Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Everett Cole... Birth Story


***Disclaimer*** if your not into birth stories or have never read one... this may not be the post for you. It includes words like dilation, effaced, and I may or may not talk about “my need to poop.” You have been warned!


I can’t put into words how thankful we are that Everett is here! He didn’t get to the point of 11 days over like his brother, but everywhere we went when people asked “when’s your due date” and my response was “a week ago” was still pretty shocking.
Three babies... three very different births
BD- the cool calm long birth
Jman- the shorter intense birth
Everett- the fast and furious birth



Oh where to begin with Everett??? Well, the last couple doctor visits with Everett they were saying he was measuring smaller than my last babies... that he was measuring average. I wanted to to believe we would have a 7-8 lbs baby, but I knew only time would tell! I was also having periodic contractions for the last few weeks, something I never had with the other two before I went into labor. Nothing consistent, but enough to say, maybe this baby will come early/on time. But the due date came and went. We even had a bout of the stomach bug right at 40 weeks and no labor!

Those that had talked to me about him coming knew I wanted him to come before my birthday (1/29) but not on my birthday. Of course he didn’t listen😂. I even had the PA at our office (my dr had the flu 😫) try and strip my membranes on the 25th and nothing.


So then my birthday came and we were wondering if this baby would ever make his arrival! Andrew and I were planning on looking for a new to us car after his arrival. So with the extra time Everett gave us we started looking and actually found something on 1/30! We were signing every thing the until 7pm on that day and then I took the kids over to eat dinner at Chick-fil-a while Andrew finished the paperwork.

We got home that night and got the kiddos to bed. I was having inconsistent contractions just like most other evenings. Nothing regular that I couldn’t talk through or move around through... but a few more than other nights. I told Andrew he may want to double check that his bags are ready, just in case. I went to sleep for a little bit and when Andrew came to bed, I got up for a little bit to make sure my contractions weren’t consistent since I was still having some. So from about 1am- 2am I checked hospital bags, and did some laundry while checking contractions. Still inconsistent and not that painful, so I went back to bed around 2am.

At 2:30am, I woke up with a contraction and all of sudden I heard a pop... and felt a gush of fluids if you catch my drift😬. I stood up quick and said “Andrew, I think my water just broke!” To which he shot up out of bed quicker than I have ever seen in 9 years of marriage and said, “ Are you serious?!?!”


So, like any logical person, we start googling what it feels like when your water breaks, and how to be sure your water broke, to make sure we weren’t confused. Then, since we have never had a water break before on its own we were trying g to remember what we were supposed to do. Oh yea... go straight to the hospital.

So we call Andrew’s parents to come get the kiddos and thankfully, they were there in twenty minutes. In the midst of this time my contractions went from inconsistent and not painful to two minutes apart and unbearable. We get ourselves in the car to go to the hospital around 3:00ish. I feel like I am dying in the car and start telling Andrew that as soon as I get there I am getting epidural and I didn’t care that I had gone naturally before, I wasn’t doing it this time. We pull up to the emergency room entrance since it is the middle of the night, only to realize when we enter it is not quite the right place. As I walk in the door, I immediately fall over the first bench in the lobby and can’t move through the contraction. The poor security guard in the lobby didn’t know what to do... but asked if we wanted him to ask for a wheel chair. I stop a couple more times before kneeling over the last last bench in the lobby saying that I had to poop right now and I would do there in the lobby. Poor security guard this is not part of his job😜. I asked if there was a bathroom. So the security guard unlocked it and I went in. Andrew kept telling me I needed to get off the toilet and go upstairs, but I just couldn’t do it. Thankfully three nurses came down and oh so gently informed me that I had to go upstairs.

So I got in the wheelchair and got rolled upstairs to labor and delivery while Andrew was sent to the actual emergency waiting room to check me in. I was not happy about Andrew leaving for a minute, but I took the opportunity to tell the nurses about 1,000 times that I did not care that I had gone without an epidural the past two births, that I had to have an epidural and had to have it right away.

They got me up to the room and asked me to get the hospital gown on. All I know is that the contractions were so bad that I was laying in the ground when Andrew came in with only one shoe off. Andrew managed to help me get in the hospital gown and I told him and the nurse that I really needed to go to the bathroom (spoiler alert... I didn’t need to go to the bathroom). The nurse said she needed to check me first... and when she did, we found out I was already 9 cm dilated. At that point I knew there would be no epidural, which ultimately what I wanted, so I guess that was good, even though I was in so much pain at the moment.


At that point about 8 different nurses came in to get ready for delivery knowing that there would not be much time. I heard them call the doctor twice at that point... they seemed very concerned he wouldn’t make it and at one point even talked about if they had everything in case they needed to “catch the baby.”

