Olivia Jane's Birth Story

This is the story of how I met the most special little girl in the world!

Thursday morning at my 39 week doctor's visit I got some exciting news.  My body was progressing towards labor, which to any 39 week pregnant lady is music to your ears!!!  My doctor informed me that she was going to be out of town the following week, the week of my due date, and she didn't think I would make it until she got back.  I changed doctor's in the middle of my pregnancy to deliver with her and I really wasn't comfortable with just whoever was there delivering my baby.  She gave me the option to come in the next morning for induction.  I was overwhelmed with emotions.  First, I couldn't believe that after all of the waiting I was about to meet my daughter.  Second, I have NO IDEA how to have a baby and so the freaking out began! My doctor then stripped my membranes, which I am still not totally sure what that means, but she said it should help us along in the morning.  My husband had to go to work and try to get everything in order to be gone for a week so I went to lunch with my sis and her girls and then to the pool with one of my best buds.  I was determined to have the tannest bump around ;)

That evening I was totally exhausted from the lack of sleep lately so we turned in early.  I fell asleep around 9:30 and expected a good nights rest before my big day.  Olivia had other plans.  I woke up around 11pm with contractions.  Nothing too bad.  They started in my back and radiated around to the front of my belly and felt like period cramps.  I wasn't sure what they were at first because they felt nothing like the Braxton Hicks contractions I had been having.  I started to time them and they were about 8 minutes apart.  I just laid in the bed trying to sleep because I had to be at the hospital at 6:30 the next morning.  Sleep did not come, but more intense contractions were on the way.  Around 2am my husband woke up and noticed my funny breathing and asked what was wrong.  I told him I was fine, just contracting about every 5 minutes and they were starting to hurt pretty bad.  I stayed in bed and watched tv as my labor continued until the alarm went off at 5am with not a wink of sleep for me!  When I got up to get ready I felt the full force of my contractions.  I could barely breathe when one would hit me.  We rushed to get ready and went to the hospital a little early.  When I got to the hospital they got me hooked up to the monitors and my contractions were every 1 and a half to 2 minutes apart and they hurt like whoa!!!  See, this was a problem for me since I didn't really plan on feeling any pain...not sure what I was thinking.  My doctor came in to check me and break my water and start me on pitocin to start the induction.  I was already 4 cm dilated and she was very happy that I was already in labor on my own.  I guess my baby was coming that day without the induction anyway.  She told me I could have my epidural and it was none too soon.  I have to give it up to those women who go all natural.  That was the most horrible breath taking pain I have ever experienced and I don't think I could have taken one more minute.  By the time they came to give me my epidural my contractions had really cranked up and I was 6 cm dilated.  The epidural is the most amazing gift medicine has ever invented for labor.  I felt wonderful!  After a good 8 or so hours of hard contractions I welcomed the relief.  The nurses told me to try to take a nap and that I should have another 4 hours or so before I started pushing estimating a centimeter an hour.  Well, my doctor came back an hour later and I was 10 cm and she announced that I was ready to start pushing.  I just about lost my shiz at this point.  I was absolutely terrified of pushing.  I don't know why exactly...maybe the pain or that I really had no idea how to do it.  I was also absolutely exhausted after no sleep the night before and was really looking forward to getting a little rest before the big show.  

No rest for the weary.  I started pushing and my fears were confirmed..I had no idea what I was doing and my epidural was still so strong I couldn't feel a thing.  This was good and bad. No pain, no gain.  I pushed for about 30 minutes getting pretty much nowhere and then Olivia's heart rate started to drop.  They put oxygen on me and flipped me from side to side to get her steady.  We took about a 20 minute break and then back to work.  About 2 hours into pushing I noticed I could not only move my legs that felt like tree trunks before, I had full feeling back in them.  This scared me to death.  Then I noticed I could actually feel pressure and contractions and the need to push.  That's when the fun began.  My hopes of a pain free delivery already shattered I figured I might as well feel the birth too!  It only took about 20 minutes to push her out after that and it did hurt, but kinda felt good at the same time to have the pressure relieved.  She had a meconium (she pooped inside me during labor) so they took her over to the side immediately to clear her airways before that first beautiful little cry.  I was clamoring to get a peek at her but I couldn't see anything.  They weighed and measured her as she hollered away, music to my ears.  She was 7 pounds 8 ounces and 21 inches long.  They wiped her down and then brought her over and put her skin to skin right under my gown and she immediately stopped crying and snuggled in tight.  That was simply the best moment of my life.  Feeling her in my arms so close to my heart was overwhelming.  I couldn't believe she was finally here and mine forever.  My husband was so amazing during the whole process.  He stayed calm and supportive and I could not have done it without him.  He came close to use and we just hugged and kissed each other and our little miracle.  I have never felt so much love in my entire life.  My whole world wrapped up in these two amazing people, I feel like the most blessed girl in the whole world.

