It’s been 3 weeks since Olivia Sky arrived and it’s only now that I’m able to sit down and write her birth story. Here’s how it all played out baby girl.

The Day Before

Our morning started out just like every other. Even though it’s spring, there is still snow on the ground from a bunch of storms that rolled through a couple of weeks before you was born. It’s been so cold for so long!
It was raining this particular morning, but not too cold. I brought Jaime to school. We listened to The Greatest Showman soundtrack on the way and sang all the wrong words. Her favorite song is “The Other Side.”
Lady always come for a ride with us in the morning and then I take her for a walk at the fields on Elm Street. She hates the rain, but I made her do one lap around the football field.
Then, I took a trip to Walmart for some last minute Easter candy and flip flops to bring to the hospital. Everything I read online said to bring flip flops to wear in the hospital shower. I also wanted to make sure I didn’t forget my camera. Oh, and I had to make one last trip to Old Navy to pick up some more cute baby clothes for you.
When I got back, I finished packing up my hospital bag and had lunch. Tomorrow was the big day. We were finally going to meet you! The doctor scheduled an induction and we were supposed to go to the hospital at midnight.
Grandma came over later that afternoon and slept over so that Jaime and Julianna wouldn’t be alone. They weren’t allowed in the maternity ward because of a flu outbreak. I was so heartbroken! One of the things I used to dream about while I was pregnant with you was the moment you got to meet your sisters. I knew they would fall head over heels in love and I couldn’t wait to see their faces. I just had to accept that it was going to happen differently than I dreamed.
While Jaime went to dance that day, Julianna, Daddy, and I went to Chili’s for dinner. She wanted to hear the story of her birth so we talked about that for a while. She asked me if I was nervous and I told her yes.

Then, the phone rang. 

And my heart sunk. They were calling to say your delivery would be postponed. There were no beds in the hospital so they wouldn’t be able to accommodate us. I was so disappointed. I was looking forward to meeting you and now I had to wait. So Daddy and I went to bed.
Around 5:45 the next morning I started having contractions. All on my own. I guess you were determined to come on your due date no matter what. I tried to go back to sleep, but they came pretty consistently for a while. I knew that I couldn’t call the doctor though until they were 5 minutes apart for at least an hour.
I wanted to pass the time so me, your dad, your sisters and your grandma all went for a walk at the high school. We ate lunch and I even did a little shopping. It was around 1:00 when I went to lay down, but daddy wanted me to call the doctor since my contractions had been pretty consistent all day. It was a good thing he did because she told us to come to the hospital. Yay!!
When we got to the hospital it took a while to get checked out. Apparently a whole lot of babies wanted to be born that day. I was so nervous they were going to tell me we had to go back home. And when the nurse checked me I was only 2 cm dilated. Luckily, my water broke. That didn’t happen to me with your sisters but it guaranteed me a room so I was happy. The only bad thing is my contractions intensified after that.
The pain became unbearable. Poor daddy. I was squeezing his hand and pulling his shirt. It was pretty bad. Around 6:30 or so they gave me some medicine for the pain and it helped a little. One side affect of the medicine was this terrible shaking though. I was shaking so badly I could barely talk. We tried so many different things to get comfortable, but it wasn’t until the doctor suggested this thing called a peanut that I felt some relief.
Finally, a little after 11:00 at night, I was ready to push. It only took 7 minutes and 4 pushes to welcome you into this world. The doctor cleaned you up a little and put you on my chest and I could not believe you were finally here!!
It’s been a roller coaster since that day and I am so thankful I brought my camera with me. These pictures bring me back to the day you were born and I cherish them so much.
Fresh 48 session. www.stacymaeandco.com

I never documented my other two pregnancies and since this is our last one, I want to remember all the details of the last 9 months. The good … and the bad. 

