Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Welcome Little One!

Savannah Grace
Born January 16 at 12:26 am
7lbs. 10oz. and 21 inches

It's been 2 days since I last posted- did you think I'd forgotten to post the details? ;)

For those that are interested... the cliff notes labor story. If your not into reading labor details, skip down to the few photos at the end.

Friday 5:45 am - I woke up to a small, subtle contraction.

5:53am - another contraction

6:11am - another contraction. At this point I'm thinking there is definately something going on here - I hadn't felt any kind of contraction during the entire pregnancy until that morning and right off they become pretty regular. I jump in the shower because I know it could be my last chance before contractions get stronger.

Around 7am - My little leaky, polite, H20 rupture begins that I don't even realize it (because I envisioned to be soaked when that happened, which is not the way it was at all.) At this point I wake Brant up to let him know that I don't think that he'll be going on his trip to Salt Lake in a few days because there is definately something going on different here.

By 9am - Contractions are now anywhere from 3-5 minutes apart, but still bearable. Our plan is to labor for as long as I can at home before calling the doctor. And since I still hadn't really realized that my H20 had already popped, Brant encourages me to get some more sleep because I'll really be needing to save all my energy.

Around 10:30am - I wake up for good because the contractions are getting stronger and waking me up every few minutes.

By noon - I'm pretty confident that I've gone as long as I can at home and call the doctor. They ask me to come in at 1pm. In the meantime we (ok, really is was just Brant) is packing, getting the carseat in the car, and finishing last minute things.

1:24pm - we arrive at the doctors office. As we walk back to the examining room, the Medical Assistant takes one look at me and says "Oh, no- your not in labor. You'd be acting a lot different"

1:35pm ish - the doctor walks in and after a quick check informs me that I'm dilated to between a 6 or 7 and that indeed my H20 has ruptured - she can see the baby's head and the hair on her head! She's surprised that I could wait for this long before comming in. We get sent over to Labor & Delivery, but not before I'm told that this baby is comming - fast - and that there may not be enough time for an epidural.

By 2pm - we're checked into a room and the nurse is working with me on breathing through contractions and that we'll have this baby in 30 minutes at this rate!

Long story short... it was not 30 minutes later when she was born. It was almost 10.5 more hours! The combination of trying to turn a sunny side up baby and getting through my apparently small child bearing hips was no easy task.

Anyways, there's some gaps with these times, but that's pretty much how it went. At 12:26am our sweet baby Savannah came into the world!

Looking just a little tired and puffy faced after more than 5 hours of pushing and 18.5 hours of total labor for our first family photo op (don't worry - I had an hour break in there when the doctor had to run do a c-section on another patient).

The sum up - Since I had a pretty easy pregnancy, I knew I'd probably be in for a long labor. Even though things slowed down dramatically once at the hospital, it still felt like it went by really fast. We had a terrific doctor, a fabulous nurse, a really good hospital experience, and now a beautiful baby girl.


Andrea - said...

Congratulations! Very Awesome!

Wendy said...

What a beautiful name--sounds very Southern! She is so beautiful.

Jolena said...

She is one of the most beautiful newborns I have ever seen! Congratulations! I'm glad you got through the labor okay and are recovering.

Linsey said...

Congratulations (again), and I love the name! Beautiful name for a beautiful baby girl!

Suzy said...

I can't believe you had to push for that long! I'm glad it all worked out in the end and you are all healthy and happy. Savannah is a beautiful name and I think you look great for just having a baby. I'm sure we will hear more details later, we will just send the boys off to play cards or something. :)

Rachelle said...

o my goodness k dawg! you're a mom!!! love you!!!! congrats!!!

Julie and Stephen Barnes said...

Sunny side up... that is how Edward decided to come :) OUCH 10 more hours of labor when she was ready to come out. Glad to hear everything worked out. Did she turn or did you push her out sunny side up? Congratulations on such a beatufiul little girl!

The Caldwell's said...

Thanks for posting the details! I was waiting to hear all about it! Sounds like you had a great experience! Are you feeling ok or feeling little emotional?
I LOVE her name! She's a beautiful girl just like her mommy. Hope you get enought rest and enjoy your time with your baby!

Leighanna, Reid and William said...

She is beautiful. Congrats you guys!

Sherwood's said...

How exciting! And way to go getting through that long labor! Her name is beautiful. And by the way I can't come to your baby shower because I have to work. But I hope you have a great time and let me know if there is anything we can do for you!

bradenandjen said...

Oh that is SO wonderful!!! We are so happy for you THREE! Your blog got me teary (jen) I can remember that wonderful experience so well still. It's a miracle! Best of luck!!!

Mann's said...

Congrats guys! She is a doll!

The Langleys said...

She is so beautiful. What a great story and experience. You are a lot braver than I was. What a cute family.

Troy & Kristin said...

I LOVE your story-you probably don't but I love how different everyone's births are. And Troy and I think Savannah is just the cutest thing ever! (we'll sorta, we do like ours too :) )

bossman said...

My wife posted a comment before, so I figured I'd add one. Congratulations!! Having little girls is the best!

Val said...

10.5 hours later! I'm so sorry and the worst is that they told you it would be right away so that makes it discouraging. (Thanks for sharing your story by the way. It so wonderful to read about miraculous birth stories.)

The JNJ Hasleton's said...

Congrats! We stole one of those hospital bed pad thingys. It stays on my side of the bed under another extra blanket until the baby is about 5 mos. That way I can change diapers, nurse, clean spit up etc, then instead of having to changes the sheets, I just pull up the blanket & pad to wash. Have fun!