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The birth story of our daughter, Michaela Madison.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010



Michaela Madison
Born April 4th
8 lbs 3 oz
19 1/2 inches

Our lives have changed in so many ways over the past several days I feel as if I am truly a different person. I guess in fact I am, I am now a Mom. This experience has been far more rewarding than we could have ever expected. Really, it has been like a dream. We are so in love I do not really know how to put into words what it feels like to fall in love this way. From the second we looked at her sweet face we were never the same.

It all started Good Friday. I was showing signs that labor around 7:20 pm. My husband had taken the day off to spend it with me and we went around town running those last little errands and having some fun making some memories together. Friday night I started to feel a bit sick and around 1 am I began throwing up. It continued for hours and we were concerned about dehydration. We decided to go to the hospital as it was getting worse and I was feeling so weak. We checked into labor and delivery Saturday morning around 8 and I was treated with an IV and meds to stop the vomiting. The meds did not work and I continued to have problems and I was not able to keep anything down so they tried some other meds and finally I was able to take down some ice chips and I started feeling better. They wanted to keep us overnight to make sure I was ok but my 4 pm on Saturday I was getting restless and I wanted to go home. I was so weak and I wanted to just sleep in my own bed so I talked with the doctor and they said it as ok. We arrived home and I went straight to bed and feel asleep for just a bit then I started having deep menstrual pains. At frist I thought it was the same pregnancy menstrual pains I had been having for weeks and so we thought nothing of it. The pains continued to get stronger and stronger as the night progressed and finally around 2 am Sunday morning I knew something was not right.

We started timing the pains and they were getting regular and very close together. We we did not know was that I was in labor this whole time! I was under the impression that I would be feeling something different. We called the hospital and even the nurse there said to look for tightening in my abdomen when I was contracting. I was not feeling anything near what she was describing. It was the deepest and yet sharpest pains in my lower abdomen I have ever felt, NOT hardening or the other descriptions I had read about labor pains.

Finally after soaking in the tub at home, rolling on the birthing ball and so on we called the hospital once again and the on call doctor was paged. We were happy to see that the doctor on call in labor and delivery just happened to be the doctor who cared for me the day before when I was admitted to the hospital. He called me back and he said it sounded like I was in labor and to come in and so we did. We arrived at the hospital around 8:30 am Sunday morning and we were shocked to learn that I was already 7 cm dilated! I did it! I labored at home, just as I wanted to. We were so excited, our little girl was about to be born on Easter Sunday. This was the moment we had waited for.

The doctor came back in to check me around 9:30 am and I had progressed to 8 cm. Everything was going really well though the pain was so intense but it was ok, I had prepared for this and I was honestly enjoying the moment. I was in labor with my girl and so far it was going just has I wanted. I was doing well with my breathing and I was changing positions to the rocking chairs and the birthing ball. He decided to break my water as I had progressed so far and it was still in tact. When they broke my water it was not clear but rather green. This was not good, and we were now concerned about the duration of exposure to the meconium in the amniotic fluid. I had requested a natural birth so the doctor knew I did not want to rush into any decision to have a medication-assisted birth, and so he gave me more time to progress further in the hopes that it would not be too long before I was at 10 cm.

Time passed and it was now about 12:30 or so and I was STILL at 8 cm. I was trying everything I could to make each contraction count and allow her to drop and for me to dilate but nothing was happening. The doctor started to worry about a possible obstruction. I was told I would only have another hour to see if I could progress then a decision needed to be made as time was of great importance. I was told at this time my chance of having a c-section was around 70%. I wanted a vaginal delivery more than anything and so I continued to try to get her to descend and to dilate further for whatever reason it just was not happening. He gave me the choice of trying an epidural and pitocin before heading for a c-section so obviously, I chose the epidural. They wanted to see if the pitocin along my contractions would be even stronger and possibly speed up my labor and the epidural would relax my uterus allowing it to dilate to 10 cm. If it did not work then the only option was for me to have a c-section.

