I want to write down Elyana's birth story before I forget too many more details. I can imagine one day we can have a good laugh about it before she gives birth to her first baby. *sigh*
The joys of having a daughter.
Right after the first of the year, my O.B. and the perennial specialists continued to have concerns about baby girl so they decided that it was best to induce. I was laying on the sonogram table when they made the official decision and I shared that I was concerned about being administered pitocin. The specialist asked me what I was concerned about. One, I have heard that it can pose danger to the baby. Two, I have heard that the contractions can be more painful. She gave me the LOOK and she declared, "Honey, a contraction is a contraction is a contraction." I didn't know about that but we agreed that I would let her know that if indeed that was true. January 12th was the designated rendezvous day.
I was very apprehensive about being induced. We tried EVERYTHING to try to get labor going before 1.12: I ate the spiciest foods I could create or order, I took herbs, I pumped, we walked, I did the stairs in our house, I "walked the curb," we had more sex than any 9 month pregnant person should have, and the list could go on. No baby. I mean, up until the night before Joe and I were praying and praying that she would decide to come on her own but then I resigned to the fact that I needed to get rest so I was ready for her big day.
My wonderful in-loves came the night before so they could be there when Isaac woke up the next morning. It was so comforting to know Isaac was in good hands so I could focus on the task that was at hand. We woke up at 4 a.m. to get ready so we could be out the door by 4:30. Joe was a little surprised when I walked out of the bathroom because I had fixed my hair and put on some make up. I just couldn't meet my girl looking frumpy, right? I also had this sense that I was givin' birth to a diva. Only time will tell :)
We arrived a little early and they had me hooked up to the "juice" by 6:20.
One of the other concerns I had about being induced is that you don't have the same mobility to labor through the contractions. When you are being administered pitocin, the baby has to be continually monitored and thus, they prefer you not to move or it messes the monitor up. You also have this massive IV in your arm. Let me say, that thing hurt worse than the contractions for the first several hours! God was so gracious to give me a wonderful nurse who had given birth naturally to her four children. She was very understanding when I would have to move around, stand next to the bed, and even sit on the birth ball next to the monitor. She never complained for the countless times she had to readjust the monitor. God bless you, Judy!
With Isaac, my water broke on its own so I didn't know what to expect when my OB came in with this big long tool. I called Joe over to my side, squeezed his hand, squinched my face and braced myself for the worse. Then, I hardly felt a thing. That part was a breeze.
Its official, with my water broken, there was no turning back.
One of the amazing parts the second time around was that based on my pain level and what I was feeling, I knew exactly how much I was dilated before the doctor even would check me. That really helped me pace myself and have proper expectations along the way.
I am grateful for friends and family who came to keep me company and distracted :)
Here's me updating my facebook with the latest details!
My sweet sister, Stephanie, was on hand and to think she is going to be doing this in a few months. I can't wait to meet sweet Hayden Davis. yipee!
Here is one of my favorite people in the world and she brought her fancy new camera and took beautiful pictures. To see those you can click here. She got some really good "action" shots.
So thankful to have my big sis here this birth and so grateful for her strength and encouragement!
When I had Isaac, my dad didn't want to come until after I had him (he was a little nervous :). I was so proud that he came early and hung out with me for a couple hours while I was having contractions. Isn't he cute!?!
Daddy giving the news!
My mom was so helpful along the way - always encouraging and right there to do anything we needed. You are such a blessing to our family; we love you "JJ!"