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Monday, August 9, 2010

She's Here!

Wow, what a ride that pregnancy was! Now that she's been out of me for three weeks, the memories of that tough pregnancy are already fading.

Of course, what tough pregnancy would be complete without a tough delivery? Here's my birth story:

Friday, July 16th was my due date and nothing was happening so my OB swept my membranes to try to stir things up. She then sent me to L&D for a non-stress test because my blood pressure was up. I was contracting every 10 minutes in the hospital, but they weren't productive so they sent me home. The next day (Sat.) my doc's office called and asked me to come in since I wasn't in labor yet. So I went in and the midwife (a friend of mine) swept my membranes again, this time very vigorously and announced that she'd see me tonight because I had major bloody show and contracted on the table. Sure enough, I started to contract regularly that afternoon, every 10 minutes and getting uncomfortable. At 9:00 that night I was lying on my side and felt a pop. I got up and went to the bathroom to check if my water broke, but nothing came out. So I went back to bed and 15 minutes later felt a GUSH. Luckily I was able to get out of bed before ruining the mattress! Then, when I was cleaning up I saw that the fluid was not clear as I had expected, but greenish. Knew this meant meconium, so I called my midwife and was told to go straight to the hospital. We packed up Miya, dropped her off at a friend's, and got to the hospital about an hour later. By then I was contracting every 10 minutes, but they were painful.

In the hospital, I kept going every 10 minutes, with no change, so they told me to prepare for a long night and recommended I try Morphine to get some sleep and calm the uterus. They called it a Morphine Induction. Then the on call OB walked in and tried to talk me out of a VBAC and onto his OR table! I was so crushed, because my OB was not there to support me and being afraid of the unknown, I was having second thoughts. But then my midwife came in and reminded me why I wanted to VBAC and told me there was no reason I couldn't still go for it and that renewed our faith. Then she went and fought with the OB and basically took responsibility for me herself and kicked him off my case! That woman has balls!!!

So I woke up from my morphine stupor having not slept much, feeling every contraction. But they were still 10 minutes apart, and we were getting discouraged because we were on the clock from my ruptured membranes. I told the nurses I was sick of being in bed and stuck on monitors and that I needed to walk to get things going. They agreed to put me on wireless monitors and let me walk the halls. Within 5 minutes, I was contracting every 2 minutes and they were very painful!!! That marked the start of hard labor, which got worse and worse, until I was having two contractions on top of each other and very little break between. I made it four hours before I started talking about the epidural. My midwife checked me and I was only at 4cm, so  agreed to go another two hours to try to get to 6cm. Well, after an hour I was a crazy woman and both Siena and I were both tachycardic, so they agreed to do the epidural. She then check me and I'd gone from 4cm to 6-7cm in that hour! One hour after the epidural I was fully dilated and ready to push. For some reason the epidural blocked much of the pain, but none of the pressure, so I was able to feel my contractions and know when to push and she crowned in less than an hour! Then it got suddenly painful and I guess she was stuck at the crowning phase. I had to balance pushing gently, but effectively enough to get her out - it was so intense and much more painful than I expected given the epidural. But finally, she came out, with her hand up by her face and the cord wrapped around her neck three times and once around her body! Because of her hand position, I tore in two places and bruised my tailbone. She came out blue and quiet, but within a few seconds on her way to the warming table, we heard that first cry. They had the NICU and a pediatrician and all these support people in there - as well as the grumpy anti-VBAC doc, who was told to sit in a chair for the birth (haha). It was quite a crowd! It took forever to get me stitched, and I didn't have the distraction of a baby on my belly because they were checking her out to make sure she had no meconium in her lungs, so I just chatted with my midwife friend while she stitched me back together.

It was such a scary and intense experience, but I'm so glad we did it. The whole time I was in recovery, people kept stopping in and saying "So YOU'RE the successful VBAC...great job!". I felt like super woman!

 Recovery has been slow, but much better than the c-section.  Hoping to feel like "me" again by that six week mark!

And here she is!!! Welcome Siena Michaela!

Friday, July 16, 2010

40 Weeks - The Due Date

So here we are. Never thought I'd go all the way to the due date (and beyond?)! Made a little progress in the last week. Now standing at 2-3cm, mostly effaced and -1 station. That's one LOW baby! Still pretty miserable, but fighting the urge to cry c-section! As it is, we're scheduled for July 21st if things don't happen naturally. That's five days away! The OB said she's not sure I'll make it past the weekend, so here's hoping!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

39 weeks - Get her out of me already!

I'm done. My head hurts all the time, I'm swollen up like Fred Flinstone, my blood pressure keeps rising and one of my midwives (the one I don't really care for, but always wind up having to see) keeps telling me I'm fine...I wanna smack that look of false sympathy right off her smug face!

I've been dilated to 1cm for three weeks, about 30% effaced and baby is low. This means I'm walking around feeling as if I'm supporting a bowling ball in my pelvis! With 3-5 trips a night to the bathroom, sound sleep has become a distant memory, and with Gabe at work and no school or camp to occupy Miya, I am ON duty all day long...so no naps for mama. Not that I'm being a super mommy or anything. Poor kid is sitting out on this beautiful summer with me, missing all the fun activities we'd normally be doing. Oye, the guilt....!

On the plus side, I've had two contractions since writing this entry - but I'm told that since they are not painful, they are not doing anything. Lost the rest of my plug (I know, you were dying to ehar this news) this morning, so that should mean I go any day now!

Here's a couple of pics of my "growth". Weight gain stands at 38 pounds (oops) and yes, that means I am heavier than Gabe - sweet. Hopefully, the next post will be MUCH HAPPIER!

Friday, June 18, 2010

36 weeks - ready to go!

Things seem to be falling into place perfectly this time around! Baby is head down and in position, Group B Strep is negative (was positive with Miya), and I'm already dilated 1cm! I'm feeling large and tired, but good and encouraged that I'll be successful with this VBAC.

Here's the belly - not too much bigger this week, but I've dropped a bit!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

34+ weeks...growth spurt!

Anemia, low platelets, swollen feet, oh my. Still trucking along!

Here's the latest belly shot - I've grown!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

32 Weeks - Home Stretch!

I don't remember already feeling DONE with pregnancy by this time with Miya, but I am SO there! I'm a mess of hip pain, rib pain, night time potty runs, and exhaustion. And at 23 pounds weight gain, I'm heavier than I've ever been in my life and closing in on Gabe's weight rapidly! Let's face it, I'm not a happy, glowy preggo by any stretch of the imagination. So thank goodness I have a maximum of 8 weeks left being pregnant for my entire life! Notice, I'm not even leaving the possibility of going past due open - uh uh, not going to happen!

As for the Hyperemesis (Oh yeah, this is an HG blog!), the nausea has crept back in a bit, but is still well controlled with my meds. Still taking small doses of Zofran, as well as nightly Unisom and B6 - which is thankfully helping me to sleep and fall back asleep after the many potty runs.

Well, here's my belly in all its glory. Just about time to make that belly cast (Gabe got me a kit for Christmas)!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

28 week belly shot

Almost time for some formal preggo photos. I need to figure out how to arrange and shoot my own preggo session!