Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sweet Pea's Birth Story

It's my birthday today, and what better way to celebrate than to share with you the story of my daughter's birth!
I honestly don't know where to begin. I feel like I could write a book about everything that took place. 
It was awful and amazing.

I had been having contractions all week and knew it was only a matter of time. So Friday evening, when I started having stronger and more frequent contractions, I got excited and called my friend Lorinda to describe what I was feeling to her. 
She told me it sounded like tonight was the night I was going into labor! I didn't get my hopes up though because I had thought the same thing several nights that week. 
To help get my mind off of the discomfort, hubby and I played a few games of Halo.
Looking back now, I laugh at how we chose to spend our last night!

I finally decided to try to get some sleep and had only been in bed for a little over an hour when I felt something weird happen inside. Somehow I just knew my water was breaking. I had this phobia of my water breaking on our mattress and getting everywhere, so I ran to the bathroom and sure enough, my water broke! It was the weirdest thing!
I yelled "Jimmy my water just broke" loud enough to wake him up and he came running over to the bathroom. We both got really excited! There's really no way to explain the feeling of knowing you are about to have your baby!

We called the doctor and were told to go to the hospital. Now, I did not realize that when your water's not just a one time gush. It's rather obnoxious when you are trying to get things together for the hospital! But we finally managed to get everything together and out the door by about 2:00 AM!

When we got there, they stuck me in a tiny room to make sure I was really in labor. They wanted to give me an IV but I opted for the saline lock as my plan was to have a natural birth. The nurse ended up sticking me 5 different times before actually getting a vein. I still have bruises from where my veins busted!

Once they determined that my water really had broken (like I already knew), they moved me to a room and informed me that my doctor was on vacation so I would have the on call doctor. They also told me that he wanted to start me on pitocin right away.
I was ticked!
First of all, I love my doctor and secondly, I had only been there 30 minutes and this doctor who hadn't even been in to see me wanted to start me on pitocin?
Not a chance!

I told the nurse I wanted to wait on the pitocin and see if my body could do what God designed it to do on it's own! It took a while, but by mid morning, I was having pretty regular contractions, about 3-4 minutes apart. I was so blessed to have the most amazing nurse. She was all about helping me have a natural birth. It was like having a Doula there! She told me not to let the doctor pressure me into anything, but do things the way I felt was right. She was so encouraging and very helpful the whole time!

Now at this point, I was pretty tired having not slept all night not to mention I was starving because I hadn't eaten anything since dinner the night before! But no, I wasn't allowed to eat or drink anything. I think that made my labor and delivery harder than it had to be. Fortunately I had honey sticks that I brought along with me and I snuck a few of those in between contractions. Definitely a smart choice!

By about noon I was like 4 cm dilated and I thought my contractions were pretty painful. 
They only got worse! 
I had done my research and thought I was pretty prepared for the pain!
Turns out no one can really prepare you for that kind of pain. 
Not even remotely.
Every time I thought the contractions couldn't hurt any worse, they got worse!
I used a birthing ball and did my best to relax and breathe through each contraction. It was physically the hardest and most painful experience. 
I eventually got to a point where breathing just didn't do the trick. Even though I swore I would never be one of those women who is moaning and acting crazy, by about 7 cm dilated, I was crazy and didn't care. It hurt so bad! 

My poor hubby was probably more traumatized than I was, but I couldn't have done it without him. He stuck with me the whole time rubbing my back and putting pressure on my lower back during the worst parts of the contractions. It helped a lot. He said he was pushing so hard he thought he broke his hand at one point!

As the hours ticked by, I thought it would never end. I was praying out loud and asking Jesus for strength to get through each contraction. Every now and then I would glance at one of the bible verses that I had with me and take a little phrase from it to get me through the next contraction!
When I look back on it all, I can't really brag about anything I did, but God gets the glory for filling me with His strength and giving me extra energy to make it through nearly 24 hours of labor!

At about 7:30 PM, I started to feel like I needed to push during each contraction. I was so happy because that meant the end was near and I was going to meet my baby girl!
The only problem was that the doctor had gone home and was over 20 minutes away. The nurse told me to hold off on pushing as long as I could, but it was nearly impossible! Finally we just went for it, and I told my nurse she could deliver my baby (I liked her better than my doctor anyways)! The doctor got there just in time for the last few contractions as I screamed and pushed with everything I had in me.  I delivered her sitting up so I actually saw her being born. It was the craziest thing to watch and something I will never forget!

Before I knew it, my baby girl was in my arms and as I looked down at her, she opened her tiny dark eyes, looked at me and smiled. Jimmy saw it too! It was the most surreal and amazing moment of my life. I can't explain it. After 9 months of waiting, praying and wondering what she was going to be like, I was so happy to be holding my baby girl! Even covered in all that birth stuff, I thought she was the most beautiful baby I'd ever seen. I will never forget that overwhelming feeling of love I had for her in just the first few moments. I was a mommy!

