Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My Baby's Story

Ok here goes! This is a little personal and close to my heart but I wanted to share with you and the world my baby's story.  I was completely afraid of having a baby, not the baby part but the hospital part. I know it's totally normal to be afraid of labor but for some reason I wasn't afraid as I thought I would be when I was pregnant. I know I had to have an attitude that was to just go with the flow or I would drive myself crazy worrying about all the details.  So I put my brain into a carefree place, and focused on taking care of myself and of course nesting.  It's sort of crazy the urge to nest while pregnant.  My house and car have never been so clean. :)

I started having contractions after midnight on 7.11.12  and I wasn't sure it was time.  I was about a week until I was officially due and the contractions were about 4-5 minutes apart.  Typically contractions ramp up- and they get more and more painful over time- a gradual process, but not for me.. Baby was ready to hurry up and join the world!  I woke up the hubs and had him start timing the contractions and he started googling information about contractions.   I sat on the floor and stood up and my water broke or at least I thought it broke.

I ended up calling my doctor and she let me know if I was in pain then I should go to the hospital and if it's not real labor then they will send me home.  The hubs and I both thought we would end up being sent home from the hospital.  We took our over night bag and headed to the hospital.  We checked in and were put into a room where they check to see if I am actually in labor.  We hear someone else being wheeled in behind us and a woman going into labor- and about 30- seconds later she had the baby right in the hall way.  My sister warned me that I would be hearing a lot of women going into labor when I got into the hospital and not to get freaked out by it.. but I never thought I would hear or see anything like that!

The nurse let me know we would be staying and my water actually had broke. She checked to see how far along I was- I was 8 centimeters which means at 10 the baby is set to come out. I got a little emotional at this point because I didn't think it would all happen so fast.  I was ready to welcome my little daughter out into the world but my labor wasn't anything like birthing class told me it was going to be.  The nurse and the doctor told me that if I want an epidural then I would need to do it now.  I said "Juice me up!" The epidural wasn't as bad as I thought- and they got my contractions under control. I waited to finish being dilated- and then it was time for baby.
Labor is not fun- there is no glamour about it.  It's called labor for reason.  A lot of women say just focus on your new born baby and the pain won't seem so bad.  Oh but the pain is that bad- and they cut the epidural when it was time to push.
I found my inner zen- and about 8:15 pm- we welcomed Eleanor Lula Sears (Nora for short) into the world.  I let her know she was worth every bit of it.  I felt very proud that made it to the other side.  I cuddled with her while the doctor and nurses did all the repair work (another thing they don't tell you much about- awful)  When my daughter was laying on my chest- that's the point I didn't feel any of the pain.  She lifted up her little head and looked right at me.  One of the most intense experiences I have ever felt in my whole life.  The moment she looks right at you... it's hard to describe and am getting a little choked up thinking about the special moment.. but it was amazing and intense.




13 comments:

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Aww..she's a beauty!! Well done you :))) You did a fabulous job..am very pleased for you. My two babies were born very differently. My first was induced and that was horrible, I had the flu as well at the time. But, the actual birth was a cinch. The second one happened naturally thankfully and wasn't so bad either. I did them both with no drugs or anything like that. Each women is different and needs different help, I think you did fantastic. It is a very messy and somewhat embarrassing time - as in with all the nurses and people looking in your nether regions like normal, your body doing things you didn't know it could do. Very strange & took a while to adjust!! Just enjoy your time..they grow so quickly. My oldest with be 8 already and the youngest is almost 1 1/2 now...going on 12, haha. Miss Madam she is. But, every day you will be surprised by so much. It's a wonderful time :)))) xx

Blue Eyed Night Owl said...

Aw, nice to meet you Nora!
She is beautiful! Well worth the wait and hard work;)

~BB~ said...

I've missed your postings - but to know that you've been gone for a such a beautiful, wonderful reason makes me happy! Congrats!! She's beautiful (and btw, Eleanor has always been my pick for a baby name when/if the time ever comes - so of course I love it!). Welcome Nora! Great job, Momma!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

THANK YOU for sharing such an intimate experience - my girlfriend just had a baby a few months ago and she was a "lucky" one - no pain to complain about and got to help with the delivery - yes HELP - unheard of right?!- CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Much Bliss*
Erika~Tiptoe Butterfly~

YeamieWaffles said...

Amazing Erika, your baby is beautiful and I'm so pleased that everything ended up fine. Here's wishing you the best in motherhood, I know you're going to do awesome. Cute photos of you guys, your bump looked great for near birth too.

aguja said...

She is just beautiful ... and the pain of the experience fades to be superimposed by the bundle of joy that is yours.
Many many congratulations and may you enjoy every second of her being here.

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations! She is so beautiful and I love her name.

jaden said...

Congrats!! She is amazing. And, epidurals FTW!! :)

punkychewster said...

Oh my gosh, she's beautiful! Congratulations Erika! You know all that labor is totally worth it. Enjoy motherhood, it's a blessed thing!

Mandy Crandell said...

Hello, Nora! She's beautiful!

Anna Magruder said...

Oh, I LOVE her so much already! Thank you for sharing such a touching story and moment - I am wiping tears away just now.

Wasabi Honey Bee said...

What a beautiful little sweetiepie!!!!!!!! Congratulations and best of wishes to you guys :)

Lindsay said...

I didn't realize Edith and Nora are only 2 days apart in age! Edith was born the 9th!