Pregnancy Update - 35 weeks. www.stacymaeandco.com

This pregnancy was not an easy one. Yes, it was planned. I get that question a lot! Hubby and I talked about it and decided to go for it over the summer. It’s never taken us long to get pregnant and this time was no different. We found out in July and told the girls right away. They were over the moon! My oldest has had a ‘baby’ on her Christmas list for a couple of years and we finally made her dream come true. The hardest part was keeping the secret for so long. Two whole months!!

We told my side of the family at my mom’s 70th birthday party in August. We made her a scrapbook with a page for all the grandchildren and stuck a picture of our first ultrasound at the very end without telling her who was pregnant. All it said was “Coming soon. Grandchild #10!” It was so fun to see everyone looking around trying to figure out who it was! This is a video my 14 year old took. I’d recommend turning the volume down. There was a lot of squealing!!

Pregnancy-Announcement from Stacy Mae Photography on Vimeo.

We let the news trickle out slowly because it was still pretty early. And then finally, when the girls started school in September, I made a social media announcement and the cat was officially out of the bag.

Pregnancy announcement. First day of school. www.stacymaeandco.com

It was really sweet and funny to read people’s reactions. The thing is, I have always said that I would never have another. We were at a point where the kids were older and we had our freedom back. We could leave the girls home to make a quick stop at the grocery store or they could go to the bathroom in a restaurant by themselves while we finished our meal. Another baby and we’d be back in the trenches. Not to mention we’re both over 40 now! I was scared I wouldn’t have the energy for all those sleepless newborn nights and the toddlers years.

BUT

Every time we were out and saw parents with little ones, my husband and I looked at each other with a longing that we never had before. We missed those days. As hard as they were. It was especially prevalent when Jaime turned 10. Something about double digits. It was really hard for me. She wasn’t my baby anymore! So we talked about it and we were so excited to start this new adventure.

I don’t think I ever imagined that this pregnancy would be as adventurous as it’s been though. In the first trimester, I didn’t really eat much. Lots of indigestion and nausea. I also went through what I thought was a painful bladder infection only to find out that my bladder actually had a kink in it which wouldn’t allow me to empty it fully. It was SO PAINFUL and of course it happened while my husband was away. On one of the worst days, I had an extended family photo session with about 15 people and I had to wear a pad in case I had to ‘go’. So embarrassing, but the family was traveling from out of state and couldn’t reschedule. It was awful for me, but the pictures turned out beautiful.

The next day I made it to the doctor and had to be catheterized right there in the office. The nurse could not believe the amount of urine that came out!! Sorry if this isn’t what you expected to read, but it’s real life.

I wish I could say the rest of my pregnancy has been without incident. When we went to the 20 week anatomy scan to find out the baby’s sex we were told there was a spot on the baby’s liver. A calcification they called it. “Nothing to worry about,” everyone said. So I didn’t worry. But they wanted to see me for some additional ultrasounds to make sure nothing changed. That it didn’t change in size or that more didn’t show up. And each time, before the appointment, a little part of me worried. Maybe because I’m an ‘older mom’ there is something wrong. Maybe I did something – or didn’t do something – that caused this. Thankfully every ultrasound showed that nothing changed. Even this last one at 35 weeks. So, she’ll have one more ultrasound when she’s born to determine where exactly this calcification is and that’s it. Again, nothing to worry about. Funny thing to tell a pregnant woman who is carrying life inside of her!

In my last trimester, it’s been a struggle to get a good night’s sleep. I’ve been dealing with restless leg syndrome, leg cramps, and even had what I think might have been an anxiety attack twice over the last few months. I have been going to the chiropractor to help ease some of the pain, but even that’s been hard to do in these last few weeks.

Now I’m just trying to take it day by day. There’s still so much to do. I’ve been washing baby clothes like crazy and pretty soon I’ll pack my hospital bag. Hubby has one more business trip next week and then it’s time to hunker down and wait for baby!

What was your pregnancy like?? Did you have any unexpected issues come up? Share in the comments!