This was not the labor plan I had in mind, it was hard for me as I had made it to 8 cm non-medicated, on my own and now I was going to be given an epidural which is something I strongly wanted to avoid. I knew though that I needed to do whatever was necessary to get her out fast and safe. All I wanted was my little girl to be ok and I had to set aside all my desires and do this for her, and so we did and fortunately it worked. I dilated very quickly to 10 cm and were ready to go. The last hurdle was getting her to drop. She was now stuck and did not want to go past my pubic bone. This took the longest time. I pushed and pushed but she would retract back. Finally after a lot of hard work and prayers, she managed to get down far enough but she was still stuck. After trying for so long to get her to come out the doctor had to use forceps. Something we all wanted to avoid but we needed to do what was best. Shortly there after we experienced what was the single best moment of our life.

I remember so vividly the moment she was placed on my chest for the first time. She was crying so hard, it was the best sound I have ever heard! We were crying and so overwhelmed with emotion in this perfect moment. I really do not know how to describe what it felt like just knowing we brought a new life into this world. She was a beautiful reflection of the love my husband and I have for one another and in that moment I can honestly say we were in heaven. It may not have been the labor story I had envisioned, but the end result was far more than we could have prayed for. We had been blessed with a healthy, beautiful girl and it was the perfect moment I had always dreamed it would be.

Our little angel is just so precious and the most beautiful little girl I have ever seen. She has a full head of hair and looks so much like her Daddy! She has my nose and his beautiful eyes. She has the sweetest personality already but when she is hungry, watch out! She has a set of lungs on her!! I will be blogging more in the next few days if I can regarding the frist night home and several wonderful memories that have taken place. I have not been online much these days of obvious reasons.

After she was born she was diagnosed with a mild case of jaundice and so we had to spend another night at the hospital for her to be under the lights. They also were having me supplement formula with breastfeeding to help the jaundice go away faster but this only lastest 48 hours and now we are back to just breast milk which she loves. It is going very well, far better than I thought it would. It is a precious moment that we share together and I am so thankful everything has gone so well. As far as my recovery I am doing good. I have been up and about and walking, climbing stairs and everything better than I thought I would so soon after delivery. I tore while in labor and in addition to that they did an episiotomy so I am quite sore but doing better each day.

I just wanted to end with telling you all how much your excitement and support in my pregnancy has meant to me. When I first found out I was pregnant my initial reaction was to set up a private blog for the family where I would post details of my pregnancy, photos and so on. I was hesitant to share my heart in blogs on spark people regarding such an intimate side of my life. I was scared because what if my expectations of a perfect pregnancy and delivery would not be met. How would people feel about me if I really shared what was on my heart and mind? Many emotions ran through me but in the end I decided to blog every doctors visit and each stage of this new journey I was on. I now see that this was the best decision I could have made. Not only did sharing my blogs give me a way to record so many precious memories but I have received so much support and encouragement from all of you which has blessed me in so many ways. I just want to thank all of you SO MUCH for taking the time to write me with encouraging words regarding my baby and my pregnancy and for being apart of this special time in our lives.
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  • IRON__GIRL
    I can't believe I never commented on this blog!! I just read it again, & was just as misty eyed as before!! Such a beautiful story!
    3893 days ago
  • BEESPARKLE
    I came by your blog to-night. First time.
    Well written. Beautiful story.

    Bless you and hubby and your beautiful baby.

