Oh hi there. So, I've got news. Miss Helaina Lynn is here!
Here are her birth stats:
October 18, 2014 (13 days early)
And here is her cuteness:
And here are her siblings loving on her (they are SO in love):
If you like reading birth stories, please continue. If the idea of a baby being pushed out of a vagina is icky to you, you may want to tune out now :)
So... last Friday evening 10/17, two of my best book club gals came over to watch The Fault In Our Stars (great movie, have tissues handy!). We had an awesome evening and I joked about the crying from the movie making me go into labor, etc. I DID have a few strong contractions during the movie, but I wasn't really being serious.
The gals left around 12:15am (so, now 10/18) and I just bummed around, not feeling that tired yet. Towards the end of my pregnancy, sleeping was near impossible, so I was in no hurry to start that battle. About 30 min later, I decided to give sleeping a go... however, after a few minutes in bed, I was hit with a strong contraction. This lasted for the next 1-2 hours...every 20 minutes or so. Around this time, the contractions got to the point where I couldn't continue lying in bed when one hit. I had to get up and rock/moan/breathe through it.
Around this time, I thought, well, this is different. I had been having contractions for weeks, but not the kind that required me to stand up and move and breathe through. These were painful.
I still wasn't convinced I was in labor though. I had several false alarms in the previous weeks, so it was going to take quite a bit to convince me it was the real deal. I TRIED to sleep, but without success. The contractions continued all night long. I was also starting to shiver uncontrollably which I vaguely recalled to be a labor sign (and it is!).
Around 5:30am, I gave up on sleeping and got out of bed. The contractions were about 10 min. apart at this point. I told Shaun to go ahead and give his dad a call. His dad was on call to be our big kid wrangler while we were at the hospital. My niece Imogene's 3rd birthday paty was planned for later in the day Saturday, so I figured hey, let's get him out here since he'll be here anyway. At that point, I was thinking we may go to the hospital at some point, but I wasn't 100% yet. I called my mom too, basically to tell her the same thing- I *might* be in labor, I don't know, we'll see... waiting and watching kind of thing.
After I got off the phone with my mom around 5:45am, I climbed into the tub to help ease the pain of the contractions. That was a big fat fail by the way. The warm water DID NOT help... I mean, it felt nice, but when a contraction hit, I wanted to move, so that was a no go. I got out of the tub a little after 6 and things started picking up. Just 30 minutes earlier, my contractions were 10 minutes apart, but all of this sudden, I checked my timer and they were about 3 min. apart. WHOA.
At that point, I knew we were definitely going to the hospital once my father in law arrived. He got to the house around 7am, expecting to walk into a calmer situation since we told him "meh... we don't know, but come on out" Once he saw the pained look on my face and my slow steps, he knew we were going.
We headed out the door to the hospital which is thankfully only 15 minutes away. We were in labor & delivery triage by about 7:25am. I told everyone I saw that I wanted on the epidural list ASAP. The pain was pretty bad at this point... I mean, tolerable, but BAD. I had an epidural with Audrey, I didn't have one with Jameson (he came too fast), and it was my personal decision that I would very much like this birth to be medicated. I had the comparison of with vs. without and I knew what I wanted.
The nurse and midwife were all "yeah, okay, let's get you checked to see if you are in labor" I was 5-6cm dilated and contracting about every 2-3 min. Once they talked to my doc who was on her way to the hospital, everyone hopped to. It turns out my doc informed them that my last labor was about 3 hours start to finish and that she expected this one to come fast also.
They got me back to the l&d room and the anesthesiologist came in around 8:10am. Oh, happy day!!!! The epidural took a long while to place... oh man, that is not a good feeling. It doesn't hurt, but it feels WEIRD and it takes a long time and you have to sit still, etc. which isn't easy to do while working through a very painful contraction.
Around 8:30am or so, the epidural was placed and they had me lie flat on my back just to make sure everything was working as it should. Within 5 minutes or so, I could tell the epi was kicking in and when I had a contraction, I felt pressure, but not the intense pain I had felt before. Woo hoo.
However, not but a few minutes later, I told my doc who had just came in that I felt PRESSURE, like a LOT of pressure and it seemed like more than just contractions. She suspected that it was my water ballooning and she was going to break my water (doc had to break my water with my previous babes as well).
So, she goes to break my water, but guess what? It had already broken... I thought I felt a trickle over time, but there was never a big gush. She confirmed the waters were already broken and the fluid was clear.\
Then, she said, well if you're feeling all that pressure and it's not the water, I bet it's the baby. I was thinking... huh WHAT?! I JUST got here, I JUST got the epidural, I've got hours to go... I'm going to call people and tell them it's real deal, etc.
So, she goes to check my cervix and... she feels a baby head.
Yeah, that's how far down she already was - baby girl was ready to go. I got the epidural JUST in time.
So, my doc suited up and around 8:48am, she told me I could push. 2 pushes later, Helaina was born at 8:52am. What a whirlwind!!
So, my labor was definitely longer than with Jameson's, but the hospital event was all pretty fast. When Helaina was born, it was just incredible. I didn't feel any of that new mom hesitation, I just grabbed that beautiful baby and held her against me. I had her with me a good 15-20 min. before they even weighed her which was incredible.
Within 2 hours of birth, Helaina nursed for the first time and did awesome.
All of those months of waiting and wondering and worrying and our baby girl is finally here and healthy. And, we are so so so blessed.
Until next time...