We welcomed our sweet baby Bella early last week and are so happy she’s here! Read her birth story and see her adorable newborn pictures.
We are thrilled our baby girl is here! I’m excited to share with you all this fun news and her birth story. Plus just yesterday I took her to get her newborn pictures so I am including some of those in the post! She is such a cutie!
I was beyond excited for my baby to get here! The past three months of pregnancy were tough and the days were long and so were the nights. I was hoping to go into labor on my own but that didn’t happen so I was set to be induced on October 9th, 2 days past my official due date. The hospital called me the night before and told me to come in by 6:15 am. It was earlier than I expected but I was ready to get this baby out! My mom stayed at our house that Monday-Thursday to watch the kids. I slept terribly that night. Probably got 4 hours or less of sleep. My mind was busy thinking of the next day, I was so uncomfortable and my hips hurt! I woke up before my alarm went off and was so excited to get this day rolling!
Here I am beyond ready to get things started. I had an amazing nurse and am so grateful for her. I delivered at the Utah Valley Hospital and had a great experience. I love the IHC hospitals. I delivered my first baby here as well.
It took 4 tries to get my IV in! I have some serious bruises on my arms still from it. (You can see one on my arm in the newborn pictures towards the bottom of the post.) Thank goodness the 4th one went in. Bring on the pitocin! I was at 2.5 cm.
My doctor came in to see how things were going. She was amazing! (Dr. Sarah Andrews with Valley OB) She did a super quick ultrasound to be sure the baby’s head was down, it was. Then she went ahead and broke my water. That was uncomfortable but I was just happy to get things going. After that, she said I was at 3 cm. She said I could go ahead and get the epidural so I said ok!
Epidural time! I was nervous because of my previous experience but thank goodness everything went perfectly! The anesthesiologist was awesome. He has 25 years of experience so that probably helped. Getting the epidural was a smooth process with no pain. I was so grateful!
Our view! I LOVE the mountains in Utah.
5 cm. Halfway there! They upped my pitocin and I tried to rest.
8 cm. I started feeling pain on the right side so the nurse helped me switch sides and after 20 minutes I decided to push the epidural button just once. By 11 am I felt better.
Pretty much to a 10 but my cervix wasn’t complete. The nurse had me push a couple of times to help open it up. My baby was slightly turned so to help her get in position, she had me put my leg up on the stirrup for about 30 minutes.
My baby slightly turned to the correct position but not 100%. The nurse called my doctor in and she came quite quickly.
Time to push! I was thrilled! Other than pushing a very long time with my first baby, my last 3 babies came out within a few pushes to 7 minutes so I was hoping for that. It ended up taking about 12 minutes.
My doctor said she kept turning my baby in the right position but my baby was stubborn and kept turning her self a little to the side. Cute little punk! I was surprised pushing was taking so long and it was getting exhausting but we kept going!
Her shoulder was stuck and so my doctor had me push and had the nurse push on my bone to get her out. haha Whatever it takes! Shortly after that, my baby was born and I was SO HAPPY!
Look at those cheeks!
October 9th, 2018
8 lbs. 12 oz.
She was here! My husband cut her cord and I got to hold her. It was amazing to hold her in my arms after dreaming of her since I first found out I was pregnant. After a few minutes the nurses took care of different things with her. They kept talking about how big she was. I really wanted to know how much she weighed but they weighed her in kilograms so I had to wait a bit. Finally, they told me 8 lbs 12 oz and I couldn’t believe it! My other babies were from 6-7 pounds. She was technically 5 days overdue according to what I believe to be my real due date. I was just happy all was well and I could birth a big baby!
We got to spend some alone time with her and it was so special. I love my baby girl and loved holding her. I nursed her and held her for a long time.
My nurse said I had lost a little more blood than what’s normal so she gave me a couple of pills that of course helped me but I decided is an evil little pill because of the side effects that came. It’s called cytotec if you are curious. My husband and I joke about it now.
Right before they moved me to Mother/Baby I started shaking a bit and felt super cold. In Mother/Baby my new nurse gave me a couple of warm blankets and that helped me stop shaking. But after that, they said I had a high fever so my blankets were taken away. They said this all was caused by that pill I took to help with the blood loss. By evening my fever went away. I’ll spare you the details but there was another not so fun symptom I had that night. Let’s just say it made my tummy hurt for a while and I didn’t need a stool softener for a couple of days… But even though I had the chills/fever/other symptom, overall I felt fine so that was good.
That afternoon we just relaxed minus the many post-labor contractions I had. They made me keep the IV in just in case my fever kept going but I also had the pitocin still going until I convinced them to remove that at 4:30 pm. Not sure why I had to keep that so long. I couldn’t even nap because the contractions kept coming. I finally got the IV removed at 6:30 pm.
My favorite moment was when my mom brought my kids! My entire pregnancy they had been so excited to meet her and the time had finally come. It’s something that I will never forget. I can’t believe I have 5 kids now! I love them all SO much!
We stayed until Thursday morning and it was nice and relaxing. Bella is a great nurser and we loved just holding her and enjoying her.
My pain wasn’t too bad although I hurt in a different way than after I had my other babies. I just felt my lower part of my stomach, where my uterus was, felt so tight, crampy, and achy. They said it was likely from how her shoulder was stuck and the nurse needing to push on me to get that out plus my uterus needed to contract more than usual since Bella was my biggest baby. But 1 1/2 weeks later and I am doing pretty good! So glad labor and the first few days are behind me.
Thursday morning we came home and we were so ready to be home with our cute new baby and kids. I have to mention, my husband is so sweet. We stopped real quick at the grocery store and he grabbed me a few of my favorite things: Cranberry Juice, flowers, and Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food Ice Cream. It was so sweet! He took a week off plus another day for my birthday and it was amazing. He’s the best! I’m sad he had to go back.
Bella’s siblings all adore her. I know I’ve said it many time already but we are just so happy and grateful she is here! Our home is filled with a sweet, happy feeling with her in it. We are so blessed she is ours! We love her!
And to finish off, here are some super adorable newborn pictures I got taken of her just yesterday! We went to Camera Shy in Orem (UT), if you ever need newborn pictures I highly recommend it and ask for Jessica! She was amazing. Thanks for reading this far and following along with my life!
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