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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Another Pretty Good Story

Remember that time, a week ago, when I had a baby?
Monday the 14th, I woke up and said to Tyson, "I'm just not feeling awesome." I was feeling nauseas, but I was used to that. I had been feeling that way in the mornings for a week or so, and it usually went away by about 9 in the morning. So I got up, showered, decided nope, not doing my hair today, threw it in a ponytail, and finished getting ready for work. As Tyson and I headed out to the car, I said to him "You know, I wouldn't mind if my hair was in a ponytail when we have this baby. That way my hair won't look craysie in our pictures."
I dropped Tyson off at work and headed to my office. The whole way there, I kept just feeling weird, and had a harder time than usual keeping my eyes open as I drove. I was exhausted, and couldn't figure out why. I got to work, put my lunch in the fridge, and started my day at 8:00. At this point, I noticed I was having what I thought were cramps about every 3-5 minutes. I figured this is why I was exhausted, and brushed it off as having Braxton Hicks contractions. I kept working, while talking to the girls I work with who were saying that I wasn't looking so good. Still, I just brushed it off as normal pregnancy stuff.
On my lunch break, I talked to Tyson and told him I was cramping a lot, and still not feeling very good, so I told him I'd call the doctor. I called and the way their office works is you have to leave a message with your "medical question" on the medical assistant's voice mail. Well, I left a message saying I was 37 weeks pregnant and cramping every 3-5 minutes and just wondering if everything was okay. I waited for a call back. I went back to work. And waited. And waited. Still just feeling icky. Finally at 3:30, I called back and talked to the receptionist. She transferred me to the medical assistant who asked me to repeat my question. So I told the jist of things, to which she said, "You're having period-type cramps every 3-5 minutes? Those aren't Braxton Hicks, those are contractions. You should probably head to the hospital to be checked." Um.
So, I went back into work, let my manager know that I was heading home for the day, but no worries, I'm sure its nothing and I'll be back tomorrow. As I left, I called out to everyone upstairs to not judge me if I was back the next day.
I started home and called Tyson. "Hi honey, do you want to get the hospital bag ready? I'm coming to get you and we're headed over." Tyson's response: "Oh. Okay. Uh. What do we need?" I walked him through what we should take, and I came and picked him up. The whole time I'm thinking that they're just going to send me home, this is silly!
It was 4:30 once we got to the hospital and into a Labor and Delivery room, the nurse, Brooke, checked me out. I was 80% effaced and dilated to a 3. Not too shabby for a first-timer! She called the doctor who said to check on me in an hour. An hour sloooowly ticked by. She checked, and I hadn't really progressed. She called the doctor again who said to wait another hour. At this point, I was starting to feel serious pain. She checked again and I had barely barely progressed. Nurse Brooke could see that I was hurting pretty bad, so she said "I'm not going to send you home to have you come back in an hour in tears!" So she had Tyson and I walk the 4th floor of the hospital. She told us to do the old lady mall walk, you know, hard walk. She wanted us to walk for an hour. I only lasted 40 minutes before I couldn't breathe and the pain was making me see black.
We went back to our room and she checked me again. I had progressed to a 4! They were keeping me! I'm having a baby! What??
I was really really hurting, and trying really hard to not cry when they asked if I wanted my epidural. "Yes! Yes please! Does that make me a baby? I'm only at a 4." No, they said, that does not make you a baby. I got the epidural, which basically felt like I was being electrocuted, but then I experienced the sweet bliss of zero feeling from my waist down. At this point, I was shaking uncontrollably, which the nurse, now Heidi, said was from adrenaline. She laid warm blankets on me, and I was out like a light. It was now 10:00. I was checked again and was at a 5. I asked Heidi when she thought this baby was coming, to which she replied, "Probably between 1 and 2." Dang. I was in for a long night.
Then they checked me again less than an hour later. I was at a 10. That's right folks, I had progressed from a 5 to a 10 in less than an hour! They called the doctor who arrived about 15 minutes later and they started the preparations for a baby. At 11:10 they had me start pushing because baby was crowning. I did the 3 sets of pushes twice. Then I got really gaggy and almost puked. All of the sudden I'm saying "sorry! sorry!" and nearly hurling into those lovely blue bags and then out of nowhere, a baby is placed on my chest! What?? I'm done? Really? It was 11:20.
Baby Ruth was born at 11:20 pm on March 14, 2011. She weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. and was 18.5 inches long. Born with 10 perfect fingers and 10 perfect toes, and perfect head shape! Nice and round! She was surprisingly healthy for a baby born 3 weeks early, and passed all of the tests in the hospital. Tyson and I are loving having this little sweet thing in our lives, and are feeling incredibly blessed to have her here already!


Elisabeth (and Tyler) said...

I've TOTALLY been waiting for this post! YOU GO GIRL!!!! The only thing that would make this better would be some pictures of Baby Ruth :) Love you! Can't wait to meet her!

McKinley said...

Yeah 37 weeks is full term. I'm not surprised she is so healthy. Isn't it crazy that your body shakes when you get the epidural the nurse told me it is like flight or fight mode because of all the adrenalin. Our bodies are amazing! Now put up some pictures already!!! Congrats to you and Tyson!!! This is what life is all about!

Melissa said...

Amazing! I'm glad things went so well and you have such a beautiful and healthy baby. We can't wait to see more pictures!

Alicia said...

LOVE your story!!! I love hearing about all of the labor and delivery stories! :) I have to admit, I am a bit jealous that you were 3 weeks early with your first! LOL I was 7 days OVER DUE with Shelby, little stinker! :)

I am glad that all went well and that you were able to have a sweet, healthy and adorable baby at the end! She is where are the pictures!? hehe ;)

Love you Tara, Tyson and Ruth! :)

Matt Ryan said...

We so enjoyed coming to see you and your new little arrival last week. She's so beautiful and precious. Congratulations to you both. We're so happy everything went so well. It is definitely such a blessing and a relief when those little babies are born whole and healthy!

Now I have to think of something funny to say... (what pressure) ...

A rope walks into a bar and asks for a drink. The bartender says, "Aren't you a rope?" "Yes, I am." "Get out. No ropes allowed."
So the rope goes out, puts on a cowboy hat, walks in again, and asks for a drink. The bartender says, "Aren't you a rope?" "Yes, I am." "Get out. No ropes allowed."
So the rope goes out again, and puts on a clown costume. He walks in again and asks for a drink. The bartender says, "Aren't you a rope?" "Yes, I am." "I told you, get out. No ropes allowed."
The rope goes outside but by this time he is so mad he can hardly stand it. Uncontrollably he starts tying himself into one knot after another until that whole rope is just one big complicated knot. Then, still angry, he trembles so violently that the ends of the rope sticking out of the knot start fraying and before long they are completely frayed into tiny strands.
He walks into the bar again and asks for a drink. The bartender says, "Aren't you a rope?"
The rope says, "No, I'm a frayed knot."

Katie Hansen said...

I am so glad you are both doing alright. And, sheesh, 6 lbs? She's TINY!!! Of course, so are you, so you deserve it. I love hearing about new little precious babies. And I can't believe Matt told the "afraid not" joke. You're REACHING bro. :)

Matt Ryan said...

Tara expects me to be funny every time I comment. It's hard to joke about someone having a baby, but I had to do *something*.

Rebecca Hunt said...

Good one Matt :) hehe

Katie Hansen said...

P.S. I want pictures!

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