Wednesday, August 26, 2015

An Itty Bitty Smitty Birth Story

**Disclaimer... this post is very long, very wordy, and describes pretty much every detail of my labor. This mama doesn't want to forget anything from this experience.** 

Gosh... Where do I even begin?!

At my 38 week doctor's appointment, the OB informed me that I was 4 cm dilated and almost fully effaced. She performed a membrane sweep to get labor moving and told me that if it was going to work, my labor would start anytime in the next 48 hours. She was so confident that labor would begin for me that she told Ryan and I the on call doctors for the next two days to help prepare us for who might be delivering our baby. I went home that day feeling nervous and extremely excited that I might get to meet my baby soon. Flash forward two days and labor had still not progressed much for me. I began having stronger contractions, but they were all over the place and didn't last more than 30-45 seconds, which was disappointing after getting my hopes up so high. After realizing the membrane sweep wasn't going to work on me, I put my hopes in the idea that the doctor's would take one look at me at our next appointment the following Wednesday (August 19) and send me straight to the hospital. With that in mind, I did everything I could throughout the week to progress my labor. On Tuesday evening, Ryan and I drove out to Lowe's and Target to return a couple of things and just walk around for a bit. I noticed my contractions, although still pretty far apart, were definitely getting stronger. I went to bed that night feeling excited to see if I had dilated further at my appointment the next day.

Around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, I was awoken by a very strong contraction. I got up out of bed and went to the bathroom before heading back to bed and trying to fall back asleep. About 10 minutes later, I got another contraction bad enough to force me out of bed. I went into the bathroom and closed the door so as not to wake Ryan and just paced back and forth until it passed. I stayed in the bathroom for two more contractions, finding it helpful if I was on my feet rather than laying down. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I probably won't be falling back asleep that night and decided to take a pillow downstairs and start timing my contractions. The doctor told me that I should get to the hospital when my contractions were 5 minutes apart, lasting for 1 minute, and continuing for at least an hour. The contractions kept coming and got closer together and more painful the later it got. I couldn't pace back and forth anymore comfortably and found myself doubled over behind the couch trying to breathe it out through each contraction.

Around 5 (2 hours after they began), my contractions were anywhere from 4-6 minutes apart, so I decided it was time to wake Ryan up and head to the hospital before rush hour traffic got too bad. The last thing I wanted was to be stuck in traffic and having to breath through these contraction while doubled over in a car. Ryan jumped out of bed and helped me time contractions while I showered and got ready to go. I wanted to shower before because I heard that the hot water helped calm women in labor and I really wasn't sure how long it would be before I could shower again if I was truly in labor. We got in the car around 6 and arrived at the hospital around 6:30. I was immediately sent to the triage room on the L&D floor to be assessed. The nurses asked me to change into a hospital gown and lay down on the table. They hooked me up to a couple of monitors to check my contractions and keep an eye on baby's heartbeat. After a quick check, they declared that I was 5 cm dilated, fully effaced, and ready to go. Ryan immediately alerted all the parents and siblings that I was being admitted to a L&D room and would be having a baby that day! While he was on the phone, the nurses hooked me up to an IV and asked me if I wanted an epidural right away. They told me I could get it at any point, I just needed to let them know when so they could give me a bag of fluid to prevent my blood pressure from dropping too low once the epidural was inserted. I decided to wait it out a little bit because, even though the contractions were strong, they were bearable.

