Ivy Corinne | A Birth Story

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Thank you all SO much for all of the love and well wishes on our precious little Ivy. We are so excited to have another sweet girl in our family to love on! It really is a dream come true!

So now, before I forget her entire birth, I figured I should document it with lots of details and a ton of pictures!

*Disclaimer – I am going to be fairly detailed simply because I want to remember this all. 

My body did almost the exact same thing this time around that it did with Nora. At my 36 week appointment I was already 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced. My doctor didn’t think I would make it to my due date since I had gone early with Nora (38 weeks 3 days). So after that appointment we were in the phase of just waiting around for baby to arrive.

As 38 weeks came and went we were a little disappointed because we just thought my body might do the same thing. Silly I know. Every pregnancy is different. Just being honest! With Nora I made progress at each appointment and even went into labor at 37 weeks, but stalled. This time around I had made no more progress by my 38 week appointment. Darn.

Two days before Ivy was born I had slept terrible both nights because I was having some major stomach pains. They were up high on my belly and clearly not contractions, but they were weird and made me think something might be going on. Then both days I was really crampy and was feeling tons of pressure. No contractions at all, so I didn’t hold on to too much hope that the day was coming.

Then, Monday March 26th I headed to my regular 39 week OB appointment at 1:40pm. I was really ready to have this baby, especially after the discomfort of the two days before. I was so worried they would say there was no progress. I was just so uncomfortable and ready to meet this baby! My doctor made some small talk with me, asking who was on call to keep Nora when I went into labor. I told her that was my sister who lived 45 minutes away. Then she checked me and said “I’d call your sister! You’re 5 centimeters and 100% effaced. I’m gonna send you to labor and delivery right now, break your water and get this baby out!” I was pretty shocked and even more excited! She didn’t want me to go into labor naturally since I was so close already and we live 30 minutes from the hospital. She was worried things would go really quick if my water broke on its own at home.

So I made all the necessary calls and headed to the hospital by myself to do all the initial check in stuff. Collin had to wait at home with Nora who was napping until my sister got there. It was so strange to be checking in and not be in labor. With Nora my water broke in the middle of the night and we rushed in because my contractions were so strong. This was totally different. I was having no contractions and just calmly checked in.

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Sent this to Collin to let him know I was all checked in, ready to go, and just waiting on him!

All the nurses and techs had instructions not to break my water until my husband arrived (I love my doctor)! Collin got to the hospital around 4 pm and a nurse broke my water at 4:30. {SIDE NOTE} I have to mention this because it’s too funny. Collin almost passed out when they were breaking my water. The nurse was being really descriptive and sort of digging around in there and Collin hadn’t eaten in a long time so he got real light headed and had to lay down. A call for water was even made, “for a dad about to pass out.” He will never live that down!

After my water broke it didn’t take long for the contractions to begin. I wanted to wait as long as possible to get my epidural just for my pride’s sake. I got to 7 cm and the contractions were getting real strong so they went ahead and ordered it. Got the epidural and then shift change happened.

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Water broke, just waiting to get my epidural!

My favorite nurse of all time came in to take over. She suggested I use the “peanut ball” which is an exercise ball shaped like a peanut shell. You simply lay on one side and put it between your knees and lay there for 30 minutes. Then you switch sides. It’s suppose to open your cervix and all the nurses were talking about its special powers. After an hour using the peanut ball they checked me again. I had a hard time believing anything much had happened because all I did was lay there completely still for an hour. Sure enough, in that hour I went from 7 cm to 10 cm and it was time to push!

With Nora I have always said that the pushing was the hardest part. It didn’t hurt (because of my epidural), but it was so incredibly exhausting. I pushed for two straight hours before Nora came out and I was just so tired. So this time, when they said it was time to start pushing I looked at the clock and saw that it was 9 pm. I was checking to see if the baby’s birthday would be the next day or not. I just assumed I would have to push for two hours again.

Everything was all in order and my doctor was made aware that I was beginning to push. The nurse had me do two pushes and then told me to stop. She said I needed to stop because it wasn’t going to take long and my doctor needed to get here. Luckily she was already in the building. I pushed four more times and at 9:08 pm sweet Ivy Corinne was born! Only four and a half hours of labor and 6 total pushes and our second gal was here! Collin was shocked to see a little girl come out, he was positive it was a boy this time.

They gave her to me right away and I got to look her all over. She was cute as could be and looked just like her sister! We were so surprised when they told us she weighed 8 lbs 6.5 oz. A whole pound and some change bigger than Nora was! She was 20 inches long and had a head full of dark hair with some blonde highlights.

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Holding my sweet girl for the first time!

Labor and delivery with Ivy couldn’t have been more different than with Nora. I sort of love that they each have a unique story! I am so incredibly blessed to have had two healthy pregnancies and deliveries and now two darling little girls to love on forever!

Ivy Corinne, you are simply the best little addition to our family and I cannot wait to watch you grow and change. I love the beginning days of learning a baby’s personality and getting acquainted! So far, you are a pure delight!

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One thought on “Ivy Corinne | A Birth Story

  1. Joy says:

    So precious! You are so blessed to be able to experience pregnancy and childbirth! It is something that I will never be able to experience, even though I have always wanted to. Wishing you and your little ones all the best! 🙂

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