Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Stella Baylee Hargett

Born August 24, 2010
3:56 am
7 lbs 12 oz
19 1/2 in long

Our baby Stella is here! Originally I was to be induced on August 24th but Stella decided to come on her own. I started getting contractions at 5:30 am on the 23rd, they started out at 8 mins apart and I had to go into work to finish some stuff before I started my maternity leave. By 10 o'clock they were about 16-20 mins apart. I left work at noon and went home and rested and my contractions started getting closer together. By 4:30 pm they were 4-6 min apart and becoming more intense. I called my doctor at 6 and let her know what was going on and she said to go to the hospital and have them check me. So Troy hopped in the shower and got ready and I got in after him but I only had time to wash my body and quickly shave my legs...LOL. I didn't want hairy legs. I had 3 contractions in the shower and they were pretty painful. We headed off to the hospital and my contractions started getting closer to 3 min apart. We got in the elevator and my water broke...all the nurses got a kick out of that. I couldn't really tell if it was my water breaking because I had some leakage throughout the week, but this was a lot more fluid and it went through my pants so I told Troy: "I think my water just broke" sure enough, it was. We got checked in and then they checked me and confirmed that my water broke, I was dilated to 3 and 90% effaced. They set us up in the labor and delivery room and Troy's brother Brandon and his wife Brooke arrived to visit. Brooke wanted to watch me get the epideral. The anisthesiologist was awesome, he explained everything that he was doing and what I would feel. The epideral wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it still hurt. It was totally worth is though cuz those contractions are not pleasant at all! I instantly started getting numb and was very comfortable, I was even able to rest and nap to get strength to push. I got checked again and I was at a 4 and then within 2 hours I was completely dilated to a 10. The nurses said that was the fastest they had ever seen a first time mom dilate completely. We had to wait an hour before pushing because Stella had not decended enough. Stella sure was a stubburn little thing, she did not want to come out...I pushed for almost 2 hours and barely made any progress. My doctor finally came in and decided to use the vacuum on her because she was wedged. Even though I was numb, the pressure was just too much for me to handle. I started crying toward the end but Stella finally made her debute! She was so beautiful and I couldn't believe she was finally here. All the pain was completely worth it and I would do it over again in a heartbeat.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stella is on her way!

I had my doctor's appt this afternoon and my blood pressure was still high: 142/91. There was no protein in my urine but my doctor felt it best to get induced...so I'm scheduled to be induced on Tuesday the 24th! We are so excited. I feel better about it because now I can get all my work stuff finished up before I go on maternity and get the house in order and have everything ready to bring Stella home. Unless of course she decides to come on her own before Tuesday...if that's the case then we'll just do what we can! Troy and I are so thrilled and cannot wait to see our baby girl :) I'm definitely more nervous now that I know when it's gonna happen. I'm mostly nervous about Stella, I just want her to be ok and healthy. I am pretty nervous about labor and delivery too, but I know I'll be ok and I just need to stay positive and relaxed and know that my wonderful husband and family will be there to help me and keep me calm. I called the hospital today and got pre-registered so I don't have to do any insurance paperwork when we go in on Tuesday. I do have to call the hospital at 7 am that morning and they will let me know what time we can come in. It's funny because this last week was going so slow not knowing when she was coming. And now that we know I feel like I'm running out of time! LOL But we are excited and can't wait for you all to meet her :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Doctor's Appt Update

Today was my 38 week doctor's appointment. Stella's heart rate was 145, she is still head down but needs to drop a little more. I'm dilated 2 cm and 50% effaced. My blood pressure was 140/96 so she had it checked again at the end of my appt it only went down to 138/96. Because it was so high she had me get my blood drawn to check my liver and kidney's and I have to do a 24 hr urine sample. This will check for preeclampsia. Then I will go back on Thursday to get the results for that and have my blood pressure checked again. Depending on those results I might be induced this weekend. If not, then my doctor said she can strip my membranes on Monday to help start labor. My doctor estimated Stella weighs about 7 lbs right now and if I make it to my due date she could be almost 9 lbs. I'm still debating on what I'd like to do if I don't get induced this weekend. So I'm just gonna wait until after Thursday's appointment to decide. So Stella could make her arrival pretty soon!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

