Sunday, November 2, 2008

Heidi Marie



Born October 31, 2008
1:07 pm
8 lbs 8 oz
20.5 inches long


She is here! My little pumpkin was born on Halloween. She is so beautiful!

I went in to get induced at 5:30 am. By about 7 am they had my pitocin going and I was starting to have some contractions. Everything was going pretty good. My doctor came in about 9:30 and broke my water, I was 4-5 cm and he ordered my epidural. YAY! The epidural lady came in a little while later (I am in some pretty good pain by now) and she put in the first epidural. When she pushed the medicine through the catheter, it ran down my back. She took it all out and started a new epidural in the space above the first. It went in ok. I was trying to be patient and wait for the pain relief, but it wasn't coming. OH NO! I was stressing out. This happens to me every time! I was ready to call the whole thing off and go home LOL! So my sweet nurse who I dearly love, called the lady back and she came in and gave me the THIRD epidural, and this time sweet relief! I was so numb and so happy! She checked me and I was still 4-5 cm. This was about 11 am. I called everyone to let them know to eat lunch and head our way. At about noon, the nurse came in and checked me again because she said it looked like the baby was decending a lot from the heartbeat tracings. I was 9 1/2 cm!! She called the dr and let him know the progress and told him she would call him when I was ready. She also called everyone to come in and get the room put together for the birth. It was starting to get exciting. I called my mom and told her she might get here quick and they were walking into the hospital right then. Megan came into the room to watch and my mom kept the boys in the waiting room. The nurse checked me again and I was 10 cm and the nurse she was training checked me too so she could see what it felt like. They put my legs in the stirrups and they wanted to see how I pushed. They each took a leg and when they pulled them back her head came into view. I didn't even push, so they told me not to push and they called the doctor to hurry and come. Then she urgently called for the nursery nurse to come... NOW! My friend Karalee was there and her and Megan saw the head and told me how much was visible, it was so exciting! Then I had another contraction. The nurse was sitting on the bed in front of me and she had to put her hand over me to keep the baby from coming out. I heard her say, get me a bulb syringe. I am thinking, what for??? Karalee says the head is out!!! OH MY GOSH!!!! My nurse was delivering the baby! She said the baby was sucking on her finger, how cute! Then she saw there was a cord around the neck and she thought she might need to cut it before the rest of the baby came out because it was too tight. Oh well, Heidi had other plans, she just came right out. I was just sitting there laughing, which was making her come out too. I couldn't believe it. When she came out we all cheered and laughed and right then Dr. Fanning walked in. The look on his face was priceless! I loved it! He asked the nurse "What happened? Why did you put her legs in the stirrups?" It was great. He took the bottom of the bed off and did all the yucky work. Heidi was on my chest just laying there looking around. She was really red and hot and I think they were letting her cool off a bit. She had a temp of 101 but it wasn't from being sick or anything. We were just hot. Then they took her and weighed her and all that fun stuff and the doctor finished with me. The nurse my nurse was training put the bottom of the bed back on and started taking the stirrups out and the bottom of the bed fell off and almost took me with it LOL! It was so funny. I am telling you, I was laughing a lot. It was a very exciting birth and I wouldn't have had it any other way. I loved that Megan got to watch the birth and I am so glad Karalee was there. She made it so exciting because she was so excited and she told me everything going on and helped Megan be relaxed about everything. It was amazing.

Here is my nurse, Nancy, who delivered the baby. She is amazing!

And here she is with nurse Susan, who helped out a lot that day.

After Heidi got a bath, they put her in the Halloween outfit I brought and Nancy took her out to show her off to all the other nurses. She called Heidi her baby. It was sweet :) Then we all got to go to my new room and on the way we had to stop a lot for everyone to look at her. At one point, there were about 12-15 nurses gathered around. Her witch hat attracted a lot of attention! Nurse Nancy proudly told everyone she saw that she delivered the baby. It was great! It was her first baby of the year that she delivered and Dr Fanning's first that he missed.

I think I remembered most of the details. I might have to add some later. It was all so fast and exciting. Here are some more pictures...

Megan and I when she got to the hospital...


Ethan holding his baby sister...


The proud big sister...


The whole family...


My sweet little pumpkin...


My awesome mom. This was this morning before she left to go home. I am so thankful she came to help out with my other kids! She did a great job.


Christian was a little nervous at the hospital, but since we came home he is getting more and more comfortable with Heidi. Here he is holding her for the first time...


My mom took some great pics when the kids came to see me in their costumes, I will post those when she gives me copies...

9 comments:

Barnecked Lady said...

She is so cute! I can't wait to meet her. How fun to have a baby on Halloween! I'm so excited for you guys. She is the cutest little pumpkin I've ever seen. What a crazy story, too bad you didn't get a pic of the dr's face, I would've liked to have seen that. LOL. Take care and have fun with your new little one.

Darla said...

I've been thinking about you a lot! I'm glad everything went so good....except the three epidurals! YUCK! Oh well, it's better than none at all! Congrats!!

Lorren said...

Oh, Melissa, she is just beautiful. What a doll!! I'm so glad everything went well and I loved reading about it. Congratulations!! Thanks for sharing!

Castaneda 5 said...

Woo hoo! I was thinking about you on Halloween. I had you on my calendar! She is just the cutest and I know Megan is just as excited as can be! I love that you let us in on the whole story. I like to hear the birth stories! Take care and I hope we get to see ya'll sometime soon!

Cindy said...

How crazy! I know you were wanting to pull a trick on Dr. Fanning but it looks like Heidi got you all!!!

And she is sooo pretty and so wittle!! I enjoyed holding her.

heartlandfamily said...

How Sweet! She is beautiful! What a great birth story! I can just see Dr. Fanning's face.... funny!

Tiffany & Co. said...

OH MY GOSH!!! What a BEAUTIFUL BABY!!! Your kids just come out super cute... no cone heads or red marks.. lucky you!!! And what a super fun birthday for Heidi!!!

Loreen Bliss said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

valerie Cluff said...

She is adorable! I can't believe you had her on Halloween. :) How fun! And what a story! Congratulations. :) How fun you have 2 boys and 2 girls. :)