One year ago today, Kaitlyn Rose was born @ 8:22pm!
At 7am I woke up to go to work, but as soon as I got out of bed, I felt a gush and quickly ran to the bathroom, my water had broke!
|Arriving at the Hospital|
Once we arrived at the hospital, I was admitted into triage where they ran some tests to make sure my water hand indeed broke, and it had! Once in my labor room, they hooked my up to the monitors to make sure everything was ok. Since I wanted a natural childbirth, I asked if we could get the mobile monitor so I could walk through my contractions. As they went to hook it up, they realized it was broken. So the nurse said I could walk the halls for 15 minutes, and then come back to be monitored for the next 10 minutes. So that's what we did. Walk the halls, come back to the room and sit on my labor ball.
|Andrew was a great coach, we skipped through the halls..(in the beginning)|
|Lunch time, all I could have was a popsicle, Andrew got Pizza!|
Around 5:30pm is when the contractions were getting really intense. I could no longer walk through the contractions, and had to stop and lean over. Andrew helped immensely by pushing against my back for counter-pressure on my back, because that was where a lot of the pain was.
At 6pm, we were back in the room and it was getting real bad. I started feeling the pressure down below and I felt a "I gotta go #2" sensation. Once I said that, the nurses hurried me into the bed to check my progression. Sure enough, I was fully dilated and 100% effaced, it was time to push!
Our OB was notified and I remember hearing that he wasn't at the hospital....and then a little later, he comes running in, out of breath!! I think he felt bad he wasn't there on time!!! At around 7:15pm, I finally started pushing, but had no idea what I was doing. Andrew held up one leg and one of the nurses held my other leg. Once a contraction would come, I would push. After each push, I kept asking..."am I doing anything?" I felt like my pushing wasn't accomplishing anything. I know I pushed for about 45 minutes, but it felt like forever. During my rest period, Andrew would give me my water to drink, and placed a cold rag on my head. I tried the ice chips but they did nothing for me, ha! Also in between pushes, I distinctly remember our OB nodding his head to my birth CD music, pretty sure it was a Dave Matthews song. Seeing him dance to it, just made me laugh inside.
I think my OB, Dr. Karen realized I wasn't pushing effectively, so we changed techniques. I used the bars attached to the bed to hold onto, instead of my legs, for pushing leverage. That seemed to help a lot. Then once the head started to crown, they brought the mirror over so that I could see what I was doing. I was a little leary seeing EVERYTHING down there, but it really helped me focus on my job and I could see what was working and what wasn't.
At 8:22pm, our beautiful daughter Kaitlyn Rose Meyer was born, at 7 lbs, 6oz, 19.5" long!
|Getting her first bath|
As soon as they put her on my chest, I was in awe. I think I said, "Hi baby, I'm your momma!" It was so amazing!!!
|All clean and checking each other out|
|The next morning, 9-15-10|
|Our Celebration Dinner, Kaitlyn got to "sunbathe" by the window with us!|
|I love her!|