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Birth Story
~ Meet Alainna

I am so proud to announce that our precious little girl made her grand debut on Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 12:19am. Her name is Alainna RayeLynne and she was 8 lbs 10 oz and 20 inches long. She is truly heaven sent and absolutely gorgeous. I am in awe of her. She is so precious and all of us have fallen in love with her; even Quinton. I was a little worried about him being extremely jealous, but he adores his baby sister. He says she’s “his baby.” My sister said that I was glowing after having her and that I made labor look easy. Labor is never easy. I am so grateful that it doesn’t last forever. However the gift we are given for enduring the excruciating labor pains are always worth it.

I had been scheduled to be induced into labor Friday morning and was supposed to be at the hospital around 7:30am. Even though I truly didn’t want to be induced I decided to go ahead and schedule the induction anyway for a couple of reasons. One of was, my doctor had scheduled a week trip with his son and I didn’t think I would make it until he returned. Second, I knew the chances of my baby being on the larger side were fairly high and my body had already been progressing. A few days before, I went in for my weekly check-up, and I was dilated to 3 1/2 and 70% effaced. However, even with all that going on, I just was not quite ready to have her on Friday; or I didn’t feel like I was. I told my husband that there was still so much to do and I really hoped that she would be born on Saturday. I knew I really wanted to meet my little girl face to face, but at the same time different emotions were swarming through me. I was going to truly miss the pregnancy part of our journey together. Also, I didn’t feel like I had everything prepared enough for her arrival. I wondered if Quinton was ready to lose his baby status in the family; so many thoughts were going through my mind. I was extremely emotional and was exhausting myself because of it.

AlainnaI called labor and delivery at the hospital before I left my house in the morning on the 25th of July. They told me not to come in yet and the charge nurse would call me back. The charge nurse returned my call shortly, and very apologetically explained that “they had no room at the inn.” She did say that they would do their best to try and fit me in. I was a little out of sorts, but okay with that information. I made the phone calls I needed to make and had our friends on standby that were taking our children for us. I called my sister and a few other people and then waited. I talked to my doctor in the early afternoon and he told me that they were still trying to get me in there and I was suppose to call back around five that evening. So, we waited some more and I called back when I was supposed to. The charge nurse called me at six and told me to go ahead and come in at seven to be induced. Waiting all day really wore me out. However, I was at a much better mindset when I went in to the hospital that evening.

I arrived there at 7:30pm and was no longer stressed and felt more prepared than I did earlier. We brought all of our children to the hospital with us so that they could see where I was going to be. Our friends met us there and picked up the kids. Jacob and Katie were thinking about not staying at the hospital because of the time. I told them that whatever they decided was okay with me. Jacob wanted me to predict the time in which I thought his sister would be born. I told him it could be three in the morning or it could last all night or she might be born sooner. I really couldn’t predict it exactly. I assured them that I knew they loved their sister and if they decided not to stay for the delivery they would be able to come in the morning. After all that was said, they both decided to go with their brothers to our friends’ house.

Barbara and AlainnaDelivering Alainna was the quickest labor I had ever experienced. I arrived at the hospital around 7:30pm and was taken to my room. My children left around 7:50. By eight in the evening I was hooked up to pitocin. The anesthesiologist came into my room and asked me what I would like for pain when the time came. I replied, “Nothing”. He asked me if I had done this before. I told him that I had, so he said okay and that was the end of it. The one thing that I don’t like about having babies in the hospital is that you are somewhat confined to your bed. I would have been able to move around more if it wasn’t for the pitocin, but I did have it attached to my arm. So, the reality was I had to deal with the fact that I had to stay somewhat confined. Moving around really seems to help me handle the whole labor experience as it intensifies.

Around nine, so about an hour later, I was 80% effaced and dilated to a five. Alainna’s head had also come down more, so my doctor went ahead and broke my water. That is when my labor really started to intensify. Until that point my contractions that I was having had been noticeable and made me pause for a minute to catch my breath, but I wasn’t in any real pain. However, from 9pm until my daughter was born, that all changed. I wasn’t comfortable anymore. I was getting less and less capable of staying still. Also, Alainna didn’t seem to like her heart monitored and so my nurse ended up putting one of those internal monitors on her head. I was extremely apprehensive about the thought of that and talked the nurse out of it the first time she mentioned doing it. I had never had that done before and I didn’t like the idea of anyone sticking anything on my baby’s head. However, once they did I didn’t mind because then I could take the strap off of my stomach which had been irritating me since the moment they attached it to me. The nurse also used a catheter which did help a little. That was another first. I think my bladder was getting in the way of my contractions reaching their full potential.

Barbara and her beautiful familyI had progressed rather quickly with my labor and I knew around eleven that it wasn’t going to take the entire night to deliver my little girl. My sister arrived just before that time. I was in the middle of a contraction and tried to give her a smile. I couldn’t say anything, but I was glad she was there. Now I had my husband, sister and oldest daughter in the delivery room. Everyone was there and I was happy about that. As my contractions intensified through the night I really depended on holding my husband's hand and squeezing through the strong contractions which was all of them at this point. I actually had my husband on one side and my sister on the other. They were both holding my hands and my sister was trying to help me focus on breathing. She has a calming voice and it really seems to help. Stephanie just watched from the chair. I think she was afraid to get close. I told her that it was okay to take pictures.

Then, the time came when I felt like it was time to push. My nurse checked me and told me not to push yet. They were going to call the doctor. However, once I was at that point not pushing wasn’t an option. I started pushing and the doctor wasn’t there yet. My nurse was a little nervous about this experience. She had been a nurse for a while, but only worked in labor and delivery for three months. It only took about two strong pushes to push Alainna out. My doctor ran in my room just in time to catch her cute little tush. The doctor put her right on my stomach. I was so ecstatic to be able to hold and touch my baby. She was absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. Childbirth is such an amazing experience.

AlainnaSince the birth of our beautiful Alainna RayeLynne life has continued as normal. Our kids are busy doing all of their usual things and loving on their new baby sister. Although, we did have a frightening experience. On Alainna's one week birthday she woke up with a 104.3 temperature. She was extremely lethargic and would barely nurse for me. That scared me; she was much too little to be having temperatures like that. My husband and I took her to the hospital and they admitted her immediately. They transferred us to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and that is where we stayed for 4 1/2 days. She ended up with the same flu virus all my other kids were passing around. I had been trying to be so careful by taking every precaution necessary to keep Alainna from getting sick. Everyone was washing their hands before they got anywhere near her and I kept all sick people away from her. I added a picture from Alainna's last day at the hospital.

Since then she has been healthy and well. Alainna has been a delight to have in our family and I can’t imagine life without her. Thank you all for sharing my experience with me and taking the time to read my journal entries. It has been something I have truly enjoyed and maybe someday I will be able do it again.

God Bless,
~ Barbara

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