Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Ruby’s Birth Story

{warning: lots of details and pictures. 
Feel free to skip if reading about labor and delivery isn’t your thing ;)}


The morning of the day Ruby was born was a hectic one!  I got a phone call the day before saying that I was fourth on the list of inductions and that there were several c-sections scheduled that morning, so be expecting the phone call to come in around 10.  So I had a lazy morning, lingering in bed until after 8 and then taking a nice loooong shower.  The kids were still in PJs and just playing and watching morning TV like they always do.  At 8:45 I was drying my hair when my phone rang!  “uh-oh” i thought as I answered the phone.


Sure enough, it was the hospital!  She asked me when was the earliest I could get there!! In my head I was like, NOT YET!!  But I couldn’t really think straight.  I still had to pack the last of my things into my bag, get the kids dressed, Luke off to school, eat breakfast and take Sam to my sister’s house!  I said I could get there by 9:45…but I should have given myself an extra half hour because we were running around like crazy people unnecessarily.   We managed to split the tasks and get to the hospital by 10. They didn’t seem to mind that we were later than I’d said. (I tend to stress about those things when I don’t need to)

We got checked in and walked to our room.  I changed into the awesome hospital gown and I asked hubby to say a little prayer for us that the day would go well.    I was excited, but nervous.  I get nervous about the IV (i hate getting it) and getting the epidural (I hate getting it even worse).  I was also nervous about our baby’s health since we had issues throughout the pregnancy (placenta previa, baby measuring small, and having to do non-stress tests).  The prayer made me feel peace.  Just having my hubby with me was a big comfort. 

My nurse, Pamela, came in and started on the IV, computer questions, paperwork questions and all the other various things with lots of stories and chit chat in between.  Pamela was awesome and she gave Scott his “Supportive Husband” to do list.  This list included 1. Keeping the house, especially the bathrooms, clean 2. Taking care of the other kids 3. Flower or chocolate or a love note! 4. Being there for a crying shoulder when the crazy hormonal baby blues hit no matter how illogical or irrational the reason for the crying is!  She made us laugh and feel at ease the whole day. 

Pitocin was started about 11am (was about a 2.5cm).  After everything was going, we talked and played games on our phones (currently binge playing Farm Heroes Saga).  

Around 12:20, they turned down the Pitocin and had me lay on my side because Baby’s heart rate was dropping a bit too low during contractions, which were coming a bit too fast. 
1:00 Scott left to get lunch.  The contractions kicked up on the pain scale, but were only a 3-4 (distracting but not long or awful.  Baby was doing great.  I will mention that I could still feel her moving and kicking during labor which was so strange to me because I distinctly remember not being able to feel the boys during labor (to the point of getting worried about it).  

Scott came back with his lunch and then Dr Haskett came to break my water.  However, I had REALLY REALLY wished that I had gotten he epidural before he did that!  The baby was up really high and it was the worst pain I’d ever felt in my life---aaaaaah.  After that I was like—NO MORE PAIN.  So I went ahead and had them order the epidural STAT.  I didn’t want the contractions to start feeling bad too.  The anesthesiologist was there within a few minutes and we got started.  I really hate getting epidurals; the process is scary to me.  But I’m a total wimp so I suck it up and get it so I don’t have to deal with labor pains instead.  At least Hubby was there so I could squeeze the living daylights out of his hand during the process! 
After all that it was 2:45.  

It took a while for the epidural to start working and while I was waiting for it to kick in (and pushing that button as many times as I could) the contractions moved up on the pain scale to a 5 and 6.  Then it kicked in and I was just itchy (typical for me) and numb.  And sleepy.  Always sleepy.  I was trying to read a book, but it was boring so I kept falling asleep until 4:15. 
At 4:15 I was dilated to a 6.  They sat me up in bed to help the baby to drop into position better.  Up that point I was laying down alternation sides.  Baby’s heart rate was dipping with each contraction so they were monitoring it carefully.  I could hear the heart beat on the monitors and even i could tell it was pretty low with each contraction.  