I had an amazing experience and would not trade one moment of it all.  I am so in love with my baby girl and even more in love than ever with my precious husband.  I am soaking up every minute of time with my tiny angel, I hear they grow up too fast ;)  I am so excited to continue to share my journey with my new little love!

39 Weeks

How far along: 39 Weeks
Total weight gain: 28 pounds
Maternity clothes: Yep...I have worn the same dress for the last three days..running out of things that fit haha
Stretch marks: nope, I feel very lucky!
Sleep: Been sleeping pretty good this week!
Best moment this week: This morning I went to the doctor for my 39 week appointment and found out I am going to be induced tomorrow!!!!!  I am beyond excited and anxious and nervous and aaaahhhhhh!!!!
Miss anything: Being comfortable ;)
Movement: She is still moving a lot!  She pokes her little foot up under my left ribs and it looks really funny!
Food cravings: Definitely still sweets!  I have had two dozen baby bites this week...and miraculously have not gained any weight??  Weird, but I'll take it haha!
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: I am having some pretty good contractions right now actually, but they are not consistent.  I am being induced at 6:30 tomorrow morning so baby girl can hang on until then!
Symptoms: Is feeling like a beached whale a symptom?? Immobility like no other, lots of pelvic pressure and some hip pain.  I cannot believe by this time tomorrow I could be holding my baby girl in my arms!
Belly button in or out: Flat as a pancake ;)
Wedding rings on or off: still on!
Happy or moody most of the time: So incredibly happy I could burst into tears...and maybe I already have a couple of times today ;)
Looking forward to: TOMORROW!!! I am so excited for the whole experience!

To my sweet Olivia Jane
Tonight as I make the final preparations to meet you tomorrow I am overwhelmed with love and joy.  I never knew you could love someone so much that you have never even seen.  From the moment I found out I was expecting you I have thanked God for you and prayed over your life.  You are going to be one special little girl.  You already have so many people who love you and I am so thankful for that. Most of all Daddy and I are so excited.  I feel so blessed to be your mommy and I promise to always try to be the best I can for you.  You have already brought so much happiness into my life!  Tomorrow begins our journey together, my new little best friend!  Mommy loves you more than you will ever know!  

38 Weeks

How far along: 38 Weeks
Total weight gain: 28 pounds
Maternity clothes: Yep
Stretch marks: So far, no!  I guess my religious slathering of oil and lotion is working :)
Sleep: Better than last week, I am finally getting over being sick and it helps to be able to breathe through your nose when you sleep.
Best moment this week: I had a pretty spectacular Tuesday!  I went to Body Step and did the whole class, although there was some major huffing and puffing going on.  Then I went to my best bud's house to lay out before our supper club.  I can't wait for my sweet baby girl to meet my friends and be apart of our festivities!
Miss Anything:  I mentioned that I did Body Step on Tuesday and I am still paying for it!!!  My hips are ridiculously sore!!  Dang hormones loosening all of my ligaments!  SO I would say I miss my pre-pregnancy abilities most this week...from being able to work out hard to tie my shoes to get up off of the couch without assistance...
Movement: This little ninja is still kicking..well, mostly nudging and pushing, but still a lot of movement every day.
Food Cravings: There is a local bakery called Pastry Arts..it is like heaven on earth.  They make these little bite sized cakes called baby bites that I am totally obsessed with!  I have had 2 dozen this week...It's my birthday week, I'll eat nothing but cake if I want to ;)
Anything making you queasy or sick: I had a mad craving for Milos yesterday and it was delicious, but I had heartburn/reflux all night last night and today...so sad.
Gender: girl
Labor signs: Still at 1 cm dilated and no signs of labor at all.  I think this little babe is going to have to be forced out on her due date.  I originally said I did not want to be induced, but if she decides to be late to the party I might have to let them help her along :)
Symptoms: Some rib pain, not nearly as bad as it was..or maybe I am just used to it.  Honestly, I feel like a very lucky pregnant lady, I have no swelling, blood pressure is great, still have energy and I don't feel that huge.  I am so ready for her to come, but I can definitely hang on for another two weeks.
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding rings on or off: on
Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy!  It is probably the hormones, but I find myself just thinking sometimes about how truly blessed I am.  I have the best husband in the whole world and I love him with all of my heart.  I cannot wait for us to be parents together!  I have an amazing family that makes me laugh every day and the most wonderful group of friends a girl could ask for!  There is your sap for the day ;)
Looking forward to: Just relaxing and spending as much time with the hubs as I can before baby girl decides to make her entrance!

My sweet friends at our special Birthday supper club!