Monday, December 28, 2009

Makenzie's Birth Story

    
Two great things in one day...

I couldn't believe I was still pregnant at 38 weeks and I was stressing myself out about the house, which I am sure, wasn't helping with her arrival.
The morning of the 17th, we found out we got the house! We will be closing on January 20th and moving in shortly after we get things painted. That afternoon I was desperate to have my baby and posted on my Facebook status for suggestions on how to do so. One of my high school friends suggested I try Castor Oil, she said it worked for her and she went into labor 45 minutes after she drank it. (Please note, I DO NOT suggest you try this way, to have your baby!!)
I was pretty desperate to have my baby before Christmas and to be home before Christmas...so I went to the nearest Walgreens and picked up a bottle of Castor Oil. I came home and looked up online, how much I am supposed to drink. It said, mix 2 oz. Castor Oil with Orange Juice or some other type of juice. I then looked at the container and it said it was 4 oz. WOW, I was supposed to drink half the bottle. So...I mixed half the bottle with a bottle of Orange Juice and shook it up. {Let me just tell you, it smelled bad, looked bad and the taste was AWFUL!!!}
After I gagged my drink down, I went to sit out with the kids to watch their show before nap time. 
LOW AND BEHOLD...about three hours later....contractions started. (What people don't tell you about Castor Oil, is that is is also a laxative...which is usually what makes the contractions start.) So now I am having contractions and going to the bathroom about every half hour. (sorry if that is TMI)
5:00 pm rolls around and the contractions are starting to get really uncomfortable and starting to hurt. They are about every 7 minutes, so I am still holding out, until I am in too much pain. We were waiting for my parents to come over and for our realitor to come over, so we could sign the house papers. 
5:30....6:00....6:15...ok, papers are signed and time to leave for the hospital...they are getting pretty painful and about 4-5 minutes apart.
We get to the hospital and get checked in labor assessment and they monitor me for about 30 minutes, then tell me I am only at 3 cm...and that they want me to walk for about an hour. So, I get walking and I lasted about 45 minutes. Contractions are pretty painful when standing up and I swear I stopped at every bathroom on the labor and delivery floor. (Note again...I do not recommend drinking Castor Oil)
They checked me again, and I was at 4 cm. They walked us to a room in Labor and delivery and got me all hooked up. The contractions were very painful, so I got a shot for some of the pain. That worked wonders...until the nurse broke my water and then I was in so much pain. Unfortunately I had complete back labor again and it is very painful. The baby's heartbeat wasn't registering correctly, so they tried to put a monitor on the baby's head, while still inside me. The monitor came off and the nurse tried again. That one fell off too. My nurse called another nurse to try to get it to work and by that time, I was dilated to 5cm and that monitor one also fell off.
I decided to have an epidural, cause I was in so much pain. After I got the epidural, I only felt pressure, no pain. I was SO much more comfortable. 

Brian was getting hungry, so he decided since I was only at 5 cm, he would go grab something to eat. The heart rate monitor thing was really bothering me, so my nurse decided to try one more time. This was bout 10 minutes after Brian left to get something to eat. She went to go put the monitor on and he exact words were..."Where did your husband go?" I said, to get something to eat. She said, "Well, someone should go get him, you are dilated to 10 cm and the baby head is ready to come right out. My mother-in-law went and got him and when he got in the room, I gave two big pushes...and out she came at 11:50pm! Beautiful 7 lbs. 8 oz., 20.5 inches long...Makenzie Grace!

A few pictures from Makenzie's first week....

  My little angel and I


Sisters...on their way to best friends! 


Watching a movie together


 First bath at home








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26 comments:

MommaWynn said...

When I was pregnant with my little guy a friend told me about castor oil but I was way to chicken to try it. The bathroom issue didn't sound worth it if it didn't really actually help get my baby here.

Your daughter is so cute. Love the pictures.

Thank you for sharing your story.

JC said...

Enjoy her! They grow so fast, as you know. BTW - You look great!

Meant to be a mom said...

Kelly, She is just beautiful!!!! I'm so happy for you guys.
You crack me up, You drank castor oil, Hah! I've heard that it might work but never did I try it. I love that you tried it and even better that it worked. Priceless!
I'm so glad that everything went well.
Also congratulations on the new home, that is so exciting for you guys. I hope your doing good. Keep posting pics. She is just precious!

