I love reflecting back on both of my girl’s births. Olivia and Leigh’s births were the best experiences and we want to be able to look back on both posts to remember every detail. Livie’s birth story can be found here, I thought her birth was just perfect. The day of laboring with her was a little long, but considering it was my first baby it was short compared to many who have 25-40 hours of labor. I feel fortunate for both of my birthing experiences; healthy baby girls, no complications, natural, and to my birth plan. For as much pain as labor and childbirth is I love the experience so much.
Last pregnancy pictures before baby at 40 weeks
Last pregnancy pictures before baby at 40 weeks
Day before Leigh was born, 1/25/2014
Day before Leigh was born, 1/25/2014
Family walk – day before Leigh was born, 1/25/2014
For the last several weeks of my pregnancy with Leigh I had insomnia and was up about six times a night to use to restroom. I would wake up at midnight and be up for three to four hours. On the day she was born (Sunday, 1/26, four days after her due date of 1/22) I was up at midnight and then thankfully fell back asleep around 1:45 am. At 2:30 am I was awoken by a contraction. I had experienced false labor several times at night with Leigh so I didn’t get too excited. I tried to go back to sleep, but I felt other contractions to follow. I grabbed my cell phone and timed the contractions – they were around 10 minutes apart and not painful, but kept coming.
At 4:00 am I decided I should shower just in case this was the day. I didn’t want to wake up Jeff so I tip-toed in and started to get ready. He heard the water running and woke up on his own. I assured him to not get too excited, but I wanted to be ready just in case. We both showered and went downstairs and rested in front of the TV. Around 5:30 am the contractions were closer together and a bit stronger so we decided to give Jeff’s parents a heads up because they needed time to get ready and pick-up Livie for us.
We didn’t want to get Livie too excited or out of her normal routine so we did not mention anything to her that morning about what was happening. We got her ready as usual and told her that she was getting to go to Grandpa and Grandma’s house so she was pretty excited! Jeff’s mom came over around 8 am and just as she was bringing Livie over to say good-bye and give me a kiss I felt a gush of water (thankfully I was sitting on the leather recliner – easy clean-up!) and sure enough my water had broken! I was so excited and thought it was pretty cool to experience my water breaking. It was time and things were really happening – I hurried upstairs to get cleaned up, change my soaked pants and grab my bag. At this point we were nervous that things were going to get painful quick so we were in the car by 8:30 am and arrived at Overlake at 9:00 am.
When your water breaks they don’t want to check you at triage because of an increased risk of bacteria, but they do make sure that it is in fact amniotic fluid. They asked me some questions and put me in a gown and walked me to our labor/birthing suite. I got all hooked up to the baby heart rate monitor and our nurse went over all of the initial admitting questions. At this point the contractions were pretty painful and were about 2 to 1 1/2 minutes apart. The nurse kept saying that this may happen quickly being my second baby. Our nurse explained that my doctor was not on-call that day so we asked that they please give her a call as that is what she had said for us to do if she was not on-call. They weren’t sure where the doctor that was on-call was and said that they needed to go let her know that we were there and progressing quickly. There was no way that my doctor would have made it in time – she was at home with her two girls and her husband was not home at the time. Makes me sad because I am obsessed with my doctor who delivered Livie, but at the time I just wanted Leigh out and I did not care. It all worked out and Doctor Lacy was fabulous!
At about 9:20 am I was checked for the first time and I was at about 5 cm. The contractions were pretty intense, close together and things were going fast. The doctor on call, Doctor Lacy came in and introduced herself to us and checked me again at 10:20 am and I was at 8 cm and in the next ten minutes I was at 10 cm and ready to start pushing. The doctor and nurse were not ready and were rushing around getting everything in place. They told me when I feel the need to push to go for it. I did a few on my own and then the nurse and Jeff held my legs and in ten minutes baby girl was out and placed on my stomach immediately, Jeff cut the umbilical cord and we fell in love with Leigh. She is so perfect and we were so relieved that everything went so well. She was born at 10:44 am.
While the doctor finished with me I held our little bundle with Jeff next to me. It was such a magical moment and we both could not believe at how quickly she came. It was so wonderful to finally have her with us. Once the doctor was finished with me, Leigh was taken over to get weighed, measured and a quick sponge bath. She weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and they ended up not measuring her correctly and didn’t stretch her legs out. They measured 20 inches long, but she was actually 21.5 inches long. At her first week’s pediatric visit she was 21 3/4 inches long already. Advice to the dads, make sure baby is measured correctly at the hospital and watch.
Giving birth is such an amazing experience and I feel so fortunate to have been able to do it twice now. I was so aware this time since I wasn’t too tired with things happening so quickly. With Livie it was a long day and I was exhausted by the time she came. With both labors I found it super helpful to have Jeff telling me when each contraction was coming, climaxing and going down and of course to remind me to take deep breaths during each. He is the best labor partner. This time I also would apply pressure to the bed with my left hand, I think it made me feel like I was doing something else productive. Whatever works to get through each contractions!
Leigh was an instant latcher and is a super star feeder. The girl can eat and makes mama pretty tired keeping up with her, but love the special snuggle time with her so much. At the hospital we had both of our parents there and Grandpa Jim brought Livie to the hospital to meet Leigh around 2:00 pm. She was so excited to meet her little sister and it was such a precious moment that we will always remember. Makes this mama so happy! I am so in love with my two girls and absolutely love being a mom of girls. We also had Aunt Jamie and Uncle Troy visit and several of our good friends come to meet baby Leigh!
The next morning at the hospital Doctor Werner came by to say hello and that she was sad to not have been there for us, but so glad that we were in good hands and that everything went well. She is so sweet and I am going to miss seeing her so often for appointments.
We did enjoy our stay at the hospital, they put us in one of two of their suites. it was where Melinda and Bill Gates stayed with their children. It was nice to have the extra space and the bathroom was nice and big, compared to the regular rooms. We also took advantage of the nursery at night with Leigh and got several stretches of two hours of sleep. With Livie we didn’t use the nursery and got no sleep at all. We also found ourselves way more relaxed the second time around which was really nice. We only stayed 24 hours and were out the next day around 11 am. We were excited to get Leigh home and see Livie.
My repairs were minor, one stitch and now at two weeks postpartum I am all healed and feel great, still taking things slow to be safe. I was in my pre-pregnancy jeans at 5 days postpartum with a muffin top of course, but felt good to be back in my regular clothes. I am 8 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight and have slowly started to do a little walking and elliptical at the house which is few and far between, but when Jeff is home I try to make time for it if I can.
We are settling into our third week at home with two precious little girls. We are doing well and trying to get into a rhythm and learn the best way to juggle both girls. Livie has been sick so it has been a little tougher over the weekend, but she is doing better and we are all adjusting just fine.
Leigh was back up to her birth weight at her first pediatric appointment, at 6 days old. I will post an update soon of more details about adjusting at home and our new little bundle, but for now we are just enjoying our time together!