Induction Day is here!! I woke up at about 3:30 AM feeling a couple contractions on and off. From then on I couldn't go back to sleep. I tried to get some sleep since we would be leaving for the hospital soon, but my tummy would not quit grumbling...I was hungry! I think I finally dozed off for a little while and then woke up at 5:00 AM, called the hospital and got the go ahead to come in. Woohoo, it was finally here. I was going to be holding my sweet little girl in just a few hours. But good grief with the hunger pains!! I got up and got dressed and ready. I let Joseph sleep a little longer and got all of our bags out in the living room. I woke Joseph up a little after 6:00 AM. He pulled our car down to mom's drive way and loaded our bags. While getting ready to go out the door, Josiah wakes up asking for Mackenzie. We tell him we were going to "get" her today! He's upset, but thankfully Aunt Gabby and Abui (my mom) are there to comfort him.
We get to the hospital and we are ready to get this show going! My nurse is super nice and we find out we both went to Brenau and I worked with her husband at Sam's Club. Paperwork is filled out, IV is put in and we are hanging out waiting on Tiffany to come and break my water. My nurse starts pitocin at a low drip since I was already 4-5 cm. She goes ahead and orders my epidural and the anesthesiologist comes in not too much longer after that. I tell her everything that went wrong with my other two epidural and she promised to do what she could to make this one a good one! Well....it was. She was really good about watching my blood pressure, making sure it did not drop and talked me through it. They sat me back in the bed and I immediately started to feel my legs going numb. I finally got a good epidural! While they were making sure I didn't have any crazy side effects Tiffany came in ready to go. She went ahead and broke my water and asked our nurse to check me every 30 minutes and call her with an update. She had a feeling this was going to be pretty fast. I figured by about 12 or 1 I would have a baby. So as everyone was coming in and getting settled my nurse checked me and I was at 6-7cm...wow this is going pretty fast! At that point we called Joseph, he had gone with Papa Rob to get breakfast, and tell him to come on! He points out that my contractions are pretty intense and about 3 minutes apart and I happily answer "I can't feel a thing!" By this point I am STARVING. Epidurals work great on labor contractions, but not so much on hunger pains. So next check and I am at 8cm. Yeah...still can not feel a thing! So the waiting continued we took a couple of pictures...well if you know our family...we took LOTS of pictures...
And finally last check 10:30 AM and I was 10cm...still could not feel ANYTHING!! We wait on Tiffany to come. She comes in and we are ready! She tells me to push and normally I can feel the contractions coming and know it's time to push, but this time I was like ok... So I push....I get done pushing and say "I can't feel anything!" She tells me to push again and I do. Then she says "ok stop pushing." and I think I said "stop pushing, like don't do anything...?" She tells me to grunt and I grunt twice and she's out at 10:44 AM! Could not believe how easy that was! I remember thinking..."Did I just have a baby?!" Oh, but she was beautiful!! They laid her on my chest and I think I was still in shock of how fast and easy that had been.
6 lbs 13 oz and 20.25 inches long
She was finally here! Alive and healthy and perfect, absolutely perfect... Thank you Lord!
Look at those toes
Proud Daddy and Amazing Husband
Parents of 3 kids....yikes :)
My girls... wouldn't want to share this with anyone else
God is so good
Let me take a minute and thank my awesome midwife Tiffany!!! She now has delivered all three of my kids. She was so amazing during this tough journey. Thank you Tiffany!!! Her exact words right after I had Mackenzie were "Let's do this again next year!" Ha!...nah... 3 is GOOD!
So there it is Mackenzie's birth story. She's my miracle baby and after 14 weeks of bed rest, 20 ultra sounds, many scares, fears of losing her, trusting God with my entire life, learning to accept His will even when I didn't like it, she has already changed my life. Thank you God...Thank you...
20 Ultrasounds...I think my insurance company probably hates me ha!
"For this child (Mackenzie Faith Eterno) I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition..." 1 Samuel 1:27
oh....and those hunger pains....finally gone....mmmmm....