WOW! what a surge of emotions -- my baby has been born!!
My Labor and Delivery Story:
It was July 16th - My actual due date. I was relaxing in bed -- watching TV pampering myself -- had my hair full of coconut oil and was doing a facial treatment. When I got up to go to the restroom water trickled down my leg to the floor on both sides. I immediatly tried to stop it thinking I might just be peeing LOL -- but it continued to flow. It then stopped. I called my husband and said "I think my water broke" he said "what do you mean I think".. I said "well I've never had my water break before so I don't know." He then left his job site and rushed to be by my side. I quickly went to the shower to wash my hair and face full of coconut oil, -- thinking of coarse it would happen at this time of all times LOL. I got myself ready -- even managed some mascara and a bow in my hair. :) I wasn't feeling any pain.
at 2:00 pm We proceeded to the doctor. They sat me in the "observation room" to make sure I was in labor and they could admit me. They did 3 tests to see if my water did in fact break. All came out negative. I was irritated. I knew that it had leaked out. But the tests all showed no. They asked me to walk around the grounds a bit and see if anymore water would leak. Of coarse it didn't. They sent me home.
I knew something has happened and I wasn't crazy. Whatever, we went and got pizza with our friend Dan. (He had left work also and come all the way to our house to watch our dog while I would be having the baby.) We returned home and at 6:00 pm. I felt another gush of water, then another and another. I even got a shot glass full of the water to show the doctors that I was not crazy, it was leaking like crazy. Hahah! I left it at home during the rush haha. Whoops (gross!)
We went back to Labor & Delivery at 7:00 pm, I had brought like 3 towels because literally when I walked anywhere water would spew out, leaving a puddle wherever I went. Good thing I did because when I got there there was a wait, and we sat in the waiting room for about 45 mins. They finally admitted me with no questions asked (the towels made them finally believe me LOL) and we were finally in our labor and delivery suite. Wow were we really going to meet our daughter soon! Craziness! It all started setting in .. many different emotions!
They hooked me up to monitors and checked me --- I was still only 1 cm. But, was having contractions. They said they would check me in another 4 hours to see how I progressed. When they came back and checked I was 3 cm, almost 4. They said it seemed to be moving slowly and asked if I wanted to try Potossin or wait it out. I said I would do whatever they recommended so the Potossin was started at 1:00 am. They also asked if I wanted an epidural and I obliged. I was super scared about the epidural, I had dumbly once watched my friend get one done and the memory of that needle was burned into my brain. So the epidural man came in and had John sat right in front of me for support, the epidural was done and it wasn't bad at all! Thank heavens! The midwife came back at 4:00am, and said I had only progress to 4cm. She said She was going to turn up the Potossin and check back in soon. Well when she came back she checked me and she was like "oh my gosh ur at 10 cm, ur ready!" She said she wanted to wait for the head to come down a bit more maybe an hour or so. I had said Ok, but seeing how I had dilated so fast I was feeling lot of pressure of the head coming down the birth canal, it became unbearable, I told the midwife I was ready to push and she said "alright let's go!!" -- Side note -- my water was still leaking at this point in HUGE puddles, they changes by bed sheets probably 50 times. My belly was so deflated you could actually see where the baby was laying in my tummy!! Craziness!!
My mom took one leg, my husband took the other, the nurse helped ease her out, until her head was about to pop out, then the midwife came in --
25 mins of pushing ( 5 total contractions total - 3 pushes each) and Winter was born!!!!
Born: July 17, 2015
We are so excited to have her! It has been a crazy first few days.
The first day home she had major gas problems and was screaming at the top of her lungs, poor system started working and it was really hurting her, we both felt so bad. But that has since went away. Hallelujah!!
Breastfeeding- WOW! And I thought it was going to be sooo easy! But man it has been a struggle. I am determined to do it though. It is the best thing for her, and that is all I want! I went to a breastfeeding class and now it;s burned in my brain that breastfeeding is the only option. UGH.
I thought she would pop out latch on and the rest would be history -- boy was I wrong! I thought it would be easy because my mother had no issues breastfeeding at all (so i thought like mother like daughter) -- NOPE wrong again!
First -- she didn't latch right in the hospital -- I had huge sores, bruising and scabs when I left. This caused my nipples to be sooo senstive I would have serious anxiety just to hug anyone or have the baby latch on. I started having serious crying breakdown at least once everyday. It hurt so bad!!!!
Its now been 2 week and 2 days and my nipples still have small sores, but it is getting so much better. At one point I even had asked advise from friends and family on what formula to get and I rushed to Target to get some just in case, cus i thought she might be starving. I tried pumping it still hurt and barely anything was coming out (most likely cus i was so stressed). My husband wouldn't even be able to be in the room with me when i was breastfeeding cus it pained him so much.
I am now using a nipple shield, until my nipples heal, applying ointment before and after every feeding and wearing breast pads, to protect the rubbing of shirts and materials on them. IT HAS BEEN A STRUGGLE. And I cried and cried at the thought of not being able to breastfeed. I hope all gets better from here, It seems to be a little better everyday!! Hopes are high!
On a different note:
I am learning so much about her everyday, and she is learning me. It's crazy how much you learn in such a short time!! It seems I got her cries down and know what is going on now. Today she was super alert for a good 30 mins even smiling and so happy!!! I know what they mean now when they say just when they smile it makes it all worth it!!!
Excited to see what the next couple of weeks brings, I will keep you informed ) xoxoxo!