Friday, January 9, 2009

Ivy's Birth

My baby is here! I'm spending a few minutes away from sweet Ivy at the moment so she can spend some time relaxing on her photo therapy bed. More on that in a minute. First let me start from the beginning....

It all began Saturday afternoon when I had the first meeting with my new doula. She recommended that I buy an exercise ball so that I could work on getting Ivy in the proper position to be born. Like a good patient I went to Target that very night and bought a bright blue exercise ball (which Sylas LOVES). The next day (Sunday) I had to go to work at 5 p.m., but before leaving I sat on the ball with Sylas for about 20 minutes watching the new John Mayer DVD, "Where the Light Is." For some reason that child will only watch about 30 seconds of a Baby Einstein or Dr. Seuss DVD, but let him watch Steve Jordan play the drums and life is good. I arrived at work at 5 o'clock and everything was business as usual until about 6:30 when I had a contraction that was a whole new experience. I had been contracting off and on for about 6 weeks, but this one felt different and this one REALLY HURT. Still, I didn't think anything of it, since I had already cried wolf a few times at work, and the contractions always went away. I continued working, cleaning toilets, waiting on customers, but having to squat down to wipe the fridge or perform some other inane task every six minutes or so in order to look busy and not let anyone know that I was DYING!!! Our store was closing at 9 p.m. and being as stubborn as I am, I was determined to perform all my duties and leave my co-worker none the wiser. I guess little Miss Ivy is more stubborn than her mama because by 9 my contractions were every 2 minutes and I was practically on the floor. In between contractions and trying to sweep the backroom, I called Ryan and told him that I thought this was the real thing and that I probably shouldn't drive myself home. So, as soon as we hung up, Ryan called his mom to come be with Sylas and I asked my co-worker if it would be an inconvenience for her to drive me to the hospital. She immediately sprung into action and whisked me out the door. I now realize that I never punched out, so I'm wondering if I'm still getting paid. Hmmm...that would be nice. We arrived at the hospital at about 10 p.m. and I guess sitting on that exercise ball did the trick, because I was already dilated to 4 and Ivy was in the perfect position to be born. Ryan still wasn't at the hospital, so the 30 seconds that I had between contractions were spent on the phone talking with him. My knight finally showed up at 11 p.m. and my world was right again. By 2:20 a.m. I was ready to push and our beautiful Ivy Pearl entered the world at 2:43 a.m. WOW! I am in love. She's the most beautiful thing and I can't get enough of her.

As far as medical things go, Ivy's doing so well. She has a bit of jaundice, so she's spent the last two days on a photo therapy bed, but the doc is hopeful that she'll be done with that tomorrow. Right now we're working on getting her to eat more by mouth, so those of you who pray for us, please please please pray that her appetite will increase so she can come home. Right now they are tentatively telling us that she should come home Sunday or Monday which would be WONDERFUL!!! I better go. My princess awaits.


  1. You are hilarious. I can see you squatting by a fridge and breathing slowly, wanting to die...silly girl! I can't wait to meet Ivy, I love her already!

  2. She is so sweet and just as beautiful as the rest of her family!

    We will pray that her appetite picks up and she will be home soon.


  3. Congradulations to you and your family. Sylas will be a great big brother to Ivy!

  4. I'm so glad to hear from you, Brianna. :) Sounds like a good labor and delivery, all things considered.

    Good to hear that Ivy is doing well, and I'll pray that she gets better at eating, so you can take her home. :)

  5. Congratulations on such a beautiful baby girl and on the successes daily of your precious boy. I have been following you since the birth of the sextuplets and pray for you often. I'm excited to see what delights are in store for your family with these 2 delightfully gorgeous blessings you have been given.

  6. Brianna...a HUGE congratulations! Your rainbow baby is here!

    What a wonderful story to share... I'm sure Ivy will love to hear how Mom wanted to make sure she finished up work before delivering!

    Ivy is just beautiful and I'm sure Sylas will be a great big brother to her!

  7. I will be praying for her appetite to increase so you an bring your little princess home. Congratulations! Thanks for the beautiful update.

  8. Did you VBAC? Vertical incision from sextuplets? Midwife?

    So thankful your uterus didn't rupture...

    A curious OB nurse...

  9. Hi Anonymous.

    Yes I did VBAC and it was incredible! I didn't have a vertical insicion when I had the sextuplets, so my risk of a rupture was the same as any other c-section mama.

    I saw perinatologists for the first 28 weeks and then switched over to midwives after that.

    I'm so thankful I was able to experience what I did while giving birth to my sweet girl.

  10. That's awesome -- so glad it worked out for you! I realize asking about such details as the latitude vs longitude of your incision is kind of personal, but us OB nurses have no boundries... (:

    Have a good one.


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