SO HERE’S THE BIRTH STORY-I do not recall much of the details from the middle of the day but I do remember getting there and then the active labor and birth =) I love love love birthing babies; I have loved the births of Teddy and Macy and now I get to add that I loved the birth of Sally as well. I love the whole experience; I love the anticipation, the excitement, the vulnerability, the whole process. If I could be pregnant and birth babies for a living, I would do it...lol **some pictures might show a little bit of skin**
June 15, 2015-I could not really sleep the night before, I was anxious and apprehensive. I was worried that when I called the hospital the next morning they would be too busy and we would not be able to come in. For Teddy and Macy, when I called they said to come right in but for some reason I felt Utah might be a little different; and that proved to be correct. I called them around 6 am and they said they were very busy and to call them back in an hour or so. It was one LONG hour; I finally called them back at 7 and they said we could come in; I was so happy to hear that. We finished getting ready and headed to the hospital. We got to the fifth floor and there was someone at the reception desk already, so they asked us to sit in the waiting room for a few minutes. Finally it was our turn; the nurse that checked us in name was Sheri, it was spelt the same way as my mom; thought that was cool.
My mom had Teddy and Macy and she ended up meeting my sister Tiffani at a store, and then they went to lunch and then went to BYU to pick up my nephew at a football camp; they met up with my brother’s wife and went to the rec center to swim and then my mom took the kids home for naps. That was around 2 or so. I do not remember what time I decided to have the epidural but it was sometime between 9-12...lol
Around 7:30 the nurse brought in this medicine ball thing that they call a peanut; it looks line one and they have you lie on your side and put the ball between your legs and its support to help the baby descend in the birth canal. She checked me right before I got on the ball and I was to a 5.5; I was mentally gearing up for a few more hours.
After what felt like FOREVER, my doctor got there…it was actually around 8:15, so it had been 30 minutes since the nurse had checked me and told me I was complete and ready. I was so glad to see her and it only took a minute to set everything up, the intern doctor had had everything ready. I started pushing around 8:17 and she was born after 2 big pushed and one little one to get her shoulders out.
Here she is coming out...the first picture shows the intern doctor and the second shows more of my doctor. And you can see my sweet awesome nurse in the back ground; it was the second nurse for the day and I cannot remember her name, but she was great.
The time was 8:18
After a long day, I was so happy she was here. I love love giving birth, the exhilaration of labor and delivery, is something I could do over and over again. I was happy that my mom and sister were there to witness this miracle. Baby girl was three weeks early, so all our guesses were that she would be in the 6 pound range; both my other kids had been 2 weeks early and 7.9 and 7.4; at first glance I thought she looked smaller than my other kids but she ended up weighing more than Macy (I must either grow big babies or my due date was wrong) she weighed in at 7 pounds 7 ounces and 19 inches long (the same as Teddy and Macy :)
After a few minutes, she started having a little trouble breathing, so they brought up a NICU nurse and we watched as she put this tube down her throat and pumped up a ton for fluid. It amazed me how calm the nurse was as we were watching kinda freaking out. She started doing a ton better once all the fluid was out of her lungs and that meant she got to stay with us and not go down to the NICU
Giving he a little bottle
Sally with Mommy and Daddy
My mom and sister left to grab some dinner and we went down to the nursery. They brought me to my recovery room while Sam stayed with Sally while they cleaned her up.
When I got back to the room, I was in a lot of pain, I had asked for some medicine but it did not seem to help ease. I realized I had to use the restroom and I felt if I could have a bowel movement I would possible feel better. I told the nurse this and she said that she would need to help me and bring in another nurse as well. I told her I was feeling okay enough to go but she said it was policy. Another nurse finally came and they helped me to the bathroom. It was a little awkward with my main nurse standing in the bathroom door while I was trying to use the restroom; I finally asked if I could just use the throne in peace. She again said it was policy that the first time using the bathroom they had to be there and watch or whatever; I knew that I would not be able to get comfortable with her there so I told her I was done, she helped me back to my bed and then left. I waited a few minutes and then go up and walked back to the bathroom and did my business in peace and it was exactly what I needed.
Sam and Sally made it back to the room and then came Tiff and my mom. They stayed for a little while and when they left, it was just me and the baby. It was at this time that I was able to reflect upon the events of the day and relish in the fact that I now was a mother of three and had just brought to this world a new precious little girl. I definitely had fears but also excitement; this little soul was mine and she made me happy.
me and my little girl