    Hugs
    Bee
    3901 days ago
  • MIMAWELIZABETH
    Being a Mom - the BEST JOB in the world! Treasure every moment, and make time for the ordinary, every day miracles... it goes too fast, believe me!
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    3903 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5364914
    Amazing and loving blog. Congratulations on the greatest gift. Many blessings to all of you!
    3903 days ago
  • PAGONA
    I had to go back and read your birth story, I'm so excited for you.
    3905 days ago
  • MISSCLEO11
    oops posted twice :) LOL I"m just so excited about your new addition!!!!
    3911 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/4/2010 3:51:26 PM
  • MISSCLEO11
    Awesome to read Michaela's birth story! I am so happy for you! She is beautiful, and I agree, being a mom is the best thing ever. I am so glad you share your heart here, it helps me more than you know! And I'm sure you've heard this before, the only thing you can really plan about a delivery is that it won't go the way you plan :) I love to hear when people put their own agendas aside and focus on the well-being of their children :) GOOD JOB MOMMY!!!!! And congratulations again!
    3911 days ago
  • CHASINGOLIVE
    she's beautiful!
    3919 days ago
  • BYEBYEADIPOSE
    Lovely birth story!!! I don't know how I managed to miss this blog post! I'd been waiting to hear all about it. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your new life, that is forever changed by motherhood! What a wonderful life it is!!!
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    3919 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3990357
    She is beautiful!!!
    3922 days ago
  • SIMPLE_TAILOR
    I'm glad that you did decide to share and that everything was fine. Enjoy your little sweetie.
    3923 days ago
  • HAPPINESSTODAY
    What a wonderful story! I am so happy for you and your husband, enjoy every moment as it really does fly by.

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    3923 days ago
  • KLASSIE
    Congratulations. May God bless you and your growing family. Your baby girl is beautiful. I was so happy to read your blog. My daughter is expecting her first baby in August and I'm overly excited. Your blog just lit an added fire in my soul. Thanks for sharing.
    3924 days ago
  • SMIILINGMERMAID
    CONGRATS JEN,
    I am so glad you shared this journey as well its the best blog to see her and know what you went through all these years desiring that baby girl, and that you have your health to offer her. Who know maybe a kids cookbook is in the works down the road for you or mommy and me fitness camps. Your blessed and thanks for sharing some of us have been with you since the beginning so this is fabulous!!!!!
    3924 days ago
  • ALLISON4EG
    Congratulations and thank you for being so open with all of us! Although, I have to say ....birth still seems frightening! Glad you made it through alright!
    3925 days ago
  • NAENAE1213
    I'm so proud of you. You did an amazing job, Momma!!
    She's beautiful!
    3925 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4454521
    Michaela is very beautiful. And I have to say from reading so many of your blogs, she will be an extremely blessed child to have such wonderful, loving parents!
    3925 days ago
  • KIMDONN
    There is no feeling like the one when you meet your baby. You are so blessed to have had such a great pregnancy and delivery. I think it is wonderful that your shared this precious time with us. It can be a great support to get feedback from other parents and advice on pregancy and bouncing things off people who have been there. Please continue to share Michaela's life with us, I love hearing about her!

    Get some rest!

    Kim
    3925 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    Oh man! I didn't even see this! Congrats! And God's blessings on you and your new family! I am so happy for you all!
    In Jesus Name
    Greg
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    3925 days ago
  • AMYBRO1
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    3925 days ago
  • HSCHLUTT
    I am so happy for you! This blog brought me to tears because I know that wonderful feeling when you hold your baby for the first time and no other feeling can compare.
    3926 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2946534
    Thank you for sharing!
    3927 days ago
  • MAYBER
    congratulation on your new family member and thanks for sharing all your thoughts. best wishes as you continue to enjoy your baby and remember they grow up fast so enjoy one day at a time.
    3927 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5684000
    What a lovely young lady she is. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Pregnancy, birth, babies are just such a miracle. I'm so glad to hear that everything is okay with you and your new addition to your family.

