Monday, December 13, 2010

Emeline's 3 Hour Birth Story!!

Saturday 12/4/2010

I woke up at 1:30 a.m. with contractions that were like horrible period cramps. They would range from 6-15 minutes apart and were about 30 seconds to a minute long. I switched sides I was laying on, but nothing stopped them. Finally around 3:00 a.m. they slowed down enough that I was able to fall asleep. At 4:30 a.m. I woke up again because they were back in full force, but this time mostly in my back. Again they were anywhere from 4-10 minutes apart. I rolled around trying to get comfy and eventually ended up in Landon’s room on the bed in there. Again, they slowed down enough at about 6:30 a.m. that I was able to fall asleep until Landon woke up at 7:15. So, I got up with Landon and we did our normal routine. The contractions continued all morning long, mostly in my back and ranging from 6-10 minutes apart. I played with Landon, ate, did some laundry, picked up the house, etc. Scott and Z went to the grocery store and came home. We all had lunch, although I was so nauseas by this time that I let Landon eat my lunch and I had just water and a few bites here and there. Contractions were still mostly in my back, and I wasn’t convinced this was real.” After lunch Scott and I called everyone in the neighborhood to call off the cookie exchange the next day just in case, and then we headed to the bakery where my mom had ordered us cookies for the party to pick them up. On the way out there and while out and about and on the way home my contractions were 4-6 minutes apart and became more intense, but still mostly in my back. So, I called the OB. They told me to go to L&D to be checked and see what was going on. So, we got home, got Landon settled and down for a nap and Carey and Sean came up to watch him for us. We headed to the hospital and checked in around 4:30 p.m. They monitored me and I was contracting 4-6 minutes apart, but they weren’t as intense as they wanted to see them. They checked me and I was 3.5 cm dilated and 50% effaced…up from 2 cm at my appt on Thursday. They sent me walking the halls for an hour to see if I would progress. Scott wasn’t feeling well so he went to his mom’s to rest until we knew more about what was going on. They checked me at 6:oo p.m. after my hour long walk, no progress except my cervix had moved more posterior. Still contracting every 4-6 minutes, so the nurse called the OB and told them what was going on. They knew I was in early labor and with this being my second baby and the fact that we live 45 minutes from the hospital with no traffic they decided to admit me. They were going to watch me over night and if I hadn’t made significant progress on my own by morning they would induce me then. So, I called Scott and he came and helped me get settled in to L&D and then he went home to be with the boys. After 4 stabs and no luck trying to get an IV in, they called Anesthesia to do it…ouch, but they got it the first try. So, I settled in and took my Ambien and slept on and off all night long.

Sunday December 5, 2010

I woke up around 7:00 a.m. and talked to Landon and Scott on the phone for a few minutes before using the restroom, getting settled in to start the Pitocin. Pitocin was started at 8:00 a.m. once Scott had arrived and my contractions I was still having became more intense almost immediately. They were doable at first, but went to extremely intense and painful very quickly. I was checked by the OB when she came in around 8:30 a.m. and was 4 cm. She broke my water, which had Muconium in it, so they had to put in a catheter to flush fluid through my uterus to get as much of it out as they could before she was born…ouch is about all I have to say about that. Contractions became even more intense and unbearable after my water was broke and the catheter was placed. I asked for an Epidural because I was crying through contractions and they were coming every 2 minutes! After getting the Epi I had to be rolled around because it was working on my left side, but I was still crying through contractions since they were in full force on my right side. About 5-10 minutes later and lots of rolling, I was finally unable to feel them and to relax. Well, then Emeline’s heart rate would drop into the 50’s come back to the low 100’s and repeat for about 4 minutes…things got hectic at this point. They flipped me to my left side and gave me oxygen and called in more nurses. At this point I could feel her coming, the pressure in my bottom area was so intense I swore that’s where she was going to come out. The Catheter was being pushed out with all the pressure, and that hurt like heck, but the OB had to be the one to take it out so I had to deal with it. Every contraction that came I swore she was going to come out on her own, the pressure was that intense. The OB finally got there and got everything all set up and we started pushing. 3 short pushes and her head was out, and a very small 4th push and she was completely out…less than 10 minutes total. Emeline Arley Heise was born at 10:47 a.m. weighing 7 lbs 8.3 oz and was 20.5 inches long. They whisked her away immediately due to the Muconium and the NICU nurse and Doctor worked on her for about 30-45 minutes. They had to suck out her lungs, mouth, nose, etc with a intubator suctioner since she had Muconium in her lungs. She was also born with her cord loosely wrapped around her neck, so they had to check her for that too. They were able to just pull it off, so it wasn’t serious, but still scary.

She is doing great now, feeding is going well and the boys love having a sister. Here are a few more pics!!
**Updated with the Zach picture**

Hi Pretty Girl!

First Photo with Mom and Dad

Landon came to visit at the hospital! Unfortunately Z was sick so he couldn't come.

Taking a nap with daddy. So cozy!!

Loving the vibrating chair!

Zach and E

Monday, December 6, 2010

Miss Emeline is here!!!

Ms. Emeline decided to choose her own birthdaey and make her appearance yesterday, December 5, 2010at 10:47 a.m. after only 3 hours of  labor!! She weighed 7lbs 8.3 oz (a whole pound and a half smaller than Landon!!) and was 20.5 inches long. She looks just like her big brother, but has blonde hair!! Everyone of course is smitten with her. Breast feeding is going well so far, I think having done it before really helps with staaying calm and not getting frustrated as easily. I will post a birth story when I get more time, but for now here are some pictures!

shortly after birth.

She looks exactly like Landon did as a Newborn to me, except he had WAY chubbier cheeks!