Saturday, December 31, 2011
Posted by Lauren P. at 10:11 PM
Friday, December 30, 2011
Posted by Lauren P. at 10:03 PM
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Monday 12/19 - I woke up at 2:30 and was frantic to clean because our house was still sort of a disaster from Riley's birthday party. I resisted the urge but could not get back to sleep...I heard every breath Jason was taking and him grinding his teeth and I normally never am bothered by anything of the sort. I moved to the couch around 4:15 and fell asleep until 6:00 and then got up and started cleaning...I told Jason to get ready because I felt like my crazy nesting phase was in full swing! The night before I had Riley I was doing touch up painting in our kitchen so I was on alert for ridiculous behavior like that! :)
Wednesday 12/21 - I felt contractions start around 11:00 pm and they were pretty consistent coming about every 5-6 minutes...when I realized how consistent they were I got up to walk around and go to the bathroom and see if anything changed and sure enough they seemed to dissipate. I figured I wouldn't sleep through childbirth so I went to bed and slept just fine.
Thursday 12/22 - I went to see my midwife and she was surprised that the week before nothing had started happening and she confirmed the contractions the night prior were real because she said I was a good 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced...she told me to get ready for a Christmas baby! That threw me into somewhat of a panic because I did not want a Christmas baby. Regardless, I knew Tessa's birthday would be close but I had lots of reservations about the potential of Riley spending Christmas with anyone other than Jason and I. I knew it would all work out and she would be well taken care of but I really wanted to get through Christmas. I made sure all of our friends who would be helping with Riley knew what the prediction was and we had plans in place in case something did in fact happen over Christmas!
Saturday 12/24 - Riley and I finished our Christmas cookies and I was pretty crampy all day. I felt like things could happen soon so when Jason got home from work I told him I thought we should have the car packed when we left for Christmas Eve service...just in case! We got everything loaded and felt like we were packing the whole house up. During Christmas Eve service the contractions came on pretty intense and regular...about 4 minutes apart. We were both thinking this could be it and I was a little freaked out. Remember...I didn't want a Christmas baby! :) We finished church and once I was up and moving around again they started to lessen and become less frequent. I had lots of lingering back pain but the contractions were gone...again!
Sunday 12/25 - I was pretty crampy and had back pain during the morning but it went away and I felt normal the rest of the day.
Monday 12/26 - I started having contractions again around 9:30 am and they were mild but regular...around 6-7 minutes apart. I went on a 45 minute walk with Riley and they were still happening but losing their consistency. They went on for a few hours but never gained in intensity or frequency. I had a couple hours of nothing and then around 5:00 I started getting some stronger ones that were stopping me from what I was doing so I started timing them again...they were averaging 6 minutes apart and lasted for an hour and a half. About 6:30 I decided to take a shower and see what happened and once I got out of the shower they were gone...again!
Tuesday 12/27 - Time for an attitude change! I was becoming so frustrated with this false labor...it made me so anxious to go into labor even though I wasn't due for over a week. I was flat out uncomfortable. However, it was all getting in my head and I didn't want to go anywhere or do anything because "what if..." I finally told myself to not think about it and live life in the meantime. These were my last moments with just Riley as my child and I wanted to relish them...not waste them away worrying about labor. The hard part was that everything Riley really wanted to play just sounded so not fun to me...dancing, hula hooping, cartwheels, etc. I had to be a spectator most of the time!
Wednesday 12/28 - Hannah had called to see if they could take Riley with them to Six Flags for the afternoon and give me some time to just relax...of course I said yes! I actually contemplated going with them but thought I better just enjoy some down time and stay home. I took her to story time at the library that morning and then they picked her up around 12:30 and they were off for a fun filled afternoon. After Six Flags Jason and I met them at S&L Thai for dinner. Riley had a super fun day and they were all teasing about ordering the spiciest of things to put me in labor. Lo and behold I was having contractions before we left the restaurant. I figured it was once again a tease and tried to ignore them but they started around 7:30. We went home and got Riley to bed and the contractions were still there. They were the same low intensity and about 6-8 minutes apart consistently. I decided to go to bed and see if I could get some sleep. I did make sure Hannah knew what was going on since she would be the one to come in the middle of the night if need be. So I went to bed but kept waking up to the contractions. I would time a few and see that they were the same 6-8 minutes apart and doze in and out of sleep.