We got into our L&D room around 8 (I think? I was battling contractions through all of this so some details are a little fuzzy to me). I couldn't lay in bed through each contraction, so I got out of bed and leaned over it, rocking back and forth while Ryan rubbed my back for an hour or so. The contractions were getting stronger and stronger and closer together until eventually I decided the pain was too much and asked for the epidural. Immediately, the nurse (Mimi, who was awesome by the way) turned on the bag of fluid. About 30 minutes later, the anesthesiologist entered the room, made me sit all the way to the side on the bed, hug a pillow, and stay as still as possible. I remember the pain at this point being unbearable, squeezing who I thought was Ryan's hand extremely hard, only finding out later that it was Mimi's. I kept my eyes closed through the entire process, feeling both the contractions and the sharp pain of the epidural being administered. A couple minutes later (and a few very poorly timed jokes from the anesthesiologist), the procedure was done and the medicine was being pumped in to my spine. Finally feeling some relief, I laid down in the bed and began to relax. Mimi informed me that my contractions were getting stronger and coming every 2-3 minutes, which was AWESOME because I literally couldn't feel them at all. Mimi inserted my catheter and informed me that my bag of waters was bulging and that I had made it to 8 cm dilated! I'm still really proud of myself for making it to 8 cm before getting the epidural.

After about an hour, I noticed that my left side was no longer numb like my right side and began to question if there was some sort of issue with the epidural. The AA came back into the room to check on things and decided that the epidural needed to be pulled out a little bit to reach the left side of my body as well as the right side. Once he fixed everything, they inserted more medicine. Shortly after, I noticed my entire lower half was completely numb, which isn't exactly how they want you when you need to feel the urge to push. The doctor came back in, who was Dr. Khan, the doctor who we saw the week before that performed the membrane sweep. She checked me and decided it was time to break my water. The bag of waters was hanging so low out of my cervix, that Ryan was actually able to see it break. Dr. Khan left to perform a c-section while I continued to labor and push the baby further down. Maybe 30 minutes later, Mimi checked me again and informed me that I was at 10 cm and ready to go! We were all shocked with how quickly everything was progressing. She told me that it was go time as soon as I felt the urge to push. We waited and waited for me to feel anything down there but the pressure I was feeling was not strong enough to make me need to push.

About an hour later, Mimi checked me again and informed us that she could see the head. We were shocked since I still couldn't feel much. Before calling the doctor back in, Mimi asked me to try pushing a couple of times to see if the baby would move further down. I pushed twice before she asked me stop so she could call the doctor. She told me if I felt like I needed to push to take short, shallow breaths until the doctor could get into the room. A couple minutes later, the nurses and Dr. Khan were all in the room, preparing for delivery. They threw my legs up in the stirrups, which were still so numb that the nurses had to hold them in place. A couple of minutes later I started to feel much more intense pressure in my pelvic region and they asked me to start pushing. I pushed three times for every contraction: I'd take a deep breath, push while Mimi counted to 10, breathe out and repeat the process three times. In between contractions, I rested. Ryan stayed up by my head the whole time, supporting and encouraging me. Im not entirely sure, but Ryan and I think I pushed through about 10 contractions over a 30 minute time frame before that little head popped out. We were both shocked at how quickly they yank the rest of her body out of me.

This whole part of labor is such a blur to me, but I remember the doctor encouraging me, telling me this contraction was going to be my last and that the baby was going to come out after just a few more pushes. I remember pushing as hard as I could with my eyes clothes and then hearing Dr. Khan say "Sarah, open your eyes!" When I did, Peyton was being brought up to me and tears filled my eyes. She was born at 1:07 p.m., about 10 hours after that first contraction woke me up. She was much gooier than I thought she would be and the doctors aspirated her nose and mouth before she let out her first cry. They placed her down on my chest and she immediately pooped black tar (Meconium) all over me! She stayed on my chest for a few minutes, before they took her off to weigh her, get her measurements, and check her over while I delivered the placenta and got stitched up (I had a couple of small tears during labor). We spent the first two hours of her life in the delivery room with some skin to skin action and a first breastfeeding. Before I knew it, we were being wheeled up to our recovery room, where we stayed for the next two days.

First picture as a family of 3! 

