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Monday, June 4, 2012

Introducing Baby M!

Happy Monday everyone! 

I'm popping in today to introduce our new adventure, Baby M! 
Without further ado, here she is! 

She is a very happy, alert, wide eyed baby!
(Well, most of the time!)



Birth Story:
(I'm writing this more for me so don't feel the need to read it if you don't want!)
I had my 39 week appt on Tuesday the 22nd and my midwife did what she could to "help" me along. 
I felt nothing that night or even Wednesday morning so that afternoon my parents and I went for a LONG walk around the neighborhood and that did the trick. Along the way I felt "something" but wasn't sure if it was really my water breaking. 
Once we got home, I was still wasn't too sure so we hung out for a little while because I wasn't having contractions. I showered and relaxed a bit then called the doctor in which they told me to just go ahead and come in. My parents and I ate dinner and headed in. 
Sure enough, my water ruptured but at the time it wasn't completely ruptured. We actually got to the hospital just in time because right as I was about to get checked, it fully went! Perfect timing! 
So I got all checked in and settled into my room by about 8 pm. and then the real fun began... NOT! lol

Chatted with the nurses, the doctors, and the best man of all- the anesthesiologist and then TRIED to relax and sleep like they suggested. Well, it would have been nice if they actually let me do it! 
During all this, I was trying to get a hold of Travis. I sent him multiple emails, tried calling him on his roommates phone, checked FB, and could not get a hold of him. Found out once we got to the hospital, we wouldn't be able to Skype and I became very frustrated but I guess it wouldn't matter much if I couldn't even get a hold of him.

I got my epidural a few hours after we got to the hospital and then tried to get some sleep while trying to contact Travis every so often. I got checked once my epidural kicked in and I was 3-4 cm.
It was a SUPER long night!! The nurses were in my room ALL the time... get some sleep my butt! lol 
After a few hours I wasn't progressing real fast so they gave me some pitocin to help things along but Parker wasn't too happy about it and her heart rate dropped causing the nurse to come in even more! 
They stopped the pitocin for a bit and put me on oxygen. I also had to change positions every 30 minute. So much for sleep! 
After a while, they decided to try the pitocin again and this time Parker was ok with it. I still had to change positions all the time and stay on oxygen but at least it would help with progression. 

7 am rolled around and I probably got an hour of sleep. The doctor checked me one last time before shift change and I was fully dilated-yay! but she was still pretty high so they wanted to wait a little longer before I started to push to allow her to move down more on her own. 
I was ok with it because I was so exhausted and my midwife was coming on duty as well.
The one bad thing though- I was hungry and my body decided that I was coming super close to pushing so I became very nauseous and got sick 3 times before it was time to push. NOT a fun situation! During all this as well, they slowed my epidural so I would start to feel pressure when it was time to push but I pretty much started feeling contractions immediately instead. The nurses didn't believe me but I knew what the heck I was feeling, they didn't! And then around 815-830, I started to feel a tiny bit of pressure. 
So, they decided to it was time for a little test push and quickly realized I was a good pusher! 
My nurse went out to get everyone and we were underway! 
I officially started pushing at 8:41 am and she arrived at 8:55 am. Thank goodness she came so fast because there was no way I would have the energy to do it much longer!! 

Unfortunately, I never got a hold of Travis nor heard from him because he was out on a mission so he had no idea our baby girl was born. 
We sent in a Red Cross message to let him know to call and right after we sent it, he ended up calling my mom's phone but he still had no idea she was born. He didn't receive the Red Cross message yet, one of his buddies just told him I was in labor. He was all about being on the phone and hearing her cry and he sounded so disappointed when I told her it was over. Of course, he was happy our baby girl was here but he missed everything and when I told him we couldn't Skype he was a little upset. We chatted for a while and he did get to hear her cry in the background as the nurses were cleaning her up.

The birth went well. I ran a little bit of a fever right before delivery so then Parker had a slight fever as well.
She had to get put on an IV and have antibiotics every day to ensure it wasn't anything big.
Luckily, it wasn't and we got discharged 48 hrs later. Once we got home, we got to Skype with Travis and I was so happy that he finally got to see his baby girl for the first time! We've skyped a few times now and I love seeing his face light up and seeing her stare at the screen at him.

