Thursday, August 21, 2014

The First Week and a Half with a Newborn

Jessica LOVES her sister and is such a big helper!!

"She's so cute," Joshua says

Jacob lovin' his sister

Jesse making sure he holds her carefully

She melts my heart!!

After being up all night wanting to nurse, she finally fell asleep at 6:30am!

8/16 ~ One Week Old!

So thankful my niece picked out this pacifier!!  It's the only one she will take!

Down at the lake....and then it down poured!!

My beautiful girls!!

This is what Jenna looks like during the day...

And this is what she looks like at 11pm....

She is sooo loved!!


We made it home!!  One of my requests, was to have my kids clean the trailer before I came home from the hospital.  I mean, who wants to come home to a mess??  All the kids pitched in and did a wonderful job of cleaning!
Abby didn't want to come up to the hospital the day before, so Mike stayed back with her.  So when we had gotten home, we let Abby hold Jenna.  Once we unloaded the car, Jason took Jenna over to the house for his dad to see her and hold her.  He was smitten!!  Bill just loves her!!  He is just so amazed with how perfectly made she is :)  Every night, I go over to the house so Bill and Doris can spend some time holding her.

Hospital Visit

A half hour after Jenna was born, Jason called his mom to let her know that she was born and she and the kids could come up.  Jason's brother and family came the day before for the weekend in hopes that Jenna would be born...well, they got their wish :) 
The nurses were working with Jenna in the room assessing her and bathing her and asking me a bunch of questions when Doris, Karma, and the kids walked in. Jesse was the first one to give me a big hug and of course I became all emotional.  It was an emotional day!!  Jacob kept giving me hugs as well and wasn't sure how to take it all in.  Jessica was just antsy about wanting to hold her sister.  Jesse kept watching the nurses to make sure they weren't hurting Jenna.  And Joshua sat in the chair with his cousins.  
Finally, the nurses were done with Jenna and handed her back to me.  Jason let Joshua hold her first and eventually all of our kids were able to hold her.  Then it was grandma's turn, then Karma and her kids.
When it was time to go, Jessica had a hard time leaving.  She wanted to stay and not leave my side.  It was hard, but I was so thankful that Mike and Karma were here to help keep the kids busy until we came home the next day.
Jason had gone home around 4 am to get some rest before coming back up to bring us home.  When he came up, he brought Jessica.  I thought it was so sweet of him to want to bring her up with him!  She was so excited to hold her sister again.  It was a long wait, since at 1pm they took Jenna to do her PKU test.  Finally, we were able to leave around 2:30.  We were all anxious to get home :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jenna Grace!!

Jenna Grace was born on August 9th 2014 at 12:59pm weighing 8lbs. 11oz. and was 20in long!!

Here is her birth story:
I woke up around 3am having strong contractions.  I really didn't think much about it since I have been having irregular contractions for the last two weeks.  Then another contraction came and another.  So I thought maybe, just maybe this may be the real thing.  I decided to get out of bed and use my new app that I just downloaded the day before onto my was a contraction timer.  5 minutes apart...4 minutes apart...3 minutes apart.  At this point, I figured that I should wake up Jason.  He got up and showered, then I took a shower.  Since we had his brother and family over for the weekend, all of our kids were over at the house sleeping with their cousins except for Jacob who was sleeping in our recliner.  We didn't want Jacob waking up all alone, so Jason went over to the house to wake up Joshua and had him come to the trailer to be with Jacob.  We told Joshua that he could wake up at 6 and let everyone know the exciting news that we were on our way to the hospital!!
We left around 5am.  It takes an hour to get to the hospital and if it was the real thing, we wanted to go to make sure we made it there in time and not have to worry about a road side delivery :)  By the time we arrived at the hospital, my contractions started to slow down.  I was a little disappointed because I didn't want to turn around and go home empty handed.  My due date was the next day, so I knew she was ready to come!  Jason and I decided to walk around the parking lot for an hour before going in to the hospital.  I was hoping to go in, let them know I was there, and still be able to go back outside and walk some more around the parking lot...but no.  Once we made it up to the second floor and told them why we were there, they admitted me, which meant I now had to stay or be discharged.  So we stayed.  I had the joy of changing into one of those lovely hospital gowns.  The nurse hooked up monitors to my belly, one for the baby's heart rate and the other one to monitor my contractions. The nurse checked to see how far dilated I was...3.5cm!  Ugh!  That was what I was at my appointment earlier that week!  I was really hoping for 4 or 5 at least!
We were given some options.  Go home, which we figured that if we did we would be turning around later that evening.  I was still having contractions, but they were just further apart.  The other option was for me to walk the halls for awhile and have them recheck me to see if I had progressed or not.  If I had made progress, the other option was for the on call doctor break my water or induce labor.
I was in such turmoil over what to do.  I knew I didn't want to go home, yet I really didn't want the doctor to break my water.  I wanted everything to be natural.  I had such mix feelings of wishing we were having a homebirth so I didn't feel so confined, scared because I knew that if he broke my water things would move fast and since I was going med free, all those memories of the pain came flooding into my head!!  Haha!!  So yeah, I was scared and nervous :)  Jason left it all up to me to decide since it was me who was having the baby.  I asked him of his opinion and he suggested to just let the doctor break my water.  Finally, that was what I decided.  
The nurse unplugged the monitor cords from the machine so I could walk the halls.  After walking the halls for an hour, we had the doctor check me again...4-5cm!!  I was now considered in active labor and was told that I for sure could not leave!!  The nurse now moved us into a different room, a room where I would be delivering.  After the second attempt, the nurse was finally able to hook me up to an IV and readjust my monitors on my belly.  The doctor came in at 10:30am and broke my water.  The first hour wasn't bad at all, just minimal contractions.  All that came to an end after that first the stronger contractions were coming and they weren't stopping!!  After an hour of hard labor, I felt the urge to push.  The nurse came and checked me and said I was only 6cm and to try not to push!!  WHAT???  Don't push???  My body was telling me otherwise!!  The first contraction, I tried my best not to push, but Jason said, "If you feel like pushing, just push."  So the next contraction came and I pushed!  I told Jason she was coming, so he paged the nurse.  She came in and checked me and I was at 10cm!!  The doctor came in and saw that I was crowning.  He tried to quickly put on his gown and gloves before my next contraction, but it was too late.  He was able to get one glove on.  Jason told me later that he was holding her in so he could get his other glove on!!  Another contraction and another push!!  She was coming!!  Out came her head and you hear the inevitable..."Don't push!". They needed to clean out her airway, but what I didn't know was that the umbilical cord was wrapped tightly around her neck!!  Dr. Lawrence worked quickly and was able to get the cord off her neck.  He almost had to cut the cord because it was so tight.  One more push and she was out!!  The doctor asked Jason if he wanted to cut the cord, but it's not his thing :)  Once the doctor cut the cord and was able to get Jenna to squawk a little bit, he handed her to me!  Tears of joy fell down my face as I held my precious little girl in my arms.  It was only for a moment since the nurses quickly took her away.  Something wasn't right!
As the doctor worked on getting the lovely placenta out, Jason and I noticed how the nurses were rushing as if something wasn't right.  They had an oxygen mask on Jenna and were putting tubes down her throat to clear the fluids out of her lungs.  She still hadn't given that loud cry yet as they tried to carefully shake her to get her to cry.  She was blue...I mean BLUE!  We could see small movements, but not like what a newborn should be doing.  They paged one nurse, then another.  I kept asking Jason if she was ok and why she wasn't crying.  I don't know how many times I kept asking him, but he kept reassuring me that she was ok even though deep down inside he knew something was wrong.  Minutes in what seemed like hours, her color finally started to change and she began giving out small cries!  Relief washed over us as she finally started to turn pink like she was supposed to and started crying more.  Finally, when everything seemed to be ok, she was given back to me so I could nurse and bond with her.  Once things calmed down and everyone left us to be alone for an hour before they actually cleaned her up, I could tell Jason wasn't doing good.  I asked him if he was ok and he said no and came over to me and hugged me as we both cried together.  We were so scared and he was doing his best to keep his composure for me...he was so brave!  Later we were told by my nurse that because she descended so fast from 6cm to 10cm within two contractions, and with her already having the umbilical cord already wrapped around her neck, the quick descent made the cord squeeze tightly.  When she was born, her heart rate dropped dramatically down to 60.  She told us they were nervous because usually if a newborn's heart rate drops to 60 or lower, they have to do chest compressions and they were very close to doing that!
We are so thankful that God had given us such a wonderful medical staff who worked quickly to help our sweet baby girl!!  We are so blessed beyond measure for this beautiful miracle!!  Jenna is truly and added blessing to our family!!  We love her so much!!