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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

evaleigh's birth story ((long post warning))

if you don't like birth stories, sorry. i love them. and i love to share them. so if you don't like them. i just wouldn't read this post. :) i'll do my best to get it short and sweet and to the point. and hopefully it doesn't take me too many attempts to finish it!!

so. the beginning. i actually was having a few contractions during the night/early morning wednesday. nothing major. but i was feeling them. i was in awful pain from my carpal tunnel as well...so maybe it deferred the pain of the contraction. i pretty much got up at 330 that morning. and finally got out of bed at around 430/500 i think. we left for the hospital a bit early to stop and get some breakfast on the way. i used up the milk the day before so i couldn't eat the cereal i had wanted!!

we got to the hospital and all checked in. the nurse hooked me up to the monitors soon after. and the contractions were started soon after. i was actually contracting on my OWN!! they were uncomfortable but nothing painful. my doctor came in around 815 to 'get started'. she noticed i was having contractions and that they were a bit 'good'. and said that maybe we'd just break my water right away depending on my progress. when she checked me i was 4cm dialated and 'paper thin'. so i had made quite a bit of progress on my own. ((my doctor's appt the week before i was 3cm and 60%)) she decided to give me only 1cc of the gel. because she thought if she gave me more than that it'd really overwhelm me. and that i could technically say i went into labor on my own. :)

the 1cc of gel was enough to bring the contractions more regular and a bit stronger. after laying in bed for the mandatory hour i was able to walk around. i wish they had a 'track' to walk around. it's so boring walking and turning around back the same way you came. plus with some remodeling they did, it got rid of a window that shaun and i liked to look out during our 'walks', so shaun was bummed too!! when i walked though i kept getting a weird cramp in my butt and leg. so my walks were short to rest that. it was nice when i walked though because my  carpal tunnel didn't hurt as bad. sitting in bed it hurt.

my nurse did get me some nice ice packs, so i was able to ice up. i didn't bring mine and was praying i wouldn't have to deal with it anyways. i did wear my wrist braces though during much of my labor. my doctor came in again around 1130 to check me. i was about 5cm at that point. it didn't feel like much progress honestly. but i did think woo hoo...HALF WAY!!

the nurse always had a hard time checking heart tones on miss evaleigh if i wasn't laying in bed. she was SO active during my labor. the most active out of any of my kiddos. but it also made the contractions hurt more. not only was my belly tighter than tight...but i was being kicked on it too. at one point the nurse was concerned with her heart rate though. it kept jumping up into the 170's to high 180's and staying there a bit. so she called my dr to let her know and my doctor had her start an IV port in case i needed fluids. the nurse was pretty sure the heart rate went up so much because of all evaleigh's activity though. plus it did go back down after a small bit...one nice thing though right before the IV was started...

my sister and the chiropractor were able to come and visit me. my carpal tunnel was pretty bad at that point and it was SO nice to have the 'connections' to have her come and adjust me during labor! it honestly helped tremendously. and she came just in time because as she finished up the nurse came with the IV port thing. amy and jamie stayed a bit and the contractions were for sure regular and more painful. not being able to talk through them at all. my nurse was telling me all about the amount of mother's coming in to have babies (they weren't busy that morning but got a ton busier as the day progressed) so she asked if i had any 'requests' for my night nurse (3:00 shift) being there four times in the past few years i knew a lot of the nurses i liked and i requested any of them or my cousin's wife, ryan.

at about 150 i decided i wanted some nubain. it took my nurse awhile to come in but around 210 she came in with some nubain...and ryan. and told me ryan would be starting with me then. ryan checked me before giving the nubain. i was only 6cm. i think i got the nubain in around 220. it helped me get the 'edge' off the contractions, and honestly helped me relax. i could feel myself getting really tense and just needed the drug to help me get back into 'mode'. the nubain really only worked for a few contractions. and then i felt the urge. i couldn't believe it since i had only been 6cm literally minutes before. ryan was still in the room and checked me again. i was 9!! and had a little 'edge' left. so she called in my doctor to let her know.

