Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Maylee Ruth Hansen

I started writing this months ago and never got around to finishing it and posting it. I am mad at myself because a lot of the details towards the end of the post I had to try to remember. Maylee is now almost 6 months old!

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My sweet little Maylee is now here! It's crazy how having a baby does not actually seem real until you see them and touch them for the first time after delivery. Even though your belly grows and you feel the kicks, it's still not the same. We love her to pieces and are so glad she is here!

I decided to be induced a few days before my due date (May 26th). The doctor was a little concerned about how big the baby was getting compared to how small I am. We took Marshall into consideration because he was almost 9 lbs and it was a long labor and hard recovery.

Delivery Week Timeline:

May 23rd - My mother-in-law was flying into town that night and we thought that I was going into labor. My contractions were very consistent for quite a few hours, and they were getting painful. We were starting to get a little stressed as to who we would have to call to watch Marshall and how we could get my mother-in-law here from the airport. Jake even started packing his bag to take to the hospital and writing down notes for potential babysitters. Luckily Marshall was already asleep so if we had to call someone it would just be to sit at our apartment for a couple hours until my mother-in-law got there. I decided to take a bath and that calmed down my contractions quite a bit. Jake was able to pick up his mom from the airport and I was able to sleep pretty well that night.

May 24th - I thought for sure I would be having the baby this day considering what happened the night before, but my contractions never started back up. I started walking around my apartment complex trying to get things going, and still nothing. I thought it would be great if I could go naturally instead of having to get induced. My contractions stayed pretty calm the whole day.

May 25th - Marshall woke up wheezing and coughing. He did not have an appetite and was pretty cranky. He has been getting colds a lot lately and whenever he has a cold he wheezes and it takes him a while for his cough to go away. I grew up with asthma and I knew that he probably had it considering his history. Back in February with his first wheezing episode we went to an urgent care and they prescribed him an inhaler with a spacer. We have used that off and on whenever he has been sick since, but it seemed like it was not working super well this time around. We decided to make a doctors appointment for him that afternoon as I had a doctor's appointment that morning. Soon after we made the appointment for Marshall, my doctor's office called and asked if they could move my appointment to the afternoon. We ended up being in a time crunch and had to wait at both doctors offices for over an hour. It was a long day!
At my appointment the doctor checked my cervix and I was at 1cm but was very thinned and effaced. The doctor was concerned the week before because I was carrying Maylee pretty high still. He said that she was down lower and that those contractions I had a few days before probably helped to push her down a little bit. He said that everything looked good for the induction the next day and he also said that the baby felt like she was less than 8 lbs.
At Marshall's appointment, he got a breathing treatment, was officially diagnosed with asthma, and got an order for a nebulizer. He also had an ear infection so he got on antibiotics for that as well as a steroid for the asthma. I was so grateful that my mother-in-law was here to help him with his breathing treatments and medication as Jake and I were going to be in the hospital the next day. I would hate to have anyone else to have do deal with my sick baby boy.

May 26th -
8:00am - When we arrived at the hospital, we had to get registered and answer a ton of health related questions before they started me.
9:30am - I started my pitocin.
11:00am - The doctor broke my water and he measured me at 2cm. He said I probably would be delivering early that afternoon and that he would see me in a few hours.
Contractions started getting more intense and I decided to get my epidural when I was at 4cm at 2pm. The epidural did not treat me well this time around. When I had the epidural with Marshall I got nauseous and cold, but that was it. I did not feel anything and was COMPLETELY numb. I could not move my legs at all. This time around I started to get dizzy and they had to lay me back and give me some medicine to help with the dizziness. Then when I started to feel better, Maylee's heartbeat started racing and I had to wear oxygen to get her back to where she needed to be. When they sat me back up I had to throw up, and then I felt dizzy again. I had to lay back down and get some more medicine. It was kind of crazy there for a while.
This time with the epidural I could still feel the contractions, but they were not painful. I could also move one of my legs pretty good and move the other leg a little bit. I definitely was not as numb as I was with Marshall. Around 4:00 the contractions were starting to feel painful again and I felt a lot of painful pressure. I pushed the button to get more dosage from the epidural and then called the nurse in to check me. She said that I was only at 5cm, but that her head was very low. A little over an hour later I was feeling a lot of pain. I felt so much pressure and felt like I needed to push. I had Jake call the nurse in, because I was in a lot of pain, and she checked my cervix and I was ready to go. She stepped out to call my doctor and then came back in and we started pushing. I only pushed a couple of times and then she said that we needed to wait for my doctor to get there because she was afraid I was going to push Maylee out without him. I was in a lot of pain and I did not want to wait for the doctor. Luckily, the doctor came in about 5 minutes later. After everything was set up and ready to go I started pushing again.
I honestly did not think that I was going to make it through this delivery. It was so different than Marshall's because I could feel things. I think this helped me in the end though to push extra hard because pushing was the only way to find some relief. I think I pushed for about 20-30 minutes.

At 6:00pm, Maylee Ruth Hansen made her appearance into the world! She had a little difficulty breathing so they swept her away pretty fast, but soon enough we were able to hold this sweet little girl.She weighed 9 lbs 5 oz and was 21 inches long. She was bigger than Marshall! The doctor was shocked. She is such a sweetheart and we are grateful to have her in our family!