We had family come visit us in the delivery room in and out, but once it came time to push, everyone was kicked out and it was just me and Ryan. Once we got to our recovery room, we invited everyone up to meet miss P and visit with us. She was passed around and loved on for hours. The family left to go get dinner and the nurses came in to help me go to the bathroom. My right leg was still completely numb so I required a lot of help getting to the bathroom. Apparently, I lost a decent amount of blood during delivery, so when I got up for the first time to go to the bathroom, my blood pressure dropped and I passed out for a couple seconds, waking up back in the bed with cold rags over my head and neck. Other than that, our stay in the recovery was very smooth. Visiting hours ended at 8 each night, but we had visitors in and out all day both days until then. everyone left, and Ryan and I found ourselves alone really for the first time since she was delivered. On Friday, we had doctors in and out, checking on me and Peyton. Baby girl also had a hearing screen and a metabolic screen, which she passed with flying colors!

Our stay was a whirlwind and before we knew it, we were being discharged and heading home for the first time as a family of 3. We're so so happy with our time at Kennestone and the staff there. And we're even more happy with our newest edition!

Baby tickles to start our first full day together.

Baby's first bath... she loved it! 

Welcome to the world, P!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Smith Party of Three

Well, it finally happened! Ryan and I are officially parents! We welcomed Peyton Eve Smith into the world at 1:07 pm on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

Her stats:
Weight- 6 lbs. 9.6 oz.
Length- 19 in.
Head- 13.25 in.
Apgar- 8/9

We're so in love and adjusting well to our new lives and new roles at home. We may be a little sleep deprived, but everything has been amazing.

I'll be back shortly with baby's birth story, but until then... here are some pictures from her first few days of life for your viewing pleasure.

38, 39, and 40 Weeks

***This blog post was written on Tuesday, August 18 and set to post Wednesday. Peyton had other plans for me however. I know the pregnancy is over now, but I couldn't stand to just delete the post. My due date was this past Sunday, meaning I made it 39 weeks and 3 days into the pregnancy before Peyton was evicted. Enjoy my last weekly bumpdate!***

How far along? 39 weeks... my due date is 5 days away!! 

Gender: Girl

Baby is the size of a(n)...: Elephant.. just kidding... I think? She's still the size of a watermelon weighing in somewhere between 6-9 lbs. 

Maternity clothes? Pretty much rotating between the same four sundresses to try to beat the heat and keep tighter clothes off my big ole belly. 

Best moment this week: The doctor's appointments are always pretty exciting these days. Though we had some issues at our appointment this past week....see "Worst Moment this week," we did get some more good news from the doctor. As of LAST Wednesday, I am 4 cm dilated, almost fully effaced, and ready to go. So ready in fact, the the doctor wanted to perform a membrane strip to move labor along. Unfortunately, it didn't seem to do much more than cause me to lose my mucous plug. Contractions have been constant throughout the day, but not strong enough or regular enough for us to even think about heading to the hospital. I'm praying things are continuing to progress and we get more good news tomorrow at our next doctors appointment! Good news meaning.... "let's go ahead and admit you to the labor and delivery ward!" 

Worst Moment this week: As I mentioned, we had some difficulties at our 38 week doctors appointment, which were pretty annoying. Our doctor's appointment was scheduled for 10:45 in the morning. Ryan and I like to park across the street and walk to the hospital to avoid paying the parking fee every week. So around 10:30, we parked and walked up to campus only to find that a policeman was turning everyone away in cars. We tried to get in through our normal door but noticed it was locked. So we walked to the next door. Locked. Walked to the next door. Locked. (But a nurse did open the door for me to check if I was in labor or not.) Turns out, the entire hospital shut down because someone called in anonymously to report a bomb on the campus. We sat around waiting for the search to finish for an hour or so before calling it quits, changing our appointment time to 2, and deciding to walk back to the car to get some lunch. Unfortunately, the same cop that was turning cars away earlier, was also instructed to not let anyone leave the property. SO...we can't go inside the hospital AND we can't leave the property until they finish the search around 1:15, giving us enough time to find our way to the cafeteria for lunch before our appointment. While sitting around was bad.. the worst part for this preggo was the lack of a bathroom! I chug water before each appointment because they always collect a urine sample at the start. Which meant I had to pee from the moment we got to the hospital at 10:30 until they let us in the building at 1:15. BRUTAL! I joked that I was just going to pee myself by the front door and claim that my water broke so they would just let us in! 

