Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Part 4

This part of the day is a blur in my memory... probably partly because everything happened so darn fast. I was sitting up on the edge of the bed, facing the window, my mom was in front of me, her hands on my knees, and my nurse was all over the room. I definitely remember that I said that I wanted the epidural, but that I was pushing without meaning to. The anesthesiologist came in and asked if I would be able to sit still while he did the epidural and I responded "I don't knooooow" right in the middle of a contraction. My doctor also came in somewhere in the middle of all of this, after the nurse called him with a cryptic "come now" on the phone. Both the doctor and the anesthesiologist were behind me, and I heard them discussing the option of a spinal block instead of an epidural, but my body was moving faster than their conversation! I laid back down on the hospital bed and pushed! The nurse and doctor were fine with it, as a natural delivery is usually much easier and quicker than one in which the patient can only partially feel how to push, lol. At this point Josh was still outside in the waiting room, thinking I was getting an epidural! Someone ran to get him, and he made it in right after the first push. Three contractions (three big pushes) later, Miss Kaedrianna made her wonderful appearance at 7 lbs 3 oz and 20 inches long :)

I've been kinda rushed in typing this all out, so I think I might come back and edit some parts of it. I have NO idea how I will ever get homework done when I go back to school, because I can't even manage to type a couple of paragraphs without needing to do something with the kiddos!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Part three!

I ended up asking for pain medicine in the IV (Stadol, I think) right around 11:30, before the nurse left the room. That stuff makes you WOOZY! As I lay on the bed, definitely still feeling the contractions, even though they were most positively less intense, I faintly remember telling my mom to shut up, lol. Stadol also fades pretty quickly, in my opinion. I was fine for a few minutes, but then those dreadful contractions started up again, as intense as ever! I was still half way wishy washy on the epidural, I WANTED the pain to go away, but did not want to deal with all of the possible complications/side effects of the epidural. I went ahead and told Josh to call the nurse and ask for it, and then got mad at him for sounding like... I don't know exactly what he sounded like, but I know I definitely didn't like how he said it, lol. When the nurse came in, I told her I was feeling something close to pressure, though not exactly that. She decided to check me (finally!) and said I was at 8 centimeteers. I don't actually remember her saying that, but Josh swears she did.

Here comes the fun part!

 She called for anesthesiology, and then Josh and my Aunt Tanya went to the waiting room, as I had opted for Mom to be in the room for the epidural (besides the fact that I wanted my mommy, lol, Josh isn't so good with needles and blood). I sat up on the bed and IMMEDIATELY felt an insane urge to push! This was the most insane part of the whole delivery. I faintly remember the nurse telling me to pant like a dog? And also that it didn't help much, lol. At this point I WANTED the epidural... badly. Everything was happening so incredibly fast!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kade's Birth Story (part two)!

As soon as the nurse told me that I was dilated 4 I told Josh to call my Mom. Kyson's labor lasted 6 hours from the start of Pitocin to birth and I started at two centimeters, so I figured (hoped and prayed) that this time things would go a little quicker. Of course Mom thought that Josh was kidding and didn't believe him! I had to get on the phone with her before she realized that she might want to head on to the hospital, lol.

After that the nurse started asking the bazillion questions they ask you, and tried (unsuccessfully) to get an IV started. After 3 bruises on my left arm, she called in another nurse and that one got it the first try on my right arm. She was just starting the Pitocin when my OB came in, right around 9:00. He broke my water, and a couple minutes later my contractions started!

My Mom and one of my aunts got to the hospital around 9:30, and contractions still weren't horrible. We chatted with the nurse, I answered more questions, texted one of my older sisters, everything was relatively calm. The nurse was coming in in 30 minute intervals to up the pitocin, and when she changed it at 11:30 my contractions were pretty strong. I wanted the epidural, but was trying to wait as long as I possibly could, so that I wouldn't have a risk of stalling my labor (which can sometimes happen when you get it too early). I asked the nurse to check me, but she wanted to wait until noon. I'm sure she was thinking that since I wasn't howling in pain that I probably hadn't dilated very much more. Well, I told myself that I could make it until noon, then when she checked me, if I was 6cm or more that I would let myself get the Epi. Needless to say that plan didn't come to fruition!

More to come :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kade's Birth Story!

