Monday, October 27, 2014

Miss Emma

sak photography

Emma June
September 9, 2014
2:05 pm
7 lbs. 11 oz. 19 1/2 in

I don't even know how to write a birth story. First, it's so personal - I mean, we are talking about a child coming out of your Area. And yeah, Area deserves capitalization there, you know what I'm saying? But, it is also amazing, a true miracle, completely natural - the most natural just awesome experience this world has to offer and a silly blog post is the least of places it deserves to be written for. But, for now, the Internet is kind of a permanent place where I can keep these precious gems and one day this little miss will want to read how she came in to this world. Maybe? I hope so. 

You think you know how things are going to go. At least I did, this time. The fifth baby, you'd think I am a pro at birthing them, but if there is one thing I know in this life is that you never know. We arrived at the hospital in the morning, as scheduled, and things went routinely for an induction: paper work, room, IV, waiting. My doctor decided to break my water before starting pitocin. That was new. She wanted to see if labor would progress on its own by breaking my water, but...nothing. So, the nurse started pitocin and had to increase the dose every hour because nothing was happening. I was contracting, but I couldn't even feel them and they were all over the place.. Finally, at 9 ml/hr I started feeling the contractions, but I wasn't dilating. ...and let me just say here that all the boys were born quickly. No problems dilating, nothing, so I starting to get on edge. The nurse provided a ball and once I started moving around on it a bit the contractions started coming closer together and more painful - good sign for a baby!

But no dilation. So more waiting. And then, two nurses came in and put an oxygen mask on me. And that was new, too. So I started getting a little more anxious, obviously, but the nurse said not to worry that baby's heart rate was going down just a bit and this would help. But, little Emma wasn't descending.

Things get a little foggy here. There was an influx of nurses and the doctor was in and out and Travis kept pacing back and forth, and everyone looked worried.  I didn't know what else to do except to pray and it was kind of a desperate prayer along the lines of " Please keep this baby safe and dear God I cannot handle a c-section with four other children at home to take care of so please help me out here". And, as soon as the word amen left my lips, even through the epidural, I felt this baby move on down to where she was supposed to be and I don't take that lightly. I was helped in that instance. I followed up with a quick prayer of thanks. 

So, I was all ready to push. And it was hard. I've never had trouble pushing a baby out, but I felt like I couldn't even get any kind of grip to push. Travis, bless his heart, is such a supporter. He was on my right side doing and saying whatever he could to encourage me to push - but he just didn't get it. I literally could not push! Eventually I managed to push enough for her to descend and with a little help from our doctor, Emma came out. 

She got a quick check and spent the next couple of hours getting snuggled. (i actually hate that word.) And the rest of the time in the hospital was smooth sailing. It took us a little while to pick her name. When we finally settled on Emma, we still were on the fence about her middle name. It was between Lynn and June. I just love the name June and since we didn't use it for the first name, I just couldn't let go of it. So, Emma June it was.

She got visits from lots of family: the boys and Cheryl, followed by my Mom and Dad, and Aunties Danielle and Lauren. Lauren came back the next day with Michael, and Chris and Lorrin, a friend of Travis', and Great Grandma and Grandpa Wilson came before we left.

We had amazingly nice nurses and everything just went great. I appreciate their hard work.

And then, we came home....

(and aren't the pictures just darling??! My friend Sarah does an amazing job! Can't wait to see our family photos we had done over the weekend!)

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