Miss Anything?: I miss being able to roll over in bed easily, sit up easily, stand up easily...basically do anything easily. I have loved being able to grow a human inside of me, but man am I ready to hold her on the outside and have my body to myself again! 

Cravings: Yogurt, onion bagels, cheese, pasta, all fruit. 

Symptoms: Oh, the heartburn. Also, pelvic pressure, contractions, frequent urination, and a lost mucous plug. So...any day now?! 

Looking forward to: Finally meeting my child face to face! And spending time with Bergpot this weekend! 

Just for fun.... here's a little due date picture of our nugget!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Headband/Hair Bow Wall Display

Ya' due date is FIVE days away. 5. The hospital bags pretty much comes with us anywhere we go and I've been bouncing away on my physio ball but I'm still not experiencing many concerning, painful contractions. The days are going by fast....but slowly at the same time as I'm waiting around if that makes sense. To fill the time, I thought I'd finally bust out the old macbook and post the tutorial on the hair accessory wall display I created a couple weeks ago! 

Everything I needed for this little craft I picked up at Michaels. I needed: 
  • a large frame 
  • two different sized ribbons 
  • mini screw-in hooks 
  • flower accents 
I also needed a hot glue gun, which I borrowed from my mother-in-law because ours is still packed up somewhere. 

This craft came together in seriously no a matter of minutes. I removed the glass and backing to the frame. Then I turned the frame over, cut strips of ribbon to fit from the top of the frame to the bottom, spaced them out, and hot glued each ribbon to the back of the frame. Once the ribbon had been secured, I, with the help of Ryan, screwed in the mini hooks to the bottom of the frame. To finish the craft, I threw some fabric flowers up at the top for decoration.

In order to hang the display, we added a metal bracket to the back of the frame. Et Voila!

The best part of this craft was going through all of the bows and headbands I've collected over the past few months and putting them on display. I can't wait to actually use them any day now.

Alright, Itty Bitty.... Get your hiney out now, would yah?! We're more than ready for you! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Nursery Tour

Itty Bitty's room is done! Ryan and I had so much fun putting this space together for our baby girl and can't wait to share it with her in a few weeks. 

Going into this process, I knew I wanted the room to have some sort of mint/coral color scheme. I searched EVERYWHERE for the perfect bedding, but couldn't really find exactly what I wanted. Etsy had some great options, but I got nervous ordering stuff online that I had never seen before and everything there was much more expensive. While browsing Babies R Us one day, Ryan and I found a bedding option that we both really liked and just decided to go for it. 

Mint turned to more of an aqua blue and the coral color I wanted became an orangey-coral with grey and white accents. I LOVE how it turned out! 

View in from the door. 
My view from the rocking chair.

My mom knitted the baby blanket draped over the rocking chair and it fits the colors of the room perfectly. I love it! We've also got all of the books that were given to us in lieu of cards at the baby shower displayed on our mini bookshelf ready to be read to little miss thing.

The banner and her name were made by me and super easy to put together. I love the pop they bring to the wall above her crib!

Found at Hobby Lobby

I have become a tad obsessed with headbands and plan on starting Itty Bitty young in them so that she will wear them the older she gets. I made the headband display on the wall here to give them all a home! Tutorial coming later!

The closet may look a little messy, but I assure you that there is a place for everything and everything is in it's place. I just may be the only one to be able to find those things! 

Hope ya'll enjoyed the tour! I love this little space and look forward to the many hours baby girl and I will be spending in there in the near future!