Friday, November 20, 2009

Heavenly Presents

I was getting a little worried.

The baby had not changed in her weight or height for a month. Not since the 22 of October. My midwife was a little worried. She said if there wasn't a change soon, she would have to induce me.

Did you know I wanted to go natural? Absolutely completely natural. I wanted to start on my own, and be completely under my own will power. Hearing that she would have to start me sent a cold fear through my body. Evidently, my baby possibly had something called IUGR (intra uterine growth restriction) which could cause a myriad of problems, the worst being a still birth. A still birth is one of my biggest fears.

So yesterday I went in to get checked, praying that my body had changed, that it had dilated on its own. If it had she wouldn't have to start me. At the appointment she gave me a choice. I could either have the baby yesterday, or I could have her on Monday.

We decided to have her yesterday.

So we decided my midwife would break my water, and if that didn't speed things along I would get the petocin. Did I mention I am terrified of the petocin? Yup. I am. As we were driving to Labor and Delivery I was terrified. Absolutely terrified. I wanted to go home and hide. I hadn't taken any birthing classes, nor had I been good about reading the books I should have. I checked them out from the library, but never really got the chance to read them. But I did read Jane Eyre and a few other books in the meantime, so it is completely my own fault I was scared.

We got checked in at about 10:30. I finished up the paperwork around 12:00 and Christy (my midwife) came in at 12:30 and broke my water. I was still dilated to a 4 and only 80% effaced. However when the nurse checked me, she said 80% was being very generous, she would say I was only a 60%. At any rate, the water gushed out, and Jeffrey and I decided to take a stroll through the hospital. I started to have the same little crampies I have been having since October. Nothing to even complain about.

And then, as we walked down a sunlight stained hall, the contractions hit. They really hit me. Hard. We hobbled back to the room where the wonderful nurse helped me through the contractions. They were about 2 minutes apart. Very soon after that they were about 10 seconds apart. When the nurse checked me I was 100% effaced and amazed at the pain. I didn't know it was possible to hurt so much.

But it didn't last long. Faye Emma was born at 2:03 yesterday afternoon.

To quote an ancient prophet

And oh, what ajoy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!
Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy.

I think that about sums it up.

She is beautiful. She is perfect. She was born at 7 lbs 13 oz and 20 1/2 inches long. She has lots of dark brown hair and it looks like there is a slight curl in it. Her eyes are a beautiful blue color. Very different from Keith's when he was born. His eyes were a deep grey. Her eyes are a very light but beautiful blue. She has the same mouth as Keith, especially when she cries. I cannot believe how perfect she is and how gorgeous!

And again, I say, how exquisite is my joy!


31 comments:

Emmy said...

Congrats!!!!!! She is beautiful. So glad you were able to have her how you wanted.
I can't believe you have this posted already! So glad you do, you are good.

So happy for you.

Chantel said...

She is beautiful! Congratulations!!!

Familia Morales said...

Oh Amy! I'm so happy for you! Faye is beautiful! I love her name. I'm in awe that you went natural, way to go mama! Hope your recovery goes well, enjoy that little bundle of cuteness. Congratulations!

Tawni said...

Yay! Congratulations, I'm so glad everything worked out!

Tiffany said...

Honey, congratulations! I'm so happy things went well and everyone is healthy...she's beautiful!

Sue said...

This post gave me goose bumps AND tears, Amy. What a perfect scripture to describe natural childbirth, and what a perfect baby, too!

Having my babies natural was the biggest rush of my life. It really is true that the most exquisite pains yield the most incredible joys.

Congratulations to all of you!

=)

Lara said...

Congratulations! She is absolutely gorgeous, and I love her name! I'm glad that all ended well, even thought it was scary for a bit. All's well that ends well, right?

Again, congrats! :)

Lee said...

CONGRATS!!! And you are so calm and already blogging!! You are superwoman!! She is beautiful!

Chels said...

A big congratulations! And how terrific for you that you could experience it almost the way you wanted to!

Capt'n Amazing's wife said...

