EmmaLee-Tyler’s Birth Story

After the majority of my morning sickness subsided in the last trimester, the only complaint I had was not being able to sleep due to restless legs and just not being comfortable. Most nights I would only get about 3 hours of sleep at the max. My blood pressure was being managed pretty well with medicine. Then when I hit 36 weeks I started feeling bad just generally and my blood pressure was still high (really high) with my normal amount of medicine. I let my wonderful OB know and we ran some tests and then by the end of the week I was in the hospital being induced and anticipating the arrival of EmmaLee-Tyler.
We arrived to the hospital around 10:00 PM on Sunday, March 6th at 37 weeks 2 days to start the induction process. But before we left the house I had the honor of rocking my 19 month old son to sleep for the last time as an only child at home. It was truly a bittersweet moment and as I rocked him I was fighting back tears because as excited as I was for our family to become 4 people, I was nervous to how Cam would react to this big change in his life, how he would be spending the night away from us for the first time, and how I would handle taking care of 2 children. So, we get settled into our room and the nurses enter in all of my information and give me the meds to help start the laboring process and a mild sedative to help me rest. The plan was to give me meds every 3 hours and by the second dose I started having contractions, but thankfully the sedative did it’s job and allowed me to sleep more than I had been doing at home..even with multiple interruptions of sleep from the nurses. The third dose of meds really had me contracting at the time.
After I received the third dose they started my IV of pitocin to really make me contract and set on my labor of EmmaLee-Tyler. A couple of hours later my lovely and wonderful doctor came by and checked on me and broke my water. (When I had my water broke with Cam I didn’t feel anything or any sensations of the water because I already had my epidural so this was an interesting feeling.)
My pitocin was most definitely working and I contracted ALL DAY LONG! Another couple of hours after having my water broke I asked for my epidural. My epidural this time around compared to Cam’s was a completely different story. It was administered differently and I was able to feel and move my legs this time. I was re-dosed several times because of this. The medicine would work for about a good 15-30 minutes and then I would start feeling the contractions hardcore again. (It was weird and I don’t know what exactly happened like if I just metabolized it fast or something was wrong with how it was placed or what?)
I was progressing in my labor just a whole lot slower than anticipated by everyone, especially me. I went in with the goal of having her my lunch time. Boy was I wrong!!
My awesome nurse tried moving me in different positions to speed things along but to no avail. Miss EmmaLee-Tyler was quite comfortable where she was! Also, she had her head turned to the side so they tried turning her head several times, but she was a little stubborn like her big brother was and would turn it right back where she wanted it to be!
Speaking of Cam, he was in and out of the room throughout the day and each time he came in he asked, “Where’s baby?” Poor baby had been told several times that his sister was coming that day and he kept expecting to see her! He was champ and only had one meltdown when he had to leave that night to go home to eat, take a bath, and go to bed. It was really sad for this Mommy’s heart.
I stalled for a while around 8-9 cm dilated and we tried pushing a couple of times to see if I could get to where I needed to be to deliver. When it was 11:00 PM that day it looked like I wasn’t going to be having on her the 7th liked we thought she would be. (This was a running joke with us because of how long my labor was Cam and went into the next day, so every time someone told us that Em would be born on the 7th, Tim was quick to say to them to not guarantee us that because of our previous experience. Haha!!)
It was around 11:30 or after when I started feeling a lot of pressure and felt like I needed to start pushing. Tim went out to get the nurses and doctor to let them know what I was feeling. Sure enough it was •finally• time to get the show on the road. Like I mentioned earlier about my epidural not exactly working, it definitely wasn’t working at this point. Let’s just say that I felt everything and that’s the most pain I’ve ever had and want to ever experience in my life. I pushed for about 10-15 minutes. (I’m not exactly sure how long because everything was a blur.) It was all a blur of emotions, tears, pain, and joy!
At 11:58 PM EmmaLee-Tyler Jean Mathis made her grand appearance weighing 6 lb 10 oz and was 19.5 inches long! She was immediately placed on my chest and covered with blankets. What a wonderful and long-awaited moment to have with our baby girl! Tim was so happy and full of joy of meeting his daughter for the first time as tears streamed down his face.
Sidenote: Can I just say how thankful I am to have had my friend, Talia, who is a wonderful doctor deliver our baby girl?! We were so impressed with the nursing staff and how wonderful they were to me and EmmaLee-Tyler during our stay there.
I was able to do skin-to-skin with Em for about a hour before they had to take her to the nursery to check out her lungs and warm her up. We didn’t exactly know what was wrong with her until a few hours later when the pediatrician had to come and check on her and then explain everything.
Em had fluid in her lungs and wasn’t able to hold her body temperature where it needed to be. They said her lungs just needed some more time to mature and they needed to make sure she didn’t have pneumonia. She was placed under the oxy hood for a couple of days and to us the worst part of it all was that she wouldn’t get to eat anything during that time.
On Wednesday morning we were able to hold her for the first time since she was born that Monday night. It did our hearts so good to be able to wrap our arms around her little body. She started making improvements as soon as we were able to hold her. Her oxygen sats came up and stayed where they needed to be for the most part after that. That night I was able to nurse her!
Thursday was a day of all around improvement and she was moved out of the nursery to the room they were allowing me to stay in while she was a patient. Cam was able to meet his little sister for the first time that morning and able to hug and kiss her! It was so sweet to watch them interact. And on Friday morning we were finally able to come home as a family of four!! We were all so happy to get to do that and just settle into a routine and I was glad to be back in my own bed!
We want to thank everyone again for all of your prayers you prayed during that week for us and our girl! They were much felt by us and appreciated, too!