The pain of the doctor stitching me up and delivering the placenta didn't even phase me because I was too busy admiring my baby girl!
They eventually took her from me to weigh her while her daddy stood guard over her!
Minutes later we were taking our first family photo and I got to work feeding her before all her family and friends came to visit!
Jimmy was just as happy as I was for our baby girl to be here! He has been an amazing dad right from the start. sweet pea, you have no idea how much your daddy loves you! 

Jimmy's family and some of our friends had been waiting most of the day Saturday for our baby o be born, so after I finished feeding her, they came in to see her! She is lucky to have such awesome family and friends who waited all day to meet her.

We had visitors most of the day on Sunday, but on Christmas Eve, we got to spend time some good family time together in the hospital. I was so excited to get home and spend Christmas with our baby girl!

Things went a little differently than I hoped, however. All day on Christmas Eve, I had been feeling very weak, I assumed because I had lost a lot of blood and just needed to get my strength back. Every time I stood up, I got really dizzy and then got chills so bad I had to lay back down. I told the nurse several times during the day how I was feeling, but they told me it was normal hormones!
Finally, just as we were about to leave the hospital and head home, I got another round of terrible chills! Jimmy told me to call the nurse and ask her to take my temperature.
 It was 102.6.
They immediately assumed I had the flu, took my daughter from me and gave me a mask. 
For a few hours, I was not allowed to hold my daughter except to feed her and then I had to wear a mask. It was the worst feeling ever. I was a mess with tears rolling down over that mask, worried that I was going to get my daughter sick and upset that I couldn't be with her.
It took forever, but we finally got the flu test results back and it was negative. I was happy to hear that, but also knew that meant I probably had some sort of infection.

They stuck an IV in me again and started me on antibiotics while they drew blood and ran a bunch of tests to determine what was going on. 
Christmas Eve was a long night with my fever spiking to 103 before it finally broke early Christmas morning. My poor hubby was beside himself, worried for me and trying to take care of our day old daughter. I remember him praying for me when I was fighting the worst of the fever. 

God answered his prayers because although they never figured out what sort of infection I had,  my fever never came back, we were able to head home Christmas day about 5PM with a bunch of antibiotics and supplements to help me get my strength back. 
Even though I didn't feel the greatest, I was so happy to be home with my family and celebrate Christmas together. 
It was definitely a Christmas we will never forget!

It has taken me a little longer than normal to recover from my extra loss of blood plus the infection, but it has still been a wonderful adventure getting to know our daughter. It amazes me how much she has grown in just 2 and a half weeks! I don't want to take a single day for granted. 

No, it hasn't all been easy adjusting to breastfeeding, not sleeping, poop everywhere, and trying to understand what my  baby wants. She still gets her days and nights mixed up and I'm running on adrenaline most days.
 But I wouldn't have it any other way.
I love her little smiles, I love the way her hair stands up straight in the back, I love being the one that she wants when she's crying, I love watching her sleep, I love it when her little hand curls around my finger, I love just cuddling with her and soaking it all in.  

Most of all, I love that she's my daughter and I'm her mommy.
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


  1. What a beautiful story! I am so proud of you for staying strong and having the labor you originally wanted! She is beautiful! and lots of prayers your way to get your strength back quickly!

  2. you did good. you wanted a natural birth and you knew to avoid pitocin. with my first my doctor gave me pitocin and I didn't know any better so soon enough it led to a c-section. I also had terrible chills after all of my births, but I don't think a fever - good thing you recovered fast! congrats on everything.

  3. beautiful story! congrats faith <3 she's gorgeous!

  4. Happy Birthday, Faith! Your baby is soooo adorable. Congratulations!

  5. Aw congratulations Faith! What a beautiful birth story! Your little girl is beautiful and I'm praying that you start to feel better! Happy birthday!

  6. Sarah (Pratt) MillerJanuary 10, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Hey Faith!

    Tears came to my eyes as I read this entry. I am so happy for you and Jimmy. God has truly blessed you! You are a beautiful mom with a beautiful baby. :) I hope Kaleigh soon learns her days from her nights and that God gives you strength to make it through these first hard few months.

  7. You had me in tears from the beginning! I'm so so happy for you! Congratulations! I'm so sorry you got sick but you pulled through and that's all that matters! Enjoy these these first special moments with your girl!

  8. I was smiling and crying as I read this..mirrored many of my own feelings. So thankful for how god designed birth to be the most wonderful connection to him, even with the added excruciating pain. "How sweet to hold a newborn baby, and feel the pride and joy she gives. But greater still, the calm assurance, this child can face uncertain days because HE lives."

