Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Haevyn Adalie Donaldson!

First, the really good stuff. Pictures!!

And the story behind them:

Short, sweet and to the point version:

Wednesday, February 29
-37w prenatal appointment; GBS test, discuss induction date
-BP very high, admitted for observation and lab work over night.

Thursday, March 1
-Blood work all came back "high normal" except one test which came back just over. Not enough to induce labor yet. Waiting on 24 hour urine test to complete and get results. Looking to go home!
-6p Urine test came back with protein levels over 5400. Yikes! Was going to be able to go home as long as they were under 3k. Not happening. Admitted for induction.
-6:30p Cytotec inserted
-7p Started on antibiotics for GBS since we weren't able to get around to getting that test done. Have to receive antibiotic every 4 hours until delivery.
-9p Contractions started, very irregular

Friday, March 2
-12a Contractions getting stronger and slightly more regular
-6a Pitocin started
-Contractions a whole lot more regular and a whole lot stronger
-9:05 Doctor broke my bag of waters
-9:30 Anesthesiologist comes in to give me epidural
-12p Started having some epidural side effects, unpleasant but nothing major.
-1:40p Cervix checked, progressed to a 4
-2p Lots of pressure, called nurse
-2:08 Happy Birthday Haevyn Adalie! 6 pounds 6 ounces, 19 inches of pure, sweet perfection!

The long, commentated version:

Wednesday morning I was scheduled for my 37 week appointment. We were going to do my GBS test and talk about how much longer the doctor felt was safe for me to remain pregnant. Upon arrival, I had the usual annoying tasks performed; pee in a cup, get weighed, check my blood pressure. Oops. My diastolic number was 101. Dr. Beeson told me to go ahead and run home and grab a few things and make arrangements for my other two kids because I was staying the night for observation and lab work. Oh joy. Honestly, I thought I'd be home the next day and put on bed rest. All the tests they ran on my blood work came back elevated, but still in the "high normal" range except one that was in the "just over high normal" range. This was not enough to keep me for delivery! My bp seemed to have leveled itself off as well, it was staying well within normal range. All signs were pointing to getting to go home and give Haevyn at least the rest of the week through the weekend to come on her own. We were just waiting for my final test to be complete, the 24 hour urine test. The doc said high levels of protein in the 1K range wasn't good, but, since mine have been high all pregnancy, she'd allow them to be under 3K and still get to go home. Mine came back at 5400. She didn't even believe the nurse when they called to tell her.. she logged in to check the lab results herself! Well darn. The nurse came in to tell me I would be staying the night, starting some meds and having a baby the next day. I took a shower, ordered some dinner, visited with the kids, Joe, my mother and father in law and called my dad to let him know what was going on. Once everyone had left the nurse came back in and we got started with the Cytotec. It didn't take long for it to start working and that started me having some contractions. Small ones, but contractions never the less. Since I wasn't able to get my GBS test done, they went ahead and started me on the antibiotics as a precaution. It was given every 4 hours. (TMI: It makes your pee smell HORRID! Like a bucket full of stale pee sitting out in the heat. Yes, that bad. GAG!) By midnight my contractions were really starting to pick up in intensity but not regularity. Friday morning the nurse came in at 6 and started the Pitocin drip. This made my contractions extremely regular and extremely painful. They were coming right on top of each other and I was seriously reconsidering asking for an epidural this time! By the time the doc came in to check on me at 9, I had decided I would love an epidural. She broke my water at 9:05 and the epidural was in place by 10. Longest 55 minutes ever. The pain of the contractions were the worst I recall from any of my labors, not to mention feeling the anesthesiologist putting the epidural in place was awful. Once the epidural was in I was glad to know it was working! I couldn't feel any pain anymore but still had excellent movement of my legs, feet, and entire self in general. The contractions felt kind of interesting after that but none were painful! So forth went the day. By about noon I started having some epidural side effects. Ick. Along with everything progressing a whole lot faster, I ended up getting sick for the first time ever during labor. That was no fun. At 1:40 I was checked again and had finally made it past 2 and onto 4. By 2, I had a ton of pressure and knew it was going to be soon! At 2:08pm, miss Haevyn Adalie came slip sliding into the world weighing 6 pounds 6 ounces and measuring 19 inches long! My tiniest baby ever!