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Cam’s Birth Story

As most of you know my pregnancy was high-risk due to my heart condition and hypertension. My doctor throughout the past nine months watched me closely. That means that I had doctor appointments more often than a normal pregnant woman and the last trimester my appointments lasted a long time due to having non-stress tests done to check on our sweet baby boy. Also, I had extra ultrasounds done to check on Cam’s weight, which is due to my stomach measuring a few weeks behind where it should be. I knew before I got pregnant what pregnancy “might” look like for me and I was told I would more than likely have to have a c-section. My pregnancy started off really rough with being sick 6-8 times per day until about week 27 and then it got better and the last few weeks I really struggled with insomnia, back pain, and getting sick again.

The last two weeks of my pregnancy I landed in labor and delivery 3 times and the saying is true for me that the third time is the charm. The first time was due to having really high blood pressure for a few days in a row, the second was due to me becoming sick again and showing signs of pre-eclampsia, and the last time was to “possibly induce” after checking my blood pressure and blood work.

My last time in labor and delivery is where Cam’s birth story begins. Two days before being induced I could not get my blood pressure to come down for anything. I was taking extra doses of medicine on top of my medicine already being increased. I also started having this burning sensation in my upper right abdomen a few weeks before but it was getting worse and worse. All of these things were taken into consideration when my doctor was trying to decide on whether to induce me or not. Dr. Golden had my best interest in mind when making the decision and truly did not want to do it unless it was medically necessary and he didn’t think it would end in a c-section. He didn’t want me to have a c-section and I definitely didn’t want to have a c-section. (Not that there is anything wrong with that way of delivery, I just know the recovery process is longer and more extensive.) My blood work came back and my platelet count was extremely low. When Dr. Golden found that out he sent me from triage to a delivery room. Tim and I started making phone calls and sending texts to family and friends that I would be induced that day.

In the midst of all this going on, I receive the “heartbreaking” news that I would not be able to have an epidural due to my platelet count being low and the risk of paralysis. I say that this was “heartbreaking” because any time that I imagined my delivery it was never without pain medication. After the doctors and nurses left the room, I turned to Tim and said, “ I cannot do this without an epidural. Tell them I want a c-section.” Tim kindly reminded me that I could deliver this baby without an epidural and he told me of my words of how bad I didn’t want a c-section.

