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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ella's birth story

I just got finished feeding her and now can't go back to sleep, so I thought I would write out her birth story. It was pretty uneventful to tell the truth, which is great.

We got to the hospital about 10:30 p.m., on Monday to be induced due to high blood pressure and low amniotic fluid, and by the time they got me hooked up to the monitors and my IV in, I was having contractions on my own. The doctor decided not to do the vaginal meds to make me dilate, since I was already having contractions. These weren't bad at all.

They started pitocin through the IV at 5 a.m. I was about a 2 then. The contractions started coming harder, but they weren't bad at all. When they picked up about two hours later, I asked for my epidural. They checked me, and I was at three, so they let me get it. It was wonderful, and the anthesiologist didn't hurt me at all.

A few hours later, about 10 a.m., I started feeling contractions on one side, so I told the nurse. She upped the meds for the epidural. I had been laying on my side to keep my blood pressure down, and right after that, it was time to roll to the over side. All that extra medicine went to that side, and my one leg was paralyzed. I couldn't feel it at all. It freaked me out a little. I started to have a panic attack, but DH calmed me down a little. It was the most awful feeling in the world.

They checked me at 11 a.m., and I was only at a 4. I almost freaked out then because I wasn't sure how long I was going to last with my leg as numb as it was. The doctor decided to up my pitocin. Probably an hour later, I felt something different, a sense of pressure. Dh went and got the nurse, who checked me and said we were ready to have a baby. She called my doctor who came over.

I pushed for four sets of three, and Ella was born. DH nearly passed out, but the doctor made him turn around and sit down by my head and he was fine after that. She cut me because I had started to tear, and she said it would have been a massive tear if she hadn't. I am ok with it and less sore than I was when I had a second degree tear with my oldest DD.

She weighed six pounds, nine ounces and was 19 inches long. She's a chunky little monkey with chubby cheeks and double chin. Tessa is in love with her and is a great big sister. I was so worried because I was afraid she would be jealous because it's just been DH, me and her for the past six and a half years, but so far so good. I know it might be different when we get home.

I will always miss our Jenna, who was stillborn last year due to Trisomy 18, but my arms don't feel quite as empty as they did for the longest time anymore. My rainbow baby is finally here, and she has a big sister who is watching her from above, making sure she is fine.

I'll post pics tomorrow when we get home.


Mirna said...

Once again, congrats! Seen the little princess on Facebook and she looks gorgeous - loved the pink bow in her hair! :) I am sure Tessa will be fine with her, just follow your heart. Lots of praises and cuddles will do the trick, lol! Can't wait to see more pics. Hope she brings you lots of love and joy, welcome little Ella :)Hugs to you ;)

JenJen said...

Its sad that you got Ella's birthstory up already and I'm still working on Cooper's!!!

Congrats again on Ella's arrival and I just can't wait to see pics!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Can't wait to see her!

Mom to 2 boys +? said...

Yay!! I'm so glad she's finally here! Congratulations!

Radar's Mom said...

Congratulations!!!! I can't wait to see the pics of your sweet Ella!!!

Meg said...

Congratulations!!! What a wonderful gift in this Thanksgiving season!

Basha's Mama said...

I'm so happy to hear that everything went well. I hope your transition to home goes smoothly too. My biggest emotional breakdown after having my daughter was feeling like my son wasn't getting enough attention - but we all survived and are doing well.

B's Mom said...

Congrats! You must be so happy- and I am so happy for you. I can't wait to see pictures!!!!!

Reese said...

I am so very happy to hear this wonderful news! Welcome home baby Ella!

Wishing you much love and happiness!


Violet said...

I'm so happy for your entire family! I can't wait to "meet" little Ella! I know she is JUST beautiful!

I love that all your girls share double letters, something that connects them all!

MegS said...

Saw some pics of Ella on FB. She's so beautiful! Love the rose pic. I hope all is going well.