Just a little behind here! But Lillian Mae has made her appearance! It was an amazing day, and below is her birth story
The Day: Saturday, August 26th, 2017.
When did it start? 5:20am
Contraction, I wasn’t 100% sure of it, but had a feeling that what woke me up that morning was a wonderful contraction. It was a mix between a stomach cramp and a mild menstrual cramp. I don’t believe any mother who has given birth can truly explain what they feel like. After laying in bed for another 30 minutes, another one came on. Then I knew for sure that I was having contractions. They weren’t strong by any means but were stronger then the Braxton Hicks I was having in the weeks prior.
Not long after this, Daisee woke up (who has been sleeping with us lately). Then Dan woke up and I told him what was going on. Since we would have to find somewhere for the girls to go, Dan was sure that we should get going to the hospital. I was a little hesitant because I did not want to go too early and be sent home. I told him to get anything done that needed to in case we were gone all day. He went out and fed the chickens and some other things.
The contractions got stronger and more frequent. By 7:00am, I was calling my dad to see if he could meet us at the hospital to get the girls because I felt like it was go time! After that phone call, I balled my eyes out. Why? I’m not 100% sure if it was just hormones or if it was the fact that I was very excited to meet this little girl! I made Dan wake Ava up because of the tears. I didn’t want to scare here our look like a blubbering mess!
By 7:30am, we were out the door! Both girls awake and dressed and ready for their baby sister to come into the world! About halfway through our 25 minute drive, I told Dan, “I’m glad you convinced me to go, it’s definitely going to happen today!”
We arrived at the hospital at 8:00am. Dad got the girls in the truck (Daisee was not happy about leaving her mommy!), then into the hospital we went.
On the first cervical check, I was 4cm, 80% effaced with contractions coming every 5 minutes for 1 minute. Baby girl was definitely head down and engaged! After drawing blood, getting my IV in and getting those awesome doppler belts on me, they said I could get up and walk around or do whatever and they would check on me here and there unless I requested medications.
About 1 hour later, the contractions were pretty intense. I had asked the nurse when they would check my cervix again and she said they would check if I requested any pain medications. I didn’t want my baby to come into the world doped up, so I waited a little while and requested an epidural. At that point I was 5cm dilated, so I was definitely progressing. I was a little hesitant on requesting the epidural because it can slow down contractions. It was clear that things were progressing so the OB was not at all worried about that.
I received my epidural at 11:00am and I would say it took full affect at 11:30am. Not long after taking affect, my OB broke my water. She said I was easily 6cm dilated. Everything went fine with this and she told me to get some rest because she wouldn’t be surprised if she was born by noon!
I slept for about a half hour, Dan did as well. I don’t think I slept soundly because I could still feel the pressure of the contractions, just not the pain. I was also feeling other types of pressure that would definitely indicate that she’s ready to come out!
I had Dan page the nurse and OB because I was pretty sure it was go time. Sure enough, my OB checked me and I was 10cm dilated and basically 100% effaced. She was ready to come out!
After a few pushes, her head came out pretty easily. They noticed after that, that her hand was up by her shoulder. This was a minor issue. They said it should be fine as long as she’s using her arm after birth but it might take a little more effort for her shoulders to come out.
Then, at 12:19pm, on Saturday August 26th, 2017, Lillian Mae was born! She was a whole 8 pounds 8 ounces and 20.5 inches long! She wasn’t screaming/crying as much as they wanted when she came out, but after a while, she perked up! Dan was able to cut her umbilical cord (Daisee had pooped before she came out and Dan wasn’t able to cut hers).
Once she was cleared by the pediatric nurse, they handed her back over to mama! I was so happy to have her in my arms and had been waiting for that day since I found out I was pregnant. After awwing and oooing over her, we decided to give breastfeeding a try. She was PERFECT! She latched right on like a champ!
I am so blessed to have two amazing daughters and an amazing step-daughter! I look forward to watching them grow and seeing the amazing women they become!
Welcome to the world Lillian!