Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Arielle's Birth Story

Arielle's 3-D Ultrasound ~ 29 weeks

My first born daughter arrived on April 7th, 2005. My due official due date, the date I had been counting down to for nine months, was April 3rd. When my due date came and went with no sign of Arielle showing any interest in dropping down for her arrival my doctor {hesitantly} scheduled an induction.

A photo of me on my due date, April 3rd, 2005

Zak and I headed to the hospital on the evening of April 6th not having any idea of what to expect about when or how our precious little girl would make her appearance. We got settled into our room and shortly after that I got started on my induction meds. I think we watched some television but I don't remember much because they gave my a sleeping pill so I could have my last full night of sleep for a long time to come. From what I remember, I actually did sleep all night and was very comfortable too.

The next morning I started to feel the contractions and requested the epidural. Shortly after they administered it, less than an hour before Arielle's arrival, there was a flurry of activity. The nurse came in to give me an internal exam so she could check on the progress of my dialation but she became very uneasy in an instant. "I think this baby is breach!" she said, to which we replied that we had an ultrasound the night before and that was not the case. I think she might have attempted another internal exam or maybe she just went to get another nurse for a second opinion, I'm not exactly positive but I remember starting to feel uneasy.

When the new nurse arrived and performed her exam she was quite overwhelmed by what happened next. "The baby just sucked on my finger" she said and she told us that she could feel the baby's nose too. I didn't think there was anything wrong with this and thought it was quite cute! However, the nurse explained that this meant that the baby was presenting herself face first instead of head first which is not an ideal position for a natural delivery. They told us that while it wasn't impossible to deliver a baby in this position, it could cause complications and it was a risk that they didn't think was worth taking. Immediately the nurses began prepping me for surgery...an emergency c-section followed very soon after.

Arielle's first photo taken by Zak on his cell phone camera minutes after she was born.

While I wasn't exactly thrilled about the fact that I wasn't able to deliver Arielle vaginally, I accepted the fact that this was Arielle's birth story and I was happy with the outcome. Arielle turned out to be a healthy, happy baby and I recovered from my surgery within a few short days. Sometimes I wonder how this story would have changed if we had the patience to wait a few more days for Arielle to make her arrival instead of scheduling an induction. But I really believe that everything happens for a reason and I wouldn't change anything about it if I could.

Having said all of that, when I found out that I was pregnant again and my doctor said a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) was definitly an option I felt happy to have another chance at a natural birth . I recently learned that there is a 1% chance of major complications arising from a VBAC and only 60% of women are ultimately able to deliver vaginally after a c-section. That pretty much made my decision for me and my life, and the new baby's life, is not worth taking that risk. The only option in my mind is for a planned c-section.

October 2nd, 2009 is the date. This time we both have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

Wish us luck!

~Momma to Bug~

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Out on the Boat

Last weekend we went out on the lake on our friend's boat. Arielle had a blast! She was so well behaved for being in such a confined space with nothing to do but eat and occassionally go in the water. She got to ride on the tube with Daddy and didn't even panic when they sank in the water when the boat slowed down!

We were planning on going swimming this weekend so I could see Arielle swim under water as she started doing last week at Water World. However, the weather was actually on the cool and breezy side so we went to the zoo instead. I knew my feet would be in a world of pain by the end of the day but it was worth it to be out and about with Zak and Arielle. Zoo pics to come later this week!

~Momma to Bug~

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Garage Sale Freebie!

One of my neighbors graciously donated an item to me that she didn't sell at her garage sale. It is an Eddie Bauer upholstered rocking chair in a pink and white gingham print and it matches the nursery room perfectly! Of course we had to give it a good cleaning but for ZERO dollars, it was worth every minute. It is a great addition to Averi's room, don't you think?

I made some changes to the framed art above the crib. I changed out one of the pieces of scrapbook paper for a striped pattern and embellished both with bird cut-outs. I think they are cute and the best part is that I can change them at any time. I am thinking of adding black and white pictures to them after the baby is born.

~Momma to Bug~

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Summer is in Full Bloom

It's my favorite time of the year when the gladiolus are blooming! It's been hot but we have gotten a lot more rain this summer than usual. There have been some heavy and powerful rain storms recently but thankfully I haven't lost any of my flowers (or trees or windows like some people I know).

The flowers aren't the only thing growing these days. Averi is getting bigger too! Check out my baby bump at Week 30.

Arielle seems to be getting taller by the day and she is growing up! It is amazing how much she talks about the new baby and wants to give her things. She was cutting out stuff from a Build A Bear catalogue the other day and said, "Awww, this shirt is so cute; we should buy one for the baby." Then she colored a wooden tiara ornament that we bought at the craft store and told us it was for the baby's bedroom door. I love to see this sweet side of her and can only hope that she stays that way after her baby sister is born.

What is your favorite summer bloom?

~Momma to Bug~