When I had my daughter, I didn't record everything that happened during her birth. I figured I would be able to remember it all and record it later. Little did I know how hard it would be to record it after, how quickly life would pass with then having a baby to look after, and how quickly I would forget.
MY BIRTH STORY/NOTES:
37.5 Weeks Pregnant -
11/26/18 - I have had some bleeding today. I was admitted to hospital right away and this is for the third time. First two admits were for baby’s low heart rate but this time was for a little bit of bleeding. Everything seemed fine after being on the monitors for an hour so then I was sent home. They checked for dilation and I am a fingertip dilated.
11/27/18 - Ultrasound scheduled to make sure the baby is okay and the bleeding wasn't anything too serious. It went well and everything looks fine. Baby is sunny side up but could turn. I have another one scheduled in a week, just to be safe.
11/28/18 - Doc apt. today. Baby’s heart rate low again so they put me on a monitor for 20 mins in the office. The heart rate drops really low but perks back up quickly. Baby just seems to be a really 'chill' babe. They checked for dilation and I am a 1 almost a 2. SO excited!!
12/5/18 - I had a doc apt. today and I am dilated to a 3! Yay! Heart rate was fine and was sent home right after the apt. so no extra monitoring today (yay!). Doc asked to strip my membranes but Rich is out of town and won’t be back until late tonight. So we decided not to. Doctor said she doesn’t think I’ll make it through the weekend. Exciting!
39 Weeks Pregnant -
12/6/18 - I had contractions through out the night and lost my mucus plug. I lost it later in the morning and then started to bleed lightly. Contractions picked up and go stronger. Rich came home from work early and then we headed to the hospital around 3. I felt like the contractions weren't consistent enough and I was worried that it wasn't really happening. But we went anyways. When we got in I got hooked up to the monitors and was checked. I was dilated to a 4 then at 4:00 was told to walk the halls for two hours since there was no progression. I was to return at 6:00 with hopes of progression. (Got 10,000 steps on my Fitbit for the day around 5:45 haha).
At 6:00 - I went back in and was dilated to a 5 and 60% effaced. They admitted me and I switched rooms. It's go time now.
Got in the IV and started my antibiotics for strep that I tested positive for. Rich got here and now we’re just waiting to get through half a bag of abx until we can do the epidural.
8:00pm - Epidural went well. Catheter in. Felt very sick with heart palpitations. Threw up at 9:15. Gave me medication for low blood pressure and it brought it back up. Pretty exhausted.
10:45pm - My doctor came in and checked me. Dilated to an 8-9 90% effaced and he broke my water.
The doctor left and now I'm feeling a lot of pressure and feeling extremely nauseous. Having to really focus and meditate to calm down when I feel sick or else I will throw up. Sleeping in between sick spells.
11:10pm - I am feeling a ton of pain on my right side and feeling it go to my back. I told the nurse and I pushed my button twice for more from my epidural. The nurse checked me and I’m 'complete'. Now the fun begins.
11:15pm - The nurse told me she would call the doc and then we would do some practice pushing. I started to push. Soon the baby’s head started to show. While I was pushing I got really sick and threw up again. Ugh. The hospital didn't have any bags for me to throw up in so I threw up in a bucket but because I was laying down it went all over. SO not great...
11:30pm - Still feeling a lot of the pain on my right side. It was all up my side and down my back. But when I would push the pain seemed to go away. So I would start pushing on my own when I felt the pain then the nurse would coach and count for me while I pushed.
I felt like I was going to pass out when I would push. I was seeing stars and blacking out. The nurse gave me an oxygen mask.
11:35pm - The doctor finally arrived. I pushed a few more times and the baby was out!
Skin to skin was done right away while the doctor worked on cutting the cord and releasing the placenta. No tears he said and things looked great. The doc left and the nurses cleaned him off. I began to nurse. He latched on quickly and nursed really well.
Soon after the excitement was over, they took the baby to clean him off, weigh him and check all his vitals. They gave me a turkey sandwich which I scarfed down quickly. I was so hungry. The nurse helped me to get cleaned up, took my cath out, and then we switched rooms. She wheeled me down to my new room where we would stay for the next two nights. The first night went great and the baby slept for most of it. He nursed really well and all was fine. Both Rich and I were exhausted but excited for the new baby to be apart of the family.
The next day after the baby was born, we had the kids come visit with Nana. The kids were thrilled to see the baby and they wanted to hold him. We all were in heaven!
The second night was a little harder than the first. I told Rich to go home and get some rest and help my mom our with the kids. I told him I would be able to handle it on my own. At around 11pm the 'cluster feeding' began. The baby didn't want to stop eating and I nursed him basically non-stop until 2am. The nurse came in to check on me and I was completely exhausted and almost in tears. She said she would take him into the hall while she did some charting on the computer then she would take his labs that needed to be done at 4am, then bring him back after. That way I could get some rest between 2-4. I agreed that it would be okay and I woke up at 6am to him sleeping quietly beside me in his bed.
Later that day, we were able to go home. We got cleaned up, gathered out things, signed out, and headed home. We were so excited to be home and excited for the new addition to the family and the adventure ahead of us.