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.