Monday, April 26, 2010

Here She Is!

Averie Lee Anderson
April 25th, 2010 3:56 pm
7 lbs 1 oz
1
9 inches

Our little Angel finally came Sunday afternoon. I cannot describe to you the feelings and emotions that I have been experiencing the last day. All I can say is that being a mom is the best thing that I have done so far! I love this little girl more than anything. I am so grateful and blessed that Heavenly Father sent her to Brian and I. We are so lucky to have her.
Her arrival was a little bit tricky. Most of you know that I was a week over due and I was just dying to get here out! I tried almost everything under the sun to get her here. I really think that there was a reason why she was not coming on her own-which I will get to in a bit- and I am so grateful that everything worked out the way it did. Even though at the time, I was completely frustrated and exhausted.
Brian and I checked into Riverton Hospital Sunday morning to start the induction process.I started getting my dose of Pitocin around 8:00 am and everything seemed to be well on its way. Around 9:30 my doctor came in and broke my water.
Owe!
It was a really interesting sensation. I felt like I had this giant water balloon break and the warm fluid just started gushing out. I mean technically that is pretty much what happened. It was just so weird to experience. At this point the doctor said everything looked ok but he was concerned that Averie wasn't tolerating the contractions very well. Everytime that I would contract her heart would drop significantly. He assured me that it was pretty normal for this to occur with over due pregnancies. The placenta gets old and stops doing its job. He said that he just wanted to keep an eye on it, but not to worry. Well I was about 3 cm dilated and 90 % effaced by the time he was finished breaking my water. Horray! This is way better than the 2 cm and 50 % effaced that I was a few days earlier. I knew that Averie was well on her way to entering the world. By about noon, I was experiencing really intense contractions. I am probably a huge baby, but how do you women give birth naturally. I could not stand it! I tried really hard to breath through the contractions, focus on the overhead sprinkler, and hang on to the bed rail for dear life, but I was done. I called for the anesthesiologist and got my epidural. I felt so much better after the epi was doing its job. Brian and I just watched Scrubs for hours. We kept a pretty close eye on the monitor since I could not feel the contractions any more. Averie's heart rate was dropping with each one. At one point she was in the 60s. It was so scary! The nurses came rushing in and had me get on all fours with my head down. Now this was a pretty site I am sure. My butt was hanging out in all its glory and keep in mind I am completely numb from the waste down. It was the longest few minutes of my life. Averie was still dropping so they gave me a shot of the terbutiline to stop my contractions completely. Averie's heart rate evened out and everything seemed ok. Except now it was like we had to start all the way over with the pitocin. The nurse decided to ask my doctor how he wanted to proceed. We decided to give Averie one more chance to do things on her own. If her heart rate started to drop again it was C Section time. I was so devastated when I started to know that a C section was going to be a possibility. None of this was going my way at all! I always pictured going into labor on my own and rushing to the hospital, pushing the kid out and hugs and kisses between Brian and I. At this point my parents, my brother Ryan and his girlfriend Holly came to visit me. My dad and Ryan gave me a blessing to help me get through whatever was going to happen. I am so grateful for them. The blessing made me feel very calm about the entire experience. I felt like everything was going to be ok and I was clam.
After my family left, we decided to start the pitocin again. Almost as soon as we started it, Averie tanked. C Section it is! I was a complete mess. I was shaking so bad and crying so hard, but some how I knew things would be ok.
Brian did so great. He has such a calming affect on me. Just having him with me made me stay calm. I can't believe how fast they can throw together a C Section. It was like as soon as we signed the consent, we were in the OR getting cleaned up, and the next minute they were pulling Averie out!We were so lucky that we decided to do the C Section when we did. Averie had the cord wrapped around her neck and shoulders. There was no way she was coming out the old fashioned way. Like I said, maybe there was a reason why she was not coming on her own. I am so glad that we got her out when we did and didn't keep trying to get her out with the Pitocin. It just goes to show you that everything does truly happen for a reason. I love this little girl. She is perfect. I am so glad she is healthy and even though things didn't go the way I planned, I have an amazing little girl to cherish from the experience.

17 comments:

Michelle said...

Your birth experience is almost identical to mine. I had a c-section and it turned out my little one had the cord around her neck too. (I also had to get up on all four too:) I hope your recovery goes well and that you are enjoying your beautiful daughter. Congratulations!

sunnydays photography said...

I feel ya on being OVER contractions. I mean, I can usually handle some pretty good amounts of pain but when those bad boys hit- EPI MY ASS FAST!!! That's totally scary about her heart rate dropping! It really was a blessing though- she here- she's safe and healthy. I cant wait to meet her!!

Jobi Niu said...

Kel!! How scary.. Everything does happen for a reason. Crazy. She is perfect! So adorable.. CONGRATS

BoyackTidbits said...

I'm sooo proud of you! Thank goodness for doctors who know what they're doing. Kim and Kristy went through the same thing - C sections from here on out. Cords were wrapped around most of my babies...it's scary. The important thing is she's here, she's okay and SHE'S BEAUTIFUL!!! GOOD JOB! You did great! You look at her and realize what life's all about. All priorities reorganize themselves. WE LOVE YOU GUYS!

jayni & ben said...

I have been waiting for pictures. Good job Momma!! She is so beautiful. You are so strong. I would be freaking out too. Congrats!!

Kendall said...

Kellie! I'm so glad she's here and you're both okay. Averie is beautiful! Congratulations and I hope you heal up fast!

Colby & Amanda said...

SOOOO cute and so worth it:) being a mommy is the best! congrats, she is a doll and you look so good after having a baby!

Chelsey said...

I am so sorry that your experience turned out similar to mine. I was a wreck to. But it all is so w410orth it when you see their tiny faces. being a mom just gets better and better.

Shari and Trent said...

Congrats! That is scary when the cord is wrapped around the baby, glad everything went well though!

Boyack Family said...

Congrats to you both!! It's wonderful to see that things turned out. She's such a cutie! And all that hair!! Wishing you a speedy and smooth recovery!

Stephanie Salmon said...

Congratulations!!!! She is so beautiful!

The Payne Family said...

Congrats again... she is absolutely perfect in every way! Andy and I are so incredibly excited for you and your sweet little family. I am so happy she is here safe and sound... FINALLY!! :) We sure do love you guys! Can't wait for you to be home so you can be a mom to sweet Averie. Congrats again!!

The Archuleta's said...

Congrats! She is a Beauty!

Nielsen Family said...

Congrats!! I want to send you a headband!! Email me and send me your address and then go to my website and pick the one you want. Congrats!!!

Suzanne said...

She is SOOO beautiful! Congrats! I am so glad everything ended up oka. She is HEALTHY and SHE IS HERE! Hooray, you did it!! )

kEnZiE b said...

Congrats! She is so beautiful! I can't believe how much hair she has :)

Ela and Daniel Asisi said...

Oh my goodness, I'm in tears! She is so beautiful and I am so happy for you! What a story you have to tell her one day!