Awww she is soo precious! Hey! Now its my turn! I was having these contractions all day yesterday and then last night I couldn't hardly get comfortable enough to sleep. And today all the contractions are either muted or gone. But I know the baby sure is low. My midwife said that she knows an easy technique to get me having more contractions which includes cervical acupressure. (And that will feel awesome! YAY!) And she said she'd love it if I had the baby on Thanksgiving. So if I don't go into real labor on my own, she said we could meet up on Thanksgiving and try it out. More of a joke than real, she thinks I'll go into labor on my own before next Tuesday. When she checked me I was a 4 and 50% effaced. And also she gave me a contraction of uber pain (unintentionally) while she checked me. There was another lady having a baby during my appt and she had been in labor all day long and Alisa told me that I was technically further progressed than she was. Kinda funny huh!? Well I guessed the baby would come tomorrow and Nick said Sunday so we'll see if either of us is right!
It sounds like you successfully birthed your baby naturally. Was it everything you hoped for and more? I think you are awesome for going for it and doing it! I'd love to hear more about it if you want to email me back!

The Powell Family said...

Congratulations Amy! I love the scripture you used. I just found out that they don't offer epidurals here, so I may have to opt for the all natural this round. I am a little scared but your scripture fits perfect and is comforting. Thanks for sharing. She is beautiful!

Tisha said...

Congrats! I am so excited that in a few days I am going to be able to hold that darling little girl!!!! Just finished Fayes baby gift fresh of the sewing machine...

Hooker Family said...

She's gorgeous! I'm glad everything went well and that you were able to go natural like you wanted! Congratulations enjoy your little girl because they really are very different from boys!

mub said...

Congrats Amy! I kept hoping I'd see this post from you soon =) She's darling!

Andrea said...

Oh, she's finally here! CONGRATULATIONS! She is a beautiful baby and I'm glad she made it here safely.

Cecilia said...

Congrats my friend! I can't believe you are back to blogging the day after! I'm so glad she didn't have anything wrong. That is something every parent is scared of.

Chris and Francisca Hakes said...

She is so perfect! Congratulations, we are soooo happy for you!

Noodle said...

she is so cute!!! Congrats!!! My brother had his baby yesterday too... Keith is just going to love her and be such a big helper I look forward to seeing his reaction to his new little sister..

Gina said...

You did great work, Amy. That beautiful little girl looks just like me!! :)

Just kidding. She is way prettier than me.

Can't wait to see you and hold her!

Leah said...

Oh Amy, She's so precious and beautiful! Congratulations! I'm so glad everything went well for you. can't wait to meet her!

Bec said...

Congratulations! She looks so precious! Enjoy her first days...and all those that follow! What does the little guy think of her so far?

Mare said...

Congratulations! Welcome to the family Fay!

JaNae said...

Wow, congratulations! She is darling. :) I'm glad the delivery went well...and fast! I hope you are recovering well. Are you home already?

Donna Jaco said...

Congratulations, Grondahls! She is a beautiful baby! I'll bet the grandparents couldn't be happier. (from a grandma)

Widge said...

Congratulations!!!! what a gorgeous wee girl! xo

Malinda said...

Oh Hermana! She is gorgeous!!! Congratulations!...I still think your insane to do the whole natural thing! But oh my goodness she is cute!

Catmull's said...

YEAH! She is so cute! Love the name and her cute hair! I had IUGR as well. A little nerve racking, i understand. I'm glad mom and little sweetie made it through great! She's a keeper!

Em said...

p.s. pitocin is my friend:-) i love what it does for my body that would STILL be pregnant with brennan had i not had it, lol.

Em said...

i just can't get over how beautifully perfect she is! this makes me extra antsy to "get this show on the road" from our end...

Momisodes said...

Congratulations!!!! She is absolutely gorgeous. I am so glad to hear that you progressed quickly and that you made it through. I hope you and baby are recovering well and spending lots of precious time together.

Vic said...

Sooooo sooooo pretty....can't wait to see more of her:)