At this point it was about 4:15, only about an hour 45 minutes after my water broke. I told the nurses that I had to push and they said don’t push, just wait. Anyone who has ever been in labor would probably know how difficult that would be. After a few minutes of trying to not push, I told them I couldn’t help it. They still told me not to, but my body would not let me stop. So I was pushing for a couple minutes while they still said to stop. Thankfully the doctor came at that point and with in about 5 minutes there was baby Everett on my chest! He was born at 4:24 am on 1/31/18- 9 lbs 15 oz, 22 3/4 inches long! I had always hoped for a quick pushing experience after my first two and guess I got it this time.Overall, the time from water breaking until until delivery was less than two hours! I am just glad we made it to the hospital!
After Everett was born, I think I told Andrew about 100 times, “I feel so much better!” And “I can’t believe that happened so fast!” After this birth people have already asked which I would prefer, the fast or slow delivery.... and I just don’t know. BD’s birth was just so calm (albeit long), and I don’t know that I could ever recreate that.... but Everett’s was so fast and intense. His is actually the only one I asked for the epidural on... and the only one there was not time to get it. I guess each had its challenges. But mostly they each remind how amazing God created our bodies to be! We are so thankful that baby Everett is here and excited for all the future holds for him and our family!





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Friday, February 2, 2018

39-40 weeks...


40 Weeks!!!

How Far Along? 
Another baby... another due date met! High fives for meeting (and probably exceeding) my due date for all three kiddos!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 
Still think somewhere in the nature of 50-60 lbs... but the awful stomach bug our family got this week may have lessened that a bit. 

Baby Related Purchases: 

Nothing really. Just ready for Everett to use all the stuff we already have!

Maternity Clothes: 
I think I cycle through the same three pairs of leggings every three days. They were totally worth the money. If I am going out I will *usually* throw on some jeans.

Sleep: 
Mostly good... except for the stomach bug nights we have had where I have been up or up with a sick child. Not ideal at 40 weeks.

Movement: 
Movement comes in spurts. He moves a ton, then rest. Doesn't have room for the flips he had earlier. The doctor has said I measuring normal... so maybe he does still have some room... and he wont be a 10 pound baby!

What I miss: 
Having normal energy... it is just so unpredictable right now. I can be fine one minute and feel so tired the next. This also could be attributed to being a mom to two other kids, while working, and being pregnant!

Cravings: 
Right now... nothing because I am still recovering. But I am sure I will have some sort of craving for my first post sickness meal that is not crackers and chicken noodle soup.

Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Nothing related to the baby.

Gender:
It's a BOY!!!

Everett Cole :)




Labor Signs: 
I was originally hoping he would come before the end of this week. And if we all get healthy that would be nice, but I really am glad he staying put for now. I have had periodic contractions over the past couple weeks, but nothing consistent.

Symptoms:

So I look like I ate a beach ball.

Best moments this week: 
So many good moments... 
 Sweet Family time...


"Snow day"

 Belly Pics

Getting out and about... (aka waiting on baby E)

Looking forward: 
Finishing prepping the house... aka nesting.
BABY!


Size of Baby: 
Right now it says a head of spaghetti squash... and another says a Pomeranian. 

For the little:
It is seriously zero hour! We love you and can't wait to meet you! :)


37-38 weeks...

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

37-38 Weeks...



How Far Along? 
38 weeks exactly... I think this is the first time I have posted on the "correct day" this pregnancy.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 
I have not weighed myself... and don't feel like wondering to the scale. We will just say 50-60 lbs. 

Baby Related Purchases: 

It has been cold so much lately that I have felt the need to buy a few things for if it is really cold when baby E comes... but now that we are prepared it will 60 and sunny the rest of the winter.

Maternity Clothes: 
Ummm... whatever I can fit in this point.

Sleep: 
I have had some really bad nights and some really good nights. Hoping to sleep well until he comes (and after)!

Movement: 
So much movement and so many hiccups! 

What I miss: 
Having normal energy... it is just so unpredictable right now. I can be fine one minute and feel so tired the next. This also could be attributed to being a mom to two other kids, while working, and being pregnant!

Cravings: 
I did randomly make a batch of chocolate chip cookies for myself Sunday.

Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Nothing too bad right now!

Gender:
It's a BOY!!!

Everett Cole :)




Labor Signs: 
Nothing really. My hope is sometime 1/23-1/26... if only babies just followed when you want them to come.

Symptoms:

I think its pretty obvious I'm pregnant ;)

Best moments this week: 
So many good moments... 

* The last of the Christmas festivities...



* New Years... and the kiddos got so into it!

* Celebrating our NINE year anniversary (which is actually on 1/10) 

* Visiting my sweet friend and coworkers baby. We had due dates only two weeks apart... but I have a feeling they will be born about a month apart (and that when Everett come he will already be bigger).

* Sweet family time

* Winning the national championship... oh wait, we didn't. But we were there. And next year's our year :)

* Hearing my Andrew speak... if you are a college/20s age and live in Augusta, let me know! I would love to connect you with a greta ministry!

Looking forward: 
Finishing prepping the house... aka nesting.
BABY!


Size of Baby: 
Right now it says a head of spaghetti squash... and another says a Pomeranian. 

For the little:
With in the next three weeks you will be here! I know its going to go by quick, so I am trying to soak in these baby kicks and hiccups and not complain about end of pregnancy woes. I am going to enjoy the next couple of weeks, but I know I will enjoy holding you even more. Praying for you each day!

Bailey Drew and Jameson are so pumped too. My belly gets endless kisses and I am sure when you get here you will get endless kisses!
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