that's when everything went crazy. all of a sudden my back was killing me. it hurt more than the contractions did. it hurt so bad. i couldn't lay still, yet wanted to because of the pain. and plus i needed to push, but couldn't quite  yet. ryan was a total Godsend. i told her my back was hurting and she rubbed it for me right where it needed to be rubbed. and that helped me concentrate on my breathing and 'not' pushing. when the doctor came in the pain was more excruciating. like i felt like quitting. ((isn't that funny? i mean really quitting? don't think that was going to happen!))

when i tried laying on my back to push. it was AWFUL. the pain was unbearable in my back. they had me roll on my left side to try and push. that didn't help any, but it didn't hurt any worse either. when i pushed it hurt worse on my back, but i had to push to get rid of the pain as well. i held on to shaun with one arm and the bed rail with the other and tried to push with all my might. as miss evaleigh's head came down, we realized where all this pain was coming from. she was face down instead of face up.

i heard my doctor telling the intern see the hair and how it doesn't end...that's not a forehead. lol. i actually giggle about it now, at the time i don't even know if i cared. all i wanted was my baby girl OUT! my doctor suggested trying to roll over again, as sometimes this helps aiding in the baby flipping and it'd be easier to push. i was all for anything. i tried to roll to my right side but couldn't. i stayed on my back. my contractions were literally one right after the other. super super fast and strong. my doctor even tried letting me rest during one instead of pushing, but my body had to push. so i kept on pushing. i don't even know how long i pushed on my back but i remember all of a sudden there was a baby. ((my  mind may just be trying to block it all out!))

as soon as she was born. the pain was gone. and this sweet little baby was staring back at me! (please forgive the non-editing of the pictures. i have only had time to edit one picture!)
miss evaleigh jo faith was born at 3:18pm on 7/7/10
8lbs 13ounces
20.5 inches long
((head circumfrence of 36cm...it's big apparently))

i was super excited because shaun cut the cord again. he had only done dustin's previously. we had talked about me doing it. but i don't know if i had the strength to even do it at that point. i was bawling because it was finally 'over' and i finally was holding my baby girl. i also bawled a lot during the delivery. it was my 'loudest' i'm sure. but the pain was also the worst out of any delivery. labor wasn't bad. delivery...that was awful.

i ended up only needing stitches where i've already had them, so that wasn't too bad. but because of her coming out 'sunny side up' ((nothing SUNNY about it!)) my tailbone was also super sore. and still is. which is why it's taken me a week to blog her birth!! it hurts to sit on the chair by the desk for too long. i'm praying that it gets better soon!

overall though. so worth it. i mean even the awful pain. i've got my baby girl and couldn't be more blessed. it's a great ending to the awful year we had leading up to it. as i birthed her i thought about the two babies before her that we have yet to meet. and how she wouldn't be here had they been here. (of course i would've taken them in a heartbeat...well i think you know what i mean) every time i look into her deep blue eyes i'm reminded of God's faithfulness through all of it. and i'd say He has been oh so faithful. and i'm so excited to share with her as she gets older the story of her getting to be here, and why she has two middle names. and why one of them is faith. faith has gotten us here. no doubt.

okay some more pictures now. :) here is us after she was born.
shaun i think still has the 'deer in the headlight' look. he said i completely freaked him out during labor. after i said that was awful awful awful. he said. i had to watch it. i love him!! ((i also couldn't figure out for a bit why my right arm was so sore and felt strained. then i did. it was because i was clinging and grabbing him so hard. he didn't have bruises, but i'm surprised. i actually had finger nail marks in my legs for hours after delivery! so i'm sure he had finger nail marks in his shoulder))

the next day i was able to wear my 'hot mama gown'. i didn't want to get it all 'gross' during labor. i was excited to wear it and feel all pretty. and pretty i felt.
i was blessed to get the gown for a review for my blog. i purchased the matching swaddling blanket because i'm anal like that!

