Ella Elizabeth 1/29/11
7 pounds 7 ounces
Today Ella is one month… I figure a perfect day to share her birth story.
On January 28th one day before my due date I arrived at my midwife appointment frustrated… VERY frustrated. I was sure that although this appointment was made months prior there was no way I would actually need it. Ella would be coming early I was sure of it! Well, I was wrong!
I also was shocked when my favorite midwife, Sky who was present at Ava’s birth, presented me with an unexpected option. I was already 5 cm dilated and 80% effaced with these numbers Sky offered to induce me the next day, my official due date! We of course would need an OK from the hospital the next day before we could head in and put this plan into action. I left the appointment hopeful and excited that Ella’s birthday was just around the corner!
January 29th 10:00 am I received a call from the head nurse who asked if I would like to have a baby today! This was it… With my mom in town and Ava in GREAT hands we arrived at the hospital at 11:30 am. What a strange experience to arrive with no contractions no physical pain urging you on convincing you that indeed a baby was on the way. From the moment I arrived this birth was entirely different than Ava’s!
The idea was to break my water and walk, walk, walk until labor began naturally. We tried that but after two hours of inconsistent contractions we moved on to starting potocin to move things along. Whoa… that worked labor here we come! I labored without drugs much longer than with Ava and then finally relief my epidural began! Although what a difference with Ava my epidural was so strong that I felt NO pain. Good on one hand but mostly it caused problem after problem and I could not really aid or experience the birth the way I should have. This time around pain but mangaeable and perfect I was there experiencing and helping throughout the process.
9:02 pm: Eight hours after breaking my water, with the second fabulous nurse of the day and an incredible midwifes support, 25 minutes of pushing with Larry by my side, Ella arrived…
So, how do you put an actual birth into words. Even when I watch TLC’s A Baby Story, and that is not me, I am flooded with emotion. For nine months I knew that a baby was coming. I grew bigger and bigger and heard that amazing sound of her heartbeat. I felt kicks, bumps and hiccups. I saw her little arms and legs kicking around and counted her fingers and toes on a black and white ultrasound screen. We named her, washed her clothes, folded the blankets and talked about all the changes heading our way. And yet I was not prepared at all because in that moment, after the last push, when I reached down and pulled Ella from me to my chest, tears flowed and all words escaped me. Filled with emotion that you cannot name I held and kissed perfection for the second time in my life.