Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jane's VBAC Birthstory

I told myself I need to write this soon while it is still fresh on my mind : ) It was in the middle of the night so some details are a bit hazy... but I will do my best to explain as much as I can!

My contractions actually started Monday night around 3:00 a.m., and they were just painful enough where I couldn't sleep, but still walk around and do stuff... so I didn't get any sleep that night but I thought maybe this is it!  I went in to my 39 week appointment Tuesday morning and I had not progressed any from the week before, so I just told myself not to get discouraged but to just continue to wait for the Lord's perfect timing.  Well... Tuesday night his timing was right!  Contractions started again around 11:30 p.m. and Joey had gone back to work to finish up any last minute things just in case.  I called him and said "Come home NOW!" haha.  We began timing them and they were lasting 6 minutes apart and 1 minute long.  After about 9 consistent contractions, they started getting stronger and harder.  It was really late and I told Joey we better call our friends the Gardenhires who were on call to come to our house if I went into labor.  Then all of a sudden the contractions started coming every 2 minutes, and I started getting nauseas... I said "We have to go NOW."  They were very painful at this point and it was getting harder to relax. Joey was frantically taking our bags downstairs and I was thinking thank God I had everything packed and ready.  The Gardenhires showed up  around 1:00 a.m. smiling and wanting to take a picture of the whole thing, but realized real quick that this was not the time for a photoshoot : ) 
We drove to the hospital while I told Joey to run every redlight as I was writhing in pain.  We got there and checked in, my contractions still coming about every 2 1/2 minutes.  This is where I now realize why people have home births.  Now I had to undress, get an IV (which took like 10 minutes and poking like 10 different times to find a vein), get checked, blood pressure cuff strapped on, monitors strapped around my stomach, and all while having the most pain I have ever experienced in my life.  Joey had to continually keep asking the nurses if they would just "hold on a second please" because they didn't seem to mind if I was in the middle of a contraction or not.  When the nurse did check me I was at 4 cm dilated, so they said I could be checked in since that is considered active labor. 
I finally was able to lie down in a hospital bed, and at this point that is all I wanted to do.  I cannot even describe the intensity of the pain that was going on, and all I could do was hug the pillow and beg Joey to pray over me.  After another hour or maybe more of this, the contractions began double peaking, lasting 2 1/2 minutes with no break in between.  It was at this point that I started throwing up.  I HATE throwing up with a passion.  This was no cake walk.  I told the nurse I wanted to be checked cause surely I must be in transition with all this going on.  She did and I was at 6 cm and completely effaced.  I was begging Joey for an epidural with every contraction, and I had to just realize after throwing up the 4th or 5th time that I didn't want to do this anymore... it seemed that everything I learned about natural childbirth seemed to be forgotten at that point.  With no sleep for 2 nights, no rest in between contractions and throwing up....I wanted the epidural and I wanted it NOW! haha.  I asked the nurse when I could get one and she called the anesthesiologist... since it was the middle of the night it took a while for him to get there.  After he gave me the epidural it took about 20 minutes for it to start working and they made me lay flat on my back so it could get evenly distributed in both legs. When it finally started working I was so relieved.  It seemed like everyone else was too.
We rested for a few hours, and by that point my Dad and Joey's Dad had arrived and came into the room to see us for a bit.  We had a few laughs and then the on call doctor came in to check me.  I was at 8 cm and she said she wanted to break my water.  I thought Lord please let me make it until my doctor can get here in time instead of the on call doctor.  After this I began to feel the contractions again and the epidural had worn off.  Come to find out the machine wasn't working right, so there I was again facing the contractions this time harder than ever.  I just gave in at this point and tried to relax as best I could, accepting each contraction as it came.  After about an hour of this they fixed the machine and gave me another dose of the medicine.  Then around 6:30 a.m. my doctor arrived!!!  I was so incredibly happy to see her!  She checked me and I was still at an 8 cm.  We thought it might be another few hours before I started pushing.  She came back about 25 minutes later and said "Ok, it's time to push!"  I was thinking oh my goodness!! We are so close!
My doctor just sat by my feet and was so encouraging and relaxed as she talked to me, telling me to do a few practice pushes.  She said "wow you are an amazing pusher!"  I pushed for about 30 minutes, the whole time them exclaiming how much hair they could see on Jane's head.  I was thinking "Yea she has hair!"  I asked for a mirror to see, then said "wait, nevermind I better not : ))   So after about 30 minutes of pushing out she came!  I actually was able to feel her come out which I wanted to feel, and I was so happy to see her!  She wasn't crying when she came out, but was wide eyed, and after about 7 seconds we heard her cry.  Then came the moment I so badly had wanted... they placed my baby on my chest and I just sat and rejoiced in my heart at my new precious gift and the absolute miracle of birth.  Only God could have ordained this.  I cannot describe how thankful I am to the Lord, who gave me the desire of my heart and allowed me to have a vaginal birth.  We love you Jane Abigail! 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jane Abigail is Here

