Monday, April 22, 2013

Miller's Birth Story Part One

It's taken me a looong time to complete this post. I have to say blogging is quite difficult with a newborn. I would much rather cuddle my sweet boy, then type at the computer. 

So, almost a month later here it is...

Miller's Birth Story, Part One....

I was scheduled to be induced Wednesday, March 27. The night before we got in bed by 9:00 p.m. and were asleep by 10:00. We set the alarm for 3:30 a.m. so we could shower and be ready to leave our house at 4:15 to be at the hospital at 5:30. Well, I woke up at 1:00 a.m. to use the bathroom and couldn't go back to sleep. I finally gave up trying and watched Dance Moms on the couch from 2:00 to 3:30 before waking Jonathan up to shower, get ready, and get on the road to Memphis (which is about an hour drive from our house...)

We walked through the doors of the hospital at 5:20. They took me back to the room by myself while Jon stayed in the waiting room. I put on the hospital gown and got in the bed. They got my IV going and asked me a bazillion questions. They checked me and I was 3cm dilated and 80% effaced. At 6:00 a.m. they started the pitocin to induce labor and finally let Jonathan back.

We were in the room by ourselves for the next couple of hours, except for nurses coming in to check on me. My blood pressure was high, but luckily it came down after a couple of hours. It was probably just my nerves!

Around 8:00 both of our parents showed up and I was so happy to see all of them. I was starting to feel my contractions pretty good by then. The nurse told me they had to get a whole bag of fluids in me before they gave me the epidural, so she told me to make sure to tell her I wanted it before the pain got too bad. I wasn't miserable so I toughed it out for a while longer. I didn't want to be a wussy ;) Soon more family and friends started to arrive which was a nice distraction!










Around 9:30 my contractions were getting more and more intense. They weren't unbearable, but I decided to go ahead and ask for the epidural. About 30 minutes later the anesthesiologist arrived with a medical student. I was told by many friends DON'T let the med student give you your epidural and I fully planned to tell her NO when she asked. But y'all...I'm a sucker. She made me feel guilty. She told me she'd given 20-30 epidurals and never had an issue, so I said okay. BIG mistake. I was having a lot burning on the right side of my spine, so she stopped and the real anesthesiologist stuck me again. This time it seemed to go smoothly. 

After about 10-20 minutes I was starting to get numb on my right side, but I was still having pain on the left side of my body. I waited to see if the epidural would kick in, but the pain never went away. I didn't want to whine to the nurse, but I was hurting! I finally mentioned it and she got another anesthesiologist in there to fix it. Fifteen minutes later I was completely numb! Like couldn't move my legs numb! So glad I got it fixed!



Shortly after that the doctor came into break my water and everything progressed pretty quickly from there. I went from being 6cm to 10cm in a hour or so and it was time to push!

I suddenly got nervous. This is it. I'm about to push a human out of my body! I worried I was too numb to push. I decided to just trust my body and hope it would know what to do.

Here are a few of our last moments as a family of two....



Part Two coming soon! 
{Well, as soon as I have time ;) }

30 comments:

{Jessica} said...

Aw, I can't wait to hear the rest! Jonathan looks so sweet loving on you in those last few pictures of just the two of you. Precious! I have been wondering how Miller's delivery went and whether or not you were able to do it naturally or by c-section, so I am loving get to read this. Can't believe I'll be in your shoes in 6 weeks or less! PS: My husband is a medical school student and I wouldn't even let him give me an epidural, lol! Glad to hear your anesthesiologist was able to correct the epidural and get you the pain relief you needed!

Morgan Neal said...

AW! So sweet! Love the pics of you and Jon. He looks so attentive. Y'all are absolutely precious. Cutest little family ever!!

Lauren said...

You look like a trooper! So glad you are letting us hear your story!

Chelsea L said...

I love this, Valerie. Thank you for sharing :) I would have been so scared with the epidural. I'm terrified of not being able to feel my legs so the thought of having the student do it, you are a brave lady!! I'm so glad everything went pretty well for you. I can't wait to hear part two. Your pictures and caption "last moments as a family of two" made me cry. I'm worried about that. I already miss Matt and she's not even out yet :) did you ever have those feelings before Miller arrived? I'd love to know. I feel like I'm the only woman who's feeling that. Selfish maybe? Anyways, I love your story :)

Kaity said...

So excited to finally be reading your birth story! It's been so wonderful to follow your journey to Mommyhood :)

lori said...

oh my goodness, those last pictures of ya'll are precious! i am so glad to hear a story of an induction that went well and quickly- i've heard such horror stories that i was getting a bit scared. cant wait to read part 2!

Molly said...

I love all these pictures! You look gorgeous and so calm. I can't wait to read part 2 =)

Jessica said...

Thanks for sharing. I'm such a sucker for birth stories. Probably because I have baby fever bad and want to know as much as possible. Looking forward to part 2!!! Enjoy your sweet boy! XO

Whitney Levash said...

Awe you are a trooper my dear! :)
-wHiT

Tamara @ Everything Happens said...

These pictures are priceless! And girlfriend, you looked AMAZING through that process! You'll love having this story all written out to look back on. So special!

Pamela said...

Oh goodness! This gives me chills. SO sweet! The pictures of you two are absolutely priceless!! Love, love, love!

Becca Moss said...

So sweet! That last photo of the two of you is adorable! Definitely a framer. I tried really hard to go without the epidural but them contractions are no joke. Glad another anesthesiologist came in and fixed it for you!

Emily Ann said...

Love hearing other gals stories. We had our Miller on January 27 this year. So fun to hear someone else with the same name. Enjoy all this time with your sweet fam!

Allison said...

That last picture is so incredibly sweet. That needs to be framed!

Amy Lynn said...

i seriously am obsessed with reading people's birth stories. i am most nervous for the epidural for sure...i do not do needles. no students administering for me haha that's for sure! can't wait to read more :)

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

You look so relaxed and calm! How I envisioned myself being, haha! I'm still struggling to write my story, you are doing good!

Amanda said...

This is so precious! Excited to read part two :)

Meg Cady said...

What a beautiful (minus a few short tingly minutes) last few hours as a family of two!! Yay for part two!

Sara Holt said...

Can't wait to read part two! Especially since we're facing an induction in 2 weeks!

Caley-Jade Rosenberg said...

Such a beautiful story, first half... I can't wait to read more. Your photos speak a thousand words...
x

Carolyn said...

I love all the photos that you have! So cute! :)

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Tara said...

What an incredible memory!!! It gave me chills just reading it. Child birth is such an amazing thing and I haven't even been through it yet!!! :) Congrats again pretty lady!

Kristin said...

Can't wait!!

gayle t. said...

Can't wait for part two! :)

xoxo,
Gayle | Grace for Gayle

Leslie said...

I love birth stories!! Can't wait for part 2 :)

Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

You seriously look so beautiful through all of this! Can't wait to hear part two!!

Tess @ AModernSuburbanitesLife said...

ahhh re: the half sided epidural! my sis in law told me the same exact thing happened to her this week! and congrats on that big boy! love these posts!

KRISTIN said...

I love that you have so many great pictures! AND, I don't think anyone has ever looked that gorgeous while in labor. I had major epidural issues too, they had to stick me twice and I had shooting pains up my left side...but once that sucker was in right, it was bliss. :)

Laurie @ The Rookie Wife said...

How many weeks were you when they decided to induce? I have SUCH a fear of needles.. no "student" is coming near me with that thing! LOL