Saturday, September 29, 2018

Welcome Baby Ryenn Rose

Hi everyone!
Our baby girl has arrived!
Ryenn Rose.

She was born September 26th at 5:58pm.
She weighs 6 lbs 11 oz and is 18.5 inches long.

She came exactly a week early. Which was shocking to me because I really had this gut feeling she would come late. I'm so happy she came when she did, this way I wasn't 40+ weeks pregnant and totally over it.

Our Birth Story
On Tuesday, September 25, I woke up like it was any other day. I went to work and felt totally normal. I had a lunch meeting with a client and I always walk there. It's a few blocks away from my office so walking is usually easy peasy. As I was walking back from lunch I remember thinking to myself "Wow, this is sort of an intense walk." since walking back was mostly uphill. Well sure enough, an hour after I returned from work I started to feel contractions. It was this cramp like feeling in my stomach and it started coming every 25 minutes. I texted all my mommy friends and asked them if what I was feeling were contractions and they all said it sounded like it!

I came home from work and the contractions were getting even more painful and started coming every 10 minutes. I called my doctor to let her know, and the on-call nurse told me that I didn't need to go into the hospital until they are about 3-5 minutes apart. The rest of the night I stayed home and would log how often I felt the contractions. The entire night the contractions came every 8 minutes and didn't get any faster than that.  I was basically sleeping in 8 minute increments, if that's even possible. I would fall asleep, then wake up 8 minutes later with another contraction, and log the time in my phone. The contractions hurt really bad. I would just cringe and breathe through each one and within seconds it would be done. The pain is pretty awful but I truly believe as women we are strong enough to handle it and we know this is what our body is supposed to be doing, and we just deal with it.

The next morning came and the contractions were closer together at about 5 minutes apart so I knew I could finally go into the hospital. Will and I grabbed my hospital bag, stopped for Starbucks on the way, and headed to the hospital.  I knew I wanted to eat breakfast in case the hospital wouldn't give me any food once I was in labor. We also called our parents to let them know and my mother in law immediately jumped in her car to drive down to Reno. She lives about 3 hours away.

We got to the hospital around 8am and they took me into the first room where they do an initial check to see how dilated you are. The nurse checked me and I was already 5cm dilated!! She seemed surprised that I was already at 5cm.

Soon after they took me to my labor and delivery room and the waiting for baby girl to arrive began.
I handled the contractions without any meds for a few hours. By 12:30 I asked for the epidural and they came in and gave me one. I'll be honest, I was not a fan of the epidural. It caused me to have anxiety (which I hear is totally normal) and I began to cry out of panic of losing the feeling in my legs. My left leg got so numb compared to my right leg and I just got more and more freaked out in my mind that I couldn't move or feel my left leg whatsoever. If I have a second baby, I will opt out of the epidural and deliver naturally. Even though it's going to hurt so bad, I think I'd rather deal with that pain then the panic I felt with the epidural.

Anywhoo....I began pushing right around 5pm with the help of my nurse. In our room was Will, my mom and Will's mom, Bonnie. I hadn't even seen my doctor yet because I guess the doctor doesn't come in until right when you are about to deliver or are fully dilated. I had Will on one side and Bonnie and my mom on the other side. And Will and his mom would help push my legs up every time I went to push. Pushing wasn't so bad. Probably because I couldn't feel anything, I just remember it being uncomfortable because you are folding your body in half and pushing so hard... it's like a work out! The nurse kept hinting that I wasn't doing the best job pushing, so I assumed I would be pushing  for a few hours to get the hang of it. My doctor came in at 5:45pm and told me she wanted to check-in and see how pushing was going and I would probably have to have another doctor deliver the baby because she was off at 6. She said "But let's see how you're doing. Let me see you push."
So I began pushing for her and with the third push I heard Bonnie yelling "The baby is coming!! She's coming!!" Then my doctor shouts "Wait! Stop pushing! I need to put my scrubs on! I'm not ready!!" So in my mind, I stopped pushing and I remember just feeling baby's shoulders just sitting there in me about to come out. I thought I stopped pushing, but since I didn't have a lot of feeling down there I may have kept pushing. Either Ryenn came flying out all on her own! Two nurses who just happened to be walking by and heard the commotion came running in to help. I remember looking up at the ceiling, and there was mirror, and I just saw this little baby laying there.
They cleaned her up quick and asked who wanted to cut the umbilical cord. Will didn't want to because he gets really squimish at that kind of stuff and I knew my mom wouldn't do it, so I asked Bonnie if she wanted to. She hesitated then the doctor said "Or you could do it!" And I said, "Really? Okay!" and I cut the umbilical cord myself!

