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Labor & Delivery! And new photos!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hi Spark Friends! First off, THANK YOU to everyone for the comments and goodies. I'm trying to get back to everyone, but as you can imagine, life is a little busy right now!

Many of you have asked me how L&D went...especially my pregnant friends. I'll tell you my story, but I know many of you are having your first, so the story of my L&D probably won't match up with yours. My first, while not difficult, was much longer than my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. For me, the tale of "it goes faster each time" is very true!

With all of my children I have started labor in the AM. I would have mild contractions all day long, increasing as the day went on. Emily started after I woke up, she was born the next day at 2:36PM. Chad started when I woke up, he was born the next day at 4:29 AM. Preston started when I woke up, he was born the same day, at 5:54PM. So you see my point here. So, each day I woke up and didn't have contractions within the first 2 hours, I cancelled out the possibility of going into labor that day. So when I had no contractions Friday morning, I figured I'd be at Walmart grocery shopping on Saturday morning!

So Friday night, at 10PM, hubby and I decided to move into our bedroom, watch the news, and turn the lights out. The news ended at 10:30, and we laid there watching something, when all the sudden I had a contraction lasting a full minute...this was 10:45. 5 minutes later, another, 5 minutes later, another. Each one lasting a full minute. Wow...this was different. My instruction from the dr. were to call when they were 4 to 5 minutes apart, lasting a minute, for an hour. So after the first hour of labor, it was time to call. I was told to head on over to the hospital. We arrived at midnight...I was just barely 3cm. I was surprised, but I still had the feeling things would move quickly, and that they did. After walking for an hour (from 1:10 to 2:10 AM) I was at 4cm. The doctor decided to break my water and then have the anesthesiologist come in. I was all for my epidural this time around and enjoying my last birth in a calm state...LOL!

So a little time table...
10:45 PM - 1st contraction
11:45 - call to dr.
12:05 AM - arrived at hospital
1:10 - 3cms on a mission to walk for an hour!
2:10 - 4 cms
2:35 - doctor broke my water
3:35 - Received epidural and told to rest for an if I could sleep!
4:35 - 8 cms
5:35 - 10 cms & GO TIME!
5:46 AM - Carly was born!

Things changed at my hospital from the time I had Preston until now. They now have skin to skin for the first 2 hours, which was really nice. I did let them take her for about 5 minutes so they could weigh her, but that was it for the first 2 hours. She laid on my chest and I was able to nurse. Great experience!

Again, no stitches...the doctor told me I was in the 10% category of giving birth 4 times and never having to have stitches! Woohoo!

We've been home since Sunday afternoon and everything has been going well. The kids love her and she loves staring at them.
Chad is not big on holding her, but he loves to look at her :) He was the same with Preston, he just gets nervous holding them when they are so tiny.

Now Preston is a bit sick, and so we haven't been letting him handle Carly, and it's killing him. I hope he feels better soon, because I don't want him to feel any resentment over this. All he wants to do is help with everying!

OK, some pictures...
Before Preston was sick he was able to feed her two times (just to clarify...I am nursing, but not directly breastfeeding...I pump and we bottle's a personal thing).

This was last night...a little dark, taken on my phone.

Emily snapped this photo of my brother and Carly at the hospital!

She took this too, which I thought was cute!

OK, that is all for now. I best get off the pc and get some things done before Carly and Preston wake up.
Thanks everyone, for all the well wishes. We are all doing so wonderfully!

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    It looks like Preston is one proud big brother!! All of mine were faster with each too and then this last one was so fast! We went in at midnight, I was dialated to 3cm (he was posterior) and then was born at 5:01 A.M. lol Always fun!!
    1937 days ago
    Oh my! That's awesome! Great pictures!! I'm so happy for you!!! She's a doll! Makes me want another!

    So glad everything went so well!
    1937 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Awe, she is so beautiful - just like her Mom.

    I am so happy for you and just wish I lived closer so I could "spoil" her.

