Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Birth Story

Well, our induction was scheduled for Thursday (7.30). We were all really excited to have a date picked because we could have control over things. We really wanted my parents to make it here in time for everything (Thursday worked perfectly).

Caylee of course had her own idea of how things should go.

On Tuesday night we spent the evening getting the house organized and cleaned for my parents visit. We also finished up a few things in the nursery (moving furniture and wall hangings). We watched a movie in bed (50 First Dates) and as soon as it ended I started having awful contractions!

Now, I’ve had PTL scares etc and so have felt contractions. What I felt this night was beyond anything I'd ever felt. I pretty much knew right away that this was it. The contractions began around 11:30pm and were ever 3-4 minutes apart. I was hoping and praying that they would stop because I was so excited at the idea of my parents being with us for the delivery.

Around 11:45 I started having "bloody show" but to me it seemed like a large amount. She I started to panic and kept saying we had to get to the hospital quickly!!!!

We called Grandma (Nancy) and told her that we had to go ASAP. So, on our way out the gate she was pulling in.

The car ride to the hospital is really a blur. I was in so much pain that I pretty much sat in the back seat crying the whole way there. Once we finally reached the hospital I was sure that we would get sent right to a room but we had to fill out all the paperwork (again) and then wait to be called back.

At this point, everything that happened was pretty standard. We were sent back to Labor and Delivery's triage area at 12:55 am. I was checked for dilation and found out that I was at 3 cms and completely effaced. I was also bleeding pretty badly so they wanted to hurry and move me to the actual delivery room.

My doctor (Pottinger-Pickens) came in and gave me a big hug and said how sad it made her to see me crying. She offered me the epi which of course I accepted!!! The sad thing is that I REALLY wanted to be able to hold out (for the epi) until I reached 6 this point I didn’t care one bit that my plans had changed!!!!

So they moved us to the delivery room and immediately ordered the epi. The anesthesiologist showed up in 15 minutes (at 4 pm he started to administer it and I was still 3-4 cms)! He explained what was to happen and then got started. It was VERY hard to stay still. I wasn't nervous about getting the epi because I figured there was no way at all it could hurt worse than the contractions! It didn't feel like a needle going in my felt like a small finger! It definitely hurt!!!

Within 2 minutes I started laughing uncontrollably! I have no reason why but I laughed at everything. I started telling the nurse (Alicia) crazy stories and just couldn't stop myself. I think I was just really realized that I no longer thought I was going to die.

After calming down, I called almost every person in my cell phone (yes, it was between 4 and 5 am) to tell them that I was in labor and would be having the baby soon!

At this point, my legs start to burn and I was still feeling some pain from the contractions (very high up and on the right side). I was rolled over and that seemed to help.

At 5 am the nurse checked me to see how much more I’d dilated and I was at 5 cms. At 5:13am I started laughing and told the nurse that I was pretty sure my water had just broken…and it had!

I was really excited that I would be having the baby at any moment but of course that was wishful thinking. I spent the next couple of hours talking on the phone and playing games on my cell phone. Fredia (my cousin) talked to me for quite a while.

At 7 am I met my new nurse (Jessica) and I loved her! She was a really sweet girl and helped me feel really comfortable. At 8:45 am Jessica checked me and I was 8 cms! I was really comfy and so took a short nap. I woke up to Jessica telling me that she was going to start me on a small amount of pitocin to get my contractions a little more regular. At this point I was really upset and started to cry. I was terrified that pitocin would be awful and I’d be in tons of pain (despite the epidural). She assured me that it was the lowest dose and that I’d be fine.

At 9:30 am I was completely dilated and ready to have a baby! Jessica had me try a practice push just to see how I’d do. I did really well but had to sit and wait for my doctor to get done with a surgery. When Dr. P was on her way I did more pushing anytime I felt pressure.

I really couldn’t feel much and didn’t think I was getting anywhere! Everyone kept saying her head was visible but I had no idea so I asked for a mirror. Now, I’d said from day 1 that there was NO WAY I’d have a mirror. There are just something I’d rather not witness. Well when my baby was coming that kind of thinking was out the window! Seeing her head full of hair was so exciting and I felt like I was making progress.

I pushed for 40 minutes and Caylee was born! This is when things get really fuzzy. I remember them putting her on my belly but I was literally suffocating and didn’t really even touch her.

I’d had trouble breathing during pushing and so had to have an oxygen mask on. Well it slipped down and the part that covers your nose was preventing me from getting any air at all. I kept trying to move it but the nurses kept pushing my hands out of the way. No one was really paying any attention to me since the baby was out…

Eventually I got the mask off but by that point the baby was under the lamps. I’m pretty sure that dad cut the cord… I can remember her first cry because it was the most amazing sound! I really wanted to cry and was the happiest I’ve ever been.