Anna said...

How wonderful. She is a real beauty! And I love the new look of the blog! So is it harder to adjust from family of 3 to family of 4 OR family of 4 to family of 5? I have to ask.....it would make a great future post! :)

Heather said...

Your new addition is absolutely precious...and you look fabulous for just having had a little one! Congratulations to you and your larger family!

I also love the new look of your blog! You definitely deserved a makeover for yourself, after kindly helping out so many of us! Great work!

Amy said...

I can't believe you drank castor oil (and that you didn't know it would make you go....!!) ha! You must have been really desperate!
Love the pics of Miss Makenzie....I think she looks like a good mix of both of your other kids - what do you think?

Mandy Jo said...

Congrats!:) Your lil girl is so pretty! To funny about the oil!:) My sister almost tried it with her last baby and didn't want the bathroom issues!

Ashley Thames said...

I was told to try castor oil, but I read the horrible side effects. I instead walked at Wal-Mart for FOUR NIGHTS & had NO progress. I begged my Dr to induce at 38 weeks, 1 day because I had hypertension and was down right UNCOMFORTABLE!!!
I only pushed 3 times..I felt like super-woman after that ;)

She is beautiful :) I hope you all had a Merry Christmas & can't wait to see more pictures of your family of 5!

Erin said...

She looks just like abby did if I remember correctly. You should post pictures of the three of them at the same age so I can see :) I love the story and I was wondering if you had troubles with going to the bathroom after drinking that. That was one thing I read and noted to myself right away that I would not be taking it lol!

Single Mama said...

So so adorable :) Love the labor story and glad it wasn't that bad for you!!! Congrats on your new family of 5!!!

Annie said...

haha...you were really desperate, huh?!? I also heard about the Castor Oil...but was too nervous about the other side effects to try it!!

Your family is just SO precious...and you look GREAT!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

She is just too cute! I am so happy that two great things happended for you on one day:) My hubby left to get breakfast while I was in labor with my first one and someone had to go get him because I went from 3 cm to 8 cm in like 15 minutes...but then I ended up have a c section!

Mary Kate said...

OMG...what an angel!!! congrats! I just knew you were having another boy...shows how much I know!!! congrats on the new house too!! what an exciting time!!!

Linds said...

Congrats! She's precious! I love the new blog look too!!!

Paige said...

Congrats girl! I could never try the castor oil, so you a one brave Momma! Makenzie is so beautiful, she looks just like her brother & her sister! I'm so happy to see that you are doing great with your new family of 5! I love the new blog look too!!!

Taylor @ Jimmy Choos and a Baby Too said...

PRECIOUS!!!!!

MomBrose said...

She's just beautiful! I can't get over how much she looks like her sister :D
Glad she's out and in your arms so you can do some packing! Hope your Christmas was blessed!

Lea Liz said...

You look great!!!! She is absolutly beautiful!!!

I have heard about the castor oil thing and I heard a lot of drs get mad if they know you have done it, did yours know? Glad it worked and that you had a safe and pretty easy labor and delivery!!

Love the new layout!!

Oh and everyone has loved Brody's Bday invitations!! You did get the check, right?

Candi said...

CONGRATS!! What a beautiful birth story!!

TheFancyFritter said...

What an adventure! She is beautiful & how exciting you had another girl! :) What a fun Christmas gift!

Jennifer said...

Little Mackenzie is the sweetest!!! Second, you look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! You just gave birth and you look like you just spent time at the spa, LOL! Congratulations on the new home, gorgeous new baby and the exciting year to come :-) xoxo

Brandi said...

What a beautiful baby. Congrats.

Angie said...

Congratulations! She was very cute. What a wonderful Chrsitmas present.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

It sounds like everything happened very quickly! She is absolutely perfect!
I love the new blog look!

~Jamie Kubeczka~ said...

So glad the delivery went well and your home resting with your sweet family. The pictures are precious! Love the new look too!

Tutu said...

My niece did the castor oil thing. She had asked me to be at the delivery, and I had to leave town because my mom was having surgery. We really wanted her to go into labor before I had to leave, so she drank a castor oil shake, walked up and down stairs and had a friend massage her feet. I got the call that night that she was in labor. She had been in the bathroom half the night. When I got to the hospital, she was in so much pain, I just kept saying, "I'm so sorry we made you drink that stuff!"

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