Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Baby's birth story

 
I have a weird fascination with birth stories, and love to read them. Sometimes I even get kind of sad when a formerly pregnant blogger doesn't post their baby's birth story. In order to not disappoint the tens of readers I have here, I've decided to post my very own. Lucky you! Note: we had a pretty easy experience, so the birth story is pretty boring, and I won't be offended if it's TL;DR.

Baby L was due on Friday, May 11th. I went in for my 40 week check up that day, but was disappointed when my doctor told me that there had been no progress from the previous week. I thought I'd just wait it out and see when she would make her debut, but then my doctor told me that I could choose to induce labor if I wanted to. Normally, I believe that babies will come out when they're ready to come out, and I didn't want to jeopardize her health (or mine) by inducing labor when she wasn't ready, but my doctor reassured me that as a second-time mom, it was fine, but if I had been a first-time mom, he'd have waited until 41 weeks. Sounds good to me! I decided that Tuesday would be a good day for a baby, and so we made our appointment for a Monday night scheduled induction at midnight.

Monday night came around, and we dropped P off at my in-laws to spend the night, and drove to the hospital at 11:00pm. Since everything was scheduled, I didn't have to go through triage, but instead our nurse took us directly to our room, where I changed into a super attractive hospital gown (see above) and got hooked up to an IV and monitors. Apparently I was already having regular contractions (that I did not feel at all), which reassured me a little about my decision to induce labor.

I was administered pitocin through my IV, and the nurse constantly checked to make sure my contractions weren't getting too fast and too furious (lol), and at around 4:00am, she decided that I was ready to have my water broken, and called in the on-call doctor to do it. It felt like I peed all over myself and the bed.

After my water was broken, my contractions started coming on stronger and harder. By 5:30 am I was in tears every time a contraction came around, so we decided to go ahead and get the epidural. It was instant pain relief, and also nice to be hooked up to a catheter (lol, TMI?) because I was sick of calling the nurse every 10 minutes to unhook everything and help me get up to go pee. But along with the epidural came really strong nausea, so while I no longer felt the contractions, it wasn't exactly the most pleasant experience.

Around 9:45, my doctor came by, and after checking things, decided that I was ready to push. I was feeling SO sick at this point, but I went ahead and obeyed instructions, which resulted in me throwing up all over myself and my hair. SO GROSS. The nurse commented, "oh, did you have rice noodles for dinner?" after seeing my puked up delicious Vietnamese dinner (which oddly did not include rice noodles, but I was too sick to correct her on the contents of my barf bag).

After only a few pushes, the baby was out at 10:00am, which completely surprised me as I remembered pushing FOREVER with P. Can't complain there! She was immediately set on my tummy for some skin-to-skin contact but I was totally out of it due to my nausea and a pounding headache. I had a brand new baby and all I wanted to do was go to sleep. But she was precious and so tiny (7 lbs 10oz, which is a good sized baby but she just seemed so little and fragile) and I am incredibly thankful for an easy delivery and healthy baby. And.. that's it! Well, I threw up some more after that (and the nurse commented AGAIN on the rice noodles that I did not eat) and was hooked up to both zofran and morphine for the nausea and headache, and neither helped. I felt sooooo sick, but luckily it went away on its own after a day. We came home with baby the next day and everything so far has been a blur of sleep/feeding/changing diapers but I would not trade it for the world.

Happy 2-week birthday today, baby L!

28 comments:

  1. So cute!  Glad you had a good birth experience overall, and hope things are going well at home! I love birth stories as well so thanks for posting

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  2. I think it's great you shared all the details, down to the TMI bits. As someone who's never gave birth, it's interesting to hear about all the other stuff going on behind the scenes besides just popping out a baby, haha. Thank you for sharing and congrats on the new addition, Kimmie!

    PS - Please do continue blogging! Would love to see BPL turn into a lifeestyle when you have downtime from parenting and everyday life!

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  3. oh my gosh...the idea of puking on myself is enough to make me never want kids. Is that a normal side effect of an epidural, or are you just special like that?

