Well Miss Johanna decided to change things up with this labor and delivery. 🙂 This being my 3rd baby, I felt pretty certain that she would go past the EDD (estimated due date) just like her big sisters. That being said, I wasn’t prepared for this baby to go quite this close to 42 weeks.
At my appointment the Saturday before she arrived the midwife told me there was no progress and reminded me that if I went to 42 weeks then they could no longer let me deliver at the birth center. We discussed some things and made the plan for my next appointment on Tuesday, which was 41+6. If I wasn’t in labor by that morning then I was to take castor oil at 5am to try and get things “moving”. Yuck!
The night before my 41+6 appointment, a friend and I went out for pedicures. When I got home, I asked Nathan to rub my feet and ankles with Clary Sage essential oil. We went to bed about 10 o’clock. At 12:30 I was woken up by a contraction. I rolled over and tried to go back to sleep but a bit later I had another contraction. I laid there dozing for a while between contractions but decided I should get up and time the contractions. They were only 15min apart. From 12:30 to 5:30 I had contractions that were enough to wake me if I tried to sleep but they never got any closer together. This was very different for me since I had never had “warm up” labor with my first 2 kiddos. I called the midwife on call at 5am to ask if I still needed to take the castor oil since the contractions had kind of “cleared things out” already. She suggested I wait and see what they said at my 10am appointment, so I went back to bed and tried to doze between contractions. I finally fell asleep sometime between 5:30 and 6am.
Nathan had decided to work from home so he could go to the appointment with me. We went in for the appointment at 10 and my mom and Karla met us there to help with the girls. When they checked me, I was shocked and excited to find out that the 5 hours of contractions had me dialated to a 5! This meant that I had the option of them breaking my water to help move things along. The midwife asked if I wanted them to do it right then. I asked if I could go nap first, since I had been up for 5 hours during the night. She said that was a good idea and suggested I eat as big of a lunch as possible before and come back around 2pm. We decided to go to my mom’s and crash there. We stopped and ate at Sweet Tomatoes and then headed to my parents’ house. On the way, both girls fell asleep so I dozed off too. (Nathan was driving.) When we pulled in we decided to just doze in the van since the sun was shining and the girls were sleeping. About 1:30 we went to leave but the van wouldn’t start. We jumped it and then left. We got to the birth center around 3pm and they took us back and broke my water around 3:30. They suggested taking a walk around the area for an hour to see if things started to progress. We walked for an hour and then came back. When they checked me I was dialated to a 6 and they decided to check me in. We went to the room, my mom called my dad to let him know that Karla would be leaving with the girls. They brought the girls back to say goodbye and we walked them out to the van. Once they left, we went back in to the room.
I spent the next few hours going between the tub and leaning over the end of the bed. The contractions would really pick up in intensity when I would lean over the end of the bed with my belly hanging down. Since both Bekah and Ellie had been born sunny side up, I was good laboring this way in hopes that this baby would get in to a better position. They checked me once or twice and told me I still had a cervical lip. The last time they checked me, I felt a lot of movement from baby. Before I could tell them, the midwife excitedly asked for the heart rate monitor and said she thought baby had flipped. When she found the heart rate, baby had moved into a better position!! At that point contractions picked up in both intensity and timing. I don’t know how quickly it was but it seemed like only minutes before it was time to push! I was on my knees on the bed, leaned over a peanut ball. When baby slid out at 11:42pm, Nathan caught and then they handed baby up to me. I moved to my back and laid baby on my chest. At that point we saw that we had a girl. Our 3rd girl!! So exciting. 🙂
We lay there for quite a bit. During that time they clamped the cord and Nathan cut it. They had a busy night so they needed to take care of some other mamas instead of weighing and measuring the baby. She decided to nurse during that time and we marveled that we had another girl. She had long nails and no vernix, definite signs that she was past the EDD. They came in a bit later to get weight and length and I was shocked to find out this sweetie was only 7 pounds 10 ounces!!! All I could think was, “Thank God I birthed somewhere that let me go as long as possible!” If she had been born at 40 weeks then she would have definitely been under 7 pounds. My smallest was Bekah at 7lbs 6oz! Apparently this little one just needed the extra time to grow. We got a few hours of sleep and then started discussing names. That will be a separate post. 🙂
November 10, 2015 @11:42pm
7lbs, 6oz and 21in