Thursday 12/29 - About 12:30 in the morning I called the midwife at the birthing center and she said to see what happened in the next couple hours so I tried to sleep some more. By 2:00 in the morning they were still there. Same intensity, still regular. At this point I was just anxious. My biggest fear was not getting to the hospital early enough since we have another child this go round. I called the midwife again and told her we were going to head in...this had to be it after all and it could be any minute when things would pick up. I called Hannah and she came over. We got Riley up to use the potty and told her that we were heading to the hospital and she seemed to understand and went right back to sleep. So we were off...considering the contractions weren't very painful at all our ride to the hospital was rather leisure...we listened to some good music and drove on in. Once we got to the hospital they hooked me up to the monitors and took my vitals and my blood pressure was high. It hadn't been high through my entire pregnancy so they were concerned that I had pregnancy induced hypertension and wanted to run labs to make sure. When they checked me I was only 3 1/2 cm dilated and 60% effaced. I was shocked...considering what the midwife had checked me at the week prior and all the false labor I had been experiencing. They could see my contractions were regular but they weren't sure they were intense enough yet so they said they would check me once the lab work was done and we'd go from there. We tried to just relax and get a little sleep. About an hour later the good news came back that I did not have pregnancy induced hypertension but the bad news came when they checked me again and I had made no progress. They said they might let me stay an hour and walk the halls but since I wanted a natural labor they decided to send me on home. Their instructions were to come back when I couldn't talk through the contractions. So we made the drive back home and arrived about 6:45 just a bit before Riley woke up. I went and got in bed hoping to just get some rest and see what happened. When Riley woke up and found us at the house with no baby she burst into tears..."I wanted Tessa to come out" she kept saying...little did she know how much we did too! Jason got her breakfast and they watched Megamind in the living room while I stayed in our bedroom. Wouldn't you know about 7:15 the contractions came on with much more intensity and I knew things were now moving along. I was using my handy dandy contraction timer app and was marking these contractions as strong. I could still talk through them but they were much more intense than what I had been experiencing through the night. They were 4-6 minutes apart and I stayed in bed for the next hour and a half with these same type of contractions. About 9:00 I got out of bed and went and ate a small bowl of cereal because I was starving. They were starting to get more intense so Jason drew me a bath and I labored in the tub for about an hour. It truly took the edge off. About 10:00 I got out and decided it was probably time for us to head back. I could not talk through the contractions at this point and they were about 4 minutes apart. I called back into the clinic to tell them I was coming back in. The nurse I talked to didn't know anything about me other than what I was telling her on the phone but her response was "honey...you need to get yourself out the door quickly." She then asked if there was a hospital between my house and the birthing center just in case. This freaked me out and I explained to her I didn't think I was about to pop this baby out, but nonetheless she confirmed we needed to go. We got ready and got Riley's stuff together and headed out. We stopped at Hannah's house to drop her off and then headed back to the hospital. Things moved fast on the ride there. The contractions were getting closer and closer and they were extremely intense. I'm not sure why or how but I managed to survive the entire ride in the front seat buckled in like a normal passenger. Needless to say this ride in was much different than one we had taken earlier that morning! Jason was driving swift but safely as he would say. He was great encouragement to me the whole way but I think he was wondering why in the world I didn't want drugs! :) By the time we were exiting I was convinced I was about at my limit. The contractions were now 2 minutes apart so I wasn't getting much of a break. Since I didn't have a natural birth with Riley I had no way to gauge how far along I was and all I could think was that if I wasn't past 7 or 8 cm then I was getting drugs...if this wasn't the worst than I didn't want to know what was worse. We finally got in the parking lot and we had to wait for a contraction to end before I could walk in. I barely made it in the door before another