    L is a cutie!

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  4. Congrats on your smooth delivery! You have 2 beautiful children.

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  5. Awwwww, love it!'Thanks for sharing and congratulations!

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  6. Adorable, thanks for sharing your experience.  I must say...it does sound pretty unpleasant even for the second time.

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  7. YOU LOOK SO GOOD for having just given birth and barfing all over yourself... I'm super impressed. I'm sorry you felt so sick, but I'm glad you and Baby L are healthy, safe, and beautiful! How is P taking it all? Only 4.5 weeks until we get to watch S be a big sister!!!

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  8. Glad that it went well and it is nice to hear the story! Especially since I haven't taken the motherhood journey yet - it's reassuring to read other's stories :-)

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  9. Kayla FrecklesinAprilMay 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Birth stories are my favorite too.

    The part about the rice noodles made me LOL. Seriously? Who asks about the contents of your barf bucket?!?

    Congratulations on your sweet baby! She is so beautiful!

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  10. Aww, congrats! Both of your kids are adorable. :)

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  11. congrats lil!  baby L is so cute and i can't wait to meet her!  :)  let me know when you're ready to have a family night!

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  12. I love birth stories, even the ones that involve vomiting! For what it is worth, I think you rocked the hospital gown perfectly, right down to your matching accessory bracelet! Congratulations again - she is simply beautiful.

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  13. Aw, she is just beautiful, and P is such a happy looking big brother :)

    I love hearing birth stories, even with the TMI details, because it's just amazing how the experience is different for everyone! And the whole two kid thing has me TERRIFIED (too late now, I guess!). My MiL, who currently watches B while we work, was telling me the other day how happy she was going to be when she had a few weeks after baby number 2 comes...I told her she would have no such break, because I was going to need back-up with two of them to worry about :)

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  14. Thanks, Cee! And I had a relatively easy birth, but there are a ton of horror stories out there. In case you ever want to scare yourself out of ever having kids ;)

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  15. I don't know if it's normal or not. I had really horrible nausea and barfing galore with my first kid as well, but it started well before I even got the epidural. And other friends who have gotten epidurals have not complained about the nausea, so maybe I'm just a special snowflake. I think it may just a side effect of labor for some people??? Ugh, I don't know. I do not care to try for a third time to find out.

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  16. You're SOO close! Yeah, I'm complaining about being sick for like, a few hours, which is NOTHING compared to the sleepless nights and non-stop crying that is ahead (for both of us, lol!)

    P has been wonderful with his baby sister, despite his prior proclamations that he didn't want her to come out of mommy's tummy and that he was going to bite her and hit her when she did. Once he saw that she was only a tiny and harmless baby, he's been SO sweet to her. I hope S doesn't have too difficult of a transition to being a sister!

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  17. Yay!! Hopefully things will settle down in once we get into a more proper routine. I haven't seen you guys in so long!!

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  18. Haha, it was unpleasant, but totally worth it in the end!

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  19. Haha, I'm so scared of going back to work and passing off my two (TWO!! I still dont believe it sometimes) kids to my in-laws or my parents (they'll alternate watching them)  because it's just SO MUCH WORK. P is over at my in-laws house right now while baby L is home with me, so it's really nice and quiet and I am finally getting around to catching up on blog stuff. I really don't know how other people can manage having a life with more than one kid!!

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  20. I know, RIGHT? I think she must have commented on my barf like three times. Who does that?!! But as a L&D nurse, I'm sure bodily fluids don't bother her one bit.. or at least I'd hope so.

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  21. I loved reading your birth story! and honestly, this is the first one in a long time that hasn't made me super scared causing me to cross my legs [do not see friends with kids!]. So thank you! and also, congratulations, it seems you are a lucky one :)

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  22. Congratulations! I haven't checked your blog in some time, but when I saw you with the baby bjorn in your most recent post I had to scroll through and find the big announcement. I hope you and your lovely family are doing well. Cheers!

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