Finally a Birth story!
** Caution One graphic picture of my insides!**
The day before:
My pregnancy must know its coming to an end because my morning sickness attacks with a vengeance. We had guests over so instead of having them listen to me puking I took my Phenergan and promptly fell asleep. Best sleep I've had my whole pregnancy! I woke up at 7am feeling gyped that I had to get up but then I remembered I get to have a baby today and hop out of bed!
Dh is a much slower starter in the morning than I am so as he is rolling his lazy butt out of bed I'm zipping around getting the last minute packing done and stuff loaded in the car. Finally DH gets up and we head off to the barn so I can care for my horses for the last time for 2 weeks. We come home and shower and take my very last belly picture at 39 1/7 weeks.
I had no idea my belly looked that BIG! Notice how high she still was too! That baby sat in my thorat the WHOLE pregnancy! No wonder I had morning sickenss my poor tummy had no room!
So, off we go to the hospital. We head to L&D and get stopped every few feet by the nurses wishing us luck. Lemme tell ya its hard to walk 3 feet on your delivery day when you work on the unit you are having a baby on! We finally get checked in and are placed in a Obs room to get ready. I'm placed on a monitor where we learn I am contracting! I was shocked because I can't feel any of them! Dh rolls his eyes at me and comments yet again how he thinks I have an unsensitive uterus.
My IV get started, antibiotics are hung, vital signs and a history is taken. My BP is sky high! The whole pregnancy I haven't had a systolic BP over 100 and delivery day of all days my BP goes up so my diastolic is almost 100. Totally weird because I am not in the slightest nervous. So they track down my Doctor and decide to run some PIH labs. Labs come back fine, BP stays up. Dh gets a bit nervous. My OB comes in and tells us they are running ahead of schedule and asks if I want to go in the OR early! So Dh forgets all about my high BP and gets gowned up lijke a kid getting dressed for Halloween and we take our last picture as a childless couple.
I am wheeled into the OR where I meet up with Wally, my anesthiesologist to get my spinal while DH waits in the hall. I'm expecting some pretty good pain associated with this and my fears are confirmed as the assisting OB come and stands in front of me and holds on to me. Usually the nurses do that. I feel a tiny pinch and then Wally sighing. He missed. He apologies and goes for round 2, and misses again! The assisting OB tries to reposition me and have me round my back more (hard to do when you have a baby trying to break free from your ribs) Wally aims and shoots again- Strike 3!! One of the nurses comments that she's glad I'm giving him such a hard time because he never has missed a spinal on the first try. I don't know if that was supposed to make me feel better or not. Wally lines up again and success! We have a block! The most amazing part of being poked in the spine for 20 minutes is it didn't hurt at all!! Not at All! Amazing! They have me lay down and bring in DH. I'm being drapped and waiting for my legs to go numb. Wally keeps asking how I'm feeling and I honestly get a little concerned because all I feel is pins and needles. It feels like I can still move my legs (although I'm drapped now so I have no idea if they are wiggling or not) I keep expecting to be totally numb but it never happens. They do a pinch test while they are washing my belly. Wally asks if I can feel that. and I can feel them scrubbing my belly! Great, I think i nthe back of my head. I'm gonna be one of those people that a spinal doesn't work on. Wally then goes wow, you must be numbed up good because you would have been on the ceiling with that last pinch. I did it harder than I ment to. Okay- so I guess I do have a good block. Two seconds later they start and 5 minutes later Ava Elizabeth makes her apperance butt first into the world at 11:16am!
Dh who has been so sweet sitting by my side promptly gets up and leave me for the new girl in his life snapping pictures the whole time like a tourist. They quickly show Ava to me while walking her to the transtion table to get checked over. Every few minutes DH's head pops into view to say "They did her foot prints!" "She is so cute!" "She has hair!" "She is so cute!"
The NICU team continues to check Ava over and DH come back to me feeling much better now that his little girl is out and decides to peek over the drape to see whats going on with my lower half, camera in hand.
He snaps a picture of me
and then looks over the drap and snaps a picture of the OB's checking out my uterus shape. (if you look close at the bottom of it you can see how its heart shaped and can clearly see the two horns. Kinda a cool picture! I'm glad DH took it without passing out!
Now Ava is announced to be stable. They bring her over and we take our fist family photo (all while my uterus is still outside my body and my OB is singing out! Ohh- there's your colon!)
The NNP announces its time to take Ava to the recovery room to start her transition and Dh skips out of the OR with the NNP and Resp, therapist carrying our little girl.
I finish getting placed back together, which was one of the most unpleasent parts of the whole experience! Wally told me that when they are trying to put my uterus back in me that I might feel "discomfort" im my shoulders. Discomfort my ***!! My shoulders freakin' HURT! It was miserable! I so desperatly wanted to change positions but couldn't. But soon I am sewed back up and taken to recovery to see my family.
When we get there Ava is stil lbeing checked over. She was weighed. (6lbs 14 oz, if you can't make out the scale)
and foot printed a thrid time for a sign my coworkers made and hung in my room with everyones signatures on it.
here is the finished product- so sweet of them!!
Then, finally I was given my daughter to hold for the first time!
Ava decided now was a good time to eat so I whip out my boobie and she latches right on like an old pro! After she finishes eating DH gets in some bonding time.
My recovery time is over and we are taken to our room, which my coworkers had decked out in pink! I forgot to take pictures of the room but we got one of Ava's crib. Not a great picture, thats what happens when you give DH's the camera but you get the idea. It was really cute!
More Ava pictures
And finally us taking our little Ava home!
me and Ava
Dh and Ava
and all three of us!
The whole hospital expereince was amazing! I loved almost every second of it!! Ava is so amazing and was totally worth the wait! My infertility journey had made my love and amazement with my daughter so much stronger! She is truly a miracle!!
October 8, 2008 at 11:16am
6 lbs 14 oz 19 1/2 inches long