15 October, 2015

oliver's birth story

Our little Oliver made his arrival on October 9th! I'm so thankful for an easy pregnancy and easy delivery. I'm still in shock he's here! It's a surreal feeling for sure but I just love him so much and I can't believe he's mine.




I was induced with Oliver at 39 weeks due to my kidney disease and the worry my blood pressure would go up the longer I stayed pregnant. It was kind of nice being induced because I knew there was definite end in sight. I went into the hospital Thursday night and got Cervadil placed. I was 1.5cm dilated/60% effaced so my doctor thought it was best to get Cervadil to hopefully move things further along by the next day. If you've never had Cervadil before, basically it's a tampon the doctor places in you so far up your cervix you feel like she's in your tonsils. Not going to lie, it hurt. And what really hurt was when it partially came out when I went to use the restroom and my nurse had to put it back in. It makes you SUPER sensitive down there. I spent the night in the hospital and actually got a pretty decent amount of sleep. Cervadil gave me pretty strong contractions but they died down after an hour or so. 


The next morning the nurse came in at 5 am, took the Cervadil out and allowed me to eat my last meal before I delivered and to shower and get ready for the day. She started me on a Pitocin drip at 6:30 am and around 7:30 am my doctor came in to check me and see if I had progressed at all. I had a smidgen, 2cm/60%. So she broke my water then we just waited. I had heard that it's best to get your epidural with Pitocin pretty soon because the contractions come on hard and fast. I kind of told myself to wait till around 10 am to get it. I wanted to feel the contractions but I also knew they were probably going to go from 0-10 pretty quick. So around 10:30 am or so the anesthesiologist came in and placed the epidural. It didn't hurt at all and instantly the contractions started to fade away. I loved that the contractions were better but I hated not being able to move my legs fully. It's a weird feeling and kind of freaked me out. At noon my nurse Betsy checked me and I was 4cm/80%. I was so happy that we were moving right along. My mom and Theo were with me all day just hanging out. I loved that it was just the three of us, it was very calming. Around 3 pm Betsy checked me again and I was 7cm/90%. I'm pretty sure I started crying just knowing that I was really going to have this baby soon. My nurse Betsy was so awesome and I was her only patient all day so she gave me a lot of 1 on 1 attention which was amazing. This whole process really scared me and it made realize I hate being a patient. I can take care of people all day long but when it comes to me, I freak out. I mean was shaking all day. I don't like not having control and between the epidural and Pitocin I had zero control. Around 5 pm Betsy checked me again and I was 9.5cm/100%! She said "you're having this baby in an hour!" When I said I was shaking before, I was really shaking now. She alerted my doctor that I would be pushing soon and started to get the room ready. I was also nervous that I wouldn't be able to push because the epidural had me so numb but Betsy assured I would. She checked me at 6 pm and I was 10 cm, ready to push! After an hour and a half of pushing Oliver was out! They placed him on my chest and it was love at first sight. 





This first week hasn't been the easiest. Oliver has his days and nights mixed up so there's been little to no sleep for Theo and me. I know they say to sleep while the baby sleeps during the day but it's hard for me to shut my mind off that easily. Plus I'm feeding him so often, about every 2 hours. I'm just trying to soak it all in and know that this is just a phase and it will get better. My hormones are all over the place, one minute I'm happy, the next I'm crying. Everyone said it would be hard and I had no idea how hard. But I love this little boy so much and feel so blessed to be his mommy!





33 comments :

  1. Congrats!!!! He is so handsome! Welcome to the world Oliver!

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  2. Ally he is perfect!!! Congratulations again!! Thanks for letting me snuggle him this week :) PS How on earth did you look so great after an hour and a half of pushing?!?!

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  3. Aww, what a cute little one. Congratulations! Enjoy every moment.... they go by too quick.

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  4. Ahhhh so sweet! Congratulations! So glad to read that everything went smooth with the delivery!

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  5. Oh my gosh, he is soooo cute! I feel like my hormones cooled it after two weeks and I felt more like myself. Same with the baby. She learned days versus nights in a couple weeks. April told me to take her outside (in the shade) a lot during the day so we did and that helped! Take lots of pics and soak it up like you're doing. You're doing great mama!

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  6. Congrats! Your delivery sounds like it was awesome - so happy for you. I know it's hard to sleep when the baby sleeps (I was bad at it too and still am bad at napping) but at least try to rest - your body needs it, especially with your hormones out of whack. The first couple of months are the hardest, but soon enough you'll get into your routine as so will he, also going out for walks really helped me in the beginning :) also take any help people are willing to give you - it's a lifesaver! I'm sure you're doing a great job xoxo

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  7. Ally he's so precious!! Congrats on an easy and healthy delivery!! I promise it gets easier week by week. You just have to take it one day at a time. It's hard though and your hormones will eventually calm down. Hang in there remember Oliver has no idea you're not an expert ;)

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  8. YAYYYYY so happy little man is finally here! He's so stinking cute! Glad your delivery was easy and hopefully he starts getting used to a normal sleep pattern soon and you guys can get some rest! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  9. Congratulations!! He is adorable! The hormones definitely died down after a couple of weeks, so hang in there!

