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!
   




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