  9. I love love love reading birth stories & yours is beautiful :) What a beautiful baby girl you have, and you were a rockstar!!! ;) Nothing like the pain of labor, but it is OH SO WORTH IT! :D So happy for you, Faith!!! Congratulations and enjoy your new journey!! <3

  10. aww this made me cry thinking it won't be long before I'm in that position; however, reading this also made me a little nervous about the pain! I'm so happy for you guys and can't wait to meet her!

  11. So lovely! If it is any consolation, I had the same thing happen to me (fever wise) after I had my daughter. I had a fever of 103 and after a couple of days it disappeared as quickly as it came.

  12. Aww, I have tears. I know how tired you must be so thanks for taking the time to share your story with us. She is gorgeous!

  13. Congrats!! She is so precious!! So happy for you!! What a tear jerking story!!

  14. What a story! Thanks so much sharing with us. Glad you are both doing ok :)

  15. Great story! Your one strong lady!!! Breastfeeding isnt easy..especially in the beginning..but it does get easier!! Hang in there and by all means..if you need a quick'll get tons of advice!!!

  16. What an amazing story! You give me such hope for natural birth:) You must be over the moon! Enjoy her, she is so precious!

  17. awesome birth story. congrats on the baby!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I hung on every word and enjoyed this post so very much. You are an inspiration to us all as well as your husband. I will continue to follow along as your beautiful daughter grows.
    Odie in NC

  19. Great story! Thanks for sharing! :)

  20. Loved your birth story! Wow! It was almost like being there with you. What a blessing your nurse was. Aren't you glad that I didn't answer your questions about the transition? I would have told you that you would go crazy and that Jimmy would be traumatized... You only understand afterwards. It's like trying to explain what love is when you haven't been in love. I wanted to go and help out now that your mom is gone but now am going have to spend some time helping out Mom who broke her knee...

  21. So happy you got the natural birth you hoped for! Sounds like everything went well except for that mystery fever after.

    She is a cutie!!

    Thanks for sharing!


  22. So happy to hear that you got the birth story you had hoped for. Sounds like everything went well except for the mystery fever after.

    She is a cutie!

    Thanks for sharing!


  23. Kaleigh is a DOLL! And girl, you look amazing in those pics after just giving birth! That's amazing. So glad it everyone is healthy! :)

  24. Thank you so much for sharing your birth story. It is amazing what a woman's body can do!!! I gave birth to twins the first time and I recall the pain it was insanity I was so scared. However, I did not have an option on an epidural because I had to deliver in a operating room because of the positioning. I did however get my wish with my fourth and last child to go natural. I want to tell you that you made the absolute best decision when you declined that pitocin. It is HORRIBLE. It would have intensified your contractions and made them seem back to back. I am not a fan as you can tell. God was with you and I am so happy for you. Congratulations!! She is gorgeous. Welcome to Mommyhood :)

  25. I loved reading the story! So sweet, congrats again!

  26. Adorable. Congratulations. She is a pretty baby.

  27. Congratulations! I am glad you got the birth you wanted despite the doctors!

  28. Congrats! So glad that you stuck to your guns and got the birth that you wanted! You go girl! And you looks amazing for just having a baby in that first picture! I wish I looked that good :) Thanks for the birth story and congrats on your cute little baby girl!

  29. You did so great Mama! What an accomplishment! She is just beautiful

  30. Congrats! So very glad it went the way you wanted it to. Check out for help with getting on a schedule of correct nights and days. Those nurses literally saved me! Good luck

  31. Congratulations. enjoy the journey of motherhood with your beautiful baby girl!

  32. Congratulations! And thank you so much for sharing your birth story. I am almost 39 weeks and playing the waiting game now. I'm not nervous about giving birth, but I've been reading as many birth stories as I can, they oddly enough give me some peace of mind. I haven't decided between natural vs. epidural, but I do know I want to avoid a c-section if I can help it. So glad that your birth went pretty close to the way you wanted, minus the doctor :) I'm sad I just now found your blog!!


  33. such a beautiful story!!! I can feel the love you have in your words. Congrats to all of you. you are blessed to have each other. it really is a miracle, isn't it?!
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    good luck too!!!

  34. Beautiful story and beautiful baby! Congratulations!

  35. Congratulations on a beautiful natural birth! I hope that it was more amazing than awful for you :) I have read that sometimes vaginal checks during labor, especially after your water has broken, can increase the risk of infection. Maybe it had something to do with that? Who knows, but I'm so thankful God answer your DH's prayer and you were able to go home with your darling little girl! Love all that beautiful hair! Thanks for linking up with the Tuesday Baby Link Up. Hope to see you there again this week!

  36. What a beautiful story! Congratulations! I'm glad that you're on the mend. Your sweet baby girl will figure out the sleeping thing eventually. Until then, just hang in there!


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