Friday, May 13, 2011

Delivery Story for Baby #2!

To make a long story short....I started contracting painfully on Friday the 6th,but not consistently. The contractions would be anywhere from 5-30 min apart and then I would have a couple hours of rest. This lasted from Friday all the way to Monday night before we went to the hospital. We arrived at the hospital around midnight and being a Birth Center RN I was pretty sure that they were going to send me home because my contractions were not every 5 min. I was just hoping they would give me some morphine to go to sleep and then home. When my cervix was checked I was 4cm dilated, so this meant that I was not leaving without a baby in my arms! I was very excited to be dilated this much because I had a C-Section with JJ just 21 months ago. I now knew that it was a great chance that I would be able to have a successful VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section).Soon after being admitted an epidural was offered...I did not think twice. I love epidurals and how great they work for my patients who are interested in a decreased painful labor. My epidural was in place and our midwife offered to break my water to speed up the contractions and labor. Wes and I both agreed that a 2-3 hour wait would be nap, since we had little sleep over the last couple of days and we knew what would be coming with a new baby! Wes, my mom, Donna(Wes' Mom), and I all napped for about 3 hours. Pitocin(medication to increase contractions ) was started around 445am because my midwife was busy delivering in the next room. My midwife then came in at 0615 to break my bag of water after checking my cervix, I was 5cm at this point. 2 1/2 hours later at 0845 I started feeling a little pressure and asked my nurse to check me. My nurse checked me and I was 9.5 cm. This meant .5 cm away from pushing. My midwife came to check me around 1005 am and I was complete with the head being visible. I started to push at 1012am exactly and the Baby JoElle was born at 1014am! Yes I only had to push for 2min with a total of 6 pushes. All I can say is Thank you Jesus!

We had a lovely time at the hospital with our new Baby Girl, the wonderful hospital staff, and our lovely visitors. Our most important visitor was a new Big Brother named JJ. To say the least, his initial reaction was confusion, on the verge of tears, and then to all smiles. He has been quite emotional over the last couple of days but we believe he will eventual step up to his new role and position as Big Brother.

Thanks to everyone for your prayers, thoughts, congratulations, and excitement for this new season we are currently walking through. We know that it will be super busy with diapers, feedings, sleep deprivation, and just plain ole craziness at times. We also know the bible says, "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children are like arrows in a warriors hands and joyful is the man/woman whose quiver is full of them." Psalm 127.

He has given our family an awesome gift, JoElle Teanna Bell. In these last nine months God has not just allowed us to have time to prepare our home for Baby Girl, but he has prepared our hearts!


L-Harmony CEO said...

I am counting down the days until I get to hold her!


Anonymous said...

Jonelle (Joelle) is so Beautiful. I think I could win some money with those last three pictures. Dad and I can not wait to meet our fourth Grandbaby. We love her so much already, and have not even met her yet. I can't wait to play dress up with her and do her hair like I did with my Layshia. Joelle and Sir. Joshua are so Blessed to have been born to such loving parents and family. The most Beautiful Grandbaby's in the world!!! Love you so much, Dad and mama Frances

mel @ the larson lingo said...

What a great birth story! I love reading birth stories! So happy you were able to have a successful VBAC!! Praise God! JoElle is just beautiful!

Brooke @ lovesgumbo said...

I love birth stories! I commend you for allowing pictures of yourself while you were in pain and going through the birthing process. I am not that brave. I didn't even allow any pics to be taken of me during my labors (3 in total). I tried for a VBAC with number 2, but it didn't happen. You have a beautiful family! I am visiting from the ultimate blog party 2012!