... Eefie's Beautiful Mess: The Delivery: Meet little Alice!

Mar 8, 2019

The Delivery: Meet little Alice!

Hi, guys! How are you?! Gosh, it's been ages since I wrote a blog post! Shame on me! My life has changed so much over the past 4 months, it’s insane! As you might know, I gave birth to a beautiful, little girl. The first couple of weeks were really rough and it wasn’t easy to adjust myself, so I decided to take a little break and spend some time with my family. We’re actually pretty great at the moment and we’re so, so happy! I literally wouldn’t want to change a thing and I’m glad I took some time off to get inspired again! I really needed it!

Anyway, it’s time to get back on track, so I thought it would be fun to write about my delivery and how I’ve experienced this whole adventure. I was really scared about giving birth in the beginning of my pregnancy, so I tried to find and read as much information and personal birth stories as possible, which gave me a lot of courage and self-confidence. I was totally ready! At least, that’s what I thought…

Alice

❤ Thursday, October 31, 2018 – 4 p.m.

I had another appointment with the gynecologist to check if everything was alright with my little girl and to see if I had some more dilation already. I still had 2 centimeters dilation, so there still wasn't any progress yet, so she told me it was time to have a little conversation about getting induced. Before we went into further details, she decided to strip my membranes and gosh, it made me feel horrible! I was starting to have some pretty painful "cramps" in my lower body, but it never occurred to me that this might be an actual sign of labor, so I didn't bother to mention it. I put on my clothes as fast as possible and took a seat next to Jeremy. I felt really unwell, so I haven’t payed any attention at all during our conversation. I just wanted to go home.

As soon as I was home, I took a nice, hot shower. I was pretty stressed out, so I decided to take it easy for the rest of the day. It was Hallows’ eve, so we watched a movie together and ate some snacks. I also created some more content for my blog and did some stretching exercises to relax my body. I tried to ignore the contractions as much as possible, but they kept on going and going. They weren’t really painful yet, they were just annoying. Around 11 p.m., I decided to call it a day and get some sleep. I was pretty exhausted.

❤ Friday, November 1, 2018 – 2 a.m.

After a few hours of staring into the dark, I decided to get up and call the hospital. The contractions came in pretty frequent and the pain became more and more intense. The lady on the phone was really polite. She asked me a few questions and told me to come over, so I woke Jeremy, we packed the bags and left our apartment. The hospital is at the end of our street, so I decided to walk. We also brought a wheelchair, just in case, but we didn’t really use it, except for the bags.

It felt really weird to go to the hospital in the middle of the night. I mean, it was so quiet and calm when we arrived in the emergency department. They already expected us, so they immediately took us to the maternity ward.

One of the midwives welcomed us and escorted us to the delivery room. I made myself comfortable, while Jeremy was offered a cup of coffee. So nice! The midwife had to do some paperwork, she asked a few questions and examined me afterwards. I still had 2 centimeters dilation, so the only thing we could do was wait. I was really tired, but I wasn’t able to sleep because of the contractions and I decided to watch some TV instead. I mean, I had to do something to distract myself.

The contractions became really intense as the hours ticked by. I tried to focus on my breathing as much as possible, which helped me out a lot. I tried a lot of different poses as well, but laying in bed was the only thing that actually worked for me. After a while, I completely lost my sense of time and I wasn’t really aware of what was happening around me anymore. It felt like I was lost in my own, little bubble.

I felt horrible, but I was so, so happy to have Jeremy by my side. He supported me, helped me with the breathing, gave me water and did everything he could to make things as comfortable as possible for me. I’m really, really grateful that I was able to share this experience with him.

The contractions kept on going. Every now and then, they examined me to see how far I was. At 7 centimeters, they decided to break my water, which didn’t hurt at all, it just felt really weird.

I can’t remember what time it was, but it was already light outside when I completely lost control. It was somewhere between 9 and 11 a.m, I think. Anyway, I just couldn’t handle the pain anymore and I was so, so tired. It felt like someone stabbed me in my back with a knife over and over again. It was so intense. I was screaming and crying and I just wanted it to be over.

I was fully dilated and I was already into labor when they gave me an epidural, which made it a lot easier to push. I was so happy because I was finally able to relax a bit. One of the midwives called the gynecologist and they made themselves ready for the hardest part of this whole experience. It was finally time to meet our baby!

Alice

Alice

❤ Friday, November 1, 2018 – 1.36 p.m.

And there she was, our little Alice! My perfect, little angel.

After 45 minutes, I gave birth to the most beautiful baby with the cutest eyes and the tiniest, little fingers with a weight of 2,760 kg and a length of 50 centimeters. It felt amazing to hold her in my arms for the first time and to touch her soft skin. I was so proud! We were so happy, even though things didn’t exactly go as planned. The umbilical cord got stuck around her neck during labor, so the gynecologist had to remove it as quick as possible.

Holding her for the first time was beautiful! We just looked at each other and I still couldn’t believe that she was real. She was (and still is) so perfect! After a few minutes, they took her away to clean her up and to give her some oxygen. Luckily, she was healthy and well, but she did spend a night in an incubator, just in case to see if she was alright and to check her pulse every now and again.

❤ Saturday, November 2, 2018

The day after I gave birth was pretty intense, but it was also a lot of fun. Our family and friends came to visit and we received so many gifts! I’m really grateful, thank you so much! Everyone was so happy and exciting to meet little Alice, it was amazing. I was pretty exhausted by the end of the day. Broken nights are the worst, let me tell you that! I had to breastfeed her every 3 hours and it just seemed like she never had enough…

❤ The following days.

My time in the maternity ward was horrible. I was in so much pain and Alice was so unhappy. I literally didn’t know what to do, she was so upset. The lack of sleep and my physical condition were driving me insane. I just wanted to go home to get our lives started. I really love to do things on my own and some of these midwives made it so hard for me. Every midwife had their own method, which was pretty confusing. I’m really grateful for all the help I received, but a little more guidance would’ve been nice.

The delivery was amazing, life-changing, beautiful, