It’s been almost two weeks since the birth of our sweet girl, things are slowly settling down as we are establishing a routine…I finally decided to write the birth story while I still remember the little details of what is and forever will be the most amazing birthday gift anyone could ever give me, as every mom out there knows there are no words that can begin to describe the feeling of that day.
Sienna’s Birth has given me a new kind of appreciation for my own mother and all that she’s endured for me to be here…Thank you mom, now I know.
Warning: I have included every tedious detail in this story for my own memory’s sake, I am aware that its lengthy and may be an overkill with all the pictures & perhaps TMI for some…but its my story, and here it goes:
Friday, March 9th – Danny & I were watching a movie when I suddenly felt like I peed myself a little, hmmmm? well with all the strange changes brought on by pregnancy, I didn’t find this all that surprising…kinda gross, but I brushed it off and we continued to watch the movie.
Saturday, March 10th – We woke up early, I was excited about my mom & sister’s arrival..we did some cleaning & food shopping & headed to the airport…My mom was glad Sienna held off making her grand entrance in hopes that she still had a chance of being here when she did decide to come meet us.
Sunday, March 11th – Beautiful day out! We all decide to go to the park to walk in hopes of inducing labor & to take some photos…I kept thinking that they may just be my last belly shots as I could go into labor at any point…. My sister made me eggplant parmigiana as its supposed to be a labor inducing food..it was yummy (thanks sis!) Later that evening as I was washing up for bed, there was a trickle of fluid down my leg..hmm? this again? We called my midwife, she told us that its probably just some discharge as there is more towards the end of the pregnancy. I couldn’t sleep that night, I was up every hour with major anxiety.
Monday, March 12th – DUE DATE & OUR 25th BIRTHDAY! – I was so sad that Danny had to go to work on our birthday…in the 6 years we’ve been together, we always did something special on our day & we were never apart…I laid in bed for a while, I didn’t wanna get up and start making too much noise as my mom & sis were sleeping in the room over. At around 6:50AM I get up to pee & to my surprise I lose my mucus plug. I immediately text Danny and of course he is super excited. I ran into our guest bedroom where my mom & sis were sleeping to tell them the news, they greet me with a half asleep “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” at that point, I forgot it was even my birthday.
Shortly after, my contractions did begin. Slowly, with very little pain so I wasn’t sure if it was the real deal. I quickly download an app on my phone to time them since Danny wasn’t there to fulfill that duty for me. They started off about 15 mins apart and tapered off for a few hours, then came back…that was the story for most of the morning, at around noon, I took the dog for a walk & called my doctors office & spoke to a midwife who I have never met before (g0 figure)…She said not to go to the hospital until I pretty much cant walk anymore due to pain…I didn’t really like that advice very much and asked if I could come in to the office to get looked at by one of the midwives who I’m familiar with…she said there wasn’t any openings till 2:30, which I was OK with because I wanted to give Danny enough time to get home from work so he can come with me.
2:00pm – Danny gets home & off we go, my contractions were fairly close together, but still not painful or steady. When we got to the doctors office I was given a stress test, sat there hooked up to a monitor listening to baby’s heart…everything sounded great, My midwife then proceeded to check me and I couldn’t believe what she had just said…
” you’re 3cm, 80% effaced and your water is broken, you need to go to the hospital right now as we don’t know how long your water has been broken for, I’m going to call them and tell them you’re on your way”
WHAT!! are you serious?! we looked at each other in shock then scurried out of there very quickly, both of us were making calls on the drive back home…everyone was super excited, of course. We made it home and my mom made us lunch..I thought it was a good idea to eat before we left since we didn’t know when my next meal would be, after that we gathered our stuff and headed to the hospital.
The last few hours of being pregnant was such a surreal feeling. I am about to say goodbye to my baby bump and say hello to our much anticipated daughter.
on the way to the hospital
Once we got to the hospital, my heart was racing…we checked in at around 4pm & I was immediately put on antibiotics to prevent infection since none knew how long my water had been broken for…after that we just sat & waited for contractions to get where they needed to be…the nurse told me that they cannot check my cervix as often as they usually would to minimize chance of infection, as this seemed to be the biggest issue…I was kind of bummed that I wouldn’t be updated on my progress as often, but better to be safe than sorry.
