We are so excited to announce that Miss Everly Mae is here! On November 17th at 12:35 a.m. we welcomed our sweet little bundle of joy to the world. At 5 lbs 14 ounces and 19 inches long she blew us all away with how perfect and healthy she was for being 3.5 weeks early. We’ve been soaking in every precious moment with our new addition and so happy that she was able to grace us with her presence early. Here is Everly’s birth story….
Let me begin by saying that Miss Evie was breech my entire third trimester and Rex and I had decided that we would schedule a C-section a week early (Dec. 4th) for her big arrival instead of trying to force her to turn. Little did we know she would be here even earlier.
It all started on Thursday, November 14th when I had my 36 week doctor’s appointment. During my ultrasound I found out that my placenta had matured. For those of you who don’t know….a pregnant woman’s placenta has a “shelf life”. It grows and developes and once it matures or reaches its peak it starts to deteriorate. Since it had just matured there wasn’t any cause for concern but my doctor said he would like to see me in a week and do an NST (stress test) just to make sure that baby girl was still growing on schedule. Before I left the doctor’s office he said he would hook me up to the NST machine just so I could see how it worked and what it was like. The nurses wrapped two monitors around my belly and I watched as these little lines moved up and down on a piece of paper. All of a sudden the nurse looked at me and asked “Did you feel that?” I said “No, feel what?” and she replied “You are having a contraction!” Nurses started coming in and asking “You don’t feel that?” and when I kept replying “No” we all started to laugh. My doctor was a little shocked and decided to check my cervix and I was dilated to 2 cm. Since he wasn’t sure what was going on and I wasn’t feeling the contractions he had me check into my hospital to be monitored a little closer. Naturally I started to freak out a little bit…I had just come from work, there was laundry to do and my hospital bag wasn’t packed! As soon as I got into the car I called Rex and said “Well, you won’t believe where I am going right now….the hospital!” I think he replied with “Really?!” in an excited and nervous voice. We met at the hospital and checked in and they hooked me up to machines. Sure enough I was having contractions every minute and they were getting stronger but still not painful. We ended up staying the night in the hospital and in the morning I had only dilated another 1/2 cm so they decided it would be best if I went home and came back when the contractions were getting more painful.
So Friday Rex and I went into full “prepare for the hospital” mode. We cleaned the house, did laundry and dishes, packed our bags, went to the grocery store, installed the car seat, etc. We were going to be prepared when the time came! I still was having contractions but didn’t want to be the crazy lady who makes multiple trips to the hospital only having to keep being sent home. So I ignored my contractions Friday night and got a good night sleep.
On Saturday we went about our normal routine all day. Then around 6:00 pm I began to get a slight stabbing pain in my upper stomach. I called my doctor and he said since I am experiencing something different I should probably come to the hospital and get checked out. We grabbed our bags and our car seat and headed to the hospital. I was hooked up to the machines again to track my contractions and my cervix was now dilated to 3 cm. My blood pressure was slightly high and since I was still having contractions and dilating my doctor turned to me and said “Let’s just do it.” I think a nervous laugh escaped my mouth and I looked at Rex and we both said “Okay”. Since I was going to do a Csection anyways and I was now considered to be in active labor we decided it would be best for the baby and I if we went ahead and delivered than to wait and cause stress to either of us. So the time had been set…12:00 in the morning of the 17th they would wheel me into the operating room and our little girl would be here. I started to get so nervous… “Are we really ready for this?”, “Will she be Okay and healthy?”, “Is this really going to happen?”, “Our lives are going to change forever in just a few moments.” were all thoughts that swirled around in my head.
At 12:35 our baby girl took her first breath and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Rex was able to watch her be born and I think he said “Oh my gosh…wow” as they pulled her out (butt first). I remember asking him “Is she okay?” “Is she out?” and when I heard that first cry from the other side of the sheet and saw pure joy and love on Rex’s face I knew she was here! They walked her around to the side for me to see her and I instantly fell in love. “Yes, that is exactly what our little girl looks like!” I had wondered that question my entire pregnancy and when my eyes locked in on her for the first time it all clicked. They then took her to get weighed and checked and Rex was able to go with her and cut her cord and take pictures. I was able to watch them and couldn’t take my eyes off of my two loves..Rex and Everly. They then wrapped her in a blanket and set her on my chest and I started to cry. She was perfect.
I had the most amazing birth experience I could ever imagine. I never had to “labor”, I knew when she was coming, and I got the most perfect and healthy baby girl. I always thought it was weird when people would hear I was having a Csection and they would respond “Oh, I’m sorry” or “That is too bad”. Especially people who have never had one before. No matter how you deliver your baby…whether it be natural, vaginal or csection we all walk out of the hospital with the same badge of honor…our baby. I know everyone’s experience is different but for me, my csection went amazing. I was up and walking around 24 hours after the surgery and my recovery was so fast, I felt completely back to normal and with no pain 2 weeks after her birth. I think a lot of this has to do with how healthy and active I was during my pregnancy. I was only 6 lbs. from my original weight 4 days after her delivery and I attribute that to exercising and eating healthy while I was pregnant. I couldn’t have asked for a better pregnancy, delivery and recovery.