She’s [finally] here! Irelyn Kay was born on March 16, 2012 at 2:02pm. Since I wrote Kaden’s birth story 3 years ago, I thought I’d do the same for her. Thankfully, Zach wasn’t busy and we were able to Skype during my entire labor and delivery! We’d planned on waiting until after Irelyn was here, but I’m so happy we got to experience it together.
At 7:30am on March 16th my aunt Heidi, Kaden and I went to my doctor for her to strip my membranes [to see if that would be enough to get things moving while she was available for my water birth]. We found out that I was 4-5cm dilated, she stripped my membranes, then told me she’d send me to the hospital and break my water later that day if I wanted…well duh! So, I was very thankful that I had actually gotten everything packed and loaded into the truck before my appointment, just in case. Heidi went with me to get checked into labor & delivery, then took Kaden to my other aunt’s house for the day.
Zach’s sister, Tavia, came up to the hospital and walked the short U-shaped hallway with me for an hour – at this point, I was having contractions about every 3-5 minutes, but nothing very painful. At 10:00am my doctor called to let the nurses know she’d be up in an hour to break my water. My stepmom and doula both arrived at 10:30am and at 11:10am there was no turning back! After having my water broken things picked up quickly [I was 5cm at this time]. By 12:00pm I was contracting every 2 minutes and had to hang on to the rail in the hallway to get through them. Around 1:00pm I felt like I was in enough pain to get into the tub. My goal was to make it to transition (7cm) before getting in the tub, then I was hoping the water would be enough to help me handle the pain til it was too late for an epidural. Before getting in the water I asked the nurse to check me – 7-8cm and 90% effaced!
I got in the water [which helped tremendously!], it helped me to work through the pain and definitely helped Irelyn to get into position faster. After about 40 minutes in the water I started to feel some pressure, so I had to get out of the tub and wait in bed to be checked…the contractions were just about unbearable by this point, but I was at 9cm and 100% effaced! This is when I found out the my doctor was currently in surgery. I wasn’t able to get back in the water – the nurses said I was too relaxed and only the doctor can deliver the baby in the tub. So, with the help of my doula and my stepmom helping me to stay calm during the worst contractions, I tried to hold out for the other doctor in the practice to get there. I don’t remember much from this stage of labor besides a lot of breathing and pain! The doctor arrived just in time and I was finally able to start pushing. Of course, technology decided to start failing us at the most important part of the day – Skype kept losing the call [yes, while I was pushing] and everyone kept yelling at me to stop until Zach was able to see again lol. So, after 3 pushes, Irelyn was here!
Having her on my chest, knowing Zach watched the birth & heard her first cry and knowing that I was strong enough to do it without any drugs was the best feeling in the world. The nurse [who actually doubted I’d be able to have a natural birth at the beginning of the day] kept saying she couldn’t believe that I’d even had an epidural with my son! 🙂
My doctors & family were absolutely amazing throughout the day. Without everyone’s support, there’s no way I could have done it. After Irelyn was born, they immediately put her on my chest, covered us with a blanket and didn’t even cut the cord until it stopped pulsating (and Irelyn’s “Duh” (Heidi) got to cut her cord!). Irelyn spent the next hour nursing while I talked to Zach. She didn’t leave me for the first hour and a half of her life – we didn’t even find out her weight/length until she was almost 4 hours old! She has a full head of hair and looks almost exactly like her daddy – all she got from me are her lips, chin & toes.
Irelyn Kay Sully
7 lb 10 oz
20 1/2 inches
March 16, 2012
2:02pm – or 10:32pm where her daddy is at 🙂
I’m so thankful the labor was short (5 hours total and only 2 hours of hard labor) and everything went well. The past week has been great, the only thing that could make it better is if Zach was home with us. We’ve been able to Skype every day and it’s amazing how she recognizes his voice – as soon as he starts talking, she tries to open her eyes to find him. I’ve had a lot of help from Heidi and my parents this week and am almost feeling normal again. Just one more week and Kaden will be back home with us and will get to see his baby sister more – then I’ll post pictures of them together.
Here are a couple pictures of Irelyn this week and I’ll post again in a week or so!