Thursday, January 3, 2013

Baby Apple's Birth Story

Wow. What an incredible week is has been. I can't believe my son is a week old TODAY! Time has certainly flown by! And, to be honest, this has been the most amazing SLASH scary week of my life.

I just want to start off by saying to you all a big, huge THANK YOU. Your sweet comments and emails and IG/tweets of support have been overwhelming and amazing. You have gotten me through this all and I just appreciate it all. So much. So thank you.

Now...to this lil guy's amazing entry into mommy and daddy's world:

I was scheduled for an induction on Wednesday evening, December 26th with the hopes of delivering on Thursday, December 27th.

About to leave our house for the hospital!! We are all smiles here, but believe me...we were SO NERVOUS!!!

My last belly photo! 39.5 weeks!


We arrived at the hospital around 9pm on Wednesday and met my sister there. My sister actually works at this hospital as a Labor and Delivery nurse, so she came in for moral support and to explain everything that the nurses were doing to me to get my labor started. I was very scared but also very excited. I knew that this was it...there was no turning back.




About 10pm, the nurse inserted the Cytotec and waited for the magic to start happening. (This medicine is given again every four hours until the desired result is produced.) This medicine was supposed to thin my cervix and prep my body for contractions/labor...my sister told my a couple of times to not be discouraged if I had to have several doses of this medication to get me ready. I, however, was not having that! I was bound and determined to get the show on the road and not have to have more than one dose! Luckily for me, I was already contracting on my own for quite some time and didn't even realize it!!! This made me feel better because I knew that even without the induction, I probably would have went into labor on my own on the 27th anyway!


I wasn't due to be checked to see if the meds were working until 2am, but I started contracting heavily and quite painfully at 1:30am. And the contractions were VERY IRREGULAR. I would have one and then 10 minutes later I would have another. Then nothing. Or, I would have five huge contractions in a row with no time to prepare for the pain....let me tell you...this was super exhausting. Then the nurse came in to tell me that Baby Apple was not handling the contractions as well as they wanted him to, so they put me on Oxygen. This regulated his little heartbeat and then he was just fine.

About 2:30 am, I just could not stand the pain anymore. It hurt so bad and I just couldn't keep up with the irregular contractions. I think if they were more regular, I could have handled it better, but when those contractions were coming every 30 seconds and very strong I just couldn't take it. I was checked and I was 3 cm. It was time for my epidural, aka, HEAVEN. I was also told at this point that I would not need anymore Cytotec because I was laboring on my own. I only had one dose!!! I would not even need Pitocin! I was so excited!!!!



Here I am in Epidural Bliss Land....The red light on my finger was checking my blood pressure. I thought I looked like ET Phone Home. 


I was able to get some sleep while contracting quite heavily. I slept from 3am to around 5 am and started to feel some pain again. Then my water broke. I actually heard it POP. It was the WEIRDEST feeling in the whole world...like I was constantly peeing on myself.

I started to feel more pain and the epidural was upped a little bit and I felt a bit better, but still felt pressure.

I was checked at 7am and I was at a 6. At this point I was feeling very anxious and excited. My sister and husband were keeping me entertained and keeping my mind off of everything.

Around 8:45 am I was checked again and I was at a 9! I knew it wouldn't be much longer...we started to call family. My mom, mother-in-law, and dad arrived at the hospital and came in to wish me well. They were asked to leave the room around 9:40 am so I could be checked again. The nurse told me that I was a 10!!!! Time to push!!!!

At this point I was ready to push but afraid of the pain...my epidural was not 100% and I could feel the pain from the pressure...this was a blessing and a curse all at the same time. Blessing because I knew when to push, but curse because, well, I felt it!

I very quickly got over the pain...I told myself to SUCK IT UP and be strong. And I was. I started pushing at 9:45 and at 10:24 am, Baby Apple entered the world!!!!!!!

Baby Apple
7lbs 14oz
20.5 length
10:24 AM

He was healthy! He was screaming! And he was LONG!!! He weighed 7lbs 14ozs and was 20.5 inches long! His fingers are so long and he has HUGE feet!!!!!! And I am IN LOVE. SO in love.