Caylee was born at 11:52 am and was 7lbs 6oz. She was 20.5 inches long! Caylee looked more like her daddy to me…however now (one week later) I think she looks just like me.

Overall my birth experience was pretty good. Although I spent a long time in the hospital I was comfortable (after the epi) and in very good spirits. I think the first thing that I said was “omg I can breath again!”. I’m very happy to no longer be pregnant and to have a gorgeous little girl. She makes all of that pain worth it!

***when we left the hospital Caylee was 7lbs 1oz and the day after we got home from the hospital she was already back up to 7lbs 7oz

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Life is always a rich and steady time when you are

waiting for something to happen or to hatch.

-- E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Getting Tired....

So...about 3 days ago We went grocery shopping, at which point I was having uncomfortable contractions. By the time we were finishing up I could hardly walk. I sat every chance I could and got several funny looks from strangers....HELLO, I'M PREGNANT!!!

Anyway, once we got home the contractions were terrible and I was near tears. They were about 7 minutes apart from about 8pm until 2-3am. We all got really excited thinking that "this was is". I was having intense contractions and really bad back pain.

I probably should have gone to the hospital but really do not want to be sent home again so we waited and waited. I eventually fell asleep (by some miracle). Anytime I woke up I noticed my stomach was still tightening up but ignored it.

The next morning I felt slightly better but was still uncomfortable. And then.... ok, timeout...while I hate to be graphic I want to share EVERYTHING that's going on so here goes...

I went to the bathroom and LOST MY MUCUS PLUG!!! It was the most disgusting and amazing thing in the world!
Basically it was like a long and gross snot...or rubber cement. I was incredibly excited! I immediately called my mom, grandma, sisters, aunts, and some close friends. I thought that I was most certainly hours away from labor starting! I ran around the house like a chicken with it's head cut off and then finally calmed down enough to get dressed....

I headed to my already scheduled doctors appointment where I found out I hadn't gained anymore weight and have now dilated to 1.5 cms and am 90% effaced! I was initially really sad that I was not in labor but on the bright side my cervix is changing and Caylee is dropping more and more.

So, I've continued to loose bits of my plug over the last day or two but still no labor. I would love to have her now, but I'm trying to hold out until my mom can get away from work (which is the day AFTER Caylee's due date).

I feel as though I'm on a roller coaster! One minute things are great and exciting and then the next I'm sad, irritable, and ready to be done. The thoughts and prayers from my family and friends is what's getting me through...well, and imagining what holding my daughter is going to feel like.

Friday, July 10, 2009

16 Days to Go

There are officially only 16 days until Caylee's due date and I am beyond excited!!!!

The car seat finally arrived today (after I had to re-order it 3 times). I love the travel system! I put it together myself and carried the car seat around the house with a huge grin on my face. I also pushed the stroller around the house for a long time! I really thought I was going to go in labor and the car seat still wouldn't be here. I'm very thankful that it's finally here and put together! Today, Ill try to see if I can get daddy to put the base in my car...

So, we've almost completed week 37 and not a lot has happened. At the last doctor's visit I found out that the baby's head is halfway down and my cervix is almost completely effaced. I am dilated 1 cm! After losing weight I gained 2 lbs last week alone so the doctors were very happy.

Hmmm, what's new....I have a really bad ear infection! All of a sudden yesterday anytime I moved I would get sick and I was constantly dizzy. I really felt like I was dying and I looked like I hadn't slept in weeks. I called my OB and she asked if either of my ears were bothering me! Of course, my right ear has been bothering me for weeks but I didn't think it was anything to be worried about... I feel much better today, but after going to Kroger and Walgreen's I threw up in the parking lot!!! So I'm back to sitting and resting for the night. I think we will just have a nice at home date night <3

I've been sleeping better at night, thank God! Caylee is working with me and being still when I first lay down so I'm resting really well. I still sleep until about 11 am though.

I've had a few nights of painful contractions but things seem to be going really well. I just can't wait until she is finally here!

I think we are all excited to see what Caylee is going to look like! I hope she looks like daddy and of course he says he hopes she looks just like me. We shall see....

So 37 weeks down and 2-3 more to go!!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The nursery so far...
We still need to hang the border and curtains. The bassinet will also move to our room and a matching glider and ottoman will be moved into the nursery!
Walking into the nursery...
Today I washed all of her clothes, stuffed animals, sheets and blankets. I also put up the butterfly and flower decals!!!
36 weeks &3 Days.....