Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wham! Bam! Thank you mam!

Avalon Anneliese is here! She was born Superbowl Sunday. Feb. 6, 2011 at 3:23am. She weighed 7lbs 12oz and was 22 1/4 inches long. Enough with the stats lets get down to the nitty gritty. Lillies birth was hospital induced, and very medically intervined. I had and epi. Iv's, monitors etc. I wanted to have her at the birth center, but due to a friends complicated birth and a trip to nicu, Mike was strongly against this choice. I gave in. I was getting my baby in the end and it didn't matter. Or so I thought. I don't regret my choices but when we found out we were expecting again, I knew better than another hospital birth. It was not for me. I finally convinced DH that the birth center was what I was doing, and hoped he was on bored. After much deliberation and research he was. He attended birth classes with me, asked questions, and knew the same stats that I did when people started to question our choices in birth. I knew what I wanted, and I was very lucky to have the midwives completely on bored with me. I was "overdue" with Lillie so I fully expected the samething with Avalon. I worked up until the Friday blefore I had her, and was fully expecting to be back at work on Monday, "overdue". Avalon had other plans. I had been having braxton hicks for weeks. I am one of the lucky women who have a very active uterus. Sat. was a normal day. We woke up had breakfast at our normal breakfast joint, and answered the question..... "So when are you due?" "Today" I was not expecting to be in labor anytime soon, much less the next morning. We went about our normal day, running errands etc. We ended up at my inlaws house, and Lillie wanted to spend the night. I reluctantly gave in. She had never been away from me over night. EVER. But her cousin was there and they were playing and having a good time. It was inevitable that an overnight stay was going to happen soon with baby on the way. It would give Mike and us a night out, and one night kidless, or so we thought. We went out to eat, I wasn't hungry. I told dh I felt off, I was still having irregular contractions, and was tired. We finished dinner and went home. I fell asleep about 9:30 or so, still contracting, but nothing I was not used to. I woke up at 1:30 ish in pain. My contractions were a lot stronger and they hurt. I timed them for about ten minutes, and realized they were about two minutes apart and 30 sec long. I hesitated to wake Mike up. We were supposed to be at church at 7AM if this wasnt real labor, he was going to have a hard time going back to sleep, I didnt want that for him. About 1:45, I decided to get into the shower, see if I could make them go away, I woke Dh up and asked him to time them. The shower failed at making them stop, they were getting stronger. I was in labor. I called my Midwife at about 2:00am, she asked a few questions, told me I was probably in early labor to relax, rest, and call her if I felt "pushy" or if contractions were closer. I agreed as we both were only a few minutes from the birth center. Avalon was posterior, I knew I was in for back labor. I knew I would be on all fours letting gravity work in my favor, I also knew my bags were half packed. I packed, and gave orders what went where when I couldn't pack. Things were moving very quickly. By 2:30 everything was in the truck, by 2:45, I was trying not to push! Mike called my parents and the midwife, and told them we were on our way. We left the house at 3:05, after trying to not have her in our yard, literally, and got to the center at 3:10. I was checked, kinda. I was complete, and her head was less than a knuckle away. The midwife knew I wanted a water birth, so she had the tub drawn, but didn't know if I would be able to walk across the hall to it, I informed her I was getting in the tub. Mike was getting stuff in, and calling people to let them know we wouldn't be at church for set-up, and I frantically asked the birth assistant to go find him. I was in the tub, he was there, I was ready to push. I have had 2 contractions since getting to the center. I had another contraction, which I informed the midwife I was not going to push through, I needed a second to gather myself and really do this. Two contractions later she was here, 13 minutes after we arrived. I pulled her up to my chest. Avalon was here. I had really done this. My body had not failed me! I rubbed her chest, they gave me warm towels to clean her up with and we waited for her cord. It eventually stopped pulsing and it was clamped, Mike cut it, and because we were in the bathroom, we didn't get up to birth the plcenta. It came out a few minutes later, with an easy push. After a few more minutes, we went back into the bedroom, after a hemmorage scare. I got on the bed and Avalon was placed back on my chest. I was checked for tears-NONE! She was nursing within 30 minutes of her being born. My parents arrived shortly after, and got to meet their 2nd grandaughter. After everything had settled we did her well baby check, gave her a vit k shot, which she didn't even cry over, and got her vitals. She was perfect! Paper work was started to get us back home, and I ate and drank. We left the center at 5:30, two hours after she was born. I had my placenta encapsulated, so baby, placenta, and us were back home in less time thank it takes some people to go out dinner. I felt amazing, no pain meds, no tylenol, nothing, it was great! We went bed for a few hours, Mike ran up to church to drop somethings off and came back home and crashed. Mom was there to help with anything and we all were up to visitors after church at 12. I have absoutely no regrets about my labor, and wouldnt change anything about the whole hour and a half that it took. I do this all over again in a second!


Erika said...

A joy to read! Similar experience here! So much better when your body gets to do it's job!

Katy said...

What an amazing story! Welcome to your little one!