Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ansley's Arrival!

Welcome Ansley Sue Golden!
Born April 21, 2010
6.14 lbs and 19 1/4 inches

Beware this is a long post, but journal of the days events!

I started timing contractions around 2:30 in the afternoon, following my blog post! :) They were 8-10 minutes apart, but only lasted about 30 secs. Grant and Addison got home around 4, and the contractions were getting closer. By 5, contractions were 6-8 minutes apart, but still lasting 30-35 secs and tolerable. I called Dr. B's cell phone, but he didn't answer. I waited a few minutes, then called Medical Exchange. A few minutes later, my nurse Sheila called back. She said Dr. B was at the hospital delivering, and the dr on call had her call me. She said to give it a couple of hours, if I could tolerate the pain, but if the contractions got stronger to go on in. She said the contractions could be from the stripping and not true labor. I still wasn't really hurting. I decided to take a bath and see if that would calm things down. It didn't. Dr. B called me back around 5:20. I had a contraction on the phone with him. By this time, the contractions were 3-4 minutes apart and I couldn't talk through them -still, only lasting 30-35 secs! Dr. B said to lay down for 20 minutes and drink lots of water. If the contractions continued then go on to the hospital and have them call him. Contractions continued so we decided to go on in! My friend Holly came over to stay with Addison until my mom got there. We had already called her and she was on her way. Holly got there around 6 and we headed out. As we were walking into the labor and delivery area, Dr. B called my cell phone to check on me. I told him I was there, and again he said for them to call him and we would see how things were progressing and see if he would be able to come. My contractions were occurring about every 3 minutes at this point, and definitely stronger! I got changed, hooked up to the monitors, and finally checked around 7:30. I was at 4-5 cm. The nurse called Dr. B and he said to give it another hour to an hour and half and make sure I continued to progress and then they would admit me. Grant assured the nurse he would not be taking me home, and she agreed! Dr. B had ordered pain meds, but I couldn't get an epidural unless they new for sure I would be admitted. So I continued to have contractions every 3 minutes for the next hour. They begin lasting for about a minute and I was in pain. I think I tolerated it well. I didn't want to take the pain meds because I didn't want to feel loopy! They checked me again at 8:30 and I was 5-6 cm dilated! Thank goodness! She went to call Dr. B! The phone in the room began ringing. The nurse came in and told us to answer it because it was Dr. B. He asked how I was and then said well I guess this is it! He then said he was going to call Dr. S, and turn me over to him. I was disappointed to say the least, but I understood, and thought it was very nice of him to call and tell me himself. He was on call the next day, which I didn't realize. So after a few tears, I accepted it and decided I was ready for some pain meds, and told the nurse to order the epidural- Hallelujah! After 2 sticks, and one blown vein, the nurse had to call someone else in to get the IV started. I finally got some relief and waited on the epi! Around 10, I was 6-7 cm. I finally received the epidural shortly after! After the epidural, Ansley decided to move around a lot, and they couldn't keep her on the monitor. They were constantly trying to "find" her. So for over an hour it was a game of chase the baby. My water broke at 10:30, and my mom arrived shortly after. I started feeling a lot of pressure around 11:15. At 11:30 they decided to check again, and low and behold **10**!! It was go time, except for the fact that Grant had gone to the car to get our stuff! Ansley's heart rate started dropping around this time following the contractions so it got a little scary for a little while. They also realized she was sideways, so they put me on my side with oxygen and had me "labor down" for a little while. Next time they started to check, the nurse said "Hi baby!" She could see her head! They had called the doctor, and they got everything ready. Dr. S arrived at 12:01 and after one push, Ansley arrived at 12:04. Her apgar scores were 9 and 9! She was perfect! After they wiped her down, I asked them not to bundle her because I wanted to do skin to skin. She was hungry, and after being in this world for only 30 minutes she began to nurse! It was all a great experience!

Put me back!

Exactly 1 lb bigger than my sister was!

Hello Mommy!

My First Bath!


Aunt Anna

Daddy Dick

Cousin Kane with his girl cousins!

Uncle Shug

Grammy with her grand kids

Ready to go home!

Sweet Feet

First Bath at home

Weekend Visitors

Aunt Susan

G Dad

Ansley and Luke duking it out!

I didn't get pictures of Uncle Buddy and Aunt Karen, or Aunt Gigi who came on Sunday. Aunt Anna, Kane, Nana, and Grammy were all there on Sunday, too.


Danya said...

Gina, I love the post and pictures! She is so sweet. I cannot believe how little she is - seems so tiny compared to Em :) I hope you guys are enjoying your new family of 4!

FrouFrouBritches said...

I have been trying to load this post for days! She is so beautiful!!!! I know you are so glad to have her home. Is Addison so excited to be a big sister?

Tera Floyd said...

Oh Gina, I am soooo happy for you! She is adorable and Addison looks like she couldn't be prouder! We have to come and visit, maybe this weekend if you are up for visitors, I know you might get sick of them by then... :)

Sure do love you guys, Tera