December 2, 2015
3:30am and I awake to a Facebook message from Holly telling me they are at the hospital, not in active labor just yet, but to be on standby. I made sure my phone was turned up in case she called.
Woke up the next morning and hadn’t heard anything, so I texted her to ask how things were going.
Still slow going, only 3cm and still 50% effaced. Will probably be a bit, but they’ll let me know.
5:30pm I get a text that she is still only a 3 and 75% effaced, but her contractions had strengthened so she was hopeful it would pick up soon!
8:15pm and no change:( They had given her pitocin in hopes of getting it going, so at this point they decided to stop the pitocin, let her rest, and give her a different medicine that evening to hopefully get things going a little bit faster by the morning. 24hours in the hospital so far.
6am Sunday morning, they broke her water, and got ready to start pitocin up again.
I wake up around 7:45am, take a shower, check on her…active labor but there is still time no need to rush.
Got dressed and headed to the hospital, arrived at 9:30…she was at 5cm! Yay!!
After about 30minutes of me being there her contractions were definitely getting harder. She was making labor noises that I know all to well. She was exhausted though.
Her husband, Brad, was so encouraging. Reminding her how much he loved her, and how proud he was of her the whole time. Reminding her to breath deep. But she was tired.
She asked about the epidural, she was so tired and had been in labor for so long.
We all told her if that is what she decided that was OK!! Labor is tough work!
But knowing that her desire was an epidural free labor, we talked about different options, and the nurse suggested the medicine Stadol. It is intended to help laboring momma be able to rest in between contractions. It doesn’t take the pain away, but it helps mom to get some relief in between contractions. So she said Yes, lets try that first.
As soon as the medicine started to work, which was within minutes, she dozed off. She would still breath heavy and groan a bit during a contraction, but she was getting rest in between contractions.
All of the sudden tho, she woke up, and said “Somethings different!” And then I knew she was getting closer! I am fairly certain that was when she went thru transition, all of the sudden she was hot and shaking, which is normal for laboring mom going thru transition.
She was feeling pressure, and a lot of it. All of the sudden she was complete and it was time to push!!
Holly was a rock star, and Brad was an amazing support! She pushed for about an hour, and then Ellie made her debut at 1:39pm!
When Ellie was born however, she had inhaled Meconium (for those that don’t know, it is their first poop, and is toxic). For whatever reason sometimes this happens. To St. Joseph staff’s credit, they worked quickly and quietly. They did everything they could to minimize Holly and Brad’s concern while still working diligently to make sure Ellie was ok! They had Neonatology and Respiratory Therapy in there within minutes, and Ellie was pink and crying before we knew it!
She was absolutely perfect!
Their nurse was so kind, and wheeled Holly over to the baby warmer so she could be close to her. They needed her to stay there for a bit to keep an eye on her oxygen. But I know having Holly touch her baby and talk to her made a huge difference…the relationship between mother and child is just incredible!
And then it was time to hold her…
At this point I left for about 30 minutes to go grab something to eat, let them spend a little time with her alone. When I got back it was time for her bath and to find out what she weighed!!
Spoiler alert! She weighed in at 6lbs 10oz and 19in long!!
At this point, Brad was chomping at the bit to hold his baby girl!! They finally got her all wrapped and warmed up enough that he got to hold her for the first time… there is something so precious about a daddy’s love for his little girl…
Thank you Holly and Brad for having me come and capture this absolutely precious time in your life. I feel truly blessed to have been there!