Monday, December 28, 2009

My Birth Story: The Delivery

12 weeks ago today, October 5 at 4:33 pm, Addison Leigh was born into this world by God's grace alone! The journey to how we got there was mostly captured on my blog... but I have let 12 weeks go by and haven't told you the birth story... UNTIL NOW!


My alarm went off at 4:00 am. My eyes popped open... and instantly I thought, "I am going to be a mother today!" Any other day if I had to get up at 4, I would be dragging. But I bounced out of bed and into the shower, but not before giving Adam a kiss and we both just looked at each other and we knew what the other was thinking ... today, WE would be parents! Wow!


I got ready, put on make-up, rolled my hair... I was determined to look "good" when I delivered this baby! We got the car all packed up and we were ready to go... but one more thing we had to do, love on our furbabies and let them know we would be home soon (my parents and in-laws took care of them while we were at the hospital). Before we walked out the door, we took one last picture of my big belly! HUGE is the only word to describe it!


We arrived at the hospital around 5:15 am (late as usual)! No one was in the emergency room so checking in only took about 30 minutes. Next thing I knew we were walking through the hospital to the Labor and Delivery floor. I get to my room and immediately they are telling me to change clothes into the backless gown (I was so concerned about my butt shining)! I crawled into the bed and only got out once (to tee tee) over the next 10 hours. Before any big events happened, Adam and I prayed together... I will never forget that moment as long as I live! It was so sweet and it gave me such a sense of peace! I knew God was in total control and I was ready! I was all settled in around 6:15 am and they started my IV and the Pitocin at 6:25. I was warned it could be a long day. I was ready. My blood pressure was good and I had no strange side effects from the Pitocin. WHEW! My Dr came in at and checked me, I was only dilated to a 2 so he broke my water at 7:26 am.


Let me pause here and say the worst pain I felt from beginning to end was when they out in the IV and when he broke my water!! After that, it was a dang breeze (pain wise)! I am not a big wuss, but I am not the best pain manager in the world, but holy moly when he broke my water I thought I might pass out, but the pain only lasted maybe 30 seconds! After that, it was relaxing time. My parents arrived around 8:30 am. So the 4 of us hung out in my room as things progressed. Looking back, the next 8 hours absolutely flew by. I remember thinking I wasn't ready... I wanted that day to last a long time... I wanted to remember every tiny detail. I remember feeling that exact way on my wedding day.

My Dr said he would like for me to get the epidural when I was dilated to a 4. Over the course of an hour and a half, I dilated to a 4... and was feeling the contractions. I had always heard contractions were like BAD menstrual cramps... and that is EXACTLY what they felt like. Not bad at all. I got my epidural at 9:00 am on the dot! There was never ANY QUESTION IN MY MIND that I wanted that thing! Yes, the needle is scary looking. But NO it does not hurt when you get it! They give you a little shot to numb the area before giving you the epidural and that hurt like, well, like getting a flu shot! Then I felt nothing until they pushed the medicine in and it felt like cold water running down my back! That's it. No pain. No tears. No nausea. No blood pressure drop. Just instant relief from the contractions! How in the world people do it without the epidural, I will NEVER understand!

After the epidural, I got a little loopy! I remember saying several times, "I feel gooood!" But I remember everything! We were watching contractions on the monitor and I couldn't feel a thing! It was insane! The Dr came back to check me several times... I wasn't progressing very well. But that is expected because the epidural usually slows labor down some, but not a lot like most people say (that's what my Dr said anyway)!

Over the next 8 hours or so I... ate ice, talking with Adam and my parents, updated Facebook and Twitter, relaxed, shut my eyes (but never napped), fixed my makeup, etc. I didn't play games or listen to my ipod or anything, I was too anxious! I remember being checked around lunchtime and I was dilated to like a 5. Then again at around 3 and I was dilated to a 7. At that point, I was hurting a little, the epidural felt like it was wearing off, so the anesthesiologist came back in and gave me some more meds in my epidural. Things were moving along and I was READY! That epidural really hit me hard that time and my legs were completely numb! That was the weirdest feeling ever!

Then all of a sudden, at around 3:45, I remember the nurse saying, "Ok, are you ready to push?" "WHAT??? NO I AM NOT READY!" I thought there would be some big production leading up to the pushing part. It was so fast and I wasn't ready. I wanted to hang out some more. But Addison had a different plan. She was ready. So I pushed with the nurse for about 20 minutes... my mom stood behind me and took pictures while Adam and another nurse held my legs up. I couldn't feel if I was pushing or what because I was so numb. My legs felt like they weighed 100 lbs a piece! I pushed and pushed and she finally crowned.

Then came in the Dr... yeah he was really only there for like 20 minutes. Side note: I had the BEST nurse ever. She was amazing. And as I talked to her more and more, turned out we went to the same church. She just attended the early service! And she was actually in the Sunday school class that we had been wanting to visit. Small world!

