Olivia's Birth Story

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Olivia's Birth Story
Sat, 11-17-2012 - 8:37pm

Posting on behalf of Jessica. :-)


Olivia's Birth story

I was Admitted at 7pm on Thursday night. When the nurse checked me I was already at 4 to 5 cm at 8pm. After some monitoring they gave me the cytotec. I started having some small contractions after about an hour. Mike and I walked but the contractions were less than 5 minutes apart. I tried the ball like I had with gabby but they were so intense and not in my back so it didn't feel good at all. 
She was moving around a ton and I got my 2 rounds of antibiotics for GBS around 9:30. 
Labor really started around 10:30. When they checked me I was at 6cm. They broke my water at this time too.  I was in the bed for my entire labor because laying down in the fetal position and squeezing mikes hand was the only thing that felt good. The contractions were coming so close. Without mike I wouldn't have made it through. I got a dose if Fentanyl around 1am. I took the edge of for a bit but not like it had the last time. Looking back I realize this is because I was all set to deliver where with gabby I needed pitocin to increase the contractions and put them closer together. At 1 Mike said to me "I bet we have her before 2" I thought he was mincing me and tht this labor was going to last forever. I was having a really hard time breathing through the contractions at this point. Around 1:20 my midwife came in to start but the woman next door needed her so they called the ER doc up just in case. But he had 3 patients waiting in the ER. Keep in mind we are at a smaller hospital in a country community. So chances of this are crazy. The ER do was pretty rude. He said to the nurses after barely introducing himself to me "either we are delivering this baby now or I am leaving". So because of that and because I was ready thy got the bed ready and put my feet on the foot rests. I liked it better with mike and the nurse holding my legs and feet. 
I needed oxygen because I was panicking a bit and not breathing long breaths. The ER doc left and my midwife came in. We finished pushing her out by 1:55. It was the hardest thing I have ever done and I don't know that I would have been able to do it without Mike there. 
They had 2 NICU nurses there because there was mirconiuem in my water when she broke my water. But little miss Olivia did great and got a 9 on both her agar scores. She weighed 8lbs 5oz and 20in. 
She is doing great. Nursing wonderful. Her blood sugars were a little low so they had to check it for 12 hours today. 

She is sleeping great too and we are enjoying her so much!

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Fri, 11-23-2012 - 8:58am

Hey ladies. I haven't posted in awhile because I can't from my ipod and I don't get on our laptop very often.

We are doing good. Liv is a week old today.  She is doing great, the past few nights she has been doing great. She is a pretty laid back baby (although I am expecting that to change). We call her our mouse because she barely cries and just mainly squaks and squeaks at us when she needs to eat or her diaper changed.

Big sister Gabby is doing well. She loves her little sister and likes to be a big help, but listens when I tell her she can't help with certain things. It's been a little tough since the holiday is throwing her schedule off of being at daycare, so we will see how the next few days go. But all in all I think the transition of having Olivia home is going well. the dog is actually having a bit of a harder time than Gabby is ;)

I just can't believe that I only have 6 weeks left and then I am back at work. Totally sucks! But what can you do. Luckily it's only part time going back, but I really wish I could take like 3 to 4 months off total instead of just the 7 weeks.

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Registered: 08-24-2005
Thu, 11-22-2012 - 9:26am

Sounds like an intense labor!!

I also spent most of my labors on a fetal position lying on my side, because it was more comfortable. When I walked/sat/showered was because I knew it would speed things up, but I hated it because it hurt worse and sucked all my energy.

I'm glad you are both ok, and that although it was hard (booo to the ER doctor!!!), it wasn't traumatic.


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Registered: 10-15-2001
Wed, 11-21-2012 - 1:45pm

(I have tried to reply to this thread four or five times.  Let's see if it works this time!)

Congratulations!  It sounds like you and Mike make a wonderful team.  What a blessing!  Welcome, Olivia.  How is the big sister doing?

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Registered: 09-29-2006
Wed, 11-21-2012 - 12:48pm
Congratulations, Jessica! Welcome to the world, Olivia:). It sounds like you had a fairly quick, but difficult labour. You should be so proud of yourself for making it through and bringing your new daughter into the world! I hope that you are enjoying these sweet newborn days and look forward to hearing updates when you're ready:).

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Registered: 07-15-2003
Mon, 11-19-2012 - 8:30am

Thanks for posting this Christine!

Great job Jessica and welcome to the world Olivia! :) I can't wait to see more pictures!


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