the hot mama gown is made out of 100% organic cotton. i really didn't think that mattered much. til i put it on. it's so soft. and comfortable. i loved wearing it. it also buttons completely up and down the back. and has super convienent nursing access. i never felt like i was showing everyone my entire chest while nursing. ((which sometimes feels like it happens in a hospital gown))

the nurses all loved the gown too. and i felt sort of like a celebrity when we took a walk in the hallway and the nurses were 'ohh-ing and ahhing' about the gown. i guess it was cool to feel 'cool'. i know that sounds funny. but sometimes after the baby is born...the baby is the one who gets all the new attention. so it was fun to get some attention. maybe i'm just being goofy. but oh well!

it's also fun because it looks like a nightgown. so i can wear it at home and feel all pretty and get more use out of it than just at the hospital. i don't think this is a 'need' to have...but it's a for sure 'want' to have for the hospital. and i think totally worth the splurge. how often as moms do we do something for oursevles anyways? this is one treat for yourself...and it makes you feel pretty after labor. or even during labor if you wanted. i think it's totally worth every single penny you'd spend!

the kids of course also loved meeting evaleigh. the girls fell in love with her and dustin did too! he even rocked her in the rocker. it was such a blessing to see the love for her. we managed to get a halfway decent family of SEVEN picture the second day at the hospital.
dustin didn't want to sit. caitlyn liked looking at her sister. amelya and breigh thought it was cool to stand on the back of the bed.

like i said i've only edited one picture...so i'll share that with you too...

today marks ONE WEEK! since miss evaleigh has entered our family. i can't imagine our family before her. has she completed it? i don't know. and i know God will tell us. i did say after she was born...i think she's trying to convince me five is enough! lol. we'll see. and really we have at least six weeks to worry about that. :0)

i know this post is already super long. but i'll say that evaleigh is my best sleeper ever!! the past two nights she's gotten up ONE TIME!! at around 3. and then again between 6 and 7.  so i get a ton of sleep. which is so nice considering i have four other kiddos to take care of during the day. so blessed!! yesterday was my first day as an official SAHM to five kiddos by myself. God blessed it by giving me an 'easy' day. i know there will be hard ones, but i'm thankful for the first one being easy!!

like i said i have a hard time sitting for long periods of time at the computer. the chair is just a folding chair. :) so i will try and catch up with all of you as soon as my bum can tolerate the chair again today! or tomorrow...

hope you're all doing well! thanks for the prayers and the well wishes and congrats. it truly truly truly blessed me to pieces!!

32 loving words from you.:

Ruth said...

Congrats!! You have a beautiful family.

Kelli said...

oh Amanda you bought tears to my eyes! You did an amazing job! Evaleigh is gorgeous and you look great in that Hot Mama Gown (i love mine too!)

thanks for sharing this with us!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

What a story! I felt like I was reading a suspense novel! I'm so glad your little girl is here and healthy and every one is doing great! How are your hands doing now? That gown is so pretty...I bet everyone did love it:)

-stephanie- said...

I love birth stories. Not loving that you went through so much pain though. Such a beautiful baby girl, and a beautiful family of 7.

Abby saw Dustin in the picture and said, "He sure got big!" She remembers him as the p-nut that he was when you were last here with the kiddos.

Amanda said...

Yay! I love birth stories. Adelyn was also "sunny side up", so I'm right there with you on the terrible back pain! I was very thankful for my epidural. You looked great in your Hot Mama gown! I may need to buy one for next time! Evaleigh is beautiful & yay for you getting some sleep! :)

Chari said...

congrats! She is beautiful! I hope she isn't your last one :-)

Kristin said...

I love birth stories. Thanks for giving me another one to read. Sorry about the pain, though. Are you hands back to normal now?

Aunt Stephy said...

Thank you so much for sharing Evaleigh's birth story...You made me cry. I have never seen a birth but yet I'd love too...But my sister Melissa can't have a natural birth. But thanks to this post I lived through one through you;) I love it! I can't wait to have my own children. It doesn't matter how much pain there is...I believe I was called to be a mommy just like you!!! God got you through it and he will do the same for me someday. You have a beautiful family! God Bless!

Kristin said...

I loved reading your story! You just never know, no matter how many you have, how they're going to turn out, huh?! I'm glad you're doing well. Evaleigh is so precious! Hope your tailbone feels better soon!

Bette said...

