Thursday, June 27, 2013

The False Alarm

From  Thursday May 30th, 2013

All black and white photos by Cassie Idler from Simply Cherished

Let's recap: On Tuesday I had been 4.5 cm dilated.  My doctor was willing to induce me on Thursday the 30th, but I declined.  She was willing to break my water and see if things got going, but there is no guarantee with that so I chose to wait it out.  I had been experiencing uncomfortable braxton hicks for weeks and they had always turned into nothing.  On this Thursday - I had forgotten to take my morning heparin shot and had decided to give myself an early evening shot (around 7) because that would be an easy 12 hour routine to get into.  Around 5:30 I started to get regular uncomfortable braxton hicks.  They were around 7-8 minutes apart and lasting around 45 seconds.  I wasn't sure if I should be giving myself a heparin shot in the middle of regular contractions or if I should just wait until they disappeared.  At 7 I decided to call the on call nurse to see if I should take my shot or not.  I left a message and she called me back half an hour later.  I tried to explain that the contractions were not painful, but I think all she heard was "3rd baby, contractions every 7-8 minutes" and she told me to go to the hospital.

Forrest and I finished getting the kids in bed, called our friend Matt to come stay with them, and left after Matt got there.  Forrest called his parents as we left to tell them to come up and I texted our birth photographer - Cassie to let her know we were headed to the hospital.  Forrest and I both knew that I was not in real labor - but we also knew that it was very possible that the hospital would admit me anyway and then get things started, which is why we told his parents to come up.

The drive to the hospital was pretty uneventful.  We arrived at around 8:30 and when we pulled up to the emergency room the car in front of us was this Jimmy John's delivery car - and the driver went into the hospital with a bag of food.  I thought it was funny and snapped a picture.

When we walked into the birth center's triage area - we were told that there were no triage rooms available and to wait in the birth center lobby.  The pregnant woman that came in right behind me was told the same thing.  It was pretty funny and I'm glad I wasn't in actual labor and moaning because that would have been AWKWARD with all of the small kids in the waiting area.  About half an hour later - the other pregnant lady was taken back to triage.  I was slightly annoyed (seeing as how I arrived first) until the janitor came out to clean up the water on the floor.  Apparently her water had broken when she stood up to walk back to triage.     I waited another half an hour - played on my phone, Forrest took my picture and walked around until they called me back.
When I was in triage, they hooked me up to the monitors.  It was fun to listen to baby's heartbeat and thankfully I was still having contractions - every 6-7 minutes apart, but they were not very strong.  While we were sitting there, Forrest and I made the final decision on what baby girl's name would be.  We thought it would be helpful if she was possibly going to arrive that night.  The nurse checked me and I was still 4-4.5 cm.  I talked with the on call hospital OB and they decided to have me walk around for an hour and see if that would do anything.  By this time it was after 10 PM.  Cassie-  our birth photographer had arrived and she decided to stick around and take some pictures.  

 I was determined to make the most of my hour - so I started walking - FAST.  Well, as fast as a 39 week pregnant lady can.
 I did a lot of squats, hoping that maybe baby would move into a better position.
 Forrest and Cassie just followed me around.  Cassie and I discovered that she went to college with my good friend Bailey Willcox - who is now married to my cousin Alfred.  Small world.
 I created a loop around the hospital going up and down the stairs.  The lobby area outside of the birth center had two sets of stairs, so I was able to go up one and down the next with squats and "fast" walking in between.   I did not want to go home, but obviously from my smiles - I was not in any real pain.

 Me pretending to do ballet while squatting.
 Reading the displays.
 About half way through my hour - I was hot and sweaty.  I had been working hard.  Back by the cafeteria there was an outside sitting area.  We all went outside to get some fresh air and cool off.  Since it was so late, the doors locked behind us.

 We then had to walk around the hospital, back to the ER entrance since it was the only entrance open and go back in to resume my loop of stairs.

When I went back to triage - they hooked me up to the monitors again and now my contractions were a steady 5 minutes apart.  When they checked me again - I was still 4.5 cm.  The OB on call talked to my doctor - and while my doctor was willing to have them admit me and induce by breaking my water - the hospital did not have enough staff to cover an induction.  They were too busy.  However, the hospital OB and my OB decided that I could be induced on Saturday.  When the nurse was checking us out - she said, "we normally tell people to come back when they are having contractions every 5 minutes, but in your case they need to be stronger."  Umm... thanks.  It was a bit frustrating to be sent home, but since I knew the entire time that I wasn't in actual labor - it was not too much of a surprise.

Forrest and I left and went home - getting there around 1:30.  Forrest's parents had arrived about 45 minutes before us.  We let them know we were home and that a baby would be coming on Saturday.  

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Two weeks

Kinsley's stats at two weeks old

Head circumference: 13.8 inches (40th percentile)
Height: 21.7 inches (95th percentile)
Weight: 8 pounds 14 ounces (75th percentile)
Kinsley is now 7 ounces above her birth weight. Dr LeClair was impressed with her weight gain (although it is not as impressive as her sister's weight gain at this age). She is eating every 2 hours during the day and going 3 to 3.5 at night. 

She is a pretty content baby although we have had some rough times.  Like the night she ate every hour from 4 to 11 and the times when she has only wanted to sleep on me all day long.  

She will nap in her bassinet pretty well during the day, but evenings are tougher.  I fall asleep really easily and often wake up with her still on my chest after falling asleep burping her or with her swaddled in my arms because I was waiting for her to fall into a deeper sleep before I put her down.  It is a work in progress. 

The big kids are still in love with their little sister.  Selah has gotten good at asking if she can touch her sister and Ephraim is always willing to help out and kiss her.  

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Just a little comparison

Selah - 10 days old

Ephraim - 12 days old

Kinsley - 12 days old

Father's Day 2013

How we are spending Father's Day.  Hanging out in the backyard playing in the pool and sunshine.  

Friday, June 14, 2013

Life with Kinsley

*The past nine days have been a bit if a blur, but we are loving our sweet little girl.  There are several things we have learned so far:
*Girl has zero arm control.  As in none   I enjoy watching her flail her arms like she is attacking invisible ninjas because it is exactly what I remember feeling when she was in my tummy. 
*because of her lack of arm control she loves being swaddled
*she likes pacifiers, but only when she is sleepy
*she eats every 2-3 hours but hasn't developed a consistent pattern yet.  
*we have struggled with her latch and saw a lactation consultant on Tuesday. Thankfully she had some ideas on how to help and gave us a nursing shield to get us through the next week or so until my milk regulates a little better
*Kinsley is a pretty chill baby.  Loud sounds don't seem to bother her much.  When she is mad or hungry though - watch out. Girlfriend has some lungs. 
*she is adored by her older siblings. Selah can't stop touching and kissing her and Ephraim loves to see her eyes open an is always telling me how cute she is 
*Kinsley loves to suck on her left thumb.  Maybe we will have a lefty like Forrest. 
*she makes the sweetest sounds when she is content.  I had forgotten how adorable all the little grunts and coos are. 

*with my other babies we followed the eat,awake, sleep routine.  Kinsley will do that occasionally but often falls asleep right after eating.  I thought I was pretty relaxed after Selah but think I am even more this time.  She will figure out her routine eventually and I am in no hurry to force one on her.  

*when she is alert, she is very alert and has great neck control.  

We are enjoying our newest addition and are looking forward ton learning more about her.