Monday, February 11, 2013

BUMPdate: A Birth Story

Well, this is the final BUMPdate because as I write this, my bump is gone and my little girl is sleeping soundly next to me in her bassinet.

It's been a while since I last updated my blog so there's lots and lots to talk about. First of all, I went into labor on Monday, January 28th at 5:30 a.m (about 2 hours after my husband left for Connecticut for work). I was scheduled for an induction on Wednesday which I was really bummed about because I wanted her to pick her own birthday. I spent my weekend on the treadmill and drinking red raspberry leaf tea in hopes of getting her to come on her own. Then Monday morning I woke up to some pretty intense back pain that spread to my lower abdomen. When I went to the bathroom I knew something was going on because there was some blood. I called my mom first and then the doctor who confirmed that I was in early labor. I went to my doctor's appointment (which is in a building attached to the hospital) that was scheduled that morning and I was 4 cm dilated! I was sent straight to labor and delivery. I called my husband and he was on his way!

They decided to wait to break my water until he arrived which left me both excited for him to get there and incredibly nervous. Once he made it to the hospital, and my water was broken I started quickly progressing but then stopped at 8 cm. I was stuck at 8 cm for almost 7 hours. I had no pain medication. I was determined to have an all natural birth but by this time I was really running out of steam. Finally, when the doctors changed shifts and I was examined by another doctor, he determined that I was unable to deliver the baby because my hips were too narrow and that's why I wasn't progressing. I needed a c-section. My mother lost it. My husband was upset and distraught. I don't think the two of them could handle seeing me in the pain that I was in but they were also fearful for the surgery. I was at the point where I was in so much pain, I didn't care about the surgery as long as I could get something to relieve my pain. I'm not going to lie, being stuck at 8 cm for that long was brutal and then to find out it was all for nothing because I needed surgery anyway was disheartening.

I was immediately sent in to be prepped for surgery and as soon as they hooked up the spinal, I was feeling nothing at all. I was awake with my husband by my side the entire time. Well except when they prepped me, he had to wait outside the room which killed me. Jason Mraz was playing, the bright lights shining, the doctors prepping, it felt like an episode of Nip Tuck. The surgeon told me that I would feel a little pressure, which I don't actually remember feeling and the next thing I know I hear her cry and I heard the doctor say "We have an Aubrey!" and then 2 seconds later he said "...and she's peeing!" She was born at 9:59 pm. When they lifted her over that curtain and I saw her for the first time, I was overcome with a feeling that is indescribable. They brought her over to me and then my husband went with the baby to get cleaned up while they stitched  me up. I spent about an hour and a half in recovery and then I was taken to my room where all of family was anxiously awaiting our arrival (by this time it was after midnight). As exhausted as I was, I was so excited for everyone to meet our brand new baby girl!

Aubrey's birth was the most incredibly amazing thing that I have ever experienced and words just can't describe it.
Aubrey  Elle
January 28th at 9:59 p.m
 7 lbs. 3 oz.
18.5 inches
Coming home from the hospital
All dressed and ready for her first outing. (More on that in another post.)





21 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your story! She's absolutely darling! Congratulations again to your beautiful family!

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  2. I officially need a tissue. She's beautiful! They follow their own schedule :) Take it easy after your csection, I didn't and tried to workout too soon and it ended very badly. Congrats again!

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    1. Thank you! I'm taking it easy but this week I'm feeling a lot better. I'm not going to exercise until I get the okay at my appointment next week though.

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  3. Wow, she is GORGEOUS! Congratulations!!

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  4. You did so well Schnelle - it sounds like it was a challenging experience - but I'm glad it all turned out for the best. I hope your c-section recovery is going well and that you're able to get enough rest - hugs!

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    1. It definitely did turn out for the best, overall I'm really fortunate for how things worked out that day. I'm feeling a lot better, no more pain meds this week!

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  5. Congratulations! She's perfect. Thanks for sharing your story. :)

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  6. Aubrey Elle is such a beautiful name! Congrats to you and thanks for sharing your birth story!

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  7. She is so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing this :-) I hope you are doing well recovering.

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  8. ohhhhh congrats! i had a feeling thats why you were MIA:) she is sooo beautiful! hope you are getting rest and enjoying every moment with your dear daughter:)

    xoxo
    Mehreen

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  9. congratulations, she is beautiful!!!

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  10. Oh my gosh you are a strong woman to make it that long without meds! I would have cried when they told me I was going in for surgery after all of that. YOU are amazing!

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  11. She is gorgeous!
    http://golddustk.blogspot.co.uk/
    x

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  12. Wow, that is amazing. I can't even imagine the amount of pain you were in! She is absolutely beautiful. :')

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  13. She is such a beauty! Congrats to you & your husband. Such a blessing. <3

    Lindsay
    LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

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  14. I remember having my little boy, it was only 3.5 months ago. They are so precious at that stage... and still very much is! My water broke at 1cm, and originally I wanted a natural birth, but I ended up getting induced because I was dilating so very slowly. And of course, being induced makes pregnancy so painful, so at 4 cm I was screaming for anesthetic! But 12 hours later, after only 5 minutes of pushing, I had my sweet baby boy, and he couldn't have been any more perfect. Congratulations on your little girl!

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  15. She is absolutely beautiful!!! I am soo happy for you!! Healthy baby & healthy mama!! I too can't wait to hold my baby and share my birth story!!!

    <3 Denise

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