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  10. He is SO sweet! I cant wait to meet him. And hang in there mama, it gets better!! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  11. Aww, he's so adorable!! Congratulations!!! Glad labor went well and that he's here happy and healthy! Hope you guys can get into a routine soon!

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  12. Oliver is the sweetest!! Sending you so many hugs and congratulations!

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  13. Congratulations again!! Sounds like a wonderful birth experience! The first few weeks are the toughest but before you realize it he will get the day/night difference and you'll get more rest again!

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  14. So excited for you! Congrats! Hang in there - you're SO right. Everything is a phase. Our now 7 month old son, Conner, was a HORRIBLE newborn. He had colic, and would cry inconsolably for 3 - 4 hours non-stop. NO JOKE. It was HORRIBLE. And NONE of us got any sleep for probably the first 3 months. (Oh, he also has a milk protein allergy and acid reflux...he's a high maintenance baby!) BUT, BUT, BUT!!!! It gets better! He's now the PERFECT baby! We put him down around 8:30 or 9, and little nugget will sleep until I wake him up around 7:15am on the weekdays. On the weekends, we just let him sleep in, and he'll usually sleep until 8 or 9am!!!!! Yep. True story. Also - your hormones. I had PPD, and got on Brintellix. Having a baby is STRESSFUL. Dealing with a newborn is CRAZY EXHAUSTING. Your body has gone through so much in pregnancy, and now it's going crazy after delivery. Do NOT be embarrassed to reach out to your doctor for help!! Soak up all the moments, though - the good, the bad, the stressful, the crazy - you name it. I still can't believe Conner is already 7 months old!!!! Congrats again!

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  15. Congratulations to your beautiful little family! I'm glad your delivery went well and everyone is healthy, I would be freaked out too for the same reason - not having any control. I love reading birth stories, but they give me anxiety at the same time! I can't imagine how hard those first few weeks are with a newborn, just keep telling yourself "this too shall pass" when your emotions have you feeling down or overwhelmed. I'm sure you'll fall into a routine soon enough, Oliver is lucky to have you as his mama!

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  16. He is SO cute! Congratulations! I hope he figures out those days and nights soon!

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  17. I'm SO glad to hear that you're doing well. Haha no one wants to be the B that rains on your pregnancy parade, but I wish people were honest more often. Having a newborn is HARD. It does get better. Do crosswords on your phone while nursing, fill your DVR, have someone take the baby on a walk or a drive outside (where you can't hear them if they cry) so you can sleep for an hour or two. Take care of yourself. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel. I promise, every month gets more fun.

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  18. Congratulations! He is so so so adorable and you looked seriously amazing it those photos.

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  19. Congratulations! He is adorable!! I have been reading your blog since you started posting pregnancy updates and those have been so great to re-read now that I am pregnant with our first. I'm glad you are both doing well! http://www.ericmeandbabymakesthree.com

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  20. He is so beautiful! Congratulations to you and your family! I would probably feel the exact same way, I am not a good patient at all.

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  21. I'm so happy for you that everything went smoothly! I felt so grateful for my comfortable pregnancy and delivery with Lawter and am praying for the same this time around! Hope you're feeling well and getting lots of sweet baby snuggles. It's crazy, adjusting to this new norm but you'll settle into it in no time at all!

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  22. Hi little Oliver!!! The first couple of weeks are NO JOKE!! If you ever want to chat you can always send me an email! You got this! xo

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  23. You look absolutely gorgeous post pregnancy! And Oliver is a beautiful boy! Congratulations! Here's hoping you get some sleep soon. xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  24. I'm so glad you had such a great, progressive birth. It's definitely the hardest now and it only gets better! Enjoy every second, because it goes way too fast (even though it doesn't seem like it!)

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  25. New reader!! :) I have added your blog to my reading list! Yay!! I too am also pregnant with a little boy! YAY for boy moms!! Congratulations on the new addition!! Oliver is precious!!! Our Benjamin is due in February! First baby and we could not be more excited!!

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  27. He's absolutely perfect!! Congratulations!!! xo, Biana

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  28. what a little honey-congratulations!

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  29. cue the tears! loved reading your story - so similar to mine! little oliver is precious and i'm so proud of you mama!! he'll get the nights figured out soon i promise!! xoxo

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  30. Congrats! He is just gorgeous! I loved reading this post and so glad you shared it with us all. I'm a fairly new reader, just love your blog! Looking forward to seeing more pics :)

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  31. Great post dear! Have a wonderful weekend:)

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  32. Love this and it brought tears to my eyes! So emotional and exciting! He is absolutely precious!

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