Friday, January 30, 2009

....questions answered

as many of you read in my last post, i had a lot of unanswered questions.

 

well, i am back with most all of the answers...

  • how will labor start (water breaking, contractions)?  it started with irregular contractions monday and some light bleeding.
  • how long will it take once it starts?  once we arrived at the hospital at 4:30 am the bleeding had increased so they were concerned about the placenta. they did an ultrasound to confirm the location of the placenta. once they were certain the placenta was not in the way they were able to check me for dilation. she checked me and these were her words, "she is completely dilated with bulging bag of waters!" i was still in triage not yet in a delivery room, so they went into full action! if i wasn't in so much pain i would have found it humorous! it was like in the movies! they did an emergency call to the ob delivery wing that they needed a room asap! then they put the rails up on my bed and wheeled me, running through the halls to the delivery room. through all of this, i am going through transition with uncontrollable, full body shakes and contractions all over the place with no consistent pattern. she was born at 6:13 am.
  • will i be able to have another drug free labor and delivery? yes! but i didn't really have an option this time!
  • will i have the strength to endure the discomfort?  barely! when they were concerned about the placenta, as i convulsed from the shakes and contractions on top of each other, for a moment there i thought, "maybe a c-section would be a welcome relief from all this pain!" luckily, the placenta was not a problem, because i now am grateful to not have a cut on my belly that needs extra time to heal!
  • will i make it to the hospital in time?  thankfully, yes! but it was the closest call that we've had! i was seriously worried about having to give birth in the car on the side of the road!
  • will she be early or late? obviously, the answer is early! yippee! i like it when our babies come early! who wouldn't want to be pregnant a shorter amount of time!
  • will i have back labor again? unfortunately the answer is a big, fat YES! the little rascal decided she wanted to come out sunny side up! all i can say is OUCH! my midwife said that in her whole career as a midwife she has only delivered about 5 babies that were sunny side up because most of them turn before actually being born! fortunate for me (read: very thick sarcasm!) i have given birth to 2 sunny side babies!! let me just say "OUCH!" again!
  • will i bounce back after having her?  TBD....so far, it has been slower than the others, but i credit it to the intense back labor and the full body shakes! i am still hopeful that i can bounce back.
  • will i ever be thin again? TBD....ha! sure doesn't feel like it! but, again, i am still hopeful!
  • will i ever stop itching? a big huge, yeehaw! because it has stopped!
  • will i ever be able to sleep again? well, you know how it is! i am able to sleep when she let's me!
  • will i ever be able to rock with kawena and cuddle her close on my lap? i did it last night and i loved every minute of it! i'm pretty sure she enjoyed it too because she feel asleep on my lap! heavenly!
  • will i ever be able to eat what i want again? YES! i had a cheeseburger at the hospital and pizza my first night home and i am looking forward to all the foods that we have planned for the next week! yum!
  • will i ever walk without waddling?  still have yet to do that! but, again, i am very hopeful!
  • will i ever run again? i sure hope so since the saturday before she was born we set up our new treadmill! i plan to get on it as soon as i feel up to it! that is how i plan to "bounce back" and "be thin" again!
  • will i ever see my toes again? i'm lookin' at them right now!
  • will i be able to be the mother of four girls? i guess i will have to figure it out! but i am very hopeful!

WHEN WILL SHE ARRIVE???

BabyMason1

january 27th, 2009

6:13 am

7 pounds 4 ounces

20 inces long

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mommie and baby are doing well and happy to be home!

*beautiful photography courtesy of malia johnson photography

34 comments:

Merilee said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful little baby! Congratulations!!!

Darilyn said...

She is gorgeous. But what is her name?

ashley said...

congrats. and you are my hero- sunny side up, no drugs. hero status.

she is beautiful. and how fun to have malia there? that is so cool!

and yeah, what is her name?

Kristi said...

Congratulations!!!! She is adorable. I must say I can attest to how painful a sunny side up baby is - Madie was. OUCH is right. I had both without drugs and after Madie I thought, "I could do drugs next time . . ."
I'm so happy for you and I'm glad to see your appetite is as good as it has always been! I'm glad I've got one friend out there who understands :)
You're awesome and I think you're wonder woman!

ericandjanine said...

gorgeous gorgeous! congratulations! i am happy for you that it is all over now and you can enjoy this beautiful little girl!!!! keep us posted!

Ilene said...

She is beautiful! I'm glad that she and you are healthy and hope your recovery is smoothed over by another lovely girl in your home. Love that picture of you and her. You look far too shiny and rested in that picture.

Mandy said...

Congrats!!!! So happy to hear everything went so well. You are one blessed lady 4 babies and 4 natural births...Amazing!! she is beautiful and does she have a name yet?

calibosmom said...

WOOHOO!!! I wondered where you went off too. She is amazing and so are you! You are going to be a fantastic mother of 4 daughters!!! Congratulations!

Zeek the Geek said...

w00t! Congrats Mahina Ka' Ipo Lei Mai Ka Lani! She is a cutie!

Amanda D said...

