Here we are at one week old and one week post-partum 🙂 Ready to tackle the world!
Well, it’s one week today since Madelyn arrived, so I figured I’d go ahead and give everyone an update on what’s been happening in our lives.
Wednesday morning November 16th started very early for us. I woke up around 4:15 that morning to prepare for the day ahead. It was baby day, and I had to be ready. Haha. We had scheduled induction for that day, so we were preparing to call the hospital at 5:30, make sure they had room for us, and then go in at 6:00 to get things rolling.
Getting ready that morning, there were lots of anxious feelings floating through my head… “How does this whole induction thing work?” “Will they have room for us when I call?” “How long will this last?” “How will Jasen do with this new adjustment?” and “How long will we need to stay in the hospital?” etc..etc..With Jasen, I was scheduled to be induced at 40 weeks and 5 days, but my water broke on day 4, so I basically went into labor on my own, so I was a little more anxious to be induced. Everyone always wants to share their horror stories…especially when it comes to pregnancy, so I just tried to block out the fact that just because others have had difficult induction experiences did not mean we were going to. 5:30 rolled around, we called the hospital, they had room for us, so off to the hospital we went!
Here’s us in the hospital parking lot at 6:00 a.m. ready to go inside and start the day!
We arrived a touch after 6:00 a.m. and got checked in. After checking in, they got us sent up to floor 3 of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center (which I’ll go ahead and interject right here that I know people seem to have a lot of negative to say about SMRMC, but I don’t have a single bad thing to say. My experiences there have all be fabulous). We walked through the big doors at the end of the maternity floor and into labor and delivery.
We got settled into L&D room 2 and proceeded to get the whole process started. Change, get in the bed, blood pressure cuff, fetal heart rate monitor, paperwork, meal selections, answer a bunch of questions, IV (which thankfully only had to be done once), and pitocin to get those contractions going. When we had arrived at the hospital, I was just shy of 4 cm.
Left: Landen making his meal selections while my stomach was grumbling. haha.
Right: Getting ready to become a family of four 🙂
Jasen was preparing to be a big brother!
Buffy was our nurse for the day, and I honestly don’t think we could have had anyone more fabulous. Very very grateful for her and she did such a fabulous job all day long. After getting the IV, Dr. Nelson came in around 8:30 to break my water. When they broke my water, there was already a little meconium that she had expressed. They let us know that it would more than likely not be a big deal as long as she came out and gave us a good cry (which she did, very loudly–grateful for that, and no problems for her at all).
Shortly after he broke my water, contractions started picking up pretty well. They said I could get the epidural whenever I was ready. With the contractions getting stronger and stronger, I was ready pretty quickly. Haha. The anesthesiologist did a great job administering the epidural, and was MUCH more friendly than the anesthesiologist I had with Jasen.
By this time, our families had arrived, our pastor was there to pray with us all, and we began the waiting process.
Once the epidural got going, it was probably around 9:30 or so. I had progressed to about a 5-6 at this point. It helped take the edge off the pain and numbed me up pretty good. Within the following hour, however, things started moving pretty quickly. Even through the epidural, I began to have (and still feel) pretty strong contractions. When I mentioned that, she checked again around 10:20-10:30ish and I had already progressed to an 8. I was pretty consistently feeling all the contractions–the epidural just helped take the edge off the pain. Buffy told me at that point that if I began to feel any pressure to push to let her know. The scrub tech came in around this time to start setting up for when she arrived. I was pretty oblivious at this point about how quickly things were actually moving. My labor with Jasen was 16 hours from water-breakage to birth, which I thought was actually pretty fast, so I didn’t really know to expect any differently.
Around 11:15 or so, I called Buffy in to let her know that I was starting to feel more pressure. Everyone cleared out at that point for her to check me. She checked and didn’t say anything….but shortly thereafter, they got everything set up for me to start pushing. It was baby time. We pushed a few times when I heard them say “let’s go ahead and call him (Dr. Nelson).” They had a hard time getting him at first, but when they did, he started heading our way. Buffy had told me only to breathe during the contractions that followed…basically because our doctor wouldn’t have made in time had we kept pushing. Haha. When he walked in, everyone got right to work. I can’t recall exactly, but I’m pretty sure I only went through 2 sets of pushes and she had arrived. 11:43 a.m., 8 pounds, 20 3/4 inches. Pure perfection. From water-breakage to birth with Madelyn only took around 3 hours.
You’d think he just gave birth or something. haha.
All in all, I seriously love everything about childbirth. I’m so grateful to have two very healthy and happy kiddos. Jasen wasn’t overly thrilled when she got here just because things were so different, having to see me in the hospital and all, but he has adjusted very well since we’ve been home.
A few things about Madelyn:
She is a super sleeper, just like her brother was. We’ve only had to be up at most 3 times per night since she was born. The last two nights, she’s only been up once or twice.
She’s nursing very well. Adjusting to that this time has also been a much easier process. It helps having a little more knowledge of what to expect.
She toots like crazy. No lie. Seriously has the worst gas in the world. I call her toot-squeak, because she’s also very squeaky/noisy. She sounds like a cat most of the time and has to make noise every time she moves.
She has what look like perfectly groomed fingernails on dainty little hands. She also has petite long and narrow little feet.
She loves everyone. She’s fine to be held, fine to be laid down, and basically puts herself to sleep. She doesn’t need a paci or rocking.
She sneezes all the time…and it’s usually not just one sneeze. It’s pretty much always a double sneeze.
She has a full head of dark hair, although she’s a lot more business in the front, party in the back.
She’s practically perfect in every way and we love her very much!
Megan came to take pictures for us
Right before her bath
Seeing Madelyn for the first time
Grandparents love her, of course
Jasen finally decided he wanted to see mommy
Flowers that Jasen brought me 🙂
Jasen, Madelyn, and Daddy with the bears we made for them
Door hanger I made for Madelyn and our hospital room #347
Jasen was “helping” Buffy check on Mommy 🙂
Mommy and Daddy with Madelyn
Daddy changing her first dirty diaper–he was thrilled with all the black tarry poop.
Baby toes 🙂
Ready to go home 🙂
They may be related 🙂 Madelyn on the left and Jasen on the right
I apologize if these thoughts and events all seem really scattered…my brain has been a little busy lately. Haha 🙂 Thank you to everyone who has followed our pregnancy journey. It has been a blast, and we are grateful for all your thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes on the arrival of Miss Madelyn to our family!