Birth story!!!

Ok guys buckle up this is a long one!

Ok birth story! So I was crazy busy at work for two days with everyone trying to get in to see me before I had the baby. I was joking with my clients saying they were going to put me into labor. Turns out they did hehe. I worked until about 9pm on Wednesday I had been feeling just kind of sick and odd for a few days before but didn’t think much of it because I hadn’t lost my mucus plug or anything. I got home and into bed and the contractions started. After about 30 mins I decided I better time them. They were every 4 mins lasting about 30 seconds. Not very painful though. I let J and K know that if they continued I would go to the hospital to get checked. Ricky and my mom were in a hurry for me to go but I honestly didn’t think it was real. I decided to drive myself because I didn’t want to wake the kids. I even went and picked up my mom to go with me lol. When I got there and was hooked up they were every 3 mins and starting to get a bit more painful. My dr was on vacation. Just my luck I thought. So a house dr came to check me I was 1 and 1/2 centimeters dilated but still not effaced much. They also did an ultrasound and he was still transverse! Ugggg. I asked if they would try to flip him and they said it was up to the on call dr but that they wouldn’t let me go home with contractions being so close together. I had 3 drs appointments the next day so I wanted to go home ASAP if I wasn’t in labor. They moved me to a regular room and I called J and K and told them they better try to get a flight that they didn’t seem like they were going to let me leave. Well since they live In Florida and they were having a hurricane it was a bit difficult finding a flight! The on call dr finally came to see me and I had never met her before she was very nice and said she would flip the baby! I didn’t really want the epidural but I was told I had to have it so I did. They flipped him super easy! This was now early Friday morning. They checked me again and I was now 2 centimeters still not dilated much. They came back about an hour later and I was 3 centimeters and dilated better. They also pumped me full of fluids so that basically stoped my contractions. I was still having them but very irregular and not painful at all. I let my epidural wear off. I begged to take out my catheter and to let me walk. No one wanted me to do that but after enough complaining my nurse agreed but only getting up to go to the bathroom. At this point every thing basically stoped. I was frustrated because they wouldn’t let me try to walk or do anything but literally set up in the hospital bed. I knew that wasn’t doing anything I asked to bounce on a birthing ball or anything the nurses said no. They decided to break my water hoping that would help. By this time J and K were on there way and should be arriving at the hospital about 4:00 pm my time. It took forever to break my water apparently it was thick. I’m not sure what time it was I quit looking. I was having super painful contractions like really bad and crazy crazy pressure. I kept telling the nurse I thought I was going to pee even though I knew I had a catheter in. They thought the baby was coming and wanted me to roll over. I wasn’t very nice and let them know I wasn’t freaking moving and if they wanted to check me they could look from the way I was laying or wait until the pain stopped. I finally rolled on my back once it was less painful. They checked me and couldn’t figure out why I was in so much pain with my contractions. They did give me a shot of epidural at this point. After the very next awful contraction I felt a huge gush of sweet sweet relief! It literally was instant happiness for me lol. I let the nurses know that something was coming out of me like crazy and I wasn’t sure what it was but that I now felt incredible! They looked and turns out I had another sack of water that hadn’t ruptured so that was all the pain I was feeling! At this point J and K had landed and said they were on their way. I was checked again by the next on call Dr and basically told if I didn’t start progressing and getting my contractions close together I would be getting a c section. I was pretty mad because I felt like they wouldn’t let me do anything to help get them going because I was confined to a bed! I let the epidural wear off yet again. Finally J and K arrived. Turns out they got lost and went to the wrong hospital! Oops. Then the night nurses came and I felt so much better the one nurse was so sweet I explained to her that no one would let me do anything to help speed this along and that I would do anything to avoid a c section if I could. These two women went and got peanut balls and had me in all kinds of crazy positions ALL night long! At about 4:30 my on call dr came in again and checked me she had a very puzzled look on her face and asked for the ultrasound machine again. I knew he had flipped again! Turns out he was now BREACH! J and K had went to another room to try to rest so they were not In there to hear all this. The Dr was very calm and said we had two options deliver him breach or do a c section. I figured it was an automatic c section! I had no idea she would do that. I very happily said I would like to still try to deliver naturally. She told me she was actually the only one in the whole practice that would do it!!! I truly believe everything happened the way it did for my benefit! What are the odds she was the only one who would be willing to and she just happens to be on call that night! Then the bad news came. She said if I wasn’t ready by 7am then she would do a c section anyway because she couldn’t wait forever. When she left I felt a bit defeated after all the work I had put in. The two night nurses assured me for the next two and a half hours they would do everything they could and that I wouldn’t be getting a c section. They came in religiously every 30 to 45 mins doing different things. J and K came back in the room after I had the nurses update them on the whole breach situation. I never looked at the clock I just kept praying and doing what they told me to do! I had two hard contractions and I knew it was time so I called them in to check me and sure enough I was over 10cm and fully ready to go! I burst into tears and so did the nurses. After 12 hours with them we had done it! We were all hugging and crying. I truly believe if they wouldn’t have been there to help me I would have had a c section I had no idea what to do! I asked the one nurse if she was also birth doula. She said no she just really likes to read and research things to help during delivery. I looked at the clock and it was a little after 6:30 am!!! The Dr came in had me give her a little push and they took me to the O.R. I guess just in case they needed an emergency c section. Once I got in there they moved me to a table. They were having a hard time so I just rolled on myself. Then the anesthesiologist freaked out and wanted to give me more meds! I said no absolutely not. I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to push because I couldn’t feel it and then I would be in trouble! So I told them if it’s an emergency just knock me out I don’t care but don’t give me any meds unless I have to have them. I only had to push 3 times and he came out! It was very weird seeing a butt first lol. It was pretty hard to get his head out. They had to shove a lot on my belly but he did come out fine. They had to lay him on me and he was having a hard time. They kept rubbing him and he wasn’t really doing anything. I freaked out and told them to just take him that he needed help. He was very purple and not crying. I couldn’t see once they took him to the warmer area but I was obviously upset and crying. J was so sweet and kept yelling over to me that he was breathing and just fine. Once he started crying and I could hear him I felt much better! I ended up only needing one or two stitches! I’ll count that as a win! He was born on 10/12/18 at 6:46 am! He was 6pounds 4 oz and 20 inches long!!! Turns out his legs were just fine the whole time! I was 37 weeks and 1 day. This was definitely my longest labor EVER. He was worth every single second of it. I’m pretty proud of myself for laboring for that long and for basically not having pain meds for most of the labor or pushing! It was so nice to go back to the room and be able to just get up and walk around right after! I got lots of love and baby snuggles when we were in the hospital. This was definitely a labor to remember. Thanks to everyone for all the love and support during this! I would also like to add I had no idea how rare or scary a breach delivery could be! The Dr was very comfortable and confident! We were lucky she was there and I know God had this all planned out just how it needed to be!