She's beautiful, Mahina. Congrats! I'm so happy for you. I hope you're feeling better soon.

Amanda said...

Oh, she's so beautiful! I can't look at her and not feel a little "baby-hungry" myself, which is bad because I'm just not quite done weaning yet! Great job on the delivery! I'm glad you didn't have to deliver in the car too! Let me tell you from experience, it's not too fun! You amaze me with how tough you are! Great job! Congratulations on your beautiful baby! I'm anxious to hear her new name!?

Sara said...

Awww! She's beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I'm sorry to hear about all the shakes and pain. Ug. I so want to get prego again, but I wish we could forgo all that pain. But they are SO worth it. :) Congratulations again!

Danielle said...

yea!!!! so glad you are done. I am always so glad to be done being pregnant and to have the sweet little baby in my arms. She is so beautiful and i can't wait to hear what her name is.

Rachel's Roost said...

She is so beautiful!!! Welcome cutie baby! Can't wait to hear the name!

Grace said...

Mahina she is beautiful!! You look great as well! What a sweet little thing she is :) Congratulations to Mitch and you. Let us know what her name will be

Melissa-Mc said...

CONGRATULATIONS! You've done very good work, again. I'm so glad you had a January baby and not a February baby. Name??

Siouxsie said...

I'm so happy for you guys to add yet another beautiful girl. That picture of you & babe is so sweet! Malia did an awesome job. Congrats to your whole sweet family. Name?

Bridget said...

Tell me you have a name, please! She is beautiful and you look great already! Congratulations! I got a treadmill for Christmas. I love it! So nice to be able to workout even on days you can't get to the gym or outside.

Brewer Bunch said...

CONGRATS!!!! I am so happy for you! Wow - I hurt just reading your post - I don't know how you went through it all without any drugs - I'm an epidural girl all the way :). I totally hear you on the heartburn - that is always my favorite sensation after birth... having the fire in the throat almost instantly be gone!

You will bounce right back into your beautiful self!! Have fun with four - it's awesome!!

Brewer Bunch said...

CONGRATS!!!! I am so happy for you! Wow - I hurt just reading your post - I don't know how you went through it all without any drugs - I'm an epidural girl all the way :). I totally hear you on the heartburn - that is always my favorite sensation after birth... having the fire in the throat almost instantly be gone!

You will bounce right back into your beautiful self!! Have fun with four - it's awesome!!

Brewer Bunch said...

CONGRATS!!!! I am so happy for you! Wow - I hurt just reading your post - I don't know how you went through it all without any drugs - I'm an epidural girl all the way :). I totally hear you on the heartburn - that is always my favorite sensation after birth... having the fire in the throat almost instantly be gone!

You will bounce right back into your beautiful self!! Have fun with four - it's awesome!!

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Elizabeth said...

Congratulations, M! I'm so happy for you! I'm sorry your delivery was so painful, but she's a beautiful baby with a beautiful mommy! Take good care of yourself and her. Name, please? :-)

jessica said...

Oh YAY! I am so happy for you! Another beautiful girl to add to your precious family. I am still working on your gift...now I am more motivated than ever to get it done and out to you!

Katie said...

Congratulations!! She is beautiful! and so is mommy (as always!) Wow, four little girls... how fun!! Take care.

Emily said...

She is BEAUTIFUL!! Congratulations Mahina! You are amazing! I still have until May and I am getting so uncomfortable already. Baby #4 makes it hard to see your toes earlier than ever! I hope we can get together next time you are at your parents and let our baby girls meet.

Pineapple Princess said...

WHat a precious flower to add to your beautiful bouquet of girls. Congrats!

Katie Smith said...

Hooray for early babies!!! Congratulations. She is beautiful...not at all surprising an I'm happy so many of you questions have been answered.

OH, and yes...what is her name?

Lauren in GA said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!! She is positively GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The pictures are stunning!! You look so great! Many, many congrats!!!!!

Bouncing Balls said...

Congratulations! Yet again another beautiful girl. This is why you are blessed with so many. We need more beautiful girls in the world. Congratulations again and hope you have fun with her. What is her new beautiful name?

Tonya said...

Let me just say OUCH too! I had all back labor with Rylie and it was a huge OUCH!I'm so glad I decided to stay up late and check just 1 more blog because I had no idea your little bundle was here on the earth. CONGRATULATIONS! I loved this post by the way, very creative:0)

Michal said...

GORGEOUS! both mother and daughter. i'm a little late, here--i've been checking my reader and somehow thought this was the post i'd already read with just the questions. duh.
like everyone else, i scrolled down and double checked because i couldn't find her name. i'm sure you are very busy right now with all that cuddling and rocking and recovering, but when you get a chance, it looks like a lot of people are wondering about that name!
and i'm so glad that malia got to come this time.

Caleb Clausen said...

congratulations Mahina, so glad you are not pregnant and now get to enjoy your beautiful little girl! Can't wait to hear what you named her!!

Dustin and Camila said...

Can't believe I forgot to check. Last night Camila asked if you had your baby yet, which reminded me to peek out here. CONGRATULATIONS!! We're so happy for you guys!