Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Aversion and Natural Birth Story part 1

 I think every birth story is miraculous with God's fingerprints clearly all over the process from conception to delivery! Before both of my labor and deliveries, I loved to read the experiences of other women, just to prepare myself for the process, and I hope that my story is encouraging to other mamas out there preparing to welcome their sweet babies into the world! I respect every mama who has had a natural, medicated or C-section delivery. It's not an easy job bringing a life into this world!

I am especially excited to share the birth story of my son, not even because of the details of his birth, but because of how God was glorified through it all.

Those of you who followed along with me know what a journey of faith this pregnancy was for my husband and I. At 20 weeks, the anatomy ultrasound found that one of his kidney's was dilated and we were referred to a specialist. At the specialist appointment, they also found that he had something called Echogenic bowel which not only is a sign of Down Syndrome, but it was also a possibility that our son had a serious, potentially fatal virus. We spent a week in tears and prayers waiting for those test results and praised God that the viruses were ruled out! You can read more about that experience here. 

We spent the rest of the pregnancy monitoring his kidneys as they got worse and worse and then as an answer to prayer started to improve at 37 weeks! This whole time, however, little guy was breech. He had never been head down and it was pretty clear that he didn't intend to head that direction anytime soon. With the position he was in, my doctor didn't feel comfortable turning him.

So my C-section was scheduled for September 18th.

I wasn't thrilled about having a C-section. I was able to have a natural labor with my daughter, and had been hoping to do the same with my son, so the idea of surgery really scared me. It wasn't in my plan, but God was teaching me to trust him with my son from the very beginning. I had so many people encouraging me and I really felt peace from the Lord about it.

I went to my appointment September 14th, knowing that my baby was still breech. It was just a routine checkup, but my doctor noticed that my son had a leg down and that made her a little more hopeful that she may be able to do an aversion. She wanted to do it before he had a chance to move his leg back up so she gave me the option of coming in the next morning at 7:30. If she was able to turn him, they would induce me, if there was a complication with the turning, she had the OR booked for an emergency C-section.

She left it up to me to decide if I wanted to go that route or just wait until my scheduled Friday C-section. As you can imagine, a decision that big is hard to make in one afternoon. I didn't like either option, to be honest. There are risks involved with aversions, and I had heard horror stories of Pitocin making the birthing process much more painful. But was surgery better?

I called friends and family for advice, but ultimately I had to decide what I felt was the best choice for my baby and me. That kind of pressure on top of the emotions of pregnancy was hard to handle. I spent a good portion of my Monday in tears and prayer asking God to show me what the best option was. 

I decided to go ahead with the aversion the next morning and trust the Lord that He would protect my baby when I couldn't! Even after deciding, I went back and forth and just felt anxious knowing what was about to happen. I remember telling my husband that I was nervous because I felt like nothing was easy for me. I'm the person that the nurse has to try at least 4 times to get an IV in. I just felt like that's how the next day would be. I was prepared for it to be complicated. I know that's a horrible mindset, especially for someone who knows that the almighty Creator of the universe is in control!

Ready or not, on September 15th, hubby and I packed our bags and left for the hospital. We prayed together for God's hand to be on our son, with my doctor, and for God's peace to be with us. As we were walking into the hospital, I remember feeling strangely calm for someone who knew they were about to be in a lot of pain!

After checking in, we were showed to a little room with a curtain right outside the OR. My vitals were taken and I prepared to have multiple veins rolled as the nurse stuck me for my IV. For the first time in my life, she got it in on the first try! My hubby said he was sitting there praying that would happen! That was just the first of many answered prayers that day.

The aversion: Before turning the baby, my doctor came in and gave me a shot of Tributaline which is a muscle relaxer. It made my heart beat really fast and made me very shaky and jittery. Then docter R. put some oil on my belly, sat on the bed next to me and had the nurse use the ultrasound to confirm baby's position. I was prepared to be in a lot of pain so I just laid back and closed my eyes. I felt my doctor's hands move in a circular motion on my stomach. My husband took a video of the whole process, but we aren't able to share it because it has the nurses and doctor's faces in it. Here is a snap shot off the video. This was taken mid-turn!

Literally seconds later, the nurse put the ultrasound back on my stomach to check his position. I didn't even realize that he had turned and was head down! The nurses said they had never seen anything like it before, and one of them joked that my doctor had magic hands. I'm blessed to have a Christian doctor who replied "no that was supernatural." I couldn't agree more. She said she had never turned a baby so easily before, especially on that had never been head down. Typically it's a much longer and pretty painful process. I told all of the amazed nurses in that room that we had a lot of people praying for us and for our little guy to turn, and God had answered. I'm still praising God for that opportunity to share how awesome He is!

I was immediately wheeled to Labor and Delivery, hooked up to monitors and put on Pitocin to get my labor started. I was prepared for a long, painful day but so excited to meet my little guy!

Labor and Delivery is shared here in Part Two!
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mommy Moments #166


Welcome to Mommy Moments! We hope you all had a week filled with wonderful memories!  I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week! We are excited to be adding in a new co-host this week, Micah from Deeper Life Today! Make sure you stop by to welcome her as the newest member of our team!

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Faith Along The Way and her post 3 Signs You're Overwhelmed by Life. I am sure we have all been there at some point in our motherhood journey, and Sarah offers some helpful strategies for Simplifying life to overcome that overwhelmed feeling!
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Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


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Monday, September 21, 2015

Our miracle baby is here!

For those of you who have been waiting patiently, I just wanted to let you all know that our little guy is here and we are both doing great! He was born on September 15, at 6:00 PM at 8.3 pounds and 19 inches long!

My last pregnancy update shared that I was going to have a c-section scheduled for September 18th since our little guy was still breech. When I went in for my appointment on the 14th, my doctor thought she may have a chance at turning him but wanted to do it right away, like the next morning! So after scrambling to get ready, the next morning we went in to the hospital and the doctor was able to turn him within seconds. Literally. Even my doctor said it was supernatural the way he turned. The hand of God has been on our little man from the very beginning, there is no doubt about that!

I will share his birth story in more detail at some point, but it was amazing how very real God's presence felt to us on the 15th, from turning him, being induced, being able to have the natural labor I wanted, and then welcoming a HEALTHY baby boy into this world in spite of what the doctor's had said would be wrong! He does have a kidney condition and will be seeing a specialist, but other than that, he has been doing so great. He is our miracle baby, and we are so blessed! Thank you to all of you who have prayed for us!

And with that, I will leave you with some photos of our little man to enjoy with more to come, I'm sure!



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Friday, September 18, 2015

Mommy Moments #165


Welcome to Mommy Moments! We hope you all had a week filled with wonderful memories!  I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week! 
Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Alycia from Crazily Normal and her post Bumpdate: 34 weeks! It's fun to see how different every pregnancy is and get excited with all these new mamas to be! Only a few more weeks left to go Alycia!


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Friday, September 11, 2015

Mommy Moments #164


Welcome to Mommy Moments! We hope you all had a week filled with wonderful memories!  I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week! 
Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to our very own Heather from Arrows and Warriors and her post Choosing Joy in the Small Things. What a great reminder that the little things we do as moms, wives, friends, homemakers, or businesswomen, really do matter! This post had some great perspective and was a much needed reminder to us all to choose joy!



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Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

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