5:15 Dr Haskett came to check on me.  I was about 5 1/2 according to him.  He joked about the movies that were available in the break room.  There are a lot of chick flicks in there and he told us that one husband came back telling his wife that Men In Black was the only movie he could find!
That pesky epidural started to wear off.  I could feel more intense contractions and pushing the self-med button wasn’t helping.  I couldn’t focus on writing (the birth story in real time), reading or even playing my silly phone game whenever they hit.  

5:50 (still about a 6) They placed an amniotic tube to pump in liquids to help measure the contractions and their strength.  It also helped move the baby into place.  From all the events of the day it really seemed like baby wasn’t happy we were making her come out! I still felt contractions for 30 to 40 minutes and some of them were pretty uncomfortable.  Just when I was about to ask them to dose me up more, the nurse came in to check me and said I was complete! I was a bit shocked.  Within 20 minutes I’d gone from a 6 to a 10 and it was time to push!  (in hindsight I don't know why I was surprised--the same thing happened with both my boys, too)
 I decided I didn’t need to increase my epidural since pushing usually helps ease that pain anyway.  I’m too busy focused on pushing to feel pain from the contractions.  

It was GO time!

Dr Haskett and a team of nurses came in.  He said he wanted the whole team there because her heart was dipping with each contraction and there was meconium in my water so it was just a precaution in case she needed extra help after delivery.  It only took 5 minutes to get set up and then I started pushing!  Five more minutes and a just a few pushes later she was out!  She was born at 6:29 with a ton of hair on her head! She was definitely a girl (another needless worry—I totally had the irrational thought I would go home with a boy) and I was so excited to hold her. 

I was also so anxious to find out how big she was!
7lbs 12.8 oz---rounded up to 13 oz. 18.5 inches long (my shortest baby)
 
It’s always so surreal to me that you wait 9 long months and get bigger and bigger and then in just the blink of an eye BAM you have a new baby in your arms!  You are done being pregnant and now you have a new little baby to take care of.  




The next few hours were a blur of pictures, Scott leaving to take the baby for a bath, getting wheeled to the mother’s wing, phoning my mom, texting all the rest of our family and posting Ruby’s first ever picture on social media ;)

That’s the end of the actual birth story ~ congratulations if you actually read through that whole thing!  

Next up I’ll post about the boys meeting her, Ruby coming home and her first week home.
Thanks for reading!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Introducing...

Ruby Kate Brown
7lbs 13 oz ; 18.5 in
October 3, 2014



Thursday, October 02, 2014

One Day More

Welp.  We made it.  DSC_9180-2bBaby Girl’s due date is tomorrow and I will be very excited to get that phone call from the hospital telling me it’s time to come in! 

I’ve been having crazy contractions here and there since last weekend, but nothing consistent.  Good thing for inductions!  This baby is certainly getting evicted this weekend.  The bags are packed, the camera is charged and we are ready to meet this baby girl! 

Since we are pretty much ready, I just spent the morning hanging out with a friend, cleaning up the house and then I tried a few different times today to get some last minute belly shots:

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Here’s my 39 week pictures from when I was pregnant with Sam (11lbs).  I’m not entirely convinced that this baby girl will be much smaller like the Doctor and techs are saying…DSC_3770-2

We are excited to find out not only how big she is, but also if she will have hair and if that hair will be RED!

Now I just need to convince everyone to keep my house this clean through the weekend…

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Zoo

Most Saturdays, my hubby wants to go somewhere fun. 

This past weekend we decided to drive up to the Hogle Zoo and see all the animals!  Unlike our last zoo experience, Sam was very excited and loved seeing all the animals!

