Thursday, February 13, 2014

Rosalie's Birth Story Part One

Wow! I feel like there is so much to say when it comes to sweet Rosalie’s birth story, so hopefully I will be able to remember it all.  I am going to break it down into two parts because I normally make things really wordy, and I feel like it is just too long for one post.

I went in for an ultrasound on Monday morning to see how Rosalie was growing and also to check her amniotic fluid levels. The ultrasound showed that her fluid levels were fine, but that she was measuring even smaller than she had in the past.  She was now measuring 3 weeks small and she was in the 3rd percentile. The ultrasound tech showed this information to my doctor, and he told me that it would be best to take the baby now. He explained to me that the placenta wasn’t giving her the nutrients that she needed and this was why she wasn’t growing. I was in shock when he said this because I honestly never thought that I would be induced. I was then in even more shock when he said that I was going to be induced that night!

I had spent the last 9 months dreaming about meeting my sweet baby girl, and suddenly I wasn’t sure if I was ready. My sister was with me for my appointment so she knew right away, and then I called Chanse to tell him the news. However, he didn’t have service in his class, so I had to patiently wait for him to call me back. I then called my mom to tell her that she and my dad needed to come out that day, and she was so excited!

My doctor had told me that I was going to receive a call from the hospital to tell me when I needed to come in that evening, and that I should call them if I hadn’t heard anything by 6 pm. Needless to say, my day was a very long one. I already had my baby bag ready, the carseat ready, and my own bag was packed and ready to go. I spent the day cleaning my house again, and doing some stuff for work. When Chanse called me I told him the good news, and he was thrilled and somewhat shocked. He ended up coming home early because he just couldn’t focus at school. We talked all day about how excited we were to meet her, and how we couldn’t believe that this was our last day at home before we were going to be parents.

We waited all day, and my parents arrived at about 5:45 pm. I hadn’t heard from the hospital yet, so I called at 6 to see when they wanted me to come in. I was told that they were ready for me now, and I could come right in. My heart started to beat out of my chest at this point because I was so nervous! I had no idea what to expect from labor, and the unknown just really scared me. Chanse was as sweet as can be though, and he helped to calm my nerves. He really is the best, and I don’t know what I would do without him!

My mom, sister, and dad waited at my house while Chanse and I drove to the hospital to get checked in. I was told by the doctor that this could be a very long process because I was being induced and it was my first baby, so it would likely take my body a while to react to the Pitocen. I told my mom that I would call her and have them come as soon as we were ready because I didn’t want them to have to spend a bunch of time just sitting at the hospital and waiting.

We were checked into the hospital pretty quickly, and I was taken to my room. The nurse came in soon after that, and she asked me how dilated and effaced I had been at my appointment that morning. I told her that I was 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced. She then told me that they would start by placing some small pills (I’m sorry I don’t remember what they are called) up in my cervix to soften it. She said that one would be placed every 3 hours, and then after this they were going to start me on the Pitocen. Chanse and I asked how long it would likely take for the baby to come, and our nurse told us that it would be anywhere from 8 to 24 hours after she had started the Pitocen. With this news we were ready to settle in and prepare for a long night.

However, this is when things started going much different than we had expected. The nurse checked me to see how far along I was, and she was surprised to see that I was dilated more than a 2, and was more than 70% effaced.  She also told me that I was having contractions on my own, and asked if I had been having these at home. I told her that I had, but that I had never been sure if they were Braxton Hicks or not. She then left to talk to the doctor. She came back to tell me that I was going to be able to start on the Pitocen right away, because I was further along than they had thought. I was surprised, but so glad to bypass the pills in my cervix that would’ve taken several hours. 

My last maternity picture :) 38 Weeks and 3 Days

We were pretty excited to meet our little girl :)

 Stay tuned for the other half of the story :)


  1. I love reading about the labor and delivery and all the details!!! Makes my heart rate go up and when you talk about being nervous, I get nervous too!!! Love it...

    1. Thanks Angela! I love writing it all down so I will remember it :)

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  3. Did you ever have any dreams of being pregnant or meeting Rose? I always like to hear about that stuff!

    1. Yep remember my piglet dream hehe ;) I also had a dream about going to the hospital and stuff about a week before I had her. I don't remember it super well though.


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