Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Welcome to the world!

Friday morning at 4:30am I was awoken by some very different cramps.  I wasn't sure what it was, I thought my stomach might just be upset.  The cramps didn't really get worse for a while so when Will got up at 6:15am I sent him to work, but told him he might have to come home so keep his phone on him.  I kept cramping and about 8am and called my mom and told her what I was feeling and she said she thought I was probably in early labor.  I wasn't sure, because obviously I had never experienced it before! I called my dad about 9am because he had gone to San Diego on Thursday for Father's Day weekend, even though I told him that it could happen anytime! He just didn't think I'd go 10 days early! He told me to go to the hospital and get checked so he could know if he needed to catch the 1:20pm flight back here.  I then called Will and he came home and we headed to the hospital about 10am.  When we got to triage, I was monitored for an hour and found out that my contractions were 3-4 minutes apart! I was still only 1.5cm dilated, so not "in labor" yet.  That's when I found out that not only was my father out of town, but so were my doctors! The triage nurse called the doctor who goes on call for them when they are gone (Dr. Hutchinson) and she had me walk for an hour to see if I'd progress.  When we got done, I was dilated to 2 cm and contractions were 2-3 minutes apart, with that change I was officially "in labor."  I was admitted at 1pm.  My dad wasn't able to catch the 1:20pm flight and they had to wait for a 7:30pm flight, so he kept telling me to wait! By the time I was in my room, all set up, I was 3 cm.  Dr. Hutchinson came in at 2:30pm and broke my water, which is the WEIRDEST feeling ever! Just like you peed all over yourself and then every time you move you do it over and over again!  I hung on until 6cm and contractions were 1-2 minutes apart before I broke down and got an epidural.  I have no clue what time that was because when those contractions came, I couldn't focus on anything or anyone but getting through it and they were coming so fast and hard! I labored for a long time on the birth ball which really helped, but the contractions were making me get sick a few times. After the epidural,  I was me again! I could actually focus on enjoying the fact that I was having a baby!  My dad and stepmom finally got to the hospital at 9pm and they were so happy that they had made it! By 11pm I was 10cm and ready t0 go! My nurse called Dr. Hutchinson to get there.  About 10 pushes later I pulled my little girl into the world MYSELF! It was so amazing but the first thing I could say through my tears of joy was "She's so gross!"  Everyone started laughing, including myself! I did tear a little bit, which was one of my fears, but I only got about 5 stitches.  Of course Will was there with me and mom, but my dad and stepmom got to be there too.  I didn't think that they wanted to be but they later said that they really did but it was up to me.  I told them that it was up to them and they were SO HAPPY that they were there to see Hayden be born.  My dad still thanks me for one of the happiest moments in his life.  That makes me feel great.  Everyone was crying and so overwhelmed with joy.  

Hayden Isabella came into the world at 12:26am on Saturday, June 20, 2009.  She was 7lbs 7.2oz and 21 inches long.  She's a miracle and we are so in love!  We came home on Father's Day at 4pm,  Will and my dad got the best Father's Day present of their lives!   

Freshly squeezed
Fresh and clean with a mohawk
My precious baby girl
Grandma, Gramps, Daddy, and Grammy
Proud grandpa and daddy
4 generations


Chip and Dani Brown said...

Awww!! I LOVE birth stories!! Thanks for posting this :) Makes me have "baby fever"...hehe. Aren't epidurals fabulous? It makes the whole thing so much more enjoyable, at least for me! I am soo happy for you guys..Hayden is ADORABLE! Have fun being a mommy!! It just gets better and better!

Georgia & Matt Johnson said...

I am so happy for you!!! I am sorry I didn't make it to the hospital to visit. Vickie, Lori and I are planning on visiting next week and bringing you lunch. We are going to give you a little time to get settled, but then we will be over to cuddle. Hayden is just adorable and I can't wait to see you and her. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you and your family!!!

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