Thursday, March 8, 2012

Quinn's Birth Story

So we did it! We had a baby!

Her name is Quinn and she is my life...all of it. She is love.  Everything that my life has been up until this point has been to nurture this child.  I'm so blessed and grateful.

I will tell the tale quickly of my labor and delivery, and post a few pics.  I'm not going to make it long and drawn out because then I wont post. My attention span these days is for baby cries and diaper changes.

On January 23rd, I was admitted to Summit Hospital because my blood pressure had been high, I was not feeling well and my doctor wanted to induce labor.  It was a beautiful evening not a chill or snow flurry in sight.  After being admitted, my husband and I went to my room and I changed into my gown.  While being asked a ton of questions by the nurses we hear an alarm sound, followed by "Code Black Code Black".  The nurse said that it was a tornado warning and I would have to cart myself, big belly and IV down to a tornado safe room with no windows.

By the time it was safe to return to my room about an hour later, my blood pressure was sky high.  To lower the risks my doctor decided that even though I had only been there three hours, I should get an epidural right away, as it would bring my pressure down.  It did, the epidural worked like a charm.  And I thought it was horrific.  Every minute of it.  If at all avoidable I do not want to ever get another epidural for the rest of my life.  I'm not being over dramatic, I just hated that needle in my back.

After the epidural, we waited and waited and waited.  I hated the feeling of my feet being asleep and not being able to feel my body.  But slowly I dilated until the nurse came in and said..."Oh you are at ten and I can feel the hair on her head.  Let me call the doctor so she can come and you can start pushing."  By this time I had been waiting for almost 24 hours and was starving and exhausted.  But my focus was on bringing a healthy baby girl into the world, so I put all of that aside.

The nurse left to call my awesome doctor, came back and checked me but seemed taken aback.  She told me that I was ten centimeters dilated but I had gone back to seven and she couldn't feel the baby at my pelvis like before.  Excuse me???!!!!  Imagine my surprise!!! I freaked out and had a panic attack.  Yes. Panic attack!!!

I was the pregnant lady yelling at everyone that was telling her to calm down.  "Don't tell me to calm down!"  Ha! Oh it was a riot.  Apparently my bundle of joy had flipped herself over and pulled herself back up into my stomach and she refused to come down the birth canal.  We waited three more hours, then the doctor came in and says...."the baby is sending a message that she doesn't want to be delivered that way, I think we should do a C-Section".  No.  No.  No.  No.

I cried and cried and cried.  That was not my birth plan. At all.  After I cried I accepted the reality and allowed them to prep me for surgery. It was not that bad. Had  I known it was going to be that easy I would have done it ten hours before I did!

When the tugging and pulling was through, they brought my baby girl over to me and  I kissed her on the cheek.  It was surreal.  Five pounds and ten ounces of bliss. On January 24, 2012 Quinn Elizabeth arrived and it was worth every month, week, day, hour, minute and second of waiting!

So there you have it! Quinn has finally been introduced to the blog world!  


  1. YOU GUYS ARE TOO FAR. I need more Quinn in my life. She's gorgeous - no matter how she got here or if it wasn't the way you planned, she's beautiful and perfect <3

  2. I told you youd never experience love like you do for your own child. It is amazing, and she is amazing. Absolutely adorable I am sooooo happy for you and Q. You definitely keep the fairy tale alive!!!


  3. She is gorgeous! Well, st least you didn't have your panic attack after the c-section, but before they could sew you up. (Yes, that would be me.)

  4. She is so absolutely adorable! I love brown babies!!!!! :) I know you cannt stop snuggling and kissing on her, LOL!

    I know the panicky feeling of being told a C-Section is needed. But after feelimg the love of your sweet bundle, it makes it all worth it! ♥

  5. OMG! She is one of the most beautiful baby girls I've ever seen. I love her big eyes! I wish I lived by you so I could come hold her. I just adore new born babies.

    By the way, she is one smart little girl. She wasn't going to come out to face a tornado! She was warm and safe right where she was :)

  6. Awwwll, Yeaaaa!!! I'm soooo happy for ya and excited about this journey. Quinn is adorable and beautiful. As everyone else has said your gonna love every minute (even the hard parts). I'm glad all is well and the fan is doing great. Be blessed!

  7. What an incredible arrival! Congratulations!