep. I had a headache and my feet were extremely swollen, so he also decided he was going to take me into the local Walmart to check my blood pressure before letting me sleep. We got to Walmart, and my blood pressure was actually quite high for me, 153/105. He called my OB office, and they wanted to see me, so we ended up at the office and spent about 2&1/2 hours there while we ran different tests. I was sent home with a 24-hour urine jug, because they had found some protein in my urine, and strict orders to be on bedrest until the next day.
The next afternoon, I drove to the doctor's office to drop off my urine collection jug. They wanted to re-check my blood pressure, and it was actually higher than it had been the day before. So, they had me pee in a cup, and checked and my proteins had more than doubled in just one day. I had also gained a significant amount of water weight in just one day. They called the OB in to look at me, and she told me that I was headed over to the hospital for testing, and possibly to be monitored until delivery, whenever that happened to be.
I called Nick, who was at work, and his parents came and got me and drove me up to the hospital. They admitted me, and did an ultrasound on baby, who was doing just fine. They took several vials of blood, and also were processing my pee jug from the day before, so basically we were just waiting on tests. In the meantime, my OB came in and talked to me about pre-eclampsia. She was pretty sure I was just in the mild stages of it, and wanted me to stay in the hospital until baby was at term, so we could deliver and also know I was safe at the same time. While she was telling us this, the nurse came in the room and showed the doctor the results of my tests. The doctor's eyes got all huge, and she said, "Prep her for a c-section. We are getting this baby out TONITE." Apparently, all my tests showed that I had very severe pre-eclampsia. My kidneys were barely functioning, and other organs were being affected as well.
So, they took us into the OR, prepped me, and cut me, and little Kira Noelle came out screaming. When they said it was a girl, I started bawling. I had secretly wanted another little girl. My husband screamed, "YES!" (he did too).
They took me to recovery, and I had to remain on magnesium sulfate and constant monitoring for 24 hours, until the pre-eclampsia started to reverse itself. It took nearly the full 24 hours for my kidneys to start diuresing again.
Anyways....we are home now, and on the mend. Kira is so teeny, but perfect. She is a great nurser, but is a little sleepy sometimes, so we are a bit concerned about her weight.
Here are some pics.
And my original baby girl...
KAYSON'S BIRTH STORY
Originally Posted by BabyBallem
KYLEE'S BIRTH STORY
Born at 36wks 1 day
Well, I'm sure this will be long so please bare with me.
Wednesday 10/11 I had a sono and dr appt. to check the fluid and an NST. We did the sono 1st then headed up to the office. Everything looked good there, we just had to wait on the sono results. I did see on the screen though that she was still breech. He told me to go home and he'd call me if there was a problem. Just as i'm leaving the doc somes up and says, "Your probably not gonna like this but I just got ur results and I think u need to be hospitalized at least overnight." Talk about panic! He said the fluid hadnt gotten any better and was actually lower again. So he wanted me on bedrest and hooked up to IVs to see if that helps. After I calm down, I headed to L&D and spent a very boring night. I figured the IV would work and I'd be home the next day, maybe on bedrest there.
They come to get me for my u/s. To me the fluid still looked the same but to EVERYONES surprise she was no longer breech and had engaged! No clue how that happened. I never felt it. An hour later my doctor comes up to see me and says, "Your fluid is still the same. How about we have a baby today!" Wow, I had every emotion right then. I was so excited and scared.
They start the Pitocin. I was only 1 cm and 75% at this point.
12:15 I'm checked and at 3 cm. She decided to break my water.
12:45 Figuring it was going to be a long labor due to the pitocin and only being at 3 cm we decided to call the Epi man to come give me my epideral. The first time he did it he totally missed and had to redue it. At this point the pain was getting really bad and fast every minute or so. But they weren't lasting very long.This time it works and I was thankful! I could still feel I was having them but they didn't hurt. Just felt the tightening.
2:00 The epi is wearing off. We call the dr in to give me some more cuz these contractions were just about unbearable. He comes to give me more but as it is going in I can feel it coming out and dripping down my back. This one had fallen out too! So he has to do another one. They decided to check me first and I'm only at 4 cm, so again I figure we have a LONG way to go. He gives me another one and we wait a bit to see if its gonna work. A little after 3:00 its still not working and I feel like this baby is coming NOW.