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    3927 days ago
  • TERFREE
    She is so beautiful. congratulations! emoticon
    3927 days ago
  • GLAMOURGIRL-9
    I am so happy for you and your beautiful family! emoticon
    3927 days ago
  • HEALTHYSASSY
    Congratulations.
    3927 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2219650
    I'm so glad you decided to share your pregnancy journey. It's been an honor and a privilege to be part of your life during this very special time. Congratulations and many blessing to you and your beautiful family.
    3927 days ago
  • SHAY72
    congrats to the new mom, dad & she is beautiful.I enjoyed that same feeling but as a nana when my daughter had my grandson last feb.15, it an amazing experience,i had a c-section with (carla) my daughter so i was asleep, that was 21 yrs. ago.But congrats again,i subscribed to ur blogs, this is the 1st time i have ever read ur blogs. emoticon baby michaela to the spark family.
    3929 days ago
  • CMULL328
    Thank you so much for sharing your birth story! So glad you didn't have to have a c-section! I've had 2 c-sections and my chance at a vaginal birth are over, if we decide to have a 3rd. And, this breaks my heart. I know it's silly, but I feel cheated. Congrats again! She is beautiful! You are so blessed!!!
    3929 days ago
  • LROD1999
    Thanks for sharing your birth story. I'm glad that the birth went well. Believe me, I knowhow it feels to plan the "perfect" labor and delivery and then things change. I took a 12-week Bradley method class and was so prepared to deliver without drugs. I labored for 38 hours! I made it 24 without meds and then I was just too exhausted. I pushed for 3 hours and still ended up with a c-section. I was dissapointed but I was SO happy to have a healthy son and as my doctor told me,"When your son is playing on the soccer field one day, no one will be asking you how he was born." LOL!
    Congrats and enjoys evey moment!
    3929 days ago
  • KMARTIN9061
    Yes, thank you for sharing your beautiful story! I am sure you are the happiest mommy ever right now! Congrats!!
    3929 days ago
  • FIERCE_FABULOUS
    She is absolutely precious! Congratulations to you and your new family, and thank God everyone came out healthy and happy from the labor. -=o) emoticon
    3929 days ago
  • CINDYY00
    Beautiful! Congratulations!!
    3929 days ago
  • TONJOTA
    Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. I felt the same way when I had my daughter. All the pain was worth it in the end and I want to have another kid.
    3929 days ago
  • LIZA72
    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter. You are going to be an awesome mother! Best wishes to you and your husband as you experience parenthood together! There are things that you will do better as a parent and things that he will do better as a parent...what makes you the best parent possible is making the best choices for your child.
    We have 4 children and my husband is the best at middle of the night wake ups. I do not have the middle of the night patience he does and I am thankful we balance each other out as parents!
    3929 days ago
  • RHIPEA76
    Thank you for sharing ;)
    3929 days ago
  • LADY_KATHY
    such a beautiful daughter!! : ) congrats
    3929 days ago
  • HEARTSTOPPER

    :)
    3929 days ago
  • MANDAO97
    I have loved hearing about your pregnancy journey and am glad you decided to share it. I teared up reading about the moment your held her for the first time. Such a beautiful story. I am sure you are treasuring every moment with your new little girl! Congratulations on your new family :)
    3930 days ago
  • MIS2101
    Congrats!!!
    3930 days ago
  • MELTEAGUE
    How precious, thanks for sharing your story, and YES they do change your life, but for the best!
    I cannot imagine life without my kids now!

    so glad the feeding is going well!

    wonderful to hear from you , even though you are so busy with little Missy Machaela Madison!


    Enjoy!

    3930 days ago
  • AVALONAPPLE
    As always, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story.

    Jennifer
    3930 days ago
  • 1234MOM
    She's beautiful! Your story is much like everyone else's but the experience is all new to you and very special. After the birth of our first my DH said "Why did we wait so long?" because it was great to create family.
    3930 days ago
  • MTGALLO
    Wow, what a great story. Thank you for sharing and motivating me.
    3930 days ago
  • PITTACHICK
    Beautfiul story and your little angel girl is so lucky to have you& Hubby as her parents :) Best of luck on your continued recovery.
    3930 days ago
  • SPOTLIGHTANGEL
    Congratulations! I know how hard it must have been for you to get to 8 cm and have to have medication. I too want to have a natural birth. But you are an inspiration and I am so happy everything is good!

    Blessings to you and yours!
    3930 days ago
  • 2010TRIATHLETE
    Beautiful story to go with a beautiful baby! I'm so happy for you!
    3930 days ago
  • WE_PA_FIT
    what a special Esater blessing!!! !
    My little one also got 'stuck' but my Dr used a pumping contraption or vacuum. and mine too had jaundice!!!! And you are still a toooper!! As long as no c-section I think it went great! I know you must have heard this a MILLION times but really-- enjoy and savor every moment, cause it goes by soooo fast!!!!!!!!!
    3930 days ago
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