My pregnancy with Rory was been filled with many bumps and surprises. Starting with a few scares of contractions at 34 weeks resulting in some steroid shots and taking two weeks off Crossfit to make sure she didn't come too early. Then we got some relief as we hit 36 and then 37 weeks - yay for safe zones! As I hit 37 weeks contractions started again but of course by the time I finally decided that they were consistent enough and to go into the hospital they had completely stopped thus resulting in me being sent back home. Apparently all those scares where for nothing as each day after 37 weeks was the longest I had ever been pregnant (Rose came at 36 weeks and a day, Haevin came at 37 weeks and a day).
I had finally gotten to the mindset of this little girl not coming super early like her sisters and was fine to wait until my scheduled induction date of the 23rd when I hit 39 weeks.
Thus brings us to Sunday September 18th (38 weeks and 2 days pregnant). After running some errands and giving my parents a quick visit as we were in their neighborhood we had just gotten home, eaten lunch and were in the middle of putting the girls down for naps. Braedon was up stairs getting the girls tucked in and I was just picking up the last few toys on the ground before heading up to help him out.
As I bent over to pick up the last toy right around 1:30 PM - I felt a small gush of fluid. Not wanting to have another false alarm and not wanting to get my hopes up, I quickly went over to the bathroom to see if it was just discharge or even possibly just a slip of the bladder... cause sadly that was most definitely a thing at this point in the pregnancy. As I slipped my pants down, making sure to stand over the toilet just in case, another gush came out that I was fairly sure was NOT pee or discharge. I sat down and waited a bit again, not wanting to even tell Braedon unless I was pretty confident. As I sat there I had some consistent leaking and then another small gush. Finally I felt that I could call up to Braedon and promptly yelled up the stairs "Uh. Hun. I'm pretty sure my water just broke!" To which I hear laughter and then running footsteps as he comes down the stairs to see if I was serious or not. I think we both felt a little relief that my water actually broke for a third time as that gives us a for sure trip to the hospital.
We decided to take our time a bit before rushing to the hospital as I wasn't having any contractions... and we really did want to make sure I wasn't being a crazy person and it was in fact my water. I decided to shower, finish packing up some last minute items for me and the girls who would be hanging out with my parents all the while trying to not make a mess on the floor as more water continued to exit out of my vagina (sadly I wasn't always successful and Braedon had to help me clean up the floor a few times - true love).
Since the girls were already asleep at this point we had my mom come over and hang out so they could continue to sleep and get good naps and we finally headed over to the hospital right around 2:30.
Being on my third pad in the last hour I felt pretty great about going to the hospital... This felt just like it had with the other two when my water broke. Of course as we waited to get checked in Braedon jokingly proclaims "Watch - some how we are still gonna get sent home." - which earned him the glare of a life time from me.
Now when someones water breaks they run a test to make sure that it is in fact amniotic fluid and not just vaginal discharge or urine or whatever. Even though my nurse (who happened to be my nurse when I had Haevin) knew that I had experience with my water breaking before and after hearing all of the messes we had to clean up figured it was in fact my water - she still had to run the test per protocol. In fact my nurse believed me so much that rather then taking me to the "testing room" she took me back straight to a labor and delivery room to run the test so we wouldn't have to move our stuff around.
Feeling pretty good about having a baby and staying put I got swabbed and we sat back waiting the 30 minutes it takes for the test to be run.
And of course the test came back negative.
Luckily my nurse went to bat for me and informed the lab that they did something wrong and she would be coming down personally to watch them do a second test. I get swabbed again all the while Braedon laughs and I glare and tell him if we somehow get sent home with me having to deal with a gushing vagina for who knows how long that it was all his fault.
So we had to sit back again for another 30 minutes all the while I start worrying that maybe I was in fact wrong somehow... and that I was a crazy person that just kept crying wolf this whole time. I kept doubting every single contraction I had ever had starting back at 34 weeks and even though I was still having water leak out of my vagina I even started to doubt that my water had in fact broken.
Thankfully my nurse came in looking very triumphant and declared that the test came back positive.
I can't even begin to describe my relief.
So we then started to get me hooked up to an IV, get my penicillin hooked up (I've tested positive for Group B with all three girls), and the pitocin hooked up (which for those that don't know basically helps induce contractions/labor) as I still was having zero contractions. The plan was to give me the lowest amount of pitocin as possible until I was able to get the 4 hours of penicillin that they recommend getting before the baby is born.
Then we had another scare.
After only being on the pitocin for 5 minutes or so Aurora's heartbeat dropped drastically and suddenly. I didn't even have time to register what exactly the issue was before the nurses went into full nurse mode and had stopped the pitocin, had me quickly moving from one side to the other side, oxygen on my face, and then were shoving their hand up my vagina to rub baby girls head. Thankfully the head stimulation did the trick and the heartbeat went back to where it should be.
Later they explained to us that sometimes if the baby get's too excited and tries to head downwards too quickly they will basically in essence bonk their head fast enough that it dazes them a bit and can drop their heart rate. Apparently head stimulation helps bring them get out of this dazed state and gets things back to where they should be.
