We are now a family of five! Its wonderful and a little hard to believe! I haven't blogged a lot lately but I wanted to get this all recorded. So here is Ellie's birth story.
On June 1 (her due date) we had a doctor's appt scheduled. A week earlier I had been told I was dilated to a 4 and 50% effaced so I was sure I'd go earlier than my due date. I was also having regular Braxton Hicks contractions, but no such luck! So we decided that we'd just head to the doctor and ask if they would send me to the hospital to have my water broken. I was debating about whether we should or not, but then we got the call letting us know that Brett's grandma Renie had passed away early that morning. That sealed the deal for us. We didn't want to be waiting all weekend for the baby to come and not have Brett able to go to the funeral.
They checked me out at the midwife's office and they said to just head to the hospital. We text our friend Bonnie who is a L&D nurse at Mountain View Hospital to ask if she was working. She was on call so we lucked out to have her come in to be our nurse! We arrived at the hospital at 11:15 in the morning. They got me all checked in and started me on Pitocin at 1:15 and Susan, my midwife, broke my water at 1:30. At that point, I was still dilated to a 4 and 75% effaced. It didn't take too long for the contractions to get started and they were pretty powerful. It took awhile for the anesthesiologist to arrive at the hospital so I didn't get my epidural until 4:00. At that point, I was dilated to a 5.
I was able to sleep for about an hour and then was checked again at 5:30 when I was at a 7. Bonnie was off at 6:00, so she checked me again to see if she'd miss the birth and I was at an 8. I also was feeling contractions just a bit, so they gave me a bolus of my epidural. Bonnie introduced me to the nurse taking over and immediately, I felt a lot of pressure in my bum. They decided to have the midwife check me at 6:38 and I kind of felt like they were humoring me, but sure enough, I was at a 10 and baby was all the way down. The midwife had a student who was going to deliver me. Bonnie walked in to say goodbye and saw we were ready to go, so she stayed to help! She held one leg while Brett held the other leg. They told me to do a practice push during my next contraction. I started pushing and learned it wasn't going to be practice! I pushed twice more and she was out at 6:46, all on the same contraction! It was so fast and easy, I couldn't believe it! I feel like I was in shock a little bit! The cord was loosely wrapped around her neck twice, so they were getting that untangled while my midwife went on and on about how beautiful my umbilical cord was.
They immediately placed her up on my belly and I was so surprised that I'd just a baby that we didn't even think to check the gender until Brett exclaimed, "wait, what is it!?" I picked her up to see that she was in fact a girl! I was a little surprised because we'd kind of figured it was a boy based on my pregnancy symptoms being more similar to Tyson, but were so happy to have a healthy baby girl!! She was really bruised up from coming so fast and was really blue. It was a little alarming actually. Ellie weighed in at 8lbs 3.8 oz and 19.5 inches long. They got her all cleaned up and I was able to nurse her for the first time at 7:23. She latched on great right away and ate really well.
Grandma Betsy and Aunt Haley arrived with the kids shortly thereafter. Seeing your children meet your newborn child is one of the greatest moments life has to offer. They were both so cute and tender with Ellie. Kayla was sure through the whole pregnancy that it was a girl, and I was so happy to see her dream come true! They both kept saying she was 'So cute' 'so precous' and 'so little!' Tyson was very concerned about me and kept asking everyone, "What happened to my mommy!?"
Both Kayla and Tyson were both very gentle and soft with Ellie, thankfully. We hadn't decided on her name yet and were going back and forth between Ellie and Summer. Kayla kept asking what her name might be and I'd answer 'Ellie and Summer' and each time, she'd knowingly say, "Oh yeah, Ellie!" She wasn't having this whole possibility of Summer as a name.
Grandma took the kids home and we got moved to a post partum room. They had me take a bath immediately, which was very different from my first two deliveries, but really nice. I feel like the care at this hospital was wonderful and much better than I had in Texas. I was informed of everything going on and everyone was super helpful. They even let me eat during labor! I wasn't very hungry, but it was nice to have a little something in my stomach before I had to push.
That first night, Ellie cried quite a bit. They also had a sick baby in the nursery, so they couldn't take her, even if I'd wanted them to. She basically wanted to nurse all night long. I was nervous to fall asleep with her on me so I didn't sleep much. She did better the next day and passed all newborn screenings with flying colors, except that her bilirubin level was on the high end of normal. Grandpa Kelly came up from Pocatello to meet her and spend time with us. Grandma and Haley brought the kids back for a couple hours as well. At the 24 hour mark, we asked them to let us go home, so we left the hospital around 8:00 PM on Friday. That night, Ellie again was pretty fussy and would latch on to nurse and then pull back and cry like she couldn't get anything. My milk hadn't quite come in yet so we had a long night. By the next day, my milk was starting to come in and she did much better. We rechecked her bilirubin level at the doctor and it was great.
Since then, she's been amazing! She nurses every couple hours during the day and sleeps 6-7 hours between feedings at night and then goes right back to sleep for a few more hours! I can't believe how lucky and blessed we've been with this baby girl! She only cries during the day if she's hungry or has a poopy diaper, which she does have a lot of. She's a sweet baby and we all adore her!