Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Eden Elise's Birth Story

Here was my labor story...


So there I was, standing in my living room as everyone was hurrying up and packing around me. To me time stood still and everything was a blur around me. My wonderful, helpful labor coaches were getting ready to leave. I kept thinking "this is it, no turning back" as my contractions continued.

Mr. CE was a bit frantic. He was nervous. I rarely see him get that way. As I waddled my way to the car I felt the rain drop on my hot hands. I remember thinking "I have to remember that it was raining the day she was born".

As we pull out of the garage, we started making the calls for JC to be picked up from school, I can still hear Mr. CE telling my mom "this was it". As he was talking, I think his foot would get heavier because he was speeding. Speeding, only to get stuck behind old men in buicks. The roads were wet and as I was lifting myself up with the "oh my god bar" I could hear our tires hydroplaning.After the contractions, I grabbed his hand, and softly said, "relax...relax".

Quickly after that I remember him saying "why did you have to pick a hospital this far away?".
I laughed and then grabbed for my dear life as I had another contraction, just 2 minutes after the last. They were getting stronger and lower. Breathing in with low grunts seemed to work and before I knew it we were at the hospital.

He dropped me off at the front entrance, the same entrance we had just walked out of a few hours early. I walked out so disappointed and I was very anxious to get back. As he parked the car I was standing in front of the hospital having stronger, painful contractions. With each one I would grab the brick building as the valet parking guy sat and watched. Yes, he watched and didn't offer a wheel chair or anything... I was grunting , swaying and holding on to the building with an audience. Nice huh?

Shortly I see Mr. CE walk up with all kinds of bags. (he was unhappy that I packed so much). As he was walking up, I went into a full hip sway, grunting contraction. That's when a woman decided to strike up a conversation. Yup, I am grunting away and she is telling me about her grandchild's birth and asking me if this is mine first. My response in the deepest voice I have ever had..."NNOOOOOO it's my SEEEEEEEECCCOND."

People. They never cease to amaze me.

Finally we were on our way up the elevator and I looked at Mr. CE. I remember thinking how much I loved him and secretly wished he could know how much this was going to hurt. Nope, i just kissed him instead.

To the room we headed after that. My midwife walking in right behind me and started getting the heart beat on the monitor as I swayed back and forth. I had a quick progress check and came into the hospital at 7 cm! Things were looking good and as soon as my IV and antibiotics were in ( i have a mitral valve prolapse) it was straight to the birthing tub...

Can I just tell you how much I loved the tub? If there is a next crooked baby...I want to deliver in it...




Soon after being in the wonderful tub, they made me get in bed to check progress. (never fun) Then our doula made me get in god awful positions to help things along. Like lunges. Evil lunges, but I still was laughing and joking. I could remember having a contraction, getting quiet, and the popping back up and cracking a joke. I have to say, that I even at this point in my labor, I was still having fun.




My labor at the hospital was only 3 1/2 hours. Which was so much better than JC's, thank goodness. His labor & delivery was not drug free like Eden's was. For that I am beyond proud of myself.

After that photo was taken, we thought my water broke, nope. I went back into the tub and then shortly after that I was back in bed getting ready to push. That was the hardest part. I cringe just thinking about it. The back pain and pressure was unbelievable. It was at this point I was second guessing a natural birth, to be honest.

Soon I was ready to push. The only thing I cold hear was my doula telling me "to stay ahead of the contraction". It kinda made Mr. Ce laugh as he still jokes about "staying ahead of the contraction".


(i was going to post an audio clip, but I can't figure out how to shorten it to the good part. You know where I wasn't pooping or burping or screaming.... but the audio clip is amazing)


Soon after a lot of moaning and screaming I was pushing. After about 20 minutes of pushing I was holding my sweet Eden Elise...




From the first time I held her, she had my heart


the new joy of 2 kids....


My labor team
Midwife, me and doula


Soon after JC and my parents walked in. Right there, we were finally a family of four...




We then looked out the window and saw that her rainy birthday turned into the most beautiful sunset...


God knew a beautiful miracle had just been born and he gave her a beautiful sunset as a gift.


Two months have passed and my heart grows each day because of her. Eden, JC and Mr. CE have made me the happiest woman, mom, wife ever. I am blessed to have had a happy, healthy and safe delivery.


very blessed...


18 comments:

Kim said...

This is so beautiful...just like you and sweet Eden.

I have wanted my hubby to know the pain all 4 times ;)

I am so proud of you. I know it was 8 weeks ago, but I will always be proud of you. You are an amazing woman and I am honored to call you my friend.

Erin said...

TEARS. And Louise. Aww, love Louise.
I am so glad you got around to writing this. I have such fond memories of the day Eden was born. Pacing the waiting room, Louise coming in and showing us SEVEN fingers, when Mr. CE popped his head in to tell us she was born, seeing you looking so beautiful holding a brand new baby girl. Chills over all of it.

AllisonO said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love birth stories. Especially ones that remind me of my labor (checking in at 7cm, laboring in the tub, those STUPID POSITIONS).

What a wonderful thing you have done for your family, twice, to use your body to create and give birth to a child. Amazing.

livinginagirlsworld said...

Such a sweet story! I'm a little verklempt from reading it. Birth stories are so powerful.

Ryley said...

Gosh what a great story. I LOVE birth stories sooo much..
So beautiful...

SJ said...

So beautiful. Tear-fully beautiful.

Corinne said...

What a fantastic birth story! Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Bacardi Mama said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful birth story with us. Now, wrap beautiful Eden in her blogging quilt and love on that sweet girl.

*Lissa* said...

Love this! So beautiful!

imadramamama.wordpress.com said...

I love hearing birth stories. This was beautiful!

Sarah Viola said...

This still makes me cry. Happy tears.

~love said...

love it! you did awesome. what a blessing eden is!

audrey @ the lewis 4 said...

Beautiful...

Haley said...

This is a beautiful story.

I feel very touched that you have shared it here with us.

I'm so looking forward to meeting you and Eden at Cupcake!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh Donya, I feel like this happened today! I need to get that video uploaded!

Steph

Elaine A. said...

You're amazing! Thanks for sharing this with us. MWAH!

Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry said...

This is so amazing, I'm so glad you documented this!

And that audio clip of THAT moment is one of the most amazing things I have ever heard.

Tiffany said...

How wonderful... thanks for sharing.