37 Weeks

37 Weeks 4 Days
So I'm a little late on posting this since my next appointment is tomorrow...but better late than never right? I had my 37 week appt last Monday and everything went good...except I tested positive for Strep B. But my doctor said there was nothing to worry about. I just have to get an IV of antibiotics during labor and it will clear it right up. There is no harm to me with it, it's a common infection that pregnant women can get during their last month of pregnancy. The baby can catch this bacteria during delivery through the birth canal if it's not treated with antibiotics and could cause the baby to get pneumonia. So it will all get cleared up when I go to the hospital. My blood pressure was 130/96, Stella's heart rate was between 145-150, she is still head down and my doctor said she could feel her head but she still has a ways to drop. I was dilated to 1 1/2 cm which is a half a cm progression from the week before. My doctor forgot to tell me how effaced I was and I forgot to ask...but my last appointment I was at 50%. I'm excited for tomorrow's appointment to see how much I've progressed...if any! I'm trying to stay positive though, I'm definitely ready for Stella to make her big arrival. I'm hoping she has dropped, I feel like she has because I'm feeling a little more pressure around my pelvic bone and it's getting more uncomfortable to walk.
Last night I made my hospital packing list and started to pack my hospital bag. We've picked out three possible outfits to bring her home in. We chose a sleeper, a small newborn outfit and a little bigger newborn outfit. We just don't know how big she's gonna be so I'm afraid we'll take an outfit that's too small or too big for her. So we did a mix of both! I think we've decided on which one we want though...Troy really likes the "I Love Daddy" onesie, so I think we just might go with that one...even if it ends up being too big on her. 

Pamper Day

Yesterday was a fun day for my sister and I, we haven't spent a day together in quite a while so we though it would be fun to have a "Sister's Day". We went to Tip Top Nails to get pampered. I got a much needed pedicure and Ashley got her nails done for a wedding she has to go to next weekend. I wanted to get a pedicure before Stella comes: one, because I really wanted a foot/leg massage...and man was it nice; and two, I want cute toes for my delivery. Now I know that sounds funny, but hey...if I can't look cute during my delivery at least my toes will! LOL After getting our nails done we went over to Fashion Place mall so I could go to Motherhood Maternity and find a nursing bra. I didn't end up finding one that fit right, but I did buy two sleeper bras. They are perfect for the hospital and for bed because it just opens up to feed. And they are really comfortable. Then we went over to Cafe Rio and had some lunch and did some girl talk. It was so nice to hang out with my sister and I felt it was important to get some quality time in with her before Stella comes.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

36 Weeks

Well I've hit the 36 week mark! Yay...only 4 weeks to go. I had my doctor's appointment yesterday and got the Strep B test done. Hopefully it comes back negative...I should find out at my next appointment. My blood pressure was good, urine was negative for protein, Stella's heart rate was at 145. I also mentioned to her about my vision again and that I had another Ocular Migraine on Friday. She looked at my blood results and everything was normal. She didn't seem too concerned about it because I told her all that I researched about Ocular Migraines in pregnant women. She just suggested to visit my eye doctor to make sure my eyes are ok. I'm thinking they will go away after Stella is born...so we'll just keep an eye on that. After my strep test my doctor decided to just go ahead and check me and I'm dilated to 1 cm and 50% effaced. She said I'm moving along nicely, but have a little ways to go. I'm pretty sure I won't be going early. I haven't had any pre-term labor signs so I'm thinking she will come right around her due date, if not later. My next appointment is this coming Monday, I'm anxious to see if I've progressed anymore by then!