Happy Monday everyone!
I’m popping in today to introduce our new adventure, Baby M!
Without further ado, here she is!
She is a very happy, alert, wide eyed baby!
(Well, most of the time!)
(I’m writing this more for me so don’t feel the need to read it if you don’t want!)
I had my 39 week appt on Tuesday the 22nd and my midwife did what she could to “help” me along.
I felt nothing that night or even Wednesday morning so that afternoon my parents and I went for a LONG walk around the neighborhood and that did the trick. Along the way I felt “something” but wasn’t sure if it was really my water breaking.
Once we got home, I was still wasn’t too sure so we hung out for a little while because I wasn’t having contractions. I showered and relaxed a bit then called the doctor in which they told me to just go ahead and come in. My parents and I ate dinner and headed in.
Sure enough, my water ruptured but at the time it wasn’t completely ruptured. We actually got to the hospital just in time because right as I was about to get checked, it fully went! Perfect timing!
So I got all checked in and settled into my room by about 8 pm. and then the real fun began… NOT! lol
Chatted with the nurses, the doctors, and the best man of all- the anesthesiologist and then TRIED to relax and sleep like they suggested. Well, it would have been nice if they actually let me do it!
During all this, I was trying to get a hold of Travis. I sent him multiple emails, tried calling him on his roommates phone, checked FB, and could not get a hold of him. Found out once we got to the hospital, we wouldn’t be able to Skype and I became very frustrated but I guess it wouldn’t matter much if I couldn’t even get a hold of him.
I got my epidural a few hours after we got to the hospital and then tried to get some sleep while trying to contact Travis every so often. I got checked once my epidural kicked in and I was 3-4 cm.
It was a SUPER long night!! The nurses were in my room ALL the time… get some sleep my butt! lol
After a few hours I wasn’t progressing real fast so they gave me some pitocin to help things along but Parker wasn’t too happy about it and her heart rate dropped causing the nurse to come in even more!
They stopped the pitocin for a bit and put me on oxygen. I also had to change positions every 30 minute. So much for sleep!
After a while, they decided to try the pitocin again and this time Parker was ok with it. I still had to change positions all the time and stay on oxygen but at least it would help with progression.
7 am rolled around and I probably got an hour of sleep. The doctor checked me one last time before shift change and I was fully dilated-yay! but she was still pretty high so they wanted to wait a little longer before I started to push to allow her to move down more on her own.
I was ok with it because I was so exhausted and my midwife was coming on duty as well.
The one bad thing though- I was hungry and my body decided that I was coming super close to pushing so I became very nauseous and got sick 3 times before it was time to push. NOT a fun situation! During all this as well, they slowed my epidural so I would start to feel pressure when it was time to push but I pretty much started feeling contractions immediately instead. The nurses didn’t believe me but I knew what the heck I was feeling, they didn’t! And then around 815-830, I started to feel a tiny bit of pressure.
So, they decided to it was time for a little test push and quickly realized I was a good pusher!
My nurse went out to get everyone and we were underway!
I officially started pushing at 8:41 am and she arrived at 8:55 am. Thank goodness she came so fast because there was no way I would have the energy to do it much longer!!
Unfortunately, I never got a hold of Travis nor heard from him because he was out on a mission so he had no idea our baby girl was born.
We sent in a Red Cross message to let him know to call and right after we sent it, he ended up calling my mom’s phone but he still had no idea she was born. He didn’t receive the Red Cross message yet, one of his buddies just told him I was in labor. He was all about being on the phone and hearing her cry and he sounded so disappointed when I told her it was over. Of course, he was happy our baby girl was here but he missed everything and when I told him we couldn’t Skype he was a little upset. We chatted for a while and he did get to hear her cry in the background as the nurses were cleaning her up.
The birth went well. I ran a little bit of a fever right before delivery so then Parker had a slight fever as well.
She had to get put on an IV and have antibiotics every day to ensure it wasn’t anything big.
Luckily, it wasn’t and we got discharged 48 hrs later. Once we got home, we got to Skype with Travis and I was so happy that he finally got to see his baby girl for the first time! We’ve skyped a few times now and I love seeing his face light up and seeing her stare at the screen at him.
Now we are just trying to get into the swing of things here at home.
Hopefully we will get into a good routine soon!