I planned on writing our birth story while it was still so fresh in my mind, but you know…newborn life is unpredictable. So here it is.
December 6, 2018 39 weeks pregnant on the dot. We have a scheduled induction to be at the hospital at 11am. Of course the night before I had a hard time sleeping because it was like a kid on Christmas Eve. I was all sorts of excited, nervous, anxious but SO ready to not be pregnant anymore and meet my fourth and final baby. So I wake up that morning, fed Raegan breakfast and cleaned up the house one last time. Andy got back to pick us up so off we went. Dropped Raegan off to grandmas and headed for the hospital. The roads were icy so we ended up being a few minutes late but as it would turn out, I would be the only one there until the day I went home anyway.
Finally we arrive to the hospital safely and as I start getting vitals done I realize I’m pouring sweat from my entire body, thinking it was just a pregnancy hot flash I wasn’t concerned. But the nurse did not like my blood pressure one bit. It was high, my anxiety and nerves were also high but I was trying to play cool. Too bad vitals don’t lie lol. After a little while I calm down and so does my BP. At this point I’ve got an IV and fluids started and have been going over tons of questions and paperwork with the nurse for about an hour. When we finished that she went to call my OB and let her know I was there (ob was in the office doing appts) and the nurse was given instructions to go ahead and start the pitocin but to be VERY gentle with it until she got there later. I have a history of quick active labors lol. So we start the pit and keeps it pretty low. I start at 3cm dilated and 90% thinned. I was contracting every 2-3 mins on my own but they weren’t strong or being productive. Once the pit started to kick in I could tell they were getting bigger but it was just uncomfortable for me, not painful. I tried to nap to pass time and so I’d be energized for the big show later, but it was impossible. My husband couldn’t sit still so he was in and out of my room all day. I ended up scrolling Facebook, chatting the nurses ear off everytime she came in and texting with my dad. Not many people knew we were being induced. Then the amazing thing happened, I was told to order lunch from room service because apparently they let you eat while in labor now! 🙌 I ordered a philly steak sandwich and fries with a chocolate chip cookie! It was amazing.
As I mentioned before, I ended up being the only one in labor and delivery until the day I went home. So the nurse i had up until now was sent home and another nurse came in and took me over. She came in close to 4pm and let me know that my doctor was done at the office and on her way to the hospital. I was like cool, and then the nurse said “and when she gets here she will break your water”. My face went 😱, I know once she breaks my water that it’s go time and my smooth sailing uncomfortable contractions were about to get painful and there would be a baby soon after!
Doc gets to the hospital like really quick after that (she called from the car already on her way lol) and she gives the cervix a check. Still 3cm and 90%. Nurse kicks up the pit a little bit, dr ruptures sac…no fluid. She does it again and still no fluid. She says wait a little and see if any comes out, as she went to do some paperwork quick and catch a nap before it was delivery time. Eh, I order some dinner real quick while I still can. Guess what, now my contractions are on top of each other and went from uncomfortable to painful, like a 5-6 on a scale of 1-10. I call the nurse in and ask her when would be a good time to grab that epidural up. I’ve never had time to get an epidural with my other 3 babies…so I figured if I wanted to give it a go this time I better get the ball rolling. She checks (about an hour I’d say from the water breaking) and I’ve gone from 3cm to 5cm! She turned the pit down a little bit because I was contracting so hard and no break between them. Finallllly we know for sure the dr actually broke my water because I sneezed and there was the fluid. All clear. While the nurse talked to the dr about an epidural for me and called the anesthesiologist to come up, my food arrived and I tried to scarf that down while I had a chance and during some painful contractions.
Dr says it’s ok to get an epidural, the anesthesiologist gets in there, now it’s shift change and a new nurse is coming in with her student nurse. I’m nervous as all get out to get this epidural because it’s an experience I’ve never had before and I’m scared what could happen having them all up in my spine. But I try to be calm, I crouch over and hug the life out of that pillow, my chin could not be any more close to my chest and breaaaath. He numbs my back, it stings a little bit…well then he goes to start and it wasn’t numb enough so he did it again. I’m sitting here trying so hard to focus and breath and stay so still, then I feel this huge zap in my leg (personally I think he hit a nerve for a second) and it tingles away, he keeps going I’m just hating the whole process so far. It feels like my bones were being scrapped away and my husband tried to tell me what he saw and I refused to let him because I don’t want to know how it went down. Lol. Then there was one teensy moment where I jumped just a smidge but he was able to successfully get the epidural done and soon my entire bottom half was numb and dead weight. This was after 6pm.
Now im feeling no pain at all. Once in a while I’ll feel the tightness of a contraction but I’m definitely relaxing and not resisting contractions. So they let me rest for a while and then I notice I’m shivering and I wasn’t cold. I’ve had that after giving birth but not before. Well, it was my body in transition and after a couple of hours from getting the epidural the nurse checks my cervix and she says “well I don’t feel a cervix so you my dear are complete! Let me go get dr”. I went from 5cm and 90% thinned to complete 😱 it’s time to have a baby.
I’m still 100% numb from mid belly down, but I’m starting to feel the pressure which I know is time to push. The nurses and dr come in the room and get everything set up for delivery and the baby. Dr says when you feel a contraction go ahead and push! I’ve got the nurse on my right side holding my leg, Andy on the left side holding that leg (fun fact my left leg felt heavier than my right) and I give my first push, and then take a little break until the next contraction. We are all just talking and laughing, totally different than my other deliveries as I was in too much pain to talk and laugh. Give a couple more pushes and then dr says to stop real quick so she can get the cord off of baby’s neck. Another push or two and she’s out! The dr tells me to grab her and I pull her up on to my chest and she’s so warm and she didn’t want to give us a good cry so we had to mess with her. Daddy cut the cord and snapped a few pictures. I immediately went for skin to skin with her for a while and then I wanted to know her stats so I let the nurse weigh her and measure her. She really let her voice be heard then! Lol. 6 pounds 14 ounces, 19 inches at 9:19pm our beautiful tiny girl was finally here in my arms. As soon as the nurse handed her back to me baby was rooting and went straight to the breast which she stayed nursing for an hour!! We were still in the delivery room as I had to finish the bag of pit to help my uterus. As I learned, the more babies you have, the heavier and lazier your uterus gets so contracting back down after birth can be difficult. I also had to wait until my epidural wore off to be able to get out of bed. The nurse was coming in and “massaging” my uterus pretty often and then realized my bleeding had picked up a bit. So I was getting a shot in my thigh to help slow it down.
After 11pm, the baby had been cleaned up and gotten her footprints done, the pit was out and my epidural had wore off. I tried to use the restroom but couldn’t, so we slowly walked from the delivery room to my stay room. Andy was hungry so he ran out to grab something to eat and Anniston started a nursing frenzy that would last the rest of the time we were in the hospital. Finally around 1:30am I had gotten her all fed and asleep. They came to get her for her hearing test and I told them they could just bring her back when she woke up to eat again. It was after 2am before I could fall asleep, but I could stay asleep between vitals and my husband snoring so loudly non stop and I was anticipating them bringing baby back in any second. I slept 2 broken hours and was up at 4am and they finally brought her back at 5am. The rest of our stay was mostly me nursing the baby constantly and trying to get rid of a killer headache that came from not sleeping and I think all my nerves. We went home 48hrs later and it’s been a huge adjustment since, with the older 3 kids, a newborn and me recovering. But I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.
Anniston is the perfect addition to our family and I’m glad God knew we needed her to complete our family when we thought we were done before her. ♥️