Not wanting to stress Rory out too much they left me to lay on my side with the oxygen for about an hour with no pitocin to make sure her stats stayed where they should be. Which thankfully they did.
At this point it was right around 5:00 pm and they started me back up on the pitocin (at it's lowest level). With that 4 hour restriction of the penicillin the soonest they expected/wanted Rory to come was right around 9:00 PM.
So now it was another waiting game as the pitocin started up some contractions to soften my still pretty hard cervix and hopefully progress me from the measly 4 I was currently dilated at.
While we waited and contractions became more frequent and intense I decided to get the epidural just to be ready for when things got more intense. By the time the anesthesiologist arrive from home it was right around 7:45 pm when I got the epidural.
We continued to slowly count down to 9:00 PM when my penicillin would be done. It finally finished up and I got checked again around 9:30 and was a bit frustrated to find out that while my cervix was much more soft, I was only dilated to a 5. All that waiting around to only get dilated 1 more cm. La sigh.
Since we were finally good on the dosage of penicillin my nurses decided to uped the pitocin just a tad to see if we could get me to dilate a bit more. With the scare we had earlier with Rory's heart rate we didn't want to up the dosage too much and stress her out again, so we still kept it pretty low. I asked my nurse if she thought that Rory would be in fact coming on the 18th or if she thought we'd go passed midnight. She said it would be pretty close but she was thinking it would be closer to 1 or so in the morning before this baby girl would come.
We sat back ready to wait another long bout of time. In the middle of talking to each other a contraction hit me (which I had largely been ignoring at this point due to the lovely epidural) and with the contraction came a sudden pressure on my pelvis and I knew home girl had to be getting lower (yay!). I turned to Braedon and said something along the lines of "Woah that one felt super low... we might be getting closer!".
Right then the nurse came in because she saw the change in my stats and decided to give me a check to see how how I was progressing. She barely got her fingers in when she exclaimed "Woah! You are at completion - we need to call the doctor now". Turns out I was at a 10 +2 which basically mean baby girl was RIGHT there and ready to come.
I had gone from a 5 to a 10 in less then 45 minutes.
We were all pretty shocked, but excited to finally meet Aurora. The nurses called the doctor and advised me to stay as relaxed as possible and jokingly said to not sneeze or cough to hard while we waited.
We waited about 15-20 minutes as I tried to breath through the crazy pressure I felt down below - Rory was seriously super ready to come out. The doctor arrived and the rest of the team assembled and I was informed to push during the next contraction.
The contraction came - I pushed and Rory's head came about half way.
They told me to push again so I gave it another push to which my doctor suddenly exclaims "Woah you are really pushing hard!" and Rory's head pops out mid push. The doctor asks me to stop pushing for just one second as I was tearing and he wanted to help re-position Rory to minimize the tearing. Re-positioned he told me to go ahead and finish my push.
Which I did.
And apparently he really wasn't kidding about me pushing hard as Rory popped out just like that and surprised him and the nurses.
Apparently I really am a pro-pusher - everyone has to have a special skill somewhere, right?
Rory started to cry and my heart soared. There is nothing like hearing your baby cry and know she is here and healthy. They layed her on my chest as they stitched me up and I couldn't stop smiling.
Aurora Jeanne was born at 10:46 PM on September 18th 2016. She weighted 6 pounds and 6 ounces and measured at 19.5 inches long.
I was so surprised that she was still a 6 pound baby (and even smaller than Haevin) with going all the way to 38 weeks and 2 days. Clearly there was a reason she was in longer then my other two. She is super skinny with long skinny toes, thin arms and slightly chubby cheeks and the best double chin. Just like her sisters she wasn't born with much hair, but it is pretty dark compared to the other two. She has the perfect scrunch face and loves having her legs and arms curled into herself.
We are in love.
The next day the girls got to meet her for the first time and it could not have been any cuter. Rose couldn't stop exclaiming how cute baby Rory was and that she just wanted to take her home. And any time Rory made a sad sound she would immediately be there saying "It's okay baby Rory!" She is so excited to have another baby sister. And Haevin is also in love. While she may not understand what exactly is going on, all she wants is to hold Rory and give her hugs and touch her face. It's so adorable to see the love these three are gonna have for each other.
All in all I'm very happy with how everything went and thrilled that we are all happy and healthy and here.
It still feels so surreal that I have three girls and we are a family of five. I couldn't be more elated. :)
|After getting the positive test and hooked up to all the IVs.|
|One of the best moments of life.|
|She has the scrunch face down.|
|Those hips... we might have another hyper mobility baby... we will see.|
|More scrunch face.|
|Grandparents and the girls meet Rory.|
|Seriously the best thing.|
|She just kept wanting to hold her. We are working on being soft haha.|
|Proud big sister|
|Hugs and kisses. :)|
|Aurora Jeanne meets Great Grandma Jeanne. :)|
|He long skinny feet and toes|
|Miss Bright Eyes. From the moment they put her on my chest she kept trying to open her eyes, even under the bright lights.|
|More Haevin and Rory time.|
|Love these sisters.|
|All the heart eyes.|