Introducing Ava Marie!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Just thought I would give everyone our little one's birth was definitely a day I will never forget.

At about 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning, I started feeling some back pain that felt like period cramps. I continued to work and tried to keep an eye on the clock to see how long the pains were lasting. Since we were still 3 weeks from the due date, I figured this would probably end up being false labor and continued to work which became difficult when my Kindergarten students were a bit wild. Throughout the day, I let my husband know that I was having these feelings that may be contractions...he was very excited, but also thought it might be false labor.

After work, I went home and tried to start packing the things we'd need for the hospital - we had planned to start packing the bag that night anyway, but there were some items I had planned to go shopping for on Saturday. Then, I decided to take a nap and relax to see if that would stop the contractions. About an hour later, the contractions were strong enough to wake me up. I decided to call my midwife to let her know what was going on and find out more details on when I should come in to the hospital. At this point, I was starting to feel excited, but also pretty tired and wishing I had come home from work to get things done at the house.

For the next few hours, I worked through contractions at home. My favorite position was hands and knees with my arms folded and forearms on the floor which seemed to get a lot of the pressure off my back. My husband also pressed on my back during contractions. During this time, we packed what we could in the bag and realized that this was going to be the day we went to the hospital - whether we were ready or not! :)

Finally, around 8:00, my contractions were strong enough and close together, so we called the midwife who said to come in since I tested positive for Group b Strep. She said there was no real hurry and to take our time.

We arrived at the hospital at about 9:30 p.m. We were taken into a triage room to be checked. The nurse told me I had made some good progress since the day before and was 80% effaced and 2.5 cm dilated. She then told us that she couldn't seem to feel the head but that it may be because my bag of waters was so bulging. She asked me a few questions and then decided to get a doctor and an ultrasound. In looking at the ultrasound, we quickly learned that the baby had turned since the day before and was now transverse breech (basically lying horizontally.) The nurse knew we were trying to have a natural childbirth and said that there were sometimes ways to get the baby to turn, so she went to call the midwife and let her know. Within about a minute, my water broke which changed everything...

Next thing we knew, we were preparing for a c-section. Within about 45 minutes, The anesthesiologist gave me a spinal block which was very difficult to receive since my contractions were now quite close together and it was hard to sit completely still during them. After I was all situated on the table, my husband was brought in and they immediately started. Within a few minutes, our little one was out and crying. She looked a little silly since her legs wanted to go up by her head due to her breech position. I was so happy to hear her cry and see how beautiful she is, but it was emotionally difficult for me to not be able to hold her right away. For the next 45 minutes, they finished stitching everything back up. We were then taken to a recovery room for one hour. Near the end of that hour, I was finally able to hold our little girl.

She is just perfect, and quite the little peanut...she was 5lb3oz at birth and 19 3/4 inches.

Recovery is going pretty well. I am moving around pretty well, even if it is a bit uncomfortable at times. I know I will need to remind myself that I can't do everything I would usually do. Thankfully, my husband has been a huge help. He changed ALL the diapers the first couple of days since it was so difficult for me to get in and out of bed. :) Feeding is going okay even though we did supplement with formula for a day to help get her some fluids and wipe out the jaundice. Thankfully, my midwife suggested a supplemental nursing system which worked out great and allowed us to avoid bottles/nipple confusion.

Well, time for me to go take a short nap while the little glow worm naps. We will be heading home today!!
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    Congrats! I too wanted a natural childbirth (home birth too) but couldn't, although I luckily avoided the c-section. Just remember to rest up and take care of yourself! I will say I've found co-sleeping to be the best thing I've done parenting-wise emoticon
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    Thank you for your comments, everyone! Our first days at home have gone quite well. We went to the pediatrician this morning and are so glad to hear that she's already almost back to her birth weight! She is just perfect and I can't get enough of her. :)
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    CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS new mama!!! I loved everything about this blog! How exciting. Thanks for sharing with us all! Sounds like you had a long awaited arrival for Ava! She us beautiful btw..but of coarse you know that lol.

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    3852 days ago
    Congratulations! She is beautiful!
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    That is so wonderful! Congratulations, I can't believe this day is here already, it doesn't seem that long ago that I started following your blog! She is adorable! emoticon
    3852 days ago
    Congrats!!! She is beautiful!!! I am so happy for you!!!
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  • MRS.NG.06
    Congratulations honey!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! she's gorgeous! : ) oxxooxoxo happy you are both doing awesome! *hugs*
    3852 days ago
  • EMBER100805
    Congrats... she's beautiful, and thanks for sharing your story! Rest while you can!!! ( :
    3853 days ago
  • 22JAMIE
    she beautiful congrats!! and thanks for sharing her birth story.
    3853 days ago
    Awwww, congratulations! She is adorable!!!
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    Thank you for sharing your story!! Ava Marie is beautiful! Rest, rest, rest so that you can recover quickly!
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    Congratulations! Beautiful photo! Thanks for sharing. We now have a future SparkPeople member. Not that she'll need it to lose weight but to help her be educated about a healthy lifestyle and stay motivated.
    Breast feeding is the best gift you can give her and give yourself. It really kept me eating healthy! It's easy to wake up and feed the baby. I used to pump at recess once I had to go back to work. They gave me a special little room to pump in.

    May God bless you all as you begin this new adventure! Enjoy your days with her! What a lovely name!
    3853 days ago
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