one hit. I was leaning over on a brochure stand while Jason got us checked in...they were expecting us and had all of our paperwork since we had just been there a few hours earlier. They took us to a room and just as I feared they wanted me hooked up to the monitors. This birthing center is all about natural labor...they have midwives, doulas, birthing tubs, and every amenity you could think of to go through natural labor...that's why I wanted to deliver here. However they didn't let you do anything until mom and baby were monitored for twenty minutes. With the level of pain I was experiencing laying in bed was the last place I wanted to be but I didn't have a choice. Our sweet nurse Mayna came in and got me hooked up. I told her I felt a lot of pressure and she calmly said "that's great" but they hadn't checked me to see how far along I was yet. We were in the room by ourselves for a bit and I just knew I was about to have this baby...I sent Jason out to get them twice and still no midwife. I remember telling Jason I didn't want another contraction to come. Both of us were shocked it was happening so fast...he told me I could hit him or call him names...I never resorted to that. I just wanted him holding my hand and close by me. All of a sudden I started feeling the urge to push...it's completely uncontrollable and I sent him out again to find someone. Finally Amelia, the midwife, came in and she was so sweet and talking about reading up on my chart (they were fabulous about knowing ALL about you before they walked in the door even through all my prenatal care) but honestly we didn't have time for chit chat. She said "let's check you and see what's going on" and then she said "well you're about to have a baby" and her and Mayna started moving quickly. My water broke with the next contraction and there was slight meconium so they were calling for extra hands in case they needed to do any suction on Tessa. Things went so fast from here. My body completely took over and about 4 contractions later Tessa was born. The pain was surreal...not gonna lie. Once she was out it was instantaneous relief from all the pain and they put my sweet baby girl right up on my chest. Her meconium wasn't an issue so no intervention had to be done. I had my baby in my arms and life was good. Just to give some perspective on how fast things went..she was born 36 minutes after we arrived at the hospital. Remember how my biggest fear was not making it there on time? Ha! We couldn't believe how quick it happened...I mean I was technically in labor since 7:30 the night before but the it felt like it went so fast because they had sent us home. I was a little frustrated that they had done that seeing that she was born 6 hours after we had left that morning. "My" plan was to take advantage of all the birthing center had to offer...birthing balls, tubs, doula, etc. I didn't get to use any of that and since Riley was at home with us that morning I was sort of on my own until the last part. But it all worked out and it's Tessa's story and she's here and healthy and we couldn't be more grateful for all that God has blessed us with!
They didn't take her from me for about 2 hours...it was great. We had been going back and forth on a decision for her middle name...June or Evelyn...we wanted to choose those as a namesake of my grandmother June Evelyn, an amazing woman who passed away a few months before Jason and I got married. I wish so much she could meet all of her great grandchildren...one day! :) We decided to make a game time decision and once we met her we decided June it would be!
Hannah came up to bring Riley to meet her little sister about 4:00 that afternoon and it was so great to see her! She was just as cute as can be. We had a little present for Riley from Tessa...the Little Mermaid movie..and that was a huge hit! She got to hold Tessa and she sang to her and gave her lots of kisses...it was awesome.
We made it through our first night and we were exhausted...moreso from all the vists from the staff than from our sweet girl. We were hoping to be able to go home that day since both Tessa and I were doing so well. I got up and showered...best shower ever!!! We had more rounds of docs/nurses...her weight, her hearing, pediatrician visit, her blood, my blood, her temp, my temp, etc. Finally we got everything on the list checked off and we were discharged...not quite 24 hours after she was born!
Posted by Lauren P. at 7:12 AM
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Posted by Lauren P. at 10:28 PM
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Posted by Lauren P. at 10:07 PM
Ariel got all dressed up and put on her apron so she could do the decorating!
We had so much fun baking and I love being in the kitchen with Riley...I hope she has great memories of times like these!
Posted by Lauren P. at 8:00 AM