The nurse started me on pitocin about 11:30 AM and I started feeling major contractions 1 ½ minutes apart right away. Also, Dr. Golden inserted a foley bulb to help dilate me more and progress labor along. This went on for about four hours before I asked the nurse for some type of pain medicine. I tried to go as long as I could without anything in my system. She asked what amount of dosage I wanted and I asked for the lowest dose to start with and I would go up as needed. She came back and started it in my IV line and the room started spinning right away. Tim asked me if I was okay due to looking around like I was crazy and the nurse told me “just go with it”. (Later Tim told me that I looked stoned and completely out of it and was laughing and saying crazy things to him.) The medicine definitely helped take the edge off of things while I still felt the contractions every minute by this point.

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After receiving the pain medicine, my second set of blood work came back and they had made a mistake with my first set and my platelet count was in the normal range, which means I can have “the juice” AKA an epidural!

When I progressed to 4 cm the foley bulb was taken out and Dr. Golden suggested that if I was to get an epidural I should do it then before he broke my water. I received the epidural gladly around 7:00 PM that night and Dr. Golden broke my water at 7:30.

Family and friends were taking turns in and out of the delivery room from about 2:00 PM and on throughout the night. I progressed to 6 cm and got stuck there for a while. It was long enough that Dr. Golden mentioned that if I didn’t progress within the next 2 hours that I would unfortunately have to have a c-section. He and the nurse knew that is not what I wanted. Along with finding that out, we were told that Cam’s head wasn’t turned in the best way to have to him. Due to his being the “wrong” way I started experiencing intense back labor and my epidural began to wear off at this point of labor as well. The anastheologist came back in to give me more “juice” to help that go away. My nurse began positioning me in various positions in 30 minute intervals to get his head to turn around and progress my labor.

After everyone left the room I turned to Tim with tear-filled eyes and told him that I really didn’t want a c-section and I had labored for so long for it to end like this. We prayed and two hours later (4:00 AM) I had progressed from 6 cm to 9 cm. Once again, praise the Lord!! He answered our prayers each time. About one hour later I started feeling a lot of pressure that got progressively worse. I mentioned it to the nurse when it first started and she didn’t make much of it, which is understandable since I was in labor. Around 5:30 AM the pressure and back labor really set in and so did my tears. At 6:00 AM Tim knew I had reached my limit and hit my call button for our nurse. When they asked what I needed, Tim responded with “We need to have a nurse in here now”. This was during shift change so Dr. Golden came in with his cup of coffee and made a joke about there being no help around during shift change and then quickly put down his cup of coffee when he saw me crying and in pain. He checked me and said, “Oh, there’s his head..it is pushing time.” Tim sent a text to our family and friends waiting at 6:03 AM. The nurses started coming in and told me to push while Dr. Golden got on his scrubs. I pushed 5 times and at 6:08 AM the most precious and sweetest baby boy was born and laid in my arms! Tim and I just looked at each other and at Cam. What a special and incredible moment/experience!! He was/is the most handsome baby boy I have ever laid my eyes on!

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Cam whimpered a little bit and then the next thing I know the nurses pick him up and call the doctor over to where they were with him because he wasn’t breathing. Tim had gotten the camera out by this time and was with him taking pictures. I couldn’t see what was going on, but I knew by the look on Tim’s face that he was scared and I was too. I could hear the nurses and doctor encouraging Cam to breathe and I just prayed for him. He finally decided to start breathing on his own, praise the Lord! Apparently he was exhausted from a long labor, which played into us having to stay in the delivery room a few extra hours before sending us to recovery. The nurses and doctors kept coming in monitoring his breathing and my blood pressure took a major spike during that time as well, which also kept us in that room. The plus side of all that was the fact that Cam and I were able to do skin to skin for a few hours instead of just one. So, we had some extra bonding time. 🙂 Cam and I both started recovering better from a long 24 hours by this point and were moved to another room.

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Tim was great at encouraging me through the whole process of labor and delivery. There were several times where I started wondering if I could actually deliver a baby and he urged me onward. I definitely couldn’t have done it without him by my side. 🙂

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Cam’s stats were: born at 6:08 AM, 8lbs 1oz, 21 inches long

Cam has decided to follow in the footsteps of his friends, Haddon and Judson, and update you monthly on his life and experiences through his view. So be on the lookout later this month for a blog from Mr. Cam Mathis and what all he has been up to since July 22nd.