Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Lela's Birth Story

Our Lela girl turned one month old on July 7th, and this mama got all emotional - time is already flying by! I know that sounds so cliche, but what they say is true... don't blink! This month has been full of pure joy, so much love, and complete exhaustion (who knew you could feel all of those things at once?! ha ha). I truly feel blessed to be this little girl's mama, and I found myself thinking back to her birth date and so many emotions came over me. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were checking into the hospital to be induced. I wanted to document her birth story here, and share some pictures, to remember the experience!

My due date was June 3rd, so at 39 weeks on May 27th, we started talking about a "game plan" for if miss Lela decided to go past her due date. My doctor did not want me to carry past 41 weeks, so we planned on inducing on June 7th if she didn't come before then. Of course, we waited and waited, hoping my body would naturally go into labor, but the morning of June 6th came, and still no baby. My parents had already been in town for almost a week - also waiting the arrival of sweet Lela, so I was happy that we at least knew she would be here by June 7th. They were scheduled to fly back home on June 10th, and I certainly didn't want them to miss the birth after being here for a week waiting! So we were set to come in the evening of June 6th, with the induction not starting until the morning of the 7th when my doctor was on call. She just wanted us to come in a little early to get settled in our room and to start monitoring me.

So we got settled in, and the nurses hooked me up to the monitors to watch her heart rate and to see if I was contracting at all. Turns out, I was having mild contractions, but I wasn't feeling them. So the plan was to still induce the next day. We finally laid down to get some rest at about 11:45 p.m. - of course, I wasn't doing much resting at all, as I was having to use the restroom every 5 minutes, plus I was just so anxious about what was to come and so excited to meet our baby girl! I got about an hour of sleep, but was quickly awoken when my water broke at 2 a.m.! My body did go into labor naturally... in the hospital! God works in mysterious ways, huh?

From there.. contractions picked up... FAST. It was my goal to labor without an epidural for a while, as I didn't want to be confined to the bed the whole labor. I do much better when I can be up and moving! So from 2 a.m. until about 6 a.m, I labored without an epidural - using essential oils and the jetted tub in the hospital bathroom to manage my pain. Chris was also right beside me the whole time, coaching me through every contraction! Before I knew it, I made it to 6 cm, and I it was about all I could handle. I told Chris to tell them I needed the epidural.. NOW... Ha ha (but really). 

So I got the epidural and all was right in the world. Fast forward to 9 a.m. - I finally made it to 8 and 1/2 cm... yay! We were going to meet our baby girl soon!! 

Or so we thought. 

By mid morning I hadn't made any progress, so they decided to give me Pitocin to speed things up. I was still having contractions, but I sat at 8 and 1/2 cm ALL DAY. Nothing was helping, and by 6:30 p.m. we still had no baby. This is when the c-section was mentioned, and although I wasn't happy about it at first, after we talked to my doctor I knew that it was best. She told us that my uterus had been contracting for so long and there was a possibility it could hemorrhage. She didn't know why, but for some reason my body couldn't get past 9 centimeters dilated. 

We later found out why my body was stalling - Miss Lela came out at 10 pounds and 5 ounces!!! We had no idea she would be this size, and the doctor later explained to us that my body physically wouldn't have been able to push her out. She thinks it was shutting down naturally because it was impossible given my size and her size. Looking back, I'm so thankful we were able to get her out safely and save the hours of me pushing with no progress. Once we were in the surgery room, she made a speedy delivery into this world -

Miss Lela Rose White
Born June 7th, 2018 at 7:43 p.m.
10 pounds and 5 ounces
22 inches long

The hours following the c-section are kind of a blur, but the moment she looked up at me (see below) is something I will never forget. I was completely exhausted from the surgery, but when her little eyes opened and looked up at me, my heart absolutely melted. We prayed for so long to have a baby, and I couldn't believe I was finally holding her in my arms!!

We stayed in the recovery room for about an hour before family came back to see her, and it was such a special time. Chris and I could not stop staring at her - we were in complete awe. All of the sudden, running on little sleep didn't seem to matter anymore!

After I was released from recovery, we got checked into our hospital room where we ended up spending the next four days. I had lost a lot of blood during the c-section, so I had to have a blood transfusion a few days later, which kept us in the hospital longer than expected! Those days were tough - between taking care of the baby and all the nurses coming in and out, we hardly got any sleep! But we made it through, and we were so excited to bring our baby girl home. At home to greet us were my parents and Lela's big brother, Louie! 

Giving birth to this precious angel is something I will never forget and something I will always be thankful for. As you know, getting pregnant wasn't easy for us, but God knew all along that we would have our sweet Lela girl one day, and goodness gracious, she couldn't be more perfect!! We are so thankful for all the prayers and well wishes we received after her birth - we are so proud to be her mommy and daddy. Welcome to the world, Lela Rose, we can't wait to live life with you by our side!