So back to pushing... I pushed for 45 minutes before Addison's arrival. I will tell you... that was exhausting. It felt like 12 hours of pushing! My body was completely worn out. I didn't say a word during the 45 minutes of pushing. I was completely focused and wanted to get her OUT! I didn't cry, I didn't scream. I didn't cuss. I just grunted. And finally at 4:33 my sweet baby girl was born! It was amazing. They laid her on my chest and then the tears started flowing. God had just given me such a blessing and I was completely overwhelmed! I remember thinking "She's so big!" And turns out she was. The doctor informed me that because she was so big, she broke her right clavicle coming out. I was worried at first, but he assured me that it would heal perfectly fine (and it is!) Turns out, that's pretty common.

Addison Leigh weighed 8 lbs 15 oz. And was 21.5 inches long. One more ounce would have given me a 9 pounder :) She was just perfect! I was literally awestruck! I don't know really how else to describe it! Adam cut the cord and then they took her away to begin working on me!

YES, working on ME! I barely remember the placenta being delivered. I didn't even push. The Dr pushed on my belly when a contraction came and it just came out. Blunt I know, but that's how it happened! Over the next 20 minutes, I was SOOOO uncomfortable! I had a 2nd degree tear so I was being sewn up. But that wasn't what was hurting. I couldn't figure out why I was hurting. But I was in pain! Turns out that all it was... I had to teetee! They took my catheter out before I started pushing and I couldn't feel anything so apparently I was holding it. They put my catheter back in (which didn't hurt at all-I was freaking out before they did it-i was scared i might die) and instant relief!

About 2 hours later I was moved into another room where I would spend the next 2 days. I will say, standing up was tough the 1st time. There was so much pressure on my bottom. I didn't understand (still don't). And of course I was sore and walking REALLY funny! I never felt any pain really from the stitches. Just soreness. And for you ladies that are wondering... the 1st bowel movement is scary, but not painful... yes I know... prob TMI, but I told you I would be honest and open about all this :)

Let's see, what next... everything else started getting jumbled together. Breastfeeding wasn't working out so well. So after the 1st day, I pumped. And I pumped for 6 weeks and she is now on formula. It's been 12 weeks and I just now feel completely healed "down there." It is true what you hear... you bleed a lot for the 1st 3-4 weeks. And wearing diaper-like pads isn't fun but you get used to it quickly!

Have I left anything out?? I am sure I have. But if you ladies have any questions about ANYTHING, I am more than happy to answer them. You know me, open and honest! I plan to do a post about weight and weight loss very soon. I would talk about it here but that's a story on it's own!

If you have questions, leave them in a comment. I will do a separate post answering them if there are enough, if not I will answer them individually. If you want to email me and ask me something, feel free! Giving birth was an amazing experience for me. I seriously enjoyed the entire pregnancy and delivery! I was beyond blessed to not have any complications for 10 months! And now that I am a mother, I know that this is what I was meant to do! I was DEFINITELY meant to be a mother and am thankful to God that he allowed me to be just that!

36 comments:

Ashley Pizarro said...

What a fabulous post. I love that you are able to share all the details of the big event. The hubby and I plan to have a little one in a year or two and I have been scared to death of the whole giving birth process (well actually the pain) so to hear about it all was wonderful.

Lea Liz said...

Sounds like you had a great Labor and Delivery!! I love reading about others!!! So glad it all went well and that you are doing good!!

The Janacek's said...

I am so glad you shared all this with us on your blog! I am due in June and I am so scared about delivery! But the story of your birth was great and I cried it was so sweet! I just can't wait to meet our little girl! I know you are truly blessed with a little girl! Hope all is well!

Sandi

Erin said...

Such a beautiful story!!!! Thanks for sharning every detail. These are deff. the things that im sure alot of people(including me) have been dying to know!

Brown Girl said...

Thank you for sharing your story, so interesting to us non parents that may be parents one day. ;) Did that make sense? Glad that you both are doing well!

Gwen said...

I love that you are so honest about your big day!!! And your delivery sounds wonderful. I'm so glad you were able to enjoy it without being in pain!!! I'm also so happy to have you back!!! XOXO

Pamibelle said...

Great story. Im due any day now and hope that I have a similar experience with the delivery :)

The Shabby Princess said...

Congratulations on a safe and healthy delivery--and thanks for tellin' it like it is.

Hope you and your sweet family had a wonderful Christmas!

The Pink Chick said...

Thank you so much for this post! I am always so appreciative when bloggers share things like this. My husband and I are thinking about trying for kids soon, but it can be a little scary! I'm glad I have a blog friend that is willing to answer my questions! Congratulations on your sweet baby girl!

