Willow Adele | a birth story

April 18th, 2017
7lb 13oz
21 inches long

Monday evening, April 17th I went into labor with you. After a few hours laboring at home and my water breaking, we got to the hospital around 2:30am. I was dilated to a 6 at this point and the nurses and I figured I would be delivering before too long. I told them I didn't want an epideral and we also agreed that pain meds through my IV wasn't a good idea because I could delivery pretty quickly and they didn't want the meds go straight to you, creating complications after birth. 

An hour or so went by and I hadn't dilated much more, disappointing. We also had to change positions multiple times because your heart rate was dipping during my contractions, so the birthing ball was out at this point too, another dissapointment. Slowly I made it to an 8. Around then (about 5 am) since your heart rate kept dropping with each contraction I had to be in bed on my side; you tolerated this position best. That's about when it got to be level 10 on the pain scale with contractions every 2 minutes. I struggled to focus/breathe slowly during each one. I felt scared and like I could not do it! I kept praying for strength and things to progress. 2 hours were spent like this, and no real progress. The nurse didn't want me to push and bruise my cervix making a c-section the next option, also your heart rate was dipping again so they hooked up an internal monitor to watch it better.

 Finally, close to 7am Dr. Ma came in again and decided to try and rotate your head about 45 degrees, he said it was probably hung up on my pelvis and not able to drop. Soon after I felt even more pressure, the nurse checked me and said I was at a 9. Dr. Ma said I could start pushing! The 1st two contractions I took it easy, but the next two I calmed myself down, talked myself into dong this (as if I had a choice) and pushed through the pain that we as mothers obviously forget part of. At 7:14am Dr. Ma held you up and I saw before daddy this time - a girl! They put you on my chest right away and I cried. Partly because the pain was pretty well over and I was physically and emotionally exhausted. But mainly because there you were, perfect and worth everything. Your pudgy little nose, dark hair, round face, and loud cries that told me you were okay. 

I held you for a long time, you nursed for a good half hour. (You had a good set of lungs and came hungry!) I think it was almost an hour before daddy got to hold you. We texted people to say we had a new arrival but had Grandma Livy bring your siblings before we told anyone who you were. While we waited for them to come they took you to the nursery to check you out more, we delayed your bath so you didn't have to be away any longer. The kids came while you were in the nursery and all guessed you were a boy. The nurse brought you in and handed you back to me and I told the kids, 'It's a girl, Willow Adele!'


March happenings

We finished out February celebrating Sage's 3rd Birthday! We got her a lemonade golf ball stand and cash register, now we're hoping for some good sales this summer. 

This three year old will occasionally nap for me still! :)

Head lights and fake glasses.

Our March was pretty much consumed with tearing out our old stone on our fireplace and relaying new stuff, also tearing out floor and replacing that. It was a chaotic, dusty, messy month but we are grateful for the ones who came and helped and that it is done! Maybe I can compile some before/after shots for a post some day...

Tucker got what we believe was roseola over spring break. High fever for a few days followed by a rash. He didn't seem to have trouble falling asleep while saws and hammers were going on in the same room. Poor kiddo.

Feels most grown up with purses, junk, chapstick, watches, etc. 

I believe I was about 37 weeks here. :)

Why go in at dark when you can wear your head lamps out after and have more fun?!

Tucker and Sage could play with match box cars all day. All of my kiddos have loved these things. Best toys ever.

Tuckers shoes and fake glasses make for a pretty cute little girl. :)

Glad to have a matchbox car track back after we put the new fireplace hearth in.

Dresses are made for twirling

That leaves us here, enjoying our furniture again and waiting for baby #4 to make his or her arrival this month! :)
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