Tuesday, September 09, 2008

My Birth Story......

I have been meaning to put these on my blog but you have to have time for that. So, now that we are getting more into a routine, I am going to try. I know you have already seen most of these on my sisters blog but my blog looked like I skipped a important event so here we go.

Like my other 2 children, I was induced because we make big babies and my body doesn't know how to go into labor on it's own. We arrived at 7:30 and got started on the Pitocin right away. We knew from past experiences that I go fast after they break my water. So we were pretty surprised when they broke my water that I wasn't really dilating within the first couple of hours. She broke my water about 10:00 or so and I didn't get to start pushing until 5:30. I am pretty sure I was a 10 sooner but they were waiting for a my doctor to get over there before they checked me. I pushed 3 times in about 1-2 contractions and she was here. Longest labor I have had. Tyler was 3 hours after my water broke and Haylee was about 2 hours after my water was broken. Kinda like my friend Stashia who just had her 3rd, we had the longest labor for our 3rd too. Katelynn was born at 5:34pm on Monday 8/18/10. She weighed 8lb 8oz and was 20 3/4in long. She had beautiful dark brown hair and she would hold her breath when she was crying (and still does.) Here are my pictures:

This is the monitor that shows Katelynn's heart rate on the top bar and my contractions on the bottom. Notice her heart rate dropping with my contractions which were about every 2 minutes.

Sorry, I hope these aren't too graphic. Pushing! (stating the obvious)

The first time we got to see her, can't explain that feeling.

Daddy cutting the cord. This was the 1st time for him to be able to do this. Tyler and Haylee weren't doing good after they were born and we didn't get to experience this.

Both mommy and daddy admiring our baby girl.

They said that because she was 38 weeks she still had all of that "vernix" still on her.

Big girl for being a 38 week baby. Could have easily been a 10-11 pound baby!

Sweet little feet. She does have some crazy toes though! :)

About this time they had knocked me out and was having to remove my placenta. Pretty scary for us but thankfully they got it all and praise God we delivered early. My doctor said it probably wouldn't have made it to 40 weeks. It was already "starting to die". So in turn I missed all of the family coming in to meet her and I didn't get to hold her until the end or breast feed her til the next day.

So most of the pictures are of Ryan holding her! Tearful for him realizing we may/probably won't ever get to experience this again. Sorry I missed this moment, I was so out of it I couldn't stay awake. :(

Sweet kisses. Daddy's little girl!

Big brother Tyler meeting her for the first time.

Grandpa holding her for the 1st time.

Introducing her to big (little) sister Haylee.

Grandma and

Grandpa hold her!

Ryan brings her over to me after everyone leaves and lays her down beside me. I am trying my hardest to keep my eyes open.

I finally can't stand it and I have to hold her.


Deanna said...

It's fun to "see" the whole story. Praise God she got here safe and sound :)

mommyof5 said...


You and Ryan are truly blessed!! Don't worry to much about thinking she may be your last. You never know what God has planned for you. We thought our 4th maybe our last. And God blessed us with #5. She is so precious as so are the rest of the klan!!
Glad to see you are doing good.

Mommy of 5

Ben, Sheila, & Isaac said...

What a great way to share the story, especially for those of us who can't be there. She's such a beautiful baby girl. Ya'll did good! :)

Laura said...

Love, love, love getting to see these with the full story.

And you've been blogging up a storm girl! Love it! :)

amyc said...

There is nothing more beautiful than the birth of a baby! Thank you for sharing your story : )

Adrianne said...

Love to "hear" baby stories they are just such miracles how God takes care of Mommy, Daddy and of course sweet baby. She is of course beautiful but that is no surprise you guys are just a beautiful family inside and out. Love ya