Raylan’s Birth Story

During both of my pregnancies I was monitored frequently because of pre-existing high blood pressure that required meds to control.  Starting at 32 weeks, I had NSTs (non-stress tests) two times a week, and my fluid was measured by ultrasound once a week.  I was scheduled for an induction when I hit 38 weeks.

Sunday January 24, I felt decreased movement from my little one.  My husband was working, so I took Savannah to stay with my sister, and my mom drove me to the hospital so the baby could be checked.  Once I was on the monitor, the baby started moving like crazy, which was typical for him.  It was clear by his heart rate that he was happy.  All that was left was to measure my fluid, and I would be on my way.  When the midwife started measuring the fluid with ultrasound, I could see there was a lot less than there had been just a few days before.  She said she was going to talk to the doctor and would be back.  Within a few minutes, we were told that we would be staying, and my induction would start that day.  I was 37 weeks 5 days.

At about 1:30 in the afternoon, I was moved to a birthing room so we could start the induction process.  The official induction started at 3:45pm.  My cervix was 1cm, 25% effaced and the baby’s position was high.  A cervidil was placed and was to remain in for 12 hours to help “ripen” my cervix.  The whole week prior to the induction process, I had frequent contractions that varied from just uncomfortable to painful.  On Saturday and Sunday, the contractions had basically stopped.  I was having less contractions those two days than I had been having since 28 weeks!  Fortunately, a few hours after the cervidil was placed I started contracting again.

My sisters were super sweet and brought Savannah up to see me since we hadn’t anticipated staying.  She was a little nervous to see mom in bed, but she was excited to hear her brother’s heart beat on the monitor.  She also got to play in the game room.

At 3:45am, the cervidil was removed.  The doctors discussed placing another cervidil vs placing a foley bulb.  The thought of a foley bulb scared me because during my previous induction an EXTREMELY painful attempt was made to place one that ended up being unsuccessful.  I wasn’t super thrilled with the idea of another cervidil, either.  I didn’t want to sit for another 12 hours waiting for it to work.  I agreed to having the foley bulb placed with morphine prior.  At 5am, I had morphine, and at 6:15, the doctor successfully placed the foley bulb.  At that point I was 2-3cm, 50% effaced and the baby was at a -3 station.

The foley bulb hadn’t fallen out by 8:40am, so the doctor checked me to see where we were.  She found that I was 4-5cm, 50% effaced and a -2 to -3 station, so she pulled the foley bulb.  We were making some progress.  The next step was pitocin.  I had been dreading pitocin for weeks because I wanted to make an attempt at laboring and delivering without an epidural.  I feared that having pitocin would make that much more difficult, but I was realistic and knew my body likely needed that push.  After getting a new IV placed (my veins are terrible with IVs), the pitocin was started at 11:20am.

All day I sat on the birth ball, stood at the side of the bed, walked around the room, and took some time laying in bed.  At around 4pm, I requested to be checked.  I was discouraged to hear that I was still only 5cm, 50% effaced and a -2 station.  At that point I decided to get in the tub to labor for awhile.  My contractions had become pretty painful, so I wanted to see if the tub would allow me to have some relief.  I was only in the tub for about 45 minutes.  It was nice, but it was tough to keep the water warm enough for comfort.  We had to keep draining water to add more hot water.

At 7:55pm, the doctor came in to see if I was making any progress.  I was 5-6cm, 75% effaced and a -2 station.  I was frustrated that baby didn’t seem to want to descend.  The doctor felt that breaking my water would help speed things up, so she did.  When the first contraction after that hit, my plans for going without an epidural went out the window.  The pain was intense!  The funny thing is just before they broke my water, I told my mom I thought I should be in more pain, and now I was!  The anesthesia team came pretty quickly to place the epidural.  It was torture sitting through the placement.  Anesthesia tried for a full hour to place the epidural without success.  I finally asked for another person to try.  At 9:08pm, I felt I couldn’t sit any longer.  I was feeling tons of pressure, so I was checked again.  I was still only 6cm, 75% effaced and -2 station.  I agreed to let anesthesia keep trying.  I was given morphine to try to help me during the epidural.  I tried to sit for the placement, and I just couldn’t do it.  I was able to get through the contraction pain, but I started feeling a new tearing pain that didn’t come and go with contractions.  I remember saying I felt like I was being tore apart inside.