    1941 days ago
    LOVED all the pictures! She's beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you had an awesome birthing experience. I'm so happy for all of you. Hope Preston feels better real soon (if he isn't already). Take care! Enjoy! Get some rest! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1941 days ago
    That was such a great reenactment of Carly's birth. It was almost like we were there! So glad everything went so smoothly! Your pictures are great! I love the one with Preston holding Carly - he looks so happy! He is so adorable! God bless you and your family! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    1941 days ago
    My lady you put me to shame! I would have no idea without looking back into the baby books (which are still totally not put together) on the exact time my boys were born! Oh wait, that's not true, now that I think about it I can remember Lane, but not Cale, hahaha:) Love the pictures, beautiful family!!!!! And I love the name! You are so incredibly blessed! (and Brandon is the same way with babies)
    1942 days ago
    TOTALLY loves this blog!!!!! Great PICS!!!! So glad it went pretty 'fast' for you... sounds like a great last birth! I have a friend that had contractions at home and thru the night.. nothing too strong really.. and then decided to go in to hospital at 5:30 am and baby was born at 5:36.. by nurses delivering! LOL.. Baby was almost born in the elevator! She wanted an all natural delivery.. guess she got that! Almost got an 'AT HOME" delivery!
    1943 days ago
    Beth, thanks for the pictures. Hope Preston feels better soon so that he can continue to bond with Carly. Looks like everyone is adjusting well.
    You are soo cute sharing your timeline with us.
    Take care of yourself and the family.
    Hugs GF
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    1943 days ago
    Thanks BETH really good photos, such treasures for sure.
    Sounds like all is well with you all. I hope Preston will be better soon and then he can hold his siter again. You did do an awesome job. Well done emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1943 days ago
    Just have to say YAY on the no stitches. I have been stitch free on both of mine and my OB says I was made to birth big headed babies. lol I hope to keep it that way.
    1943 days ago
    Yay! emoticon She sure is a cute little thang!I don't think there is anything wrong with pumping and feeding with a bottle. That sounds easier than being tied down to a chair with your boob out all day, lol. Plus you know, little Carly will be able to develop strong bonds with everyone that way! Your doing awesome Beth :) Wish I could hold her! emoticon

    P.s. Give her a hug from Auntie Nikki, lol.

    Bye sweets!

    1943 days ago
  • KMIRANDA2000
    Awww...I really enjoyed seeing the pics, Beth. What a great time in your family's life. You are truly blessed!

    P.S. You look amazingly healthy, happy, and young for someone who just had a baby. After giving birth, I was a mess for the first year!!! LOL
    1943 days ago
    Glad all went well! These pics are precious, & you are blessed with such a beautiful family Beth! Carly is so lucky to be born into such a loving brood! May she live a healthy & long life filled with much happiness & JOY!!!

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    1943 days ago
    What great pictures!
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  • FREEME1980
    Congratulations to you and your family on your new addition baby Carly. That's my one and only daughters name. I love it! You'll recover much quickly not having stitches.
    1944 days ago
  • REDQT2
    Congratulations! She is beautiful!
    1944 days ago
    Carly is beautiful and very lucky to have such loving brothers
    1944 days ago
    I'm so happy for you and the family. Love all the pictures and so glad that you were able to "enjoy" this last trip in. LOL
    1944 days ago
    I loved this blog, yep loved it!

    1944 days ago
    So beautiful! Glad you were able to have a quick and calm final L&D!!

    1944 days ago
    Preston looks so elated in that pic! LOL Congrats again. You have a beautiful family :o)
    1944 days ago
    Awwww more lovely pictures, I love them!!! Thank you so much for sharing them. Now, I am no expert in L&D (lol) but it sounds to me it all went as well as it could have gone, and you went home quickly, so I am very glad!
    1944 days ago
    I'm glad everything is going so well, Beth, and that your L & D was so easy for you. :) Carly is just gorgeous and you have a beautiful little family. Thanks for the update!

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    1944 days ago
    AW!!! WOnderful news, Congratulations, I have been WAITING TO HEAR and I am so glad you posted such precious pics too! And way to go on that easy delivery!
    1944 days ago
    Sounds like everything is wonderful..
    So very happy for you all.
    1944 days ago
    Great story and pics. Thanks for sharing. Hope Preston feels better soon.

    Take care and stay healthy

    1944 days ago
    Glad everything went well. I love the pictures! Thanks for sharing. Congratulations to the whole family.

    1944 days ago
    Sounds like everything went great :) So happy for you all!
    1944 days ago
    CONGRATS! glad the L and D wasn't bad!

    pic are wonderful I love all the smiles I see!
    1944 days ago
    Great blog Beth and LOVE the pictures!!
    Everyone looks so happy and Carly is beautiful!
    Take care of yourself :-)
    1944 days ago
    Sweet pictures, unforgettable moments, incredible feelings! I'm so happy for you, Beth!
    The picture of your brother and Carly is priceless! His smile says it all: "I'm a happy and proud uncle!" And Emily looks so cute holding her little sister.
    Enjoy your family time. And thank you for sharing your story.

    1944 days ago
    AWwwwwwwwwww, this is so sweet! Thank you for sharing your very personal story!
    1944 days ago
    Glad it was a relative short labour! She is very cute. Hope you have a great recovery
    1944 days ago
  • GAMMY98
    Beth love the blog I didn't know P was under the weather love his heart. I love all of the pictures but I really want one of Gary holding Carly. I got her a new outfit yesterday. I am so excited that I am coming out on Sun. Thanks to you brother helping me for a few weeks. emoticon emoticon
    1944 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1944 days ago
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