Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Nola June Tremblay: A Birth Story

Nola June Tremblay was born on July 18th, 2019 at 10:59 am. She came very quickly with a head full of dark hair and a little tongue that she loves to stick out constantly.

I was a scheduled induction for that day. She had been measuring small, but they weren't too worried, but thought maybe my placenta wasn't functioning at 100% so best to get her out so she could continue to grow on the outside!

We had to be at the hospital at 6:15am. The night before we dropped the boys off at their grandparents and decided to go for dinner and a movie on our last night before newborn life hit us. Our movie (we saw Spiderman, this detail might be important for posterity) didn't end until almost 11:30 and then when we got home there was still a few more things I needed to do to get ready  so we both didn't get to bed until super late (not smart) and I could hardly sleep at all once we were actually in bed, it felt like a mix between the night before Christmas and the night before being tortured.

I woke up early, had a long shower and took my time getting ready. If you remember, my other kids were unexpected delivery days and all I wanted was to be showered with my hair done this time around. We headed to the hospital, checked in etc. and then spent a long time getting set up and answering a million questions. They started the Pitocin drip at around 8:30am. I was only dilated to a 2 when I got there. I almost immediately started having contractions about 8 minutes apart but they weren't too bad. Within the next half hour, they started getting more intense and moved to every 4-5 minutes. I didn't want to make the same mistake I did with Patrick and wait too long to get the epidural so I told the nurse to tell the anesthesiologist I was ready. He walked in and I asked if I could just go use the bathroom really quick (a question and decision I would come to deeply regret later on) He said no problem, he would just go a couple doors down and do another epidural and be back in 5-10 minutes. I should have never let him leave haha.  30 minutes later he was still not back and my contractions were getting unbearable, About 2 minutes apart and strong and painful. I was punching Ben in the arm (as one does during contractions) and begging him to go find out where the anesthesiologist went.  FINALLY, he came back about 50 minutes later, apparently there was a small emergency. He didn't make the greatest impression on me as he immediately started bashing the Canadian healthcare system after I told him that is where I had my first baby. I sat up to get the epidural facing Ben rolling my eyes as this guy went on and on about how they don't even give epidurals with socialized medicine (wrong)  secretly raging and wanting him to get. this. over. with! So he finished the epidural and left and I started going numb on one side only. I was still feeling intense contractions and pain on my right side and then I felt my water break. I told the nurse it wasn't fully working and she had the anti-Canadian anesthesiologist come back in and give me a second dose in my epidural.  It still was NOT working on the one side and I was crying through every contraction at this point. He came back in AGAIN and tried pulling out the needle a little and dosed me again, hoping that would help it spread to the other side. NOPE! So at this point, the nurse said "You must just be going really fast" so she checked me again.  She was shocked when I was at a 10 and started frantically getting things ready and trying to get a hold of the doctor. So it wasn't that the epidural wasn't working, it was, but just like when I had Patty I was just going too fast for the epidural to catch up. The doctor came in and they put my legs up in the stirrups. When they did that, the epidural finally caught up and I was SOOO numb.  From my armpits down I was completely numb, couldn't feel pressure or anything. Ben had one leg, and it was time to push. I pushed 4 times and she was here! They put her right on my chest as they quickly dried her off and checked her out. I couldn't believe all her dark hair and how little and perfect she was. At this point I was SO numb so I didn't feel any of the stomach pushing and stitches. They brought her over to get weighed and stuff and she had the sweetest smallest cry. She was 6 pounds 10 ounces and 19.5 inches.  The whole thing went so quick, I essentially went from a 2-10 in less than 45 minutes. The nurse said that I got more than a c-section dose of epidural, so I would be numb for a wwwwhhhhiiiilllleeeee. It was a bummer that my epidural didn't really work until after I had the baby. The total numbness started really freaking me out. I felt claustrophobic in my own body and was just so freaked out that I could see people moving my legs but not feel a single thing. They gave us some time with the baby and she actually nursed super well just minutes after she was born, and sucked her little thumb which basically was the cutest thing Ben and I had ever seen.

When it was time to move us down to the mom and baby unit, I still could not even think about moving on my own. They had to give me a catheter because of how numb I was and would stay. It took two nurses and Ben to get my dead-weight body into a wheelchair, and I could hardly sit up on my own because my core was numb too. It was quite the sight and felt SO weird. Like I said, it was freaking me out and I just felt like a floating head. I had to have the nurse keep reassuring me that the feeling would come back. I was numb for the next 10 hours and that was really frustrating and I wish I had never even gotten the epidural because it only worked for about 5 minutes of the actual birth process.

We had lots of visitors the first little bit and having the boys meet her was one of the better moments of my life! Everett had the biggest smile and Patty couldn't get close enough! She was so peaceful and sweet for our hospital stay. We only stayed about 24 hours, we were both doing well and that room was just so dang small, they do make a mean burger at the Provo hospital though! We all came home Friday afternoon and everyone took a big 3-hour nap, which was just what we all needed.

She is a dream come true and she makes our family feel complete.

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