From this point on, things are a little fuzzy and went fast.  I was screaming that something was wrong.  I was begging for a c-section.  I couldn’t stand, I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t lie down.  My poor mother and sister were in the hall (they couldn’t be in the room while the epidural was being placed), and all they could hear was my screaming and crying.  My husband was wonderful as he stood by feeling helpless, trying to help me get through the pain.  At one point they placed an FSE (fetal scalp electrode) because I couldn’t stay still enough to keep the monitor on, and it was important to be able to monitor the baby’s heart rate.  I would hear the heart rate drop, and I would panic, but I was assured that the heart rate would come right back up.  I remember hearing my husband ask if my mom could come back in.  The nurse said in a few minutes.  At that point I blurted out that I NEEDED my mom.  When she came in, she got right by my ear and was able to calm me down.  Prior to her being there, I felt like I couldn’t breathe.  She brought me back to what was going on.  At 9:44pm I was 7cm, 100% effaced and 0 station.  I kept feeling the urge to push, and my body was even pushing involuntarily.  The doctors gave me a pudendal block (a lidocaine injection in my cervix), and at 9:53pm I was 9cm.  At 10:08pm, they said I was 10cm and could start pushing.  They doctor said I could do a practice push, but if she told me to stop, it was because they needed to break the bed down.  I pushed, and she said to stop.  While they were breaking the bed down, I was yelling that he was coming.  My body was pushing on its own.  They gave me the green light to push again.  At 10:14pm, after just 3 pushes, Raylan was born.  I heard them say he had a nuchal cord, but my mom and sister say it was wrapped across his face.  My husband cut the cord, and after being placed on my belly briefly, he was taken to the warmer.  I saw the nurse tapping on his feet, and I never heard him cry.  His apgars were 6 and 9.  The first one was only a 6 because he never did cry, but he was fine otherwise.

Weighing in at 7lb 7.6oz and 19.5 inches long, Raylan was brought to me.  He was eager to nurse and latched at 35 minutes old.

We are so happy to have a healthy new addition to the family.

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Gender Reveal Party

There are many differences in opinion when it comes to finding out the gender of a baby during pregnancy.  I respect everyone’s individual decision, but personally, I could not wait until the baby was born to find out.  We didn’t do anything special to announce we were having a girl the first time.  This time, my sister-in-law mentioned that we should have a gender reveal party.  It sounded like a fun idea, so that is what we did.  When I went for my big anatomy scan ultrasound, the technician asked if I wanted to find out the gender.  I told him I didn’t want him to tell me, but I asked him if he could write it down and seal it in an envelope for me, which he did.  I wanted to be surprised with everyone else!

I took the envelope to my mom’s house, and from there she would drop it off at the bakery we got our wedding cake from.  It was such a tempting ride to her house, being alone with the envelope next to me.  I knew I wouldn’t be cheating anyone but myself if I looked, so I resisted the temptation.

It was a long 2 and a half weeks waiting for the party, but the day finally came.  It was a small party, with just immediate family and a few close friends.  I had a wives tale list circled with my experience this pregnancy.  I then asked people to write their name on a sticker and guess what the baby would be.  If they thought it was a girl, they put their name under Team Pink, and if they thought it was a boy, they were on Team Blue.  Before we found out, we took a picture with each group.  The majority was Team Pink.

Dessert Table

Dessert Table

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Team Blue

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Team Pink

Team Pink

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I am so thrilled we are having a boy!  I was so surprised; I was convinced until the minute I heard someone yell boy that it was a girl!  Now the struggle is coming up with a name.  We keep the name a secret until the baby is born, although this time we may not even be able to agree on a name until he is here!  For now we will call him “squirt.”

A Sofia the First Birthday Party

Last year for Savannah’s 1st birthday party we had a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme.  There were lots of homemade decorations that were adorable (thanks to my mom and her cricut).  It took quite a bit of time for both her and I to make the decorations and put them together, and they were only up for a few hours.  This year Savannah loved Sofia the First, so we decided to have that be the theme for her 2nd birthday, but I toned it down a little to save on time and stress.

We did put up some decorations, and my mother-in-law made adorable cake pops for the occasion.  I am so glad we didn’t do as much with decorations this year because the party was just as much fun, and I wasn’t as stressed!  I did make Savannah’s outfit again this year.  With more sewing experience, it wasn’t as stressful, although the embroidery portion was new to me!

Here are some pictures from the day

Reversible skirt and embroidered shirt made by mommy

Reversible skirt and embroidered shirt made by mommy

Embroidered Shirt

Embroidered Shirt

Sofia the First background scene

Sofia the First background scene

Gift table

Gift table

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Cake pops

Cake pops

Walmart Sofia the First cake

Walmart Sofia the First cake

It down-poured that day, but fortunately most of the tables were set up in the garage.  We still had fun despite the rain.

At the end of presents, we had a special surprise for everyone.  It just happened to work out that Savannah wanted to sit with her grandmas by the time she got to her last few presents.  I embroidered a couple of shirts for her gift, so my mom helped her open them.

Grandmas helping open the last present

Grandmas helping open the last present

Grandma looks surprised, what could it be??

Grandma looks surprised, what could it be??

The other grandma is catching on

The other grandma is catching on

Showing the rest of the group

Showing the rest of the group

A baby is on the way!

A baby is on the way!

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Savannah's embroidered shirts from mommy

Savannah’s embroidered shirts from mommy

Thanks so my sister-in-law who was in on the secret, she was able to capture some great pictures of my mom and mother-in-law’s reactions.  I had my cell phone taking pictures as well, I just wish that I would have done a video instead!  The reactions from everyone were priceless!