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Luke wanted to see the lions – she was taking a nap right by the window! DSC_9029

It’s hard to see the elephants in these next two pictures—but I always like seeing the elephants.  They are just such awesome creatures! DSC_9030 DSC_9032 DSC_9049

This leopard kept pacing back and forth in front of the window.  Every time it got close to Sam, Sam would jump back and squeal!  It was hilarious!   DSC_9055 DSC_9052 DSC_9054

This crocodile was pretty cool looking, too.   DSC_9057 DSC_9058 We got to see pretty much everything with only one tantrum out of the red-headed child!  That is success!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Baby Girl Projects: Hair Bow Holder Frame

This will be the last of the baby girl projects until I finish her room!  I have done a lot of projects to decorate the nursery, but I'm going to post them once the room is all done.


This one was pretty easy, too! I like easy if you haven't noticed.

I took a very large frame that I already had (I tend to collect them) and spray painted it purple.  This particular frame did not have glass, but it did have a hard backing.  I took that hard backing and covered it with thin batting and a piece
of fabric using hot glue to secure it.

Then I took lace and ivory ribbons with gold designs (like gold polka dots) to string across the whole thing. I got all my ribbons and lace at Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale.  (I didn't use all these ribbons, but I found all these cute trims and ribbons at Hobby Lobby and they were hard to resist!)

I also secured the ribbons using hot glue on the back.  Then I put it all back into the frame and I was done!  I just clipped on a bunch of hair bows that I had leftover from the ones I used to make for craft fairs.

The original plan was to screw hooks directly into the bottom of the frame to hang all my elastic headbands, but then I decided I would just re-use the hooks that I used to hang towels on for Sam.  So I spray painted that purple too and then hung up all her headbands (which I got for crazy good steals from a girl selling them on a Yardsale Facbook page)

Something happy to look at when you first come in the room!  This picture shows the ever-so-smidgen of a sneak peak at the curtains ;)
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 The rest of the room will have to wait until I get it all done!  Hopefully that will be this week or next.  Baby is coming soon!  I'm 38 weeks as of yesterday!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Baby Girl Projects: Car Seat Canopy

I almost forgot about this project--which is silly since it's the first one I did and it's been on the car seat by the front door for over a month now!

We had to get a new car seat since our previous infant seat expired in July.  I got one that was dark teal so that it was gender neutral but still pretty.  Baby girls need pretty things. 

The colors of the car seat inspired this fabric choice and I love how it turned out! 



 Of course she needs bows instead of buttons on the handles ;)

 I love this fabric! (found in store at JoAnns)

I found this pink floral at Walmart

There's a million and a half tutorials out there on how to make one of these--just Google it and find one that looks like how you want it to look.  



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Baby Girl Projects: Easy Baby Blankets

You can never have enough blankets when babies are around!  I love having lots especially for variety in all the dozens of photos I take of my cute little munchkins!

Here are two blankets i whipped up one morning: Easy-Baby-Blankets-on-Smile-Like-You-Mean-It

First, I got this crocheted blanket at a vintage market and I wanted to try lining it with flannel to make it warmer and more cozy.  I found this cute fabric at JoAnn’s (couldn’t find it online) and did my best to cut out a big piece to fit the blanket - allowing enough of the edges to fold under.  Then I just sewed the flannel piece directly to the crocheted blanket. Flannel-Backed-Crocheted-Blanket-on-Smile-Like-You-Mean-It

Second, I made a flannel backed blanket.  I also found this cute cotton chevron fabric at JoAnn’s and got a coordinating piece of flannel to put on the back (couldn’t find them online).  They are super easy to make too!  Just get 1 1/2 yards each of 2 coordinating patterns.  Lay them right sides together and then trim your edges so the blanket is nice and straight.  You can make curved corners if you’d like—just use a bowl for your curve template.  Then sew up the edge with the fabrics right sides together—leave part of an edge about 8 inches un-sewn.  Then use that hole and turn the blanket right sides out.  Topstitch around the entire blanket, and iron it when you are all done! I decided to topstitch it using a blanket stitch that I have on my sewing machineChevron-Flannel-Blanket-with-machine-blanket-stich-on-Smile-Like-You-Mean-it

If you are looking for more baby blanket ideas, I posted a few others a while back.  Thanks for stopping by!

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