Next thing I knew they put baby girl on my chest and it was the best moment of my life. Every single one of us was crying. I'm tearing up as I write this.
It's just the most magical moment seeing this tiny baby that you made come from you. It was surreal and magical and just the most amazing feeling I will ever feel.
I held her against my chest and looked at her beauty and I felt so happy.

And that is how baby Ryenn Rose came into this world. We are so in love and she is so beautiful and perfect.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Last 2 Weeks Before Baby's Due Date

I cannot believe I'm two weeks away from baby girl's due date!! She is due October 2nd.

October 2nd: the date I've been wishing and thinking about for the last 9 months. I feel pregnancy feels exactly like 9 months. It didnt feel too long but it also didnt fly by like many said it would. I think back to January when I first found out I was pregnant and I went to the spa with friends, and it feels like forever ago! I just can't believe I'm at the end of this pregnancy journey.

Compared to most I had a very easy pregnancy. I never had morning sickness, I remember feeling nauseated only once, and I never got super tired. My first trimester I felt pretty normal. The only thing that felt different about my body were my boobs. They felt so heavy, not sore, just heavier. Second trimester wasn't too bad at all either. I was starting to get a baby bump and I found myself getting out of breath a lot easier. I needed to buy a pregnancy pillow by the second trimester to help with sleeping. Oh and the dreams second trimester! I had so many vivid dreams, it was unreal.

I remember it was 30 weeks exactly, I met up with my friend Shila at the movies to see Mamma Mia 2. I work really close to the movie theater so I walked there. And by the time I got to the movie theater I knew something in my body had changed. I felt baby drop because all of a sudden I was walking funny and I could just feel her more down there.
I even wrote a post in my Facebook Mommy group and asked why all of a sudden I felt this weird pressure. And immediately women I did not know started replying with how they felt the same thing, and it was just the baby dropping and not to worry.

If I could give all moms-to-be one tip it would be to join a Facebook Mommy group. None of your actual Facebook friends see your posts or activity within the group, and you can easily reach out to other women who are pregnant at the same time as you, due the same month as you, and ask any questions you may have. It helped ease my worries the whole pregnancy to read that whatever I was going through was normal and many other women were going through the same thing.

My third trimester is when things really got uncomfortable. I never really got a HUGE belly.
I mean, I had a baby bump, don't get me wrong, but I would say my baby bump was more on the smaller side. But even being smaller, I was still so uncomfortable the third trimester. I could only sleep on my side, so any time I needed to roll over to my other side the pain was so bad. My hips were shot! And I soon realized pregnant women don't waddle around because of their bigger bellies, they waddle around because the baby is pushing down on their vajay making it very uncomfortable to walk.

I don't have a specific date or memory from the first time I felt baby girl move. Being a first time mom, I didn't really know what I was feeling for. I kept getting this gas bubble feeling and it wasn't until like 2 weeks or so from feeling that, that I realized, "Wait...that might not be gas bubbles. That could actually be the baby moving." So once I realized that, I felt her all the time! And it was so magical and so special.
At 24 weeks I actually saw her move my belly with her kicks. I was laying in bed and could feel her moving around. So I looked at my stomach and sure enough, my stomach started moving! Oh my about surreal. I showed Will and he even saw it too.
I never want to forget how special it was to feel her moving around and I would just stare at my belly and see her moving around. I would play music for her. Mostly Taylor Swift songs at first, then I started to play Disney songs. Little Mermaid's "Part Of This World" was my favorite song to play for her. I hope she likes the music I chose.

Baby girl has just been so easy this pregnancy, I hope it's a hint of what she'll be like once she's born. I can't wait to meet her and I can't even imagine what she will look like. I love her so much already and I haven't even seen her yet.
I have a feeling she is going to come a week late. I don't see her coming early. She seems pretty comfortable in my belly.

We are moving into a new house in a week. So if she could hold off for us to move in, that would be really nice. But I know it's up to her and I just can't wait!


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