Matt and I knew when we got married that we didn't want to wait too long before we had children, so we were ecstatic when we saw a positive pregnancy test on August 12, 2013! Matt didn't believe it at first because it was only day 31 of my cycle. I had been very diligent at keeping track of my time of the month and ovulation for the past 8 months and had never gone past 30 days so I knew I was pregnant even before I took the test. Not to sound cliche either, but I could "feel" that I was pregnant. I just felt different. I really don't know how to describe it and maybe it was just coincidence, but I knew. But to reassure Matt, I took another pregnancy test the next day and it instantly went to positive! He certainly believed me then, even when I told him that a positive is a positive no matter how faint the line. I had planned to take monthly pictures throughout my pregnancy on the bed like this but that didn't happen. Some days you really just don't feel like taking pictures! Matt just said, "oh, look at you..holding your pee" :)
This is me at 14 weeks when we announced we were pregnant to our friends.
Weeks slowly went by but before we knew it we were in the third trimester and about to have our baby! At my 38 week appointment, however, we found out that I was measuring too small. My midwife wanted me to get an ultrasound to see if she was actually measuring small or if she was just deeper in my pelvis because she had dropped. The ultrasound read that she was measuring 34 weeks, not 38. Two weeks off is okay, but four is too much. I knew my baby was going to be okay, but I was heartbroken when I was told they wouldn't let me go past 39 weeks and I would have to be induced. The placenta and umbilical cord weren't measuring right on the ultrasound either and they were afraid that she wouldn't be fit for labor, or even worse, if we waited longer. My midwife talked to me about how it is possible to still not get the epidural when getting induced but much more difficult. I knew then the chances of me getting the epidural increased by a lot after hearing this but I still wanted to try to go natural. And for the record, I am not anti-epidural. So, before I hear anymore "I told you so"s about getting the epidural, and how it's a gift from God and we should use it, and we don't HAVE to experience the pain, blah blah blah, please be respectful towards a goal that I had set and something I had my heart set on for me AND my baby. I don't doubt the relief the epidural gives but I had studied all throughout my pregnancy on how to have a natural birth, and how much healthier it is for mother and baby. I had a very healthy pregnancy up until this point so I was confident that I would be able to achieve this. I knew what I had to do though, and knew I had to be induced for the health of my baby, but that didn't mean it was still hard for me to accept that I wouldn't get to experience what my body was made to do. I prayed and cried and prayed some more to accept these things and that my baby would be healthy and handle labor well.
On April 10, I went to my midwife to have my membranes swept. OUCHIE! I heard it hurt, but man, I about jumped off the table! Luckily, Matt, and a student midwife were there to hold me down! I was told to eat as much as I can/want that day and night and to call in to Labor and Delivery at 5:30 pm to see if they were ready to have me come in. I was getting anxious about getting induced, and when I get anxious I do not have an appetite but I knew I had to eat. So, Matt and I made the horrible decision to go to Golden Corral thinking there has to be something there I would like to eat. Wrong. The best thing there was their cotton candy!
On a positive note..because we knew when I would be having the baby my parents were able to come and stay with us! It was so great to have them their with us! My mom was so sweet and found matching sheets and pillow cases for the daybed that we put in the nursery! Also, she gave me two pink blankets that I grew up using all the time that are my grandmothers. They are perfect for the nursery.
I called at 5:30pm, but they ended up not being ready for me until 11pm! Talk about a long night! We had fun though, brainstorming names, hearing the babies heartbeat and mom showing me what she bought for us.
Here I am on an exercise ball having very mild contractions due to the sweeping!
Once we were at the hospital they inserted cervidil and let that work it's magic for 12 hours. I was still a 1 when we got there so I was bummed. Here is a picture with the dilating chart. haha. I couldn't help myself!
Here are some more pictures of us at the hospital.
I normally wouldn't post pictures like this online but I think this picture is pretty funny. Pretty sure I'm in the middle of a contraction!
My parents came after I told Matt to tell them my water broke. Originally in my birth plan, I only wanted Matt and my mom there during the labor and delivery but when my dad showed up I was thankful he was there and I wanted him to stay. Look how sweet my dad is. Matt saw him tear up a few times.
My mom was able to get a video of her being born too! (GO MOM!) And I think Matt got a little queasy so I cut the umbilical cord!
Overall though, I am SO pleased with how everything went! Goal #1 was to deliver a healthy baby and goal #2 was to not have a c-section so I really can't complain! Even though I didn't get the natural birth experience I wanted, I will still strive for a natural birth next time! We feel so blessed to have our baby girl here!
We first named her McKenzie Jane but I knew not even three hours later that that wasn't going to work. And hearing the nurses and family calling her that confirmed that! I didn't like it! Kind of crazy cause McKenzie was a name Matt mentioned the night before while brainstorming names and to me it just clicked at the time and felt right when she was born. We tried a few other names for the next two days, and then finally decided on Matea Jane. This was the name we talked about even before we were married! Should have just stuck with what we wanted in the first place :)
First family picture!
Daddy and daughter :)