3:15 They hunt down my nurse and doctor to check me. I am now 9 cm and the babies head is right there, she says. She says go ahead and push at the next contraction. I think " WHAT? PUSH, NOW? Wait a second i'm not ready for all this!" I figured this would be an all day and night thing and here I am pushing and about to meet my daughter! Of coarse there was no stopping it then and I really wanted to push because the pain was so much better while pushing.
3:39 After pushing through 3-4 contractions out comes her head and my doc says to look down and pull my baby into the world. Even after having 3 babies I was never able to do this before. So I reached down and held my little Kylee for the first time. She came out easy then. It was the most beautiful and amazing moment!
We were all just crying and laughing. I could tell she was small but other than that she looked great.
She weighed in at 5 pounds 8.6 oz and was 19 inches long. She didn't even need oxygen. The nurse said her apgar scores were 9 and 9.
I couldn't and still can't believe from start to finish it was only 4 hours!! I was so lucky!
She has been such an angel. She NEVER cries. She sleeps all the time I even have to wake her up to eat. If she does happen to wake up on her own to eat she will just make a few noises to let me know shes ready. She doesn't spit up at all.
We went to her first doctor appointment today and she only weighs
5lb 2oz now. So that is not good.They said to make sure she wakes up at least every 4 hours to eat and really try to get her to finish her whole 2 oz. Which she hasn't been doing. We go back in 2 days to check her weight again.
Here's some pics of my angel...
KENNEDY'S BIRTH STORY
Originally Posted by OklaMom2B
Carolyn Renae Watson
Tuesday October 17, 2006 5:09PM
8lbs 7oz 22inches
Born 37w 5d
On Tuesday morning, I was scheduled to have an amniocentesis to check the progress of the baby’s lungs. If she passed, we were to induce the next morning due to her size and my Gestational Diabetes.
6:30AM: My best friend Jenna & I arrive at the hospital bright and early. My husband is terrified of needles, so I had her to be my support person through the procedure. I had been having some contractions that morning about 5-6 minutes apart, but not very strong yet. Anyways, we get up to the L&D and I am hooked up to the monitors. The nurse (whose name just happened to be Carolyn ) went ahead and started an IV, just in case of complications. I told her about the contractions and she said that we’d see what the monitors showed.
7:15AM: The doctor arrives to perform the amnio. The tech uses the wand to try and find a good spot to draw the fluid from, but is having a very hard time. Apparently, I had an anterior placenta, (which I was never told before) and very little room anywhere else to find a pocket of fluid. Also, my sweet little baby was being a wiggle worm. So after about 15 minutes of her trying to find a spot, I suggest we just go ahead with the induction. I tell her that I’m already having contractions and ask her to check me down there to see if I have dilated any further. She agreed and said that I was now 4cm dilated and 50% effaced. Not much progress, but enough for her to go ahead with the induction.
7:45AM: I call my husband and sister and let them know of the change in plans. My poor sister still had to drive four hours just to get to me. Brian then took Brendan to grandma’s house and arrived at the hospital shortly thereafter.
8:00AM: Pitocin was started and raised every half hour until birth. I was still having the small contractions every 5 – 6 minutes, but within the hour they started getting more frequent. Still not painful yet.
10:00AM: By now, the contractions were becoming unbearable. I went ahead and asked the for the epidural. Within a half an hour, I no longer felt any pain.
12:00PM: I asked the nurse to check me. I was 7cm dilated and 60% effaced.
2:00PM: 7cm dilated, 80% effaced.
4:00PM: Still only 7cm dilated, but now 100% effaced. (Effacement always takes me the longest )
4:30PM: Felt the urge to push. I told the nurse that I needed to push and she said ok. I pushed two times and she told me to stop. She had to get the doctor up here before I could push anymore. Apparently baby was right there! This had to be the worst part of labor for me. The epidural had worn off (so I could push more effectively) and I had to pant through each contraction, even though every part of me still wanted & needed to push.
5:00PM: The doctor FINALLY arrives (after what seems like hours) and I can push again. Two contractions later out popped my sweet little baby Carolyn. My mother was so shocked that it was a girl that she kept screaming/crying, “IT’S A GIRL, IT’S A GIRL”. Not only my family, but now everyone in the hospital knew the secret!
GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!
Wife to Brian
Mom to: Brendan, Kyle & Carolyn
AIDEN'S BIRTH STORY
Originally Posted by redmachchick
AVA'S BIRTH STORY
Originally Posted by romacz