Thursday, June 21, 2012

Birth Story

Sadie Bell McEntire arrived Sunday, June 10 at 11:21 AM. She was 7 lbs 4 oz and 20.5 in long

I woke up at 4 AM thinking I had a contraction. Sure enough that's what it was so I decided to time them just to make sure. From 4-5 AM my contractions were 3.5 minutes apart. I woke up Billy to give him a heads up and hoped he would go back to sleep. Of course he didn't and decided to let his mom know I was in labor because she was planning on spending the day with Tatum anyway. I showered and finished packing my hospital bag around 6. At that point my contractions were 2 minutes apart. We headed for the hospital around 6:30 and my contractions were a little over a minute apart and getting stronger.

I had been at a one and 50% effaced for 2 weeks. They checked me around 7:00 in triage and I was at a 5 and 80% effaced. I was shocked because the pain was very manageable at that point. They admitted me and my parents were in the room waiting for us.

My doc came in at 8:45 to break my water. I was almost 8 centimeters dilated. Contractions got a little stronger but I felt like I had more time in between to relax than I did with Tatum so it really wasn't bad at all. My doc checked me around 10:45 and that's when things really got rolling. I was flat on my back about to be checked during my biggest contraction which really hurt. He waited for me to get through the contraction but then I had another one while he was checking me. It hurt so bad that it felt like I needed to push. At that point I was almost at a 9 and Sadie was stationed at a +1 so she was still a little high. I asked my doc how much longer till she's here and he said she'd be born at 11:26.

Contractions definitely got worse and then shortly after my check I felt so much pressure like I needs to push. This was the only part I dreaded about another natural birth because you want/need to push SO bad but they won't let you. It felt like I waited forever to finally push. The only thing I could do was hold on to the side of the bed and try to breathe through it. I accidentally called the nurse twice because of how I was laying and was trying to apologize during contractions.

My doc ran down the hall to my room because "go time" came so quickly and he was busy with another patient. I pushed once just a little bit because I couldn't stand not to anymore. Then he said to take a breath and push. I did and her head came out! I was so shocked that I stopped pushing and asked if that really just happened? Then one more push and Miss Sadie was born! 7 lbs 4 oz 20.5 in long and looked identical to her sister! I seriously felt like I was holding Tatum.

I asked doc what the damage was because she came out so fast and he didn't have time to stretch me at all. Thankfully it was only a 2nd degree tear which is what I had with Tatum. I definitely wasn't prepared for the next hour. I had cramping SO bad it felt like I was having another baby. Apparently that is normal for a 2nd vaginal delivery but my goodness was it painful. Everyone came in to meet Sadie, including Tatum, after I was stitched up (he had to go in 3 times after he stitched me because not all of the placenta came out). I was in so much pain I could barely talk. Not exactly how I pictured Tatum meeting Sadie but that's okay. She's too young to know what was going on anyway. My recovery has been SO much better this time. Other than crazy cramping the first week, I've felt really good!

Sadie has been great (other than a trip to the ER on her one week birthday and a 2 day stay in the hospital. More on that later)
She's a great nurser, great sleeper, and only fusses if she's hungry or can't burp. Tatum has been great with her and loves to give her kisses, wave to her and attempt to say her name :)

Friends were asking if Sadie's birth or Tatum's birth was harder. Tatum was born in 7 hours and Sadie was born in just under 7.5 hours. I progressed very quickly with both girls and was at a 1, 50% when labor started with both. I will say the pain level of contractions were equal but the end Sadie's birth was more intense. Mostly because I had to wait so long before I could push and that is the most uncomfortable part for me. BUT it was awesome that I only had to push twice! With Tatum I pushed for 30 minutes which still wasn't bad at all. I will say that I am done having babies for a couple of years :)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

40 weeks

My due date isn't until Saturday but I had my appointment yesterday and I'm still a 1, 50% and sister is high. I wasn't disappointed that I haven't progressed any because I was the same with Tatum but it did stink to hear that she's high. My doc is thinking she'll be 7+ lbs which makes sense why I'm so much more uncomfortable this time. And I'm carrying her way lower than Tatum which doesn't help.

My due date and weekly appointments are throwing me off because I keep thinking I'm past due since he checks me on Tuesdays but she doesn't turn another week older till Saturday. I'm trying to remember I'm not as far along as I think I am so I don't get discouraged :). I just really hope I don't have to be induced. I'd love to have another natural birth and I don't see that being the case if he induces me. All of Billy's family will be here this weekend for our nephew's baseball tournament so I'm going to walk my booty off and hopefully I'll go into labor when they're here!

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