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37 weeks I may be in labor now!

So last night around 10 my contractions started and were about every 4 mins for an hour. By the time I got to the hospital they were every 3 mins and more painful. They dosed me with lots of fluids and slowed down the contractions until the on call dr could come because of course my dr is on vacation that’s my luck. The dr got here and she said we could try to turn him to see if he would engage and help me labor better. I was so happy to hear they were willing to turn him still. I got an epidural and he slid right down when the Dr moved him! So now we just wait to see if my contractions kick back in again. Let’s hope they do because J and K are on there way up! I’ll try to update when I can!

Happy 36 weeks!

We have almost made it!!! We have 4 weeks left at the most. I’m thinking more like 3 weeks! Today I had another acupuncture session. Baby B is still transverse I’m hoping he starts running out of room soon and decides to just go head down and stay that way. He still seems to have plenty of room to move and play because he does ALL the time! He’s quite the mover. It’s actually really fun to watch. We also had my ob appointment where she confirmed that he was definitely still transverse. I sadly already knew. Now I go to the dr every week!!!! Next week I have Three appointments. The acupuncturist then the ob then the specialist ultrasound! My Ob will be out of town next week so the other OB will check me. We picked a hospital so that’s exciting! I guess I need to pack a hospital bag now! I always feel like I have so much time and then I’m shocked thinking oh boy he could be here any time now! I’m so very excited for his mommy and daddy and to see their faces when they meet this sweet boy! I also can’t wait to see him and see how much hair he has! I’m sure I’m going to miss my little buddy but I’m also excited to sleep on my belly woohoo!!! I’ll post some fun pictures too!