It has been 6 weeks and 2 days since Kaedrianna was born, and I know I've already forgotten some of the details of that day :( So today I am going to do my very best to conjure up all of the details of the hours surrounding her birth, and to write them down here :) This might be more for me than for any of my readers, so sorry if parts of it are a little jumbled! And it might be coming in parts! Here we go...

My induction was scheduled for Monday, March 7th 2011 at 8am. Josh and I had packed all of the bags and put them in the car the night before, so that morning all we had to do was get up and get ourselves ready. My sister, Jennifer, came up to help with Kyson. He had already eaten, so she changed and dressed him before we walked out the door... her to head to our mom's house, us to the hospital!

When we got to the hospital, registration was a breeze (I had pre-registered online, so it was just paperwork). Josh was so nervous he started straightening the brochures on the registrars desk, lol. We left our bags in the car, instead of having to drag them to two different rooms, when we wouldn't really need anything until after Kade was born (expecting labor to take a while). I got in the room and into that oh-so-wonderful hospital gown, laughing the whole time because Josh couldn't figure out how to help me tie it on :) Instead of getting into the hospital bed, I sat on the couch with Josh, knowing that I would be in that bed far too much over the next couple of hours. My nurse was an older woman, probably in her 50's, and had a sense of humor, thank goodness. I hate crabby nurses! I asked some questions about the induction, thinking that since two weeks earlier I was not dilated at all, I thought it was going to be a drawn out process. She answered them all, and then asked me to lie down so that she could check me. Here comes the good part! I was already dilated to FOUR centimeters! What a relief! I had prayed all morning to be just a tiny bit dilated, so that they could just start Pitocin instead of having to use Cervadil, or another method to get my cervix to open, and boy did my prayers get answered, lol.

gotta stop there for now, Ky needs a nap!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Outside

Kyson is obsessed with playing outside! It's a battle to get him to come in at all. The sandbox, the slide, his toy lawnmower, running, and just getting into everything that he can possibly get his hands on! And by the way to his left is Kyson's newest Aunt, lol. His Aunt Reba is just about 2 months younger than him. :) Right now, it's not incredibly inconvenient because the weather has been so wonderful (and also because Kyson has awesome older aunts who love to spend time with him outdoors), but I have a feeling that this summer no one will want to be outside as much as he does, which is going to result in either an unhappy Ky or an unhappy mommy! Oh well, he's worth it!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Life is BUSY!

Just saying that life is busy is a bit of an understatement. My life is absolutely FULL to the brim! And I love it! I don't quite have time to be bored... there is always SOMETHING to do! Laundry, vacuuming, diapering, cooking, visiting, blogging, playing with Ky or cuddling with Kade :) I try to remind myself everyday to just slow down and enjoy everything. I get so wrapped up in my personal stuff and close family that I sometimes forget to make room for friends :/ A good friend and I have grown apart over the last few months, and I miss having that confidant and buddy! Over the next few weeks I'm on a mission to rekindle some of my old friendships!

I am very much looking forward to this summer... I'm over being cold! I can't wait to take Kyson to Mayfield Dairy and let him have his first ever ice cream cone :) Plus I found an AWESOME deal on a double stroller at a thrift store! Blessings are abundant in the Matthews household lately.

We've all been rather sickly the last few weeks. Ky got a stomach virus, and then gave it to Josh. And right now we're all either suffering through a mild cold or we all have some major allergy issues... yuck!

Miss Kaedrianna is growing way too fast... I know I must sound a bit redundant, but if I could control time I would slow it WAAAAAY down, so that I had time to enjoy every itsy bitsy teensy tiny little thing! Ky's doing well too :) As bratty as can be, and talking up a storm (well, compared to a month ago he sure is, but really just on target for his age).

Life is going by, and I love living it!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Super Mom

I don't want to be super mom. I can't really think of how to word it... but I'm just not all that interested in being the "do-it-all/have-it-all" perfect Mother. I am perfectly happy just being ME. I will probably never straighten my hair regularly again, I only wear make-up when I HAVE to, sweats and a t-shirt is my all time favorite outfit, I HATE doing the dishes (and if you come over unexpectedly, there's a pretty good chance there will be a few in the sink).  I love cloth diapering, and I love breastfeeding. That's just the way I am! And I love it :) I love my life, and I LOVE my family... big and little!