I found out afterwards that I needed, ahem, several stitches in my nether regions (2nd degree tear)....here we are one week out and I barely feel them anymore. I feel really good and almost healed!


The first time I held him!!!!!

I have never known a greater love than I feel now. Never. It is the scariest time of my life right now because I want to make sure I am doing everything correctly. Am I feeding him enough? Is he eating too much? What does that sound mean? Should he be breathing like that? Why did he sneeze? It is EXHAUSTING but amazing. I am taking this time now to get to know him just like he is getting to know me.



I just can't quit staring at him. I'm in awe. I can't believe we made this little guy. I can't believe he is mine! He is my life.


Now, about his name....I did mention earlier on the blog that I probably would not be telling anyone his name for privacy/personal reasons...I still feel this way now and want to protect him as much as possible while still showing him off on here for you all to see. I hope you can respect my decision.

Well, that's it!!! I'll be back soon to regular posting! I am just trying to spend every moment possible right now snuggling with my little guy because we all know that babies just don't stay little for very long!!!!


49 comments

Emily said...

Congratulations! Sounds like labor/pushing wasn't too bad for you! I am expecting a little boy in June, so this makes it seem more real! On one hand, I can't wait, and on the other, I'm glad I have a few more months to prepare myself! Congrats again...Baby Apple is a cutie! :)

Catherine said...

He's beautiful! Congratulations!

Britton said...

Congrats, he is so precious!! Enjoy every moment!!!

Jennifer said...

Great story. He is so beautiful!

Chrissy said...

Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful! Enjoy your time. It goes sooo fast!

Jenn said...

Thanks for sharing your story on here (even about the "nether regions")--I think it helps others prepare for what to expect.
He's adorable! Congratulations again!!

Lauren said...

So sweet! He is one sweet little boy! :)

Lauren Edmondson said...

he is all kinds of adorable girl! My son Sawyer was 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 19 inches, so close to your sweet guys measurements! Thanks for sharing your story! I was induced when I had my son as well thanks to a nice little cervical catheter and Pitocin (sadly, mine was three weeks early due to some lovely Preeclampsia).

Sarah E. said...

Congratulations :) Being a momma is the best thing in the world! The labor/delivery is nerve-wracking and scary, but once it's over, you kind of forget how scary it was! Nothing matters but that sweet little baby :)

Pamela said...

Congratulations!! I love your honesty. Thank you SO much for sharing! He is absolutely precious!!

Samantha said...

Congrats! He is one handsome little man.

bnfunky said...

YAY! Congratulations!! He is a perfect little baby! Enjoy this time together :) I am glad you had such a good birth experience. I mean, I'm sure it hurt like heck, but still...you are already healing great and look awesome! Xoxo

Darby Hawley said...

I love your story! He is perfect Michelle and I am so happy for you! Now you have your own birth story to share and it is beautiful!

Holly Grass said...

Count yourself lucky that you didn't need Pitocin, its the devil. I was laboring great on my own, with my first child but they gave it to me anyway and I thought I was going to die. With my second I said absolutely not.

Baby Apple is too cute though, have fun snuggling the squishy years don't last forever.

Erin said...

He is beautiful! Congratulations!!!

Lindsey said...

Michelle, your story and your baby are absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!! I literally cried my eyes out reading it. I am currently 35 weeks pregnant and reading your story made it oh so real that I'll be going through the same thing in a short time. Thank you for sharing your story and I wish you and your hubby the best with your new little man!

Natalie said...

Completely understand the need for privacy. It took me YEARS to share my kids names with the Interwebs.

He is absolutely beautiful!

Shelley said...

So happy for you!! I can relate to the 2nd degree tear. Not fun! He is precious!

the girl in the red shoes said...

First of all, baby apple is ADORABLE! Second, I'm SO proud of you mama! You did it! Third, the comment about your water breaking and it feeling like you were constantly peeing yourself is spot on! That's exactly how I felt too! Fourth, I'm super jealous that you are already feeling mostly healed! That is amazing! And last, soak up ever little second of your new little guy!

WillJogForFood said...