34 weeks. Lots of news!

Well the last 4 weeks has been quite a whirlwind. During some of our ultrasounds baby B was measuring just a little behind in his legs. I didn’t think much of it but my dr decided to send us to a specialist just to make sure. She basically said worst case scenario would be dwarfism and best case would be he’s just short. Obviously that was not what anyone wanted to hear. We all want our babies to be as perfect as they can be. We had to schedule out the appointment for about a week or two after. Lucky they got us in pretty quickly! We were able to get great news this week that he looks just fine! Yes his legs are a little short but he seems just fine! What a relief this was for J and K! So we had our regular OB appointment today and he still looks good except for he won’t move to the head down position!!!! He likes to be transverse. He’s a stinker. So we will now be trying acupuncture! I’m also trying the warm on the bottom of my belly and the cold by his head to encourage him to move south! We still have time for him to get it together. Obviously I want to avoid a c section. I feel terrible and selfish sometimes saying that… obviously if it’s an emergency or nothing can be done then I just want him here safe and sound with his parents. I just know how hard it was physically and emotionally for me to heal after my one c section. It’s way more painful and takes a lot longer to get back to normal. So send me all the prayers and good vibes you guys have for a wonderful safe vaginal delivery! Exciting news J was able to feel baby B move around a bit! We tried to guess what part of his body it could possibly be! In all of his pictures he likes to keep his hands and feet right by his face! We’re actually impressed how he does it! He’s a little acrobat! So I have acupuncture next week then the next week A regular ob appointment. Then I go every week so at my 37 week we will have another growth scan at the specialist and then another ob appointment to check me! My dr will be out of the office for that appointment but will be back for the next one I believe! Oh we also did hospital tours while they were in town! That’s fun for them! I remember feeling excited to pick where I was having my baby. I wanted them to have the same experience that most get. Well I believe that’s all I have for right now. I’ll add some pictures for fun! kailynn wanted me to do a fun pose she said

Happy 30 weeks!

Can you guys believe it!!! Pregnancy number 5 is almost over!!!! Here comes sad Rashel…. I just want to be pregnant forever and give all the babies to wonderful loving homes! I am excited to have a dirty martini after though! Who wants to bring me one in the hospital lol??? It’s so exciting because now is when all the fun starts happening! Braxton-Hicks, walking, mucus plugs etc etc. I’m going to the dr Every two weeks and then it will be every week! Baby B is little Mr. active! We are having lots of fun kicking and playing and making my belly look super weird lol. Im having lots of stretching ligaments! Ouch. I’m feeling the third trimester for sure! Peeing 7 times a night and walking and running out of air 😂 taking a shower and needing to lay down for a break before getting dressed! It’s all part of the fun! I have to say this sweet baby B has been so wonderful to me. He’s a real fun little guy. I’ve also been lucky and still haven’t gained any weight! I’m just all belly. To be fair I don’t normally gain weight really anyway. Maybe 5 to 10 pounds. I was already in the higher side of my weight then I wanted to be anyway. Before anyone asks yes I eat! A lot! Ask the girls I work with or Ricky who goes on late night Taco Bell runs or McDonald’s! I’m still eating lots of ice too! I love it!!! J and K are going on an exciting trip to Europe for 14 days!!! Happy babymoon to them! I can’t lie I’m super jealous. One day I will go and it will be great! Ricky has been taking all my pregnancy pictures for the most part so this week he decided he just had to recreate my perfect pose…. I still think I look better then him! Sometimes he can be pretty funny though. Here is to my last 9/10 weeks!!!!

29 weeks!

