Ellie’s Birth Story

At 37 weeks pregnant, I was huge.  Like really huge and measuring 41 weeks.  At my 37 week appointment, my doctor doubted that I would make it to 40 weeks but I always had a December 31st birth date in my head.  I really didn’t want to get my hopes up that my baby would arrive before Christmas.  Little did I know that I was just one week away from delivering my little girl.

On Wednesday, December 4th, I had an appointment to get my hair cut and colored. I woke up that morning feeling really sick, throwing up and having cramps.  I continued on with my day and remarked to my hair stylist how I felt.  She had her daughter 5 weeks early and told me that she bet I had my baby in the coming days.  Through the weekend I continued to be sick with stomach issues, dizziness, cramps and so many Braxton Hicks contractions.  Since we are in the throws of remodeling our new house and trying to move, I had to keep up with all of our activities.

Monday, December 9th came around and Lucas and I had the perfect day together.  We met a friend for story time, walked around and had lunch at Friendly’s together. After Lucas’s nap time we made his 1st ginger bread house together.  It was such a great day and little did I know that it would be our last as a twosome.

gingerbread house

I went to bed on Monday night at 10pm and woke up at 11pm with my 1st contractions.  Instead of waking up my husband, I decided to try to sleep on the couch.  In my head I decided that this was just a spell of false labor and would be over in an hour or so.  Around 1am the contractions hadn’t eased up so I decided to time them.  From the beginning I was contracting for 50 seconds every 4 minutes.  Still convinced this was false labor, I spent the whole night googling how long false labor lasts and other false labor stories.  Around 4am, I woke up my husband to tell him that I don’t think he can go to work in the morning because I would need a ride to my 38 week doctor’s appointment.  It was snowing hard and with my contractions, I didn’t think it was safe to drive.

At 730am, I woke up the husband and Lucas so we could head to my 38 week doctor’s appointment.  My contractions were a minute long and 3 minutes apart at this time.  Yup, I was still convinced I wasn’t in actual labor.  I thought I would visit my doctor and get a status update instead of being turned away at the hospital during the middle of a snow storm.

I got to my doctor’s office and told the nurse that I think I’m in labor.  She asked what my contractions were doing and yelled at me that I should have gone to the hospital.  The doctor came in to check me and I was 4-5 centimeters.  It was time to head to the hospital and he would see us later that afternoon.

ellie snow storm

Heading to the hospital in the middle of a snow storm!

The husband and I dropped off Lucas at Grandma’s and headed to the hospital.  The whole time the husband and I were hysterically laughing as I doubled over with contractions.  It was the middle of a snow storm and we still couldn’t believe that the baby was coming that day.  I went up to the maternity floor and was admitted to the hospital.  The bonus of visiting the doctor first is that he called ahead to tell them to just admit me.  No waiting in the transition area to asses whether or not I was in labor.  It was noon by this time and I was wheeled to my L&D room.    Yup, we dawdled getting to the hospital and hung out with Grandma for a bit.

I was hooked up to the monitors, given an epidural and my water was broken.  At this point I was 5 centimeters and feeling pretty comfortable.  My doctor had predicted a 3pm delivery and I thought he would be right.  The intern came to check on me around 2pm and I was still 5 centimeters dilated.  Ughh, what was that about?  In my head I was getting a bit worried.  What if I needed a csection after having delivered Lucas vaginally?  Crazy thoughts were running through my head.

I was checked again at 3:30pm and was still at 5.  But….the intern realized that I had something called a fore-bag.  That’s when the amniotic sac covers the cervix even though your water has been broken.  They broke my water again and I was at a 10 in less than 2 minutes.  My doctor was phoned and he said he would be there soon.

We waited for the doctor and waited and waited.  Remember that it was snowing out and the roads were a total mess.  An hour into waiting my body just started pushing on its own.  The nurse told me to hold off as much as I could but if the baby was coming then the on call doctor would deliver me.  Around 5pm my doctor swooped into the room and I don’t think I could have lasted one more minute.  I had so much pressure that I was trying not to swear like a sailor.

After my 1st set of 3 pushes the baby’s head was out and they immediately told me to stop pushing.  My doctor and nurse calmly told me that the cord was wrapped around her neck once.  They kept reassuring me that all was fine and so did the husband.  As soon as they got the cord unwrapped they told me to push again and she was out at 5:12pm.  Both the doctor and nurse knew that we didn’t know the sex of the baby so everyone started screaming “it’s a girl, it’s a girl”.  The husband and I were so convinced that the baby was a boy that we were screaming it’s a girl too!!!!

ellie just born

She was born with such a round head because she spent just an hour in the birth canal.  

They placed her on my chest and she was screaming up a storm.  Eleanor Grace was here and she was letting us know. :)  After a bit of skin to skin, they took her over to be weighed and evaluated.  She weighed in at 7 lbs, 10 ounces, 19 inches long and scored 9/9 on her Apgars.  Perfect!!

just born

My parents were at the hospital waiting to hear if they have a grandson or a granddaughter.  I grew up with 2 sisters and now we have 3 sons among us.  My parents were also convinced that they were going to have only grandsons so they were screaming about Ellie being a girl as well.

mommy and ellie

As soon as she was born, my husband commented how this is going to be an expensive birth…wedding, clothes, etc…  We couldn’t help but giggle a bit as we hugged our new baby girl.

going home

Going home



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3 Responses to Ellie’s Birth Story

  1. runner26 says:

    congrats! what a story! hope you are adjusting well to life with a newborn again. it’s crazy but kinda fun :)

  2. Brittney says:

    Congratulations Liz!! She’s a cutie! Girls are awesome :)

  3. Kelley says:

    Such a beautiful baby. :) good luck today during the snow day!

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