Tara Gibson said...

love the honestly and details! you have answered a lot of my questions! Congrats on your buddle of joy! she is precious!!!

Lis said...

Oh Hun, thank you for sharing this! It makes me slightly nervous and at the same time oddly relieved!! Thank you for being so honest and open about Addison's birth, it's so rare! I'm sure I'll have lots of questions for you between now and July!! :)

SassyEngineer said...

I think I have to agree with Lis - you made me nervous to have a baby and relieved too! I'm NOT pregnant yet, but I like hearing real stories about it because TV makes it look like you push three times and all is happy after that! Glad that it went smoothly though and now you have precious Addison :)

In this wonderful life... said...

I love that you posted! I think honesty is the way to go! Thanks for sharing :) Glad things are going good now!

Meagan said...

Such an awesome experience!! My Epi wore out too and they wouldn't give me anymore because it was time to push. OMG. Nobody told me those things wear out so quick!

So happy everything went so wonderful <333 you and Addison!

Lucky in Love said...

Thank you for such an open and honest post :) My husband and I are just starting to try...so hopefully soon I will have questions for you!

Minnesota Girl said...

Such a great post! Sounds like you had a good experience! Thank you for sharing =)

I hope ya'll have a happy new year!

Rachel said...

So glad to read such an honest description! I am a few years away from this, but the whole idea of giving birth is so scary to me. It was nice reading such an honest and realistic description of what happened! If I have more questions when it's my time, I'll be emailing you :)

Jan @ Struck by Serendipity said...

Thanks for putting together such a detailed birth story! It's something your daughter will treasure when she's older (although I'm sure she'll get a modified version!).

I've enjoyed following your journey over the last year. God has blessed you and your husband in 2009. I hope next year is just as wonderful for you both.

Sassy and Classy Southern Mrs. said...

I'm so glad you posted this! You have inspired me to get going and type mine out! I hope to post it by the time Parker is a month old and he'll be 3 weeks Wednesday. So happy you had such a good labor and delivery. I'm ready to see some more pictures of Addison! :)

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Miss E said...

What an amazing story! I'm glad it was such a happy, peaceful (and painless!) day for you. And Addison is just as precious as can be...congrats again! xoxo

Jackie said...

Thanks for sharing your story!

Susannah said...

That is a great story! I am so glad you are back and look forward to your posts. It's hard getting blogging done while mothering! :D

Tristan said...

wow..so informative! thank you so much..lol! I was just wondering why you had a cathetar?...do they always do that?

Juliana said...

I am new to your blog and loved reading your labor story. I had the WORST labor and delivery and pregnancy. I was on bedrest for almost 9 months, labor for over 24 hours, pre-eclampsia, then pushed for THREE hours, forceps and emergency c-section. My son is beautiful and healthy. he is the best thing that has ever happened to me. You baby is just precious and I am SO excited to start following your blog.

Come on by to my blog and follow back if you would like. It is nice to "meet" you!

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Kitty Cat said...

I loved reading your birth story! Especially as it was so different to mine! And yet we were so close in our pregnancies and deliveries.

E.B. in Tennessee said...

So happy for you! Hopefully I'll be e-mailing you soon with some questions :)

The Ross Family said...

Sounds like you had a great story!

I remember my first bowel movement too, and yes, it was scary - ha ha! Seriously, I think I was in the bathroom for 45 minutes just sitting there. I know, I know - TMI!!! :-)

cMe said...

Thanks so much for posting! We'll be trying for our first in 2010 (after we kissed at midnight we laughed and said this will be our last without a baby!).

I started reading your blog right about the time you had Addison. I'm interested in hearing how you stayed healthy and managed your weight during the pregnancy, because I know you were pretty healthy before.

Kate said...

LOVE reading your blog!!! I would love to get Addison and Ellie together for a playdate!

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

so happy to hear this whole story! i just love you both! our stories are so similar-- i didn't think contractions were bad but i was getting that epidural! but my BP did drop drastically. and my nurse was my hero that day. i just loved her so much!!

Sarah said...

Thank you for the bowel movement details because that is my BIGGEST fear, I know it is irrational but it is there, like more than labor and tearing and anything, so phew... good to hear. I hope I am as lucky in May and congrats!!

The Pink Putter said...

Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your story!

Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

What a great story! I love hearing from those who are "epidural all the way" because that's what I'm planning on doing (I'm 35 weeks today). I don't know what to expect really, so it's great to read others who are also FTMs! So glad that everything went smoothly and that you have your healthy little girl!

Chic Runner said...

So I am behind on this one but I wanted to be able to read it all. Thank you so much for being honest and open about it! It truly means a lot to me because I never hear anything really but horror stories. I'm glad everything went to well for you and now you have Addison! :) You are an inspiration to me and I'm so glad we are friends. <3