What a sweet baby. Congratulations. Your story brought back alot of memories from my last birth. I stayed home up until 1/2 before he was born. Probably not one of my brightest ideas.

zookeeperjess said...

She's so gorgeous! Congratulations! I love birth stories. My son was also sunny side up but we ended in a csection. Horrible horrible back labor and I literally feel your pain LOL.

congrats!

Stephanie said...

I'm so sorry the delivery was so painful, it sounded awful. Miss Evaleigh is gorgeous. I love the family picture. She is the calm among chaos.

April said...

Yay! Glad she made it out safely :) Sorry to hear about the back labor - having tailbone pain ALREADY, that sunny side up story makes me nervous.

Get some rest and feel better soon! Congratulations to the family!

Veronica said...

So glad to hear all is well! Can't believe she's been here a week already! She's beautiful and I'm so glad that you made it through! I'm with you on how labor's not fun but the end result is so worth it! God is good and I'm just so happy for you and your family! Love you and please do not worry about catching up with blogs right now! Just enjoy your sweet kiddos. I was the same way after Livvie came and I later realized that it was okay to be behind! Family comes first!!!

Jen said...

My oldest was sunny side up. As you said, that's a complete misnomer. It's a pain I'll never forget; and he's almost 14! LOL

Congrats again to your whole family; thanks for sharing that story.

Clementsville: Population of 4! said...

I love birth stories... so glad it went well and she's beautiful~~~

{:miss v:} said...

Congratulations on your new addition! She's beautiful as is your entire family!

Christy said...

Thanks for sharing! You're beautiful...oh, and the baby's cute, too ;)

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness! When I was pregnant with CAleb he was turned and the doctor literally put his hands in there and one on my stomach and turned him. It was scary!!!!!!!

I can't imagine the pain bc I only went through a little over it and it was horrible - I can't imagine it all the way through!

She's just beautiful and absolutely perfect! Hope you're beginning to feel better!!!!

Suzanne said...

Congratulations! Back labor is terrible. That is how Mason was and 19 1/2 hours of that is horrible. Great job and she is absolutely adorable. You are amazing!

Anna Gray said...

Congratulations!!!! Oh my goodness, she is adorable! I love here name too. Very pretty! =)

He & Me + 3 said...

OmGosh Amanda! She is beautiful and I love birth stories too. How cool for you to have an adjustment during labor...I could have used a few for sure during my labor and delivery.
Wow she is a big girl...but beautiful and so healthy looking. I love big babies. Mine were all over 8 pounds.
Gorgeous and Congrats. Love the first family picture too.

Alicia said...

I can imagine all the emotion that you had once she came out!! And isn't it amazing how all that pain just disappears???

She's beautiful, Amanda!!

Holly said...

Thank you for sharing her birth story! I've been wondering how you've been doing and how it all went. Sounds like there were a few round spots but she came in the end safely and beautiful!! I hope that the soreness goes away soon. Moms don't have time for stuff like that! :) And I'm glad she's been sleeping well too!

McCrakensx4 said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new addition...she is precious! Love the fam pic too...priceless! Hope all is well now that you have been home for a few weeks. Looking forward to seeing more of her. And I love birth stories too!

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

I'm sorry you had such a rough go. Sassy was a sunny side up baby also. I don't wish that on my enemies. :) I hope you're feeling better by now and finding your groove with 5 little ones.

Rachel said...

Congratulations my dear friend!!! What a birth story -- and a beautiful daughter. You are so blessed.

My Caleb was sunny-side up and flipped right before he was born. All I can say is OUCH!

I'll be praying for you over the next couple of weeks.

God's blessings to you.

Rachel

Benjamin & Jessi said...

She's just beautiful! Like all your babies! Congrats!! Hope you keep having great easy days with your five!
Blessings.

SMALLS said...

Congrats again! She's beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on another beautiful child. The pictures are great!

Lynn

Jess said...

Awww Im such a horrible friend! I had to pop in & give you the biggest CONGRATS ever! She is so beautiful!!!!

Jessi Dawn said...

Thank you for sharing your birth story. It blessed me. Praying God's richest grace on your beautiful family.

Blessings,
Jess