On July 17, 2017, our sweet Scarlett Mae entered the world in a quick five hour labor and delivery! Here is her birth story:
My last post here was my 40 week pregnancy update…so you all know that I went past my due date which was not expected at all! Grey was a week early so I just assumed that Scarlett would be early as well. I recall announcing to my friends and family 3 weeks before I was due that this baby would be coming any. day. now. I was convinced. Well, day after day came and still no baby. At my 40 week appointment, my doctor brought up induction which is not something I had ever considered or wanted to consider. I have always been along the thought process of let the baby come when he or she is ready! (I still very much think that way.) However, my doctor was leaving town for vacation so if I waited too long I would risk him not being the one to deliver. Since we moved 3/4 of the way through my pregnancy, it was really difficult to find a good doctor. I actually had to have my OB in Houston call the one here to get me in. He is the number one recommended doctor in our new town and everyone said to go with him, so I was really happy when he accepted me as a patient. I really wanted him to be the one to deliver my baby and didn’t want to risk being stuck with someone else, so I scheduled an induction for Monday knowing that I would go into labor on my own before then.
Except, I didn’t.
Monday morning rolled around and I literally couldn’t believe I was about to head to the hospital to be induced. Our appointment was at 7:30 so we woke up, said our goodbyes to Grey and my parents and headed in. I was really nervous about the whole induction process but at the same time I was really ready to meet my baby. We got all checked in and my doctor came in to see if I had dilated any more since my last appointment. I was STILL at a 3!!! I could not believe it. Around 8:30 he broke my water, (weirdest feeling ever), and they started me on some pitocin. I started feeling contractions pretty quickly after that and I also started getting sick. I can’t tell you how many times I threw up during this labor because I lost count. I got sick during Grey’s labor as well…and let me tell you, it is not fun! My contractions were getting a lot more intense and they were coming about every 2-3 minutes so I was going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to get an epidural. My doctor came back around 11 and I asked how much longer he thought I’d be in labor. He said it could be around six to seven hours so I said, “BRING ME THE EPIDURAL!” They placed my epidural around 12 and checked my cervix again. I was at a 5 and they predicted I would dilate a cm an hour from there. I wanted my mom to be in the room while I delivered so I decided around 12:45 to let her know she should head our way.
My mom got to the hospital and our nurse checked my cervix again. I was at an 8! I couldn’t believe how quickly I was progressing. My epidural had only numbed my right leg by this point so I was still feeling every contraction. Our nurse decided to call our doctor and asked me to do a “test push” while we waited. I barely started pushing and she quickly yelled for me to stop!! Apparently Scarlett was right there and ready to come out!
Soon after that our doctor showed up and it was go time. I can’t remember how many times or how long I pushed but it wasn’t long at all. I was positioned under a light on the ceiling that had reflective tiles on it so I actually got to watch the whole thing! I thought I would be freaked out by that but it ended up being really neat. In a weird way it kind of motivated me because I would see the top of her head and push harder because I wanted to get her out so bad!
Finally, at 1:45 PM, our Scarlett Mae entered the world!
They put her right on my chest and I just remember saying, “Hi baby girl” over and over. I was looking at her and she was really purple and not crying at all…and that is when I started to get worried. One of the nurses was rubbing her back pretty hard and kept saying, “we might have to take her over to the table for a minute.” I had no idea what was going on and all I wanted was to hear her crying. Kane cut the umbilical cord and the nurse quickly decided that she needed to take her. They went over to the corner of the room and I couldn’t see her or hear her at all. Kane and my mom were over there with her and they both thought I could see her so they weren’t giving me updates. No one was talking to me and I couldn’t hear my baby crying and I was just so scared. I just kept crying and crying and all I wanted to do was hold my baby. Kane said that they suctioned out a ton of fluid and she finally started crying on and off. I was so relieved but I also just wanted to hold my baby! After what felt like forever, they finally brought her to me and reassured me that everything was fine. They said she just had a difficult time transitioning to the world outside of my belly.
She was wide awake but super calm and she latched on almost immediately. Everyone left the room except for Kane and my mom and I just remember it being so peaceful, (other than the fact that I was still getting sick every 10-15 minutes).
We were eventually transferred to our recovery room and that is when we had my dad bring Grey in. He brought her two stuffed giraffes and was so excited to give them to her. She also “brought” him a new car and he thought that was pretty cool. I handed Scarlett to my mom and I just remember Grey quickly climbed up onto the hospital bed with me, gave me a big hug and said, “I love you”.
And that moment, holding my baby boy, surrounded by my parents, my husband and my baby girl, felt like heaven. I don’t have words to explain how lucky and blessed I feel to have both Grey and Scarlett. They are my world and I can’t imagine life without them. Scarlett has been here for two weeks now and she fits in with our family perfectly. Her big brother absolutely adores her and I cannot wait to see their relationship grow over the years.
Thank you so much to everyone who has left us such sweet comments and messages! I have read every single one and I can definitely feel the love.
You can read Grey’s birth story, here.