Due with baby #2 February 2016!

My First Pregnancy

I wish I would have written about my first pregnancy sooner, like ohh 2 and a half years ago.  I definitely plan to write about my current pregnancy a little bit as it is happening.  I don’t remember a lot of little details, but I will summarize the things I do remember.

I got married September 29, 2012, and it was at that point that my husband and I decided we wouldn’t necessarily try to get pregnant, but we also wouldn’t do anything to prevent it.  October 12 came around and I was feeling SUPER exhausted.  I worked evening shift at the time, and I would have to set my alarm to wake up at 11 am.  I had a pregnancy test laying around, so I took it.  I was shocked to see a very faint second line.

First positive pregnancy test

First positive pregnancy test

I thought maybe I was seeing things, so I sent a text with a picture of the test to my sister.  She thought it was posititve, but she of course convinced me I needed to get a digital test to confirm.  On my way in to work that day, I stopped and picked up a digital.  I took it in the locker room at work and BAM…

Digital test confirmed it!

Digital test confirmed it!

At this point I was bursting with shock and excitement and nerves.  I was trying to come up with a cute way to tell the hubby my whole shift.  I stopped at Meijer on the way home and picked up a bib.  I put the bib and the digital test in the shopping bag and gave it to him.  He was of course asleep because he had to work the next morning.  He pulled the bib out and said “I don’t get it.”  I told him there was more in the bag, and that is when he found the positive test.  He was shocked too, but he seemed happy even through his sleepy eyes.  20121013_135241

I made a Dr appointment for a few days later, and they drew blood to confirm the pregnancy.  2 or so days after the appointment, the doctor’s office called and said they wanted me to have labs drawn again.  They said the lab levels were very low, so they weren’t sure I had a viable pregnancy.  I was so upset.  I cried, called in to work, and immediately went to the lab.  I stopped at my mom’s after, and I was visibly upset.  I had to tell her why I was crying.  It wasn’t exactly the way I had pictured telling her I was pregnant.  Fortunately a few days later the doctor’s office called saying that the lab had appropriately doubled.

When I was 7 weeks, I had really severe pain in my lower abdomen on one side.  I went to the ER, where they immediately wanted to rule out an ectopic pregnancy.  After the ultrasound, the Dr came in and said the pregnancy was intrauterine, and that it appeared there were two yolk sacs.  In one there was a fetal pole with a heartbeat, but there was nothing in the other.  She said I may be having twins, but only one was developed at that point, and only time would tell if the second one develop as well.  She thought the pain I was having was round ligament pain, and that I was probably experiencing it early because of the 2 yolk sacs.  By my first OB appointment, the second sac had reabsorbed.

Throughout the first trimester, I would have occasional bouts of nausea, and I vomited every time I brushed my teeth (yuck!)  I was extremely tired too.  Just when I thought the second trimester would be better, I was struck with sciatica.  My exhaustion improved a little, but I continued to get sick when brushing my teeth.  The doctor recommended physical therapy for the sciatic pain, but it continued throughout the entire pregnancy.  My leg would give out unexpectedly, and I would get stuck in sitting and lying positions occasionally.  Overall, I tried not to let my discomfort hold me back.  We went on a cruise when I was 24 weeks and had a great time!

Carribean Cruise at 24 weeks

Carribean Cruise at 24 weeks

It took a couple of attempts to find out the gender of the baby.  At my first anatomy scan, the ultrasound tech wasn’t sure, but said if she had to guess, she would guess girl.  At the next ultrasound, the tech confirmed we would be having a baby girl.

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At around 28 weeks, I started having some painful cramping that would come and go.  At L&D triage, they found that I was contracting pretty regularly.  My OB put me on “modified bed rest” for 2 weeks.  I was instructed to spend most of the time sitting with my feet up, but I was allowed to take occasional short trips out of the house.  After 2 weeks, she checked me and found that I had no cervical change, so she allowed me to return to work doing 4 hour shifts instead of 8.  I continued that until the end of the pregnancy.

Savannah was a very active baby.  I felt movement constantly!  When she wouldn’t move for long periods of time, I would get concerned because that was very unusual for her.  I made several trips to triage for them to monitor her, but fortunately she was okay each time.

When I was around 36 weeks pregnant, I woke up with pain in my chest.  Whenever I took a deep breath, it felt like a knife was piercing my chest.  Even with shallow breaths I was in a lot of pain.  After talking with a nurse in triage, she recommended we go to the emergency room.  After a couple of scans and many uncomfortable hours, they diagnosed me with pleurisy.  I was offered a narcotic, which I declined.  Fortunately, the pain got a little better each day.

My doctor decided to induce me at 38 weeks because I had high blood pressure.  I was scheduled to go in on the evening of June 11.

The rest of the story will be continued when I write the post about my labor and delivery.

37 weeks pregnant

37 weeks pregnant