Juli and Jeremy are good friends of mine. Ironically the day I was leaving a birth at Good Sam, I got the text from Juli that Lillie arrived! I ended up stealing a few minutes of snuggle with the little miss before I walked out since I was already on that floor! And since I had my camera, I snapped a couple pics. She was SO tiny and cute! I was absolutely thrilled when Juli told me she had a successful natural birth. We had just talked about it at her baby shower and I 100% believed she had the power to do it. I am so proud of her and her strength. Especially on the Pit, that’s hardwork! Good for you mama, well done! Love, Melanie.
April 24th, 2013
As I sit here and look at my beautiful 3 week old baby girl and think that today, May 14th, is my original due date, I can’t imagine these past 3 weeks without her…
It all started on Monday April 22nd. I went in for a regular weekly checkup, and my blood pressure was very elevated. The doctors had been monitoring my blood pressure throughout my pregnancy and it was fine through most of the pregnancy. However during the last month, it was progressively getting higher at every appointment. That Monday it was really high, so they moved me to high-risk pregnancy and scheduled some tests to check on my baby girl.
Tuesday April 23rd I had a non-stress test and an ultrasound. The baby performed wonderfully during the non-stress test so I was feeling good going into the ultrasound. But the ultrasound didn’t go as planned… My amniotic fluid was really low and then they checked her weight. She was smaller than they thought she should have been at this point. The doctor said that at this stage, 37 weeks, she would be healthier out than in so they sent me straight up to be induced. I immediately broke down….this wasn’t in my plans!!… So while my mother tried to get a hold of my husband, I tried to pull myself together to go have this baby girl!
By 4 o’clock that afternoon I was being checked into a high-risk delivery room. By 4:30 they were inserting a dose of cervidil into me to start to soften my cervix. At this point I was barely 1 cm dilated and I knew I had a long night ahead of me.
At 10 pm Tuesday night the doctors were back to check on me…. Only one and half cm dilated… So they inserted another dose of cervidil. All the while I’m hooked up to monitors and have my blood pressure checked every hour to make sure baby girl and I are still doing good.
2 am Wednesday morning the doctors were back in …In my head I’m thinking please, please, please, let me be at least 3 cm.. Unfortunately, that was not in the cards. I was just barely 2 cm and I mean just barely… And boy was I tired at this point and hadn’t even started real labor.
So the doctors had to make a call- do they insert a balloon in my cervix to help soften and dilate or do they just start me on pitocin? Neither option I liked but I didn’t have much choice- I just wanted my baby girl out safely.
They choose to begin the pitocin…so by 3 am I was checking into a labor and delivery room, and immediately started doing some of my yoga moves… I needed to relax! Once they had me hooked to up an IV and the pitocin started…It was another waiting game. I continued to do yoga stretches and just tried to stay relaxed. My contractions had definitely started to kick in but they were manageable. Every half hour the nurses were in to check my blood pressure and to increase the dosage of pitocin. At 6 am the doctors came in again to check my progress…and I was only 3 cm. At this point they broke my water to get things moving AND that worked…the contractions kicked in full force…coming on fast and strong. My contractions were so strong I kept thinking I can’t do this natural I’m going to need an epidural. They had given me a narcotic to help ease the pain, but to be honest it didn’t even touch the pain I was in. My contractions were about 2 min. apart and lasting about a min and a half, I was only getting about 30 sec. rest in-between, which wasn’t enough to even catch my breath. My husband was wonderful throughout all this I wouldn’t have made it without him…he was my strength.
I am not sure how much time had passed, felt like no time at all but I was yelling to my nurse, who was wonderful as well, that I needed to push. She called the doctor to get the ok to check me and before I knew it she was telling me that if I needed to push go ahead because I was 10cm and full effacement. There was no time for an epidural now, which was great cause that’s what I had wanted all along!! By 8:20 am Lillian Hazel Kiefer was born at 4lbs 10oz and 17 ½ inches long! And as my husband likes to tell it, when she came out the doctor spun her to unwrap the cord around her and she unfolded like a flower!
I’m not sure that I’ve ever caught a smile on a baby only a few hours old!