Congrats! He is so precious :)

Bev said...

congrats dear friend... he is just so presh!! have the greatest time as a mommy, especially now!! I look forward to coming to you with questions when it's time for me and my hubs!!

xoxo, Bev

Amber Cease said...

Congratulations, girl! He is just adorbs! Kind of giving me baby fever all over again (AND I already have a 2 1/2 yr. old and 9 month old)! It's so nice when they are brand-stinkin' new and love to be cuddled and snuggled... enjoy every second of it, because they outgrow that quick!

CMae said...

Michelle I am so happy for you and your family!!! But I have to admit, everything you said about the pain and feeling the pressure terrifies me! I have a zero pain tolerance and well pushing out a kid just may break me some day lol :)

Myra said...

I LOVE BABY APPLE!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Mama Aja said...

congrats! Motherhood is definitely an amazing trip! words can not describe the feeling on how something SO little can make your heart just melt!!! Congrats to you both again!

Amber said...

Oh my goodness, Baby Apple is SUCH a doll. I just love him!

Congrats Mama - it sounds like a long, painful process, but the outcome was totally worth it. I'm proud of you!

P.S. My fave is the pic of you holding him for the first time. He's looking up at you, and I die!

Emily grapes said...

Congratulations Michelle!! he's such a cutie! So glad it only took one dose to get you rolling! :)

Enjoy your time with your new love
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Candice Moretti said...

You did it! So beautiful!

Courtney said...

So precious! Loved reading his story!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

He's gorgeous!!!!!!!

Enjoy him, Michelle! :)

xoxo

Untypically Jia said...

Wow, what a story! And he is so beautiful girl. Absolutely handsome!

Meg Cady said...

Congrats! I am beyond thrilled for you to finally have your little boy!!!!

Whitney said...

I loved reading your birth story!! It made it all seem so real to me. Maybe one day! haha :)

UsingMyTeacherVoice said...

He's beautiful! Congrats!!!

Sarah
Using My Teacher Voice

WhatJeanLikes said...

He is absolutely perfect in every way!! What a wonderful day and what lovely photos!

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Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Wonderful news! And big congrats on everything, it is such a wonderful, joyful, exhausting time. It will go fast so try to enjoy even at the nerve wracking points- like the why did he snort like that? parts.

Best wishes.

Marie @
Lemondrop ViNtAge




Kaylee Snyder said...

Congrats! He is so precious. I love his sweet little nose. As for the name thing, that's a great idea. And I think we all like hearing "baby apple" anyways.

Maura said...

oh Michelle he is such a sweet little love!! i am so happy for you!!! You are going to be such a great mom! Congrats!!

Megan G. said...

What a precious little boy! He looks absolutely adorable and congratulations to a great mommy and daddy! Have fun snuggling up to this little man for years to come. :)

tara said...

he is such a perfect little unicorn! ;) can't wait to meet him!

Raquel said...

I'm so happy for you Michelle!! he is perfect!

lily white english rose said...

congratulations, he is adorable!!! that last picture of him is so sweet :D
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Christin Theiss said...

He is very handsome! Congrats doll!

Jeannie said...

what a beautiful story! happy for you and your new family! i cant wait to meet my little girl! only 1 month away! :)

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

Oh my gosh, this was the most beautiful birth story! Aaah, I am just so happy for you! I am so glad he is finally here. Youare a great mommy already and I loved your take on him getting to know you and you getting to know him. I know I'll be in your shoes soon enough and feel the same way.
And like you, I may be feeling some of the pain due to my spina biffida, so it was really nice hearing from you that the pain was manageable and that you got through it, because I am nervous as ever to get to that point.
Thanks for sharing girl, and congrats again!!

Leanne @ Simply Beautiful said...

I loved reading all of this! It is so amazing to be able to journey with someone whom we've never even "met" in person, yet still be so full of joy for them. Blogging is such a blessing! Thank you for sharing this journey with us :)

Enjoy your little man and all of these sweet precious moments.

Vicki Garrett said...

Congratulations!!! He's so precious! And it sounds like you had a good birthing experience.

Meg O. said...

I definitely teared up reading this. I cried in the middle of the grocery store when you texted me his picture. He is perfect. You are an amazing mama.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

He's adorable!!! Congrats!

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