I finally scrapped my daughter's birth story. I ended up doing 4 pages (in order to get her whole birth story scrapped). I also included what happened the day before the birth (it's on the tag hidden -) (The midwife told me to go home and do the deed... well... it worked!)
Anyways.. without further ado... here you go!
(Oh, whoever put those small pink flowers in the train - you see on the first page here - please let me know!!)
First page Journaling: The hidden tag says: "· I had my weekly OB appointment with Catherine Tambroni-Parker (the midwife). She gave me a non-stress test. She also checked me internally to see if I made any progress. I was still 0 cm dilated, but I was 80% effaced. She told me that they would induce labor on Sept. 29th if I hadn’t had the baby by then because of my high blood pressure (they didn’t want me to go past 40 weeks). She told me to spend some alone time with my husband since that could help bring on labor. I followed her orders that night."
First page reads: "· 3:30 a.m. I wake up to use the bathroom and return to bed. About 10 minutes later I felt a little trickle. I wasn’t sure if I wet myself or if my water broke. So I got up to use the bathroom and when I wiped, the toilet paper had a pink tinge to it. I thought that my water did indeed break. I called the Maternity ward at Oswego Hospital and they told me to come in (no hurry) and they would see if my membranes had ruptured. I then woke up Shawn and told him that I thought my water broke. We gathered my bags and headed for the hospital.
· 5:00 a.m. We arrived at the hospital and the nurse checked to see if the fluid was my membranes – the litmus paper indicated that it was. (At that point, I definitely knew my water broke because I kept leaking!) She also checked me – I was still at 0 cm dilated. I wasn’t having any contractions. Shawn and I watched tv, and then I took a bath. I was leaking all over!! It was so gross! Every time I moved, it felt like I peed myself! I was also very hungry, so they brought Shawn and I breakfast. After that I walked the hallways to try to bring on contractions.
2nd page reads: "· 9:00 a.m. Catherine (the midwife) was on that day. I was happy to see that she was scheduled to be at the hospital that day because I knew she would be patient with me. She internally checked me and I was now a whopping 1 cm dilated, and 90 % effaced. Since it had been 6 hours since my water broke, they wanted to bring on the contractions, so they inserted a pill into my cervix. It took about 30 minutes to kick in, and I was definitely feeling the contractions now! I was walking the hallways and when a contraction would come, I had to stop because it would take my breath away – it was starting to become uncomfortable at this point. I relaxed in a warm bubble bath and watched tv, but mostly, I walked the hallways and breathed through the contractions..
· 1:00 p.m. My back was killing me!! I couldn’t believe how bad it hurt! Catherine checked me, and I was now 3 cm dilated. She asked me what I wanted to do for pain medication and I told her that I wanted an epidural. She said I had to wait until I was 4 cm. I took another warm bath and listened to soft music. I was getting hungry again, but I only ate a little chocolate ice cream, which turned out to be a wise decision. Shortly after I got out of the tub, I threw up the ice cream. The contractions were unbearable. I was breathing deeply and Shawn was trying to be helpful by breathing along with me, but it just made me more annoyed. I told him to stop (in not such a nice way) and the nurse told him that I was in transition. I tried not to focus on the pain (which was all in my back), so I just continued to do my breathing exercises and hold Shawn’s hand.
Page 3 reads: "· 2:15 p.m. A nurse came in and wanted me to get out of bed and use the bouncing ball (to try to get the baby to descend) down the birth canal. I didn’t want to – I was in too much pain! So I told her that I had to use the bathroom. I went across the hall to pee and I ended up going number 2. Then I screamed very loudly! Shawn “SSSHHHH’d!!” me and then a nurse came running in. The nurse told me to hurry up and get back into bed before another contraction began. I was checked – and the next thing I knew, they were plugging in the baby warmer and a bunch of nurses were storming in my room – Cadence’s head was right there! I was ready to push!! The midwife came running down the hall, she couldn’t believe that the baby was coming already! (I was only 3 cm dilated just an hour earlier!) I was test-driving the hospital bed for the new maternity ward, so the nurses weren’t sure how to disassemble it and get it ready for delivery. I just laid there, with my eyes fixed on a tiny hole in the ceiling – I needed to concentrate on something besides the pain! Catherine said that I could push on the next contraction – I couldn’t believe it was really happening!!! When that first contraction hit, I pushed and it felt sooo good! So I pushed 3 times with each contraction. I remember asking Catherine if it was ok to push every time I got a contraction. I pushed through 5 or 6 more contractions."
Last page reads: " · 2:32 p.m. Cadence arrived into the world! She weighed 6 lb, 9 oz, and was 19 inches long. The first thing I remember the nurses saying was “wow, look at that red hair!” I was so exhausted by this time – mostly due to all of the quick and heavy breathing exercises I did. They asked me what the baby’s name was and I said “it’s a girl, right?” They said yes, and I responded “Cadence Allena.” They said “What a beautiful name.” Shawn cut her cord and took pictures of her being weighed. The nurses placed her on my belly and I gazed at my precious little girl."