Now we are just trying to get into the swing of things here at home.
Hopefully we will get into a good routine soon!



allison

34 comments:

  1. Aww she's so precious! YOu look wonderful!! Congratulations!!

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  2. Congratulations! Sounds like you had a good birth experience - with the exception of not being able to Skype with Travis. I adore her name - and she's absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy these first few weeks!

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  3. Congratulations! You named her Parker? I LOVE it! I'm so sorry your husband missed it. Best of luck to both of you! She's gorgeous!

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  4. She is beautiful! God is so good! What a blessing!

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  5. Allison, congrats!!! She's so pretty! So glad all is well, hope she's letting you get a little bit of rest! =)

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  6. She is beautiful! Congratulations!

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  7. She is absolutely beautiful!! I am so glad you are both doing well and that Travis has now been able to see his precious daughter and wife!! CONGRATULATIONS!

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  8. Congrats! She is sooo cute!! :)

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  9. Absolutely adorable, congratulations! You're lucky you don't live in Australia, my. Hospital made me wait til I was contracting every 4 minutes to come in! I hope everything goes well and you find your routine quickly :)

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  10. Congratulations!! Little Parker is such a beautiful baby.

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  11. She's adorable! Love the name....it's a family name for me..my grandrfather, father, brother, and 2 nephews. I have two friends with daughters named Parker

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  12. Congratulations. She is absolutely precious!
    Love the name too!

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  13. Oh Allison, you made me cry! How nice to finally meet Baby M! She is just beautiful! Best wishes to all of you!

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  14. Oh, Allison, she is just a doll!!! So precious! I can't believe you only had to push for 15 minutes! You go, girl!! :)

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  15. Congratulations Allison!! I am so excited for you! Parker is just gorgeous and you look so great!! :)

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  16. She is so cute! You made me cry :-)... feeling nauseous, crying, getting emotional is all part of giving birth. The midwifes at my first birth got all annoyed with me for crying (just before I was ready to push) I had my second baby in a natural birthing environment, and when I apologized for crying and being sick she told me its natural and part of having a baby... so don't worry about it. As long as you are both fine, and Travis finally got to hear his daughter, all is well :-)

    http://www.diyforums.net/ruth/blog/

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  17. this was very moving, i cried at the end. This is so sweet.

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  18. Alison - little Parker is gorgeous! What precious pictures and I love her name. You look wonderful for just having a baby. This is such a wonderful story that you will cherish! I also cried and got sick while giving birth to my daughter. I thought I was the only one. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Congratulations, Allison! It never goes exactly how we want it to, but nothing ever does. She's gorgeous and I'm so happy for you both that Travis has been able to Skype and see you all.

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  20. I somehow missed this post. Congratulations on your beautiful new baby! She's such a little doll!

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  21. Congratulations!! She is so adorable and a perfect mix of the two of you!

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  22. She is just beautiful, really she is. Congratulations!

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  23. She's adorable and you look fantastic! Congratulations!

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  24. Congrats, Allison!!! Parker is beautiful and you look really great. Kudos to you being so brave with your husband so far away. I'm glad you get to skype with him now!!

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  25. Wow, what a story! I'm so glad everything went pretty well (I get so frustrated at hospitals, I always ask to leave after 1 night!) and that you are getting some rest. When does hubs get home? Your daughter is SO freakin' cute! Big Congrats!!!

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  26. Absolutely adorable!! I am glad you are doing well and hope everything is going smoothly at home for you. Megan

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  27. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby girl! Thank you for sharing the story of her arrival, and I'm so glad your husband is able to catch a glimpse of these precious newborn moments.

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  28. Congratulations! She's beautiful.

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  29. Beautiful....I missed this somehow when you posted it but I am so glad I came back through looking at things. Congrats again.

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  30. sooo happy for you Allison! Your little daughter is precious! (I'm partial to girls)
    Love the pictures, thanks for sharing them.
    I appreciate the sacrifice that you and the hubs are making to keep our country safe!

    gail

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  31. I somehow missed this post when you posted it. :(

    She is adorable. Your story brought back so many memories for me. I miss that time in my life. Hold on and relish every moment with her.

    And thank goodness for Skype! Congratulations!!

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