Sunday, January 24, 2010

Birth Story

Here is McKenzie's birth story:

My water broke around 3:50 on Thursday January 21. I had a pain that woke me up. I went to the bathroom and then went back to bed. When I laid down my underwear got soaking wet. I got up to try to determine if I peed on myself or if it was my water. When I stood up it stopped. I went to the living room and sat on the couch to see if it would happen again...it did. I looked at my underwear and there were dots of white mucus...this assured me that it was my water. I called the Dr. and they said to come in. I decided I better do some stuff before I woke up Brandon because I knew he wouldn't let me when he got up:) I took a shower, put on makeup, blow dried my hair, got dress, ran the dish washer, straighten the living room, and then woke him up. I gently shook him and asked him if he was ready to be a dad;) He said "Really?, how do you know?" While he was getting ready I took the opportunity to eat because I knew when I got there they wouldn't let me and I was STARVING!! All this took around 50 minutes. We left our house at 4:40 and got to the hospital around 5:15. I was assessed before moving to labor and delivery. When I got there I was only having back pain and I was still 2 cm. I got to labor and delivery at around 6:00. Once I was there my contractions started to hurt in the front as well as the back and they were quick..around 2 minutes apart. They asked me if I wanted an epidural but said when I got one I wouldn't be able to get up. I decided to try some pain medicine first..mistake!! It made me feel DRUNK but i could still feel the pain. My Dr came to check me and I could not concentrate on what he was saying. He checked me and I was around 4-5. At around 8:50 I was 5 cm and decided to get an epidural because the pain was bad. It made the contractions painless but my legs were DEAD weight and felt asleep..tingling really bad. At 10 I was 8 cm and the nurse said I would start practice pushing soon. We decided to start at 11:15. She put a mirror in front so I could see. Every time I saw here hair it made me DETERMINED!! I pushed till 11:45 and she called the doctor and told him to hurry up. He couldn't believe it..he thought it would take awhile. He came in and I pushed 2-3 times for him and she was born at 12:14.
She was so beautiful!! I busted out crying as soon as he pulled her out. I cannot believe the instant love I felt for her and how much more love I felt for my husband at that instant. It was AMAZING!. She weighed 7 lbs 5.1 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. She was taken and cleaned before being brought to me because the placenta was stuck and the doctor had a hard time getting it out. That was the only painful part of the delivery!! He had to get on top of me and push like crazy and then pull it out. I was close to having to go to a surgical room to get it removed.
I got to breastfeed her right after she was bathed. The baby nurse helped me get the hang of it. I believe doing it so quickly helped with our great success with it!!
McKenzie had a slight temperature when she was born. Since I had Group B strep here white blood count was taken. It was slightly elevated so she had to get an IV in her foot. She had to get antibiotics every 12 hours for the first 2 days. On Saturday she also tested positive for jaundice so we had to stay an additional day and have her sleep underneath a light in our room. Other than that she has been a PERFECT baby. She hardly every cries (only when we change her diaper or she is hungry). We are sooo in love with her!!
Sorry this was so long...I didn't want to forget anything!! Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend...I'm going feed my little love.

15 comments:

The Pifer's said...

CONGRATS LOVE, she is beautiful!!!

Brittney said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Sounds like your birth experience luckily wasn't too bad:) I am so happy for you! What a beautiful little girl. Can't wait to see more pics of McKenzie.

Joy said...

Happy Birthday McKenzie!

Congrats!!!

Just Another Infertile Mother said...

Congratulations Ashley!

I'm glad everything went smoothly for you. I'm so happy for you. She's perfect!

Melinda said...

Sounds like a perfect delivery!! And what's the deal with a post with no pics?!?! We need pictures!!

Melissa said...

Loved reading your birth story...you labor/delivery went fast! Mine was 16 hours!!

Your words summed everything up perfectly- AMAZING. It totally is an amazing experience.

Congrats on your little girl and I can't wait to see more pics.

Stace said...

I LOVE HER!!! Congrats!!! Glad things went so well!!! Enjoy being MOMMY!!!!

Good Egg Hunting said...

Thanks for sharing those details! So glad you're enjoying these precious first days with her and that she's being such a good little girl for you! I can't believe how short your delivery was -- I hope we mirror each other in that regard too! Enjoy and please do share pics when you have a chance!

sweetpeanme said...

So amazing...and I can't believe that you did all that right after your water broke...I wouldn't have let you do all that either!!! *wink* But at least you felt all ready to go... :o)

Enjoy your first few days of motherhood...what a wonderful story!

Stuart and Sarah Creamer said...

Congrats!!! Amazing story...one you will never forget!

beth ewing said...

congrats again! not a bad birth story at all.

twondra said...

I love hearing birth stories. :) She is so perfect. Glad she is such a good baby. :)

Congrats!!

Melody said...

I am SO happy for you! Being a mommy is so great!

Amber said...

congrats! She is absolutely precious and so glad to hear you had such an easy labor (I hope I have the same:)

mak'n Changes said...

Your birth story took me back to mine and you had me sobbing... plus that music "Jesus bring the rain" was perfect.....Beautiful birth story!