Along with the antibiotics in my IV I was told I needed some Oxytocin to get things moving, we really really didn’t want any and decided to against it hoping things would happen on their own if we waited some more…well, after a few hours…contractions were still all over the place and we had to get the much dreaded pitocin 🙁
Around 730…my mom & sisters arrive. They helped the time pass, joking around & keeping me company. After the pitocin, the contractions started picking up big time…my laughs soon turned to groans as the pain & discomfort kicked in. I tried to manage the pain as best as I could without the epidural, knowing if I got it..it would for sure slow things down.
After a little while, I was running out of energy…dealing with the pain took a toll on me, how was I going to push with zero energy left? The contractions got so bad, I started to shake uncontrollably…it kind of scared the crap out of me. I needed to relax but I couldn’t even sit in the bed. I was up walking around the room…exhausted…shaking..and on the verge of tears. Danny had ran out to get himself some food since we both knew we had a LONG night ahead of us, him gone made me freak out even more. I didn’t want anyone touching me..or talking to me..I just needed to focus on breathing.
The nurse finally checked me, for the 1st time since the doctors office that afternoon and I was 5CM…I was so disappointed, all that pain and only 5cm?! how could that be? at that point I was just frustrated and asked for the epidural, I needed to rest & that was the only way I could. The epidural man, as I called him…was pretty busy, I was 3rd on a waiting list to get him…the wait seemed like an eternity. About 45 minutes he finally came, and boy was I relieved to see him…the needle going in my back, which I never thought Id be OK with…was nothing compared to the pain of contractions…I felt relief almost immediately, I was still able to feel my legs & contractions…just no pain….I was able to go to sleep. Danny slept on a chair, my mom & sisters squeezed on a pull out bed.
3:45 AM – I got woken up to be checked – FULLY DIALATED! the nurse had me to some
“practice” pushes to see how I do…she said I push like a pro but it would be a while…she then called my midwife to come in.
6AM – My sweet midwife who I cant say enough good things about, came in even though she wasn’t on call that day, but knew I really wanted her to deliver me. I am so humbled & forever grateful for her by her kindness to do that for me.
SUNNY SIDE UP SIENNA – Not long after my midwife, Ramona got there… she realized little miss S was “face up” not the ideal position for a successful vaginal delivery. The majority of face up babies get stuck because their head cannot bend properly to fit though the pelvis. This put such a damper on the atmosphere in the room, I so badly wanted to experience natural labor & avoid a c-esction but it was beyond my control at that point. Ramona tried so hard to make Sienna turn, putting me in specific positions to push…on all fours…squatting…on a bar…anything and everything she could think of.
After pushing for 6 hours & in different positions….my stubborn little girl wouldnt budge. We were so so close, her head was visible….it was right here…but she was stuck in the same spot for hours….Danny was able to see her head & informed me that she had a “cute head of hair.”
A Doctor was called in to asses the situation and give his input/2nd opinion on the next step, I was beyond exhausted…I didn’t have an ounce more of energy left in me to push anymore…I was swollen, as her head sat in the same spot for hours…I felt the pressure of every single contraction and was so worn out after being at it for all that time. I thought I was going to pass out….The Doctor then decided it was c-section time, as much I as didn’t want it….I just needed some kind of relief…I literary felt like I wasn’t even human anymore at that point. Usually, women are only allowed to push for 3 hours, but since Siennas vitals were fine & she was responding well to everything…I was allowed to go longer & try to make it happen naturally.
12:20 – I get wheeled off to the OR…I must have dozed off on my way there because I don’t even remember them setting me up, I just remember looking up at the ridiculously bright light above me & them putting the blue curtain up….I freaked out at one point because Danny wasn’t there, I kept asking for him…once he was next to me, I knew it wasn’t gonna be long…I had him talk to me to distract me & keep me awake.
1:06 – Danny looks over the curtain & at me with tears in his eyes and says ” shes here, I see her” five seconds later…the much anticipated sound..her cry…at that point the three of us are crying.
They showed her to me real quick, I’ll never forget that sight…even all covered in blood & gook she was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life.
First family photo
I was overwhelmed with love, the feeling I had that moment is one I can barely describe. She looked up at me with her big eyes and I just could not believe that she was mine.
us with our little belated birthday present & cake
I hope one day, Sienna will read this & know just how much joy she brought us that very day
Happy Birthday Sweet baby girl,
we love you so very much.
Joanna is a 20 something first time mom from Arizona. She also writes on her personal blog that you are free to roam around on.