Jane Abigail Bellington was born on May 18, 2011 at 7:19 a.m.  She weighed 7lbs 13 oz, and is 21 inches long.  I was able to have a very successful VBAC and will post a birth story sometime soon.  Here are some pictures of our sweet baby girl!

We are enjoying being a family of 4 and are in love with Jane! 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Duggar's New Book

Anyone who knows me well knows I love the Duggar family! Check out this awesome video about their new book and a peek into their life. Just click on the link below.

Monday, May 9, 2011

38 Weeks and Almost There!

So now for a pregnancy update!

I went in for an appointment this morning and my doctor checked me: 1 1/2 cm dilated and 70% effaced.
She said the baby is VERY low which is a good thing!  No breech babies this time please!

My doctor thinks I will go into labor by the end of this week, considering I have progressed and she said my cervix looks perfect and my uterus is active.  All I know is that only God knows, but I hope she is right!

Contractions: only Braxton Hicks and very strong ones pretty much all day today.
Size of baby:  Over 7lbs according to an ultrasound done last week!
My weight gain: around 31 pounds (exactly how much I gained with Kay)
Pregnancy cravings:  Lime water at all times

How I am feeling?: 
-I have this horrible nerve pain along the left side of my back when I sit down... I had it with Kay in the last trimester and it came back to haunt me this time too.
-My hands and feet are swollen and I haven't worn my wedding ring in way too long!
-Not sleeping well at all... my mind just races at night! not to mention at least 3 bathroom breaks!
-Nesting like crazy and trying to make sure everything is ready!

Our birth plan is to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), and unmedicated, meaning no epidural.  We took Bradley Method classes when we were pregnant with Kay and learned a TON of information about the advantages of natural birth and birth in general.  We didn't get to use it though because Kay flipped breech when I was 38 weeks (reason for c-section), but we intend to use what we learned this time around.
It will be more difficult to labor naturally because I will be hooked up to monitors continuously and just monitored more than usual because of the VBAC, but I'm praying it won't hold me back!

Am I against epidurals? No.  Will I agree to an epidural during labor? Only if my doctor thinks it will increase my chances for VBAC.

So that is all I have for now!

We had a great Mother's Day yesterday and here are a few pictures we got:

Sharing a Mother's Day special smoothie for breakfast : )

Ready to go to church where they catered fajitas for the fellowship meal to give the moms a break from cooking!

Just think next Mother's Day I will have 2 baby girls! I can't wait : )

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Plea for This Mother

After the Alabama tornados hit, there were many families left with no home, and even lost family members.  My heart broke when I heard of the Lee family, who have 13 children.  While being hit badly by a tornado, the father threw his body over some of his children to protect them and he was killed.  A few of the other children were badly injured and are in the hospital.

Will you please join with me in praying for this family, who have lost not only their home, but have lost a husband and father?

I also ask you mothers to consider giving to this mother of 13, who just lost her husband.  Instead of asking for a gift for mother's day, think of this widow and how we can help to serve her during this time.  There is a place you can donate funds to their family if you feel led to do so by clicking on the link above.

There are a few other families who have lost everything, including the Crawford family who I have met personally and admire very much. This was their home after the tornado hit.

Kelly Crawford is an inspiring mother and woman of God, and you can read about their experience here. You can also donate to the Crawfords by clicking on the same link above.

I know the Lord is working through this tragedy, and it is so encouraging to see the Body of Christ responding so faithfully. 

 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.  Take up the cause of the fatherless;  plead the case of the widow.  Isaiah 1:17