We are now 29 weeks. I’m doing great and feeling great! We have had a busy summer and now my kids are back to school! We had the sugar test last week and great news all came back fine! Things are definitely starting to get exciting now. I go to the dr every two weeks now! Baby B is a real wiggle worm these days! He likes to bounce and play. I’m so excited for these last few months. The end is always my favorite part. Minus the peeing all night and getting winded so fast! Today I took a shower and then had to take a break before getting dressed. Haha. J and K will be back to visit for my 34 week appointment! We are doing a 4 d ultrasound and hopefully some hospital tours! J has a super cute app that tells her the size of baby B as an animal! It’s my favorite part of the week when she tells me what animal he is each week! This week he’s a rabbit! That seems very fitting since he’s hopping around so much these days!

Happy 25 weeks

Things are going well. Baby B is enjoying life on the inside. He likes to kick and play often. We love our fun time together as long as it’s not in the middle of the night. Haha. I’m definitely getting more stretching ligaments if you have had them you know they are zero fun. If you haven’t let me try to explain. It’s basically like you move from any normal position and all the sudden it feels like someone has a huge sharp knife and they are stabbing you with it. Every time you try to move or adjust the knife is being twisted viciously. This happens always by surprise you never know when to expect the knife fight but let me tell you I always lose lol. I’m still eating all my ice! I love love LOVE crunching on ice. I’m definitely getting more round and I freaking love it! People can tell now so that’s great. I look super cute in clothes! Now out of clothes not so much… I have had a few Braxton-Hicks from time to time usually when I’m busy at work and not drinking enough water. I asked Dr. Google since it seemed a bit early and of course he said it’s normal when you have had a few pregnancy’s. I guess number 5 counts as a few! I also followed up with my real dr who also said yep it’s fine! I still feel super lucky I haven’t gained any weight yet and I feel great. Sometimes I get a bit winded and I can’t eat a ton but that’s all fine! Our next appointment I will be 28 weeks so it’s basically a all day appointment since I have to do my sugar test plus another ultrasound since baby B wasn’t very cooperative at the 20 week ultrasound. Then I’ll meet the dr and then get to go home. I’m not allowed to eat two hours before my test so when I leave I’m sure I’ll be starving! I wonder if it would be frowned upon if I ordered a pizza or something and delivered it to my dr office while I wait??? I sure hope my sugar test comes back good this time. Last time it was close so they made me do the long 3 hour test! Then we get to go see my Dr every two weeks! This pregnancy is flying by. I love and hate the end! I’m so happy and excited for J and K to get their sweet baby boy! Plus I’m so excited to give birth and see what he looks like! I just always feel a little sad that I won’t be pregnant anymore. I feel so incredibly blessed that his mommy and daddy picked me to help keep him safe until he is big enough to go home and live with them. I can’t begin to explain how humbling and special that is to me! Everyone loves to say what a incredible person I am, but really the incredible people are baby B’s parents! To put that kind of trust into anyone is incredible! I’m so happy out of all the people they could have picked they chose me. I also can’t help but be a bit jealous this sweet baby boy gets to go live by the ocean! What a lucky boy he is! Now let’s see what baby B is up to this week! Plus a few pics!

Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds, reaching 13 inches (over a foot long!) in length and more than a pound-and-a-half in weight — taller than two juice boxes stacked one on top of the other and almost as heavy as four of them. What else is going on this week? Your baby’s skin is turning pinker — not because he’s getting overheated (in fact, the amniotic fluid is perfectly climate-controlled, keeping him at an always comfortable temperature), but because small blood vessels, called capillaries, are forming under the skin and filling with blood. Later this week, blood vessels will also develop in your baby’s lungs, bringing them one step closer to full maturity — and one step closer to taking that first breath of fresh air. But at 25 weeks pregnant, those lungs are still very much works-in-progress. Though they are already beginning to produce surfactant, a substance that will help them expand with oxygen after baby is born, the lungs are still too undeveloped to sufficiently send oxygen to the bloodstream and release carbon dioxide when she exhales.

The lungs aren’t the only system that’s gearing up for air intake. Your baby’s nostrils and nose are starting to work this week (it was previously believed that the nostrils stay plugged up until around now in the pregnancy, but the latest research shows they open much earlier and stay that way through all three trimesters). That allows your little one to begin taking practice breaths. Of course since there’s no air in there, your baby is really only “breathing” amniotic fluid, but it’s the practice that counts, right? Baby could also be able to smell various scents in utero by this week, too, and if not that sense will kick in by the third trimester.