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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Here's the story....

THE Birth Story
Hannah Elizabeth
born February 14, 2008

Thursday came and early on I sort of felt like it wouldn't be long until Baby came. Not very often but occasionally throughout the day the Braxton Hicks contractions would feel crampy and I'd feel pain in my back. But it definitely wasn't labor, not yet. It was just a clue that something would be happening sometime soon, as in the a day or so maybe...

Kevin and I didn't have any plans for Valentine's Day this year because we never knew if we'd be having a baby or not. But in the afternoon (around 4:00) we decided to go out for dinner (with Eli of course). During dinner I started having very mild contractions, probably about 15 minutes apart. I realized it was probably labor but very early on, so we just continued with dinner and took our time. After dinner (5:15) we went to the mall so I could walk around, as walking is good for labor. Contractions were picking up but still just fine. It felt the same as the early labor contractions I had with Eli all night long. Then (around 7:00) we went home to give Eli a bath and put him in bed. Contractions probably upped another notch and were more frequent, every 3 minutes-ish but still manageable, and I just continued pacing around the house moaning through the contractions. At 7:30, once Eli was in bed, Kevin and I started tidying up the house for the sitter. 8:00 we turned on one of our TV shows (I'm still pacing around the house, moaning. Contractions are only 30-40 seconds long but coming every 2-3 minutes). 8:15 I decided to hop in the shower. Not relaxing and I'm feeling pretty miserable. 8:30 I finish with the shower, get those toiletries packed into our hospital bags, and start crying of the pain. It's getting bad so we decide we're going to call the doctor anyway, even though they had told me to call when contractions were 1 minute long for an hour, which they weren't. They were still only 30-40 seconds. 8:45ish we called the doctor who said to go to the hospital. But as soon as Kevin hung up the phone, labor was over-the-top and I was full-out screaming in pain. I was feeling the urge to push, or go to the bathroom, I wasn't sure which. And before we knew it part of the placenta was starting to come out! So Kevin ran to the neighbor's who is a nurse, and she came over immediately with nursing sheets and blankets and got me laid down on the floor while Kevin called 911. The fire station is only 2 blocks away, so a fireman and the paramedics were there in no time, and in about 10 minutes the baby was delivered right there on our living room floor. 9:17 pm.

The cord was wrapped around her neck twice and it took awhile for her to start crying. But no one was panicked (except maybe Kevin and me) and she was out just fine. They got her toweled off and me onto a gurney and baby Hannah and I were off to the hospital to finish delivery (of placenta), get stitched, check vitals, and recover, while Kevin waited at the house for the baby sitter to come stay with Eli. Through the whole labor Eli was just upstairs sleeping in his crib. I saw (via the monitor) him sit up sometime in the middle but then he went right back to sleep despite all the screaming, commotion, and flashing lights.

It was a long and bumpy ambulance ride to the hospital. It was just uncomfortable since labor still felt unfinished for me. But Hannah and I had a warm welcome when we arrived at the hospital emergency room, and they all clapped for us. It was very neat. And the paramedics gave us a little teddy bear as a keepsake. Kevin arrived at the hospital about 30 minutes later with all our bags and gear. And then we were able to settle into our room for the night.

Eli's labor lasted about 20 hours. I labored at home all through the night but even still we were early when we went to the hospital in the morning and had to walk around the hospital and wait in triage for quite awhile before ever getting fully checked in for still a long day of laboring. I definitely did not want that to happen again, so this time I stayed home for as long as the contractions were manageable (I planned on having an epidural). But somehow everything with Hannah's labor just progressed sooo quickly there was no time between when the contractions were "too hard" and when she was coming already! And the water never did break until her head was coming out, so it was just all fast on its own and a complete surprise!

And there we have it! Little Hannah Elizabeth was born at home on Valentine's Day!

(check my last post to see more pictures)


MomsTheWord said...

Congratulations! HE knew and HE provided for you! I'm so happy your neighbor was home!

Tomika said...

Congratulations! What an amazing birth story!

Servant Becca said...

God works in mysterious ways. I thank Him that your labor and deliver were easier than with Eli, but I will think twice about the prayer including "quick and easy." Some of the details brought tears to my eyes, but I stepped back and said, "thank you Heavenly Father for taking care of both Sarah and Hannah." I am also very thankful for Kevin. His love and support even in the midst of something so unexpected certainly makes a mom-in-law thankful.

Blessings to all of you!

Love, G'ma

According to HIS Power said...

Such a beautiful story that Hannah will LOVE to hear one day!! The Lord was most definitely with you as you brought sweet Hannah into this world!! I am so happy for you and your family! :o)

Love and Prayers,


crystal said...

What a very moving story! The Lord was with you in this. She is beautiful and you look great! I hope you feel as well as you look.


The Fischer Family said...

Wow! What a great story! I would've been terrified but it sounds like you all did great! She is beautiful- my one year old son keeps pointing at her pic and smiling! Watch out for the boys!

Sharon said...

What an amazing story! :)
She is just beautiful, and I am impressed with how composed you all stayed for this! I always planned for epidurals, too. lol. You're very strong, in many ways. I am so happy for your family.

Morgan Leigh said...

Congratulations! :) What a story! I'm glad you are all okay.

BellaMama said...

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28

**Jumping for joy!!**
So glad all is well!
Blessings, Mrs.C.

debbiewhitlock said...

Congrats! She is precious.

Angie said...

Sarah----bless you! I am so proud that Hannah is here! I am so glad that everything went well! You amaze me!
I have had you on my heart....been praying---even during all the busyness that we have had...God was right there with you---amazing Hannah--she had her own idea of how she wanted to arrive! That may clue you in to some fun ahead!
I love you!!

Angie said...


BP said...

Congratulations! I'm happy to read of your new daughter's safe arrival. I hope you are all enjoying your new little bundle from God.

Living Beyond said...

I am covered from head to toe in goosebumps and teary eyed too!! Bless the Lord and bless your family too - what a sweet name and a beautiful picture!! A Valentines day gift - what could be better!!

eph2810 said...

Wow, Sarah - what a birth story :) You made me smile and teary eyed at the same time. I am sure that was adventure that you will never, ever forget. I am glad that all worked out well though.

Thank you so much for sharing.

~Java Mama~ said...

Wow!! What an amazing birth story, she is beautiful!! Loved reading about your little Hannah!!!!!!!

JOYfully in Him,