Thursday, September 26, 2013

Quinn Ruth Duty

Quinn Ruth Duty arrived August 29th at 8:21am.
She weighed 8 lbs 15 oz and was 19 inches.
She is absolutely perfect. I love every single thing about this sweet baby girl and I am so thankful for her.

I figure I should document how the birth went down this time around. Man, it was so different from Brooklynn's birth. I thought I remembered what it was like to have a c-section but I must have been really out of it last time (being in labor for 40 hours prior to have Brooklynn via c-section).

The night before we dropped Brooklynn off at my in-laws house to spend the night there because we had to be at the hospital at 5:30am so it just made the most sense. This was hard for me.. dropping her off knowing that she really had no idea how her life was going to change while we were away. But we dropped her off got some dinner and then finished up some last minute things to get ready to have Quinn.

I had to stop drinking and eating at 11:30pm to prepare for surgery. The eating part wasn't a problem but not drinking anything after 11:30 was so hard for me. I felt like I was so thirsty and I was so hot so it was driving me crazy! 

Also, they wanted me to call and hour before I needed to be there to make sure they were not too busy for me to come in. Since I was scheduled I could be bumped back if there were too many people there who went into labor on their own. 

So between being really hot and not being able to drink any water, being really worried my c-section was going to be bumped back, and Brooklynn being away from me I could not sleep for a minute. It was awful. I was so tired but there was no way my body was going to let me sleep. So finally 4:30am rolls around and I can call to make sure I can come in. We got the green light THANK GOODNESS.

We got to the University of Utah hospital at 5:30am and got all checked in and situated in our room. It was so weird being alert and not in labor at all. I got my IV and had a bunch of different people come in and talk to me about the process. I don't remember how long it was before everything was all ready for me to go to the OR. They made Curtis stay behind in the recovery room while they took me to the OR to be prepped. I didn't know he wasn't going to be able to stay with me the whole time. I wasn't super happy about that but I was so excited/nervous I wasn't going to complain.

They had me walk to the OR. I sat on the operating table to get my spinal. With scheduled c-sections they do spinals instead of epidurals. So basically it's just one really high dose to make my lower half completely numb. While the annastieologist was doing the spinal he hit a nerve that sent a very sharp pain down my leg into my foot. It only lasted about 1 second but it was not cool. Once he was done they lay me right down because it starts working so fast. This was so weird. They started prepping me and it was like my body was disappearing. It was nuts.

I had heard about some friends who got really nauseous from their spinal and threw up a ton. I was really nervous about this but luckily for me I didn't get nauseous. I literally spent the whole time concentrating on breathing in and out. On each individual breath as I waited to hear that first cry. It was really weird being so much more aware of what was going on. With Brooklynn I was so out of it that I didn't really know what was going on.

Finally we heard a little cry and I was so happy. But they wouldn't give her to me right away because she had some fluid in her lungs and was having a hard time breathing. That was pretty scary because they had to work on her for quite a while. But everything turned out to be okay thankfully and I was able to see her before they took her to the nursery. I sent Curtis with her because I wanted at least one of us to be with her! 

After what felt like FOREVER they were finally done stitching me up and they took me into the recovery room where Curtis, my mom and my sister Ashley were waiting for me. 

I hemorrhaged a little bit this time and had a few small blood clots but it was a dream compared to what I went through after Brooklynn.

They finally brought Quinn into the room and I got to hold her for the first time. There is really something special about that first time you hold your baby in your arms. The love is just indescribable. And then from that moment on the love just grows with every second. ah it's incredible!!

I love this sweet baby girl of mine. 
Quinn Ruth.. you and your sister hold my heart. Forever and always!

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^^morning before going into have Quinn^^
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^^last photo before going into surgery^^
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^^taking a little rest^^
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^^looks fun huh?^^
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^^Quinn Ruth Duty^^

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