Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Virtual Baby Shower

Over at Gunning It, Margie is throwing a virtual baby shower! She is expecting her second child! How exciting!

For Game #4, I am going to share my birth story! Yay! More nostalgia! (I've been feeling very nostalgic about pregnancy lately!)
I wrote this shortly after Anna was born on my first blog, on Myspace of course. ;)

Anna D___ P______
November 19, 2006
8:10 p.m.
7lbs 11oz
19 inches long

(Sorry if this seems short, I'm exhausted.) I went in to be induced on Sunday morning 5am. The doctor checked me and I was already 3cm dilated and 80% efffaced, so they broke my water to see if that alone would stimulate contractions, but it didn't. They gave me pitocin at like 8 am-ish. It really wasn't bad at all at first. They checked me, I was still very comfortable and when they checked me I was 4cm and 100% effaced. I actually remember thinking how "easy" it was at this point and the nursing staff was impressed that I wasn't begging for the epidural yet. I asked for one some time later when I was like 6 cm but only because it would take 20 minutes to kick in and I wanted it to work once I was fully dilated. Well, I got the epidural and the first dose did not work at all, I wasn't concerned at this point... then I got the second dose and I was able to sleep a little because it dulled the pain enough... THEN I woke up in terrible pain not 1 hour after the second dose. They gave me a third dose of the epidural and it STILL wasn't working. I was numb from the knees down and my butt was numb (gee, if I were giving birth through my toes it would have been very nice!) The anesthesiologist said that the epidural is equal to ones' height and by then they had given me the dose of a 6 foot 2 inch person! Unfortunately, Anna was also posterior, so I had the worst back labor as well. At last I was checked and I was 9 cm, then they checked me a half an hour later and I was +2. They asked me if I wanted to start pushing and I said YES! I was in so much pain, I just wanted it to end! So I pushed for an hour and I was so exhausted from hunger (I had only had a bowl of cereal at 5am that morning and by then it was 7. I pushed so hard for so long and it hurt so bad that I kept throwing up. The contractions were coming one after another. Finally my OBGYN came in and he said that he would try to use the vacuum to pull her out and if it didn't work I'd need a C-Section. Anna was stuck in the birth canal because of her posterior position and because I was too exhausted to push very hard or very consistently. I was so tired that I couldn't keep my eyes open and I was even resting during contractions. So, finally the doctor put on the pump and I pushed as hard as I could and some time during this the doctor gave me a "generous" episiotomy--I didn't even notice! The vacuum released which made my body pop back, then the doctor put it back on and pulled her out. I didn't even know that she was born until she was put on my stomach. I kept my eyes closed for most of the labor (I was too exhausted to keep them open...) She was screaming and everything and she is so cute. The only thing that hurts is the episiotomy. It was pretty big, too. I asked the doctor how many stitches I had and he said, "We're up to six so far." and he wasn't even close to being done yet!

Anyhow, I'm in a ton of pain and the Perkoset only helps a little with the pain, but Anna makes it all worth it! She is so beautiful! She has dark black hair and a poor scabby red mark from when the vacuum popped off. She's just adorable! It was all worth it. I'll just try not to relive that delivery, though!

Anna is a great little breastfeeder, too! She caught on right away and the nurses said that babies who have traumatic deliveries usually don't feed very well, but she caught on right away. I was able to try to feed her just an hour or two after she delivered.

For Pregnancy Photos, Please See THIS POST And THIS POST. Thank you!

EDIT: Here are my answers to the baby shower games:
My answers:
Game 1: 177 jellybeans
Game 2:
Game 3: 112 diapers
Game 4 URL:

Top 5 Prizes:

8, Hanes
2, Blessed Mom
4, Chesapeake Ribbons
20,Sweet Pea Cakes, etc.
6, Cushie Pillow


Tonya said...


It sounds like you had one HARD labor! With our first baby the epidural took WONDERFULLY. It was a pretty fast labor (for a first baby) and I felt WONDERFUL afterwards. However, I dilated too quickly to get it with the second two. By the third baby I think I had him within 2 hours of arriving at the hospital. I was really blessed with each delivery. (I've always heard that boys come faster.. don't know if that's true?)

Now, I was really impressed that your daughter "latched on" so quickly. (I mean, after they'd told you she probably wouldn't) That's AWESOME! I'm glad you have a happy ending with a beautiful, healthy baby girl! =-)

(Oh, and about my post.. I hope that didn't seem disrespectful to anyone. My point was to say that taking care of the graves used to be something the boys enjoyed doing because it meant hanging out with grandpa. Now, it's just too hard for them. I hadn't thought about anyone NOT being able to visit the graves of their loved ones because of distance. I hope I don't sound like we're taking that for granted) I do worry too much, I know! =-)


Jan Parrish said...

My epidural didn't work either. I had back problems for years after. I don't recommend them.

My 'baby' is 24 and having one of her own now.

Talina said...

I haven't had any babies yet, would love to but just haven't gotten pregnant yet..

I would like to do a natural birth at home if possible.. A girl can dream right?

Sarah said...

I got tired reading about your story! Labor is so tough! It really makes you feel good knowing you pushed her out, though...huh? What a reward! Epidurals are great! I had them with Caleb and Maddie, but it didn't really work with Madelyn (for pain). With Caleb, they had to stick me 3 times before it was positioned correctly. That was horrible.

I am nearing being ready for pregnancy again. I never look forward to labor though. :)

Thanks for sharing! Have a super night!

Violet said...

Hi Sara! I've been checking out your blog for a bit now, it has been fun! Anna is getting so big, I just can't believe it! I can't wait to get married and have the little girl GOd promised me when I was 10, and He named when I was 15. You need to check out my blog! IT was fun re-reading Annas birth story, and I love the favorite foto friday idea, i explored some of your friends blogs who do that!
Fun Fun!

CanCan said...

Poor poor Mommy! At least you won a prize for your "labors". (pun intended...I NEVER DO THAT!)