Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Birthing Baby Number 5 (part two)

Wait! Stop! Did you read part one? If not, you can do that here.

The pain was so intense and it completely took me by surprise.  I know that sounds dumb as you read it, but I had decided on the epidural and figured I would be okay.  So, I asked the nurse why I was in so much pain.  She said the epidural should be working.  I screamed through a couple more contractions.  More pain.  Crazy pain and then I started...


"Why am I in so much pain?"
Mind you it is early the next morning, I haven't slept, I am dehydrated and still getting over being sick.  The nurse is just staring at the monitor, but my dad is starting to get upset.  He felt so bad for me and was so sweet, but could not understand what was wrong.
Finally the nurse that gave me my epidural comes in and gives me another dose of medication through my epidural.  I wait for relief and get absolutely nothing.  Still intense pain.
As a result of all my yelling, the nurse comes in with a giant needle filled with demerol and says she is going to give it to me as long as my baby is awake.
And of course, my little baby is asleep.
The nurse jiggles my stomach to wake up the baby as I am having contractions.
The epidural guy is just kind of standing there watching all this and decides it hurts so bad because the baby is making her way down, since I am carrying so "high".

I am exhausted and this all sounds crazy.  I start thinking, wait this baby is probably ready to come out.  I again tell the nurse how bad the pain is and tell her the baby is pushing on my rectum.
So after over an hour of being in this intense pain she decides to check me.

She looks, screams and yells, "you are going to have this baby in one minute!"

The nurse runs out of the room and comes back in seconds with my doctor.
My doctor takes one look at me and tells the nurse, "I told you she goes quick!"

He then tells me if I push once the baby will come out.  I tell him I simply cannot and I start thinking about how quickly they could do a c-section.

The nurse tells me to pull my legs to my chest.
Was she serious?
It is almost 3 in the morning and I am in intense pain and you want me to pull my legs to my chest?
Say what?
It is then that I realize I can't feel my legs at all and they gave me a serious amount of medicine through my epidural.  Thank God, 2 nurses come and hold my legs up.
But, I still can't imagine pushing.  What does the nurse say?
My most hated thing.
"Honey, you can't have a baby if you don't push."
Big, giant DUH!
So, I push and she comes right out.
I can only half see her because I am so high up.  And she doesn't cry, but whimpers like a little kitten.  I pull myself up and I can kind of see her.
She looks big.  She looks good.  I am so happy and then I start to fall asleep.  I was sooo tired.  And once again, I am just too wiped out to hold my baby.  My dad takes the baby and the nurse instructs him to sit in the rocking chair and not to get up.  My little baby, I can tell, does not know my dad's voice, like she would have known my husbands, but my dad sits with her for well over an hour and talks quietly to her.  He is good like that, because it is now after 3 in the morning and he must be tired.  I fade in and out and the nurse tells me thank God my baby was sleeping when she was going to give me that needle, because all the medicine would of went straight to the baby because she was ready to come out.  I am immensely relieved and thankful.
The nurse gets me a private room because I had been sick and the fun begins.  If you don't already know, I love being in the hospital.
The kids were able to visit with my husband and my mom and Aunt S.
And now we have our 3rd little girl.  Life is good.  God is good.  all. the. time.
    The view from my delivery bed.

   My little girl all clean and cozy.

 She slept most of the time in the hospital.

  The delicious, healthy buffet every morning- gosh I miss that.

My big room all to myself.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Today is Monday {linky}

We went on vacation last week.
Vacation on the beach.
We went to Davis Park.
It is part of an island of beaches off of Long Island and we had an awesome time.
I have some pictures to share, but will do that one day this week.
We are unpacked, but I am starting to think about the things the kids will need in the fall for school.  I know it is kind of early, but lists need to be made.  And we have another great vacation coming up in August.  Lots to be thankful for and lots to do.

 Here is our little girl's first day at the beach.  It was a little crazy, but we will do it again.

 Her big brother loves to gives her lots of love- not sure if she always "loves" it though.

 And the boys in their natural habitat.  They love the beach.  Time for digging holes and

jumping waves.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Today is Monday {linky}

We are going here this week.
A great beach house on Fire Island.
Thanks to my mom.
And we are thrilled.
I love the beach.  That is an understatement.  I really love the beach.

Can't wait to be on the sand, dig with the kids, swim, sit on the deck, get ice cream and bbq.
All with my mom, my brother and his wife.
What a blessing.

These lounge chairs are calling my name.

So is this deck.

And if it rains, box games and lounging sound terrific.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Birthing Baby Number Five (Part One)

I think moms have an idea in their heads of how their birth will go.  What hospital, who will be there and the level of pain they might experience...  And then it happens and it is totally different than what they thought.  That is what happened to me.

I had a great pregnancy, other than having bronchitis for the first time in my adult life.

And as spring came, we planned for our baby girl.
The hospital was set.
The same hospital I delivered my others in.
My doctor ready to take me in and watching me, checking my progress.
Babysitters lined up and maybe my mom would be in the delivery room this time.

Then one week...
My youngest gets the stomach bug.  I stay up with him all night- pretty standard for a sick kid throwing up in our house.  And then the strangest thing happened.... I got it!  And when I tell you I never get the stomach virus- I never get it, but this time... I got it.  I was sending my husband off to work and was crying.  He asked me what I want.  To which I replied, "I want my mommmmmm".  My eldest called her right up and true to form, my mom called out of work and was here- fast.  Just because she is great like that.  She took care of me and Brian, while the others went to school and work.  And slowly, all the others started getting the same bug.  And Aunt S had to come over and then my mother in law.
And you guessed it, we passed it to my mom and my mom in law.  And they usually don't get sick.

My appointment was for that Thursday.  The doctor planned on checking me and deciding when I should be induced.  Since I had my third child at home unexpectedly, we knew I would go in a little early.
I was over the stomach thing, but trying to recover.  I was dehydrated, forcing myself to eat and drink whatever I could.
By the time my appointment came, the husband was pretty sick.  Couldn't get out of bed sick and my mom (who never gets sick) was down and out too.  The only answer was my dad would have to take me.  He was great about it, picked me up and drove me to my doctor, where my doctor said, "You need to be admitted tonight to have this baby!"
I kind of expected it, but was anxious with all we needed to do.  The doctor felt I was too dilated and too "soft" to wait another day.  I went home to let everyone know, have some soup and prepare to meet my doctor at the hospital.
And my coach?  After having four kids with my great husband, this time it would have to be my dad in the waiting room!  I was sad, but knew it had to be done and was so excited to meet my little girl.
The doctor told me to go to a hospital I had never delivered at before, because he already had patients there waiting to deliver.  I was supposed to be there at 6, but of course, in true chatty mommy fashion, was there at 7.  This worked out because the doc was supposed to be there at 8 and didn't get there till 10:30 pm.  I enjoyed this time with my dad, talking (probably too loud, because we are both loud).  The nurse monitored me and gave me fluids to make up for me being so dehydrated.  She was nice, but not that nice.  She let me know she didn't think I was going to be admitted and would be sent home.
I explained to her that my son had been unexpectedly born at home, but she didn't think this was a big deal and told me that it might never happen again and she didn't think my contractions were strong enough.  (Sweet woman)
In walks my Dr.- he told the nurse to admit me.  I was on my way!
I was given pitocin- to help speed up contractions.  I got an epidural.  My birthing plan was underway.  Usually as soon as I have an epidural, I can relax and give birth relatively fast.  I was honestly looking for low pain this time, though I usually have a high threshold for pain.  The man who gave me the epidural was wonderful.  And then the nurse?  Maybe not so much.  She started to laugh and said she didn't know why my doctor said I would go fast, she figured I would take all night.  And then I started to be in serious pain....

Read part two here.
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Monday, July 1, 2013

Today is Monday {linky} / Daybook Entry


Outside my window... rainy with the sun trying to peek through.

I am thinking... I can't go another day without getting my haircut.

I am thankful... for being off with my kids.

In the kitchen... bacon and eggs.

I am wearing... capri sweats that now have 2 holes...  garbage perhaps?  And a green tee with too many stains.  Someone needs to invest in some real jammies.

I am creating...  a fourth of July wreath?  Will it be in time?

I am going...  food shopping- it's Monday- duh :)

I am wondering... what to make for meals this week.

I am reading... the Bible in a year and waiting for some books to come in the mail and from the library.  Including the new Duggar book!

I am hoping... to make a visible difference in my room today.

I am looking forward to... My brother and sister-in-law coming to NY!

I am learning... to make lists.

Around the house... dishes, wash, cleaning, organizing

I am pondering...  How one baby girl can have so many clothes in 3-6 months?  (and other major concerns around the world)

A favorite quote for today... uuhhh...  "Don't put off tomorrow, what you can do today"

One of my favorite things... coconut ice, ice pops, but never coconut water- yuck.

A few plans for the rest of the week: beach, pool, family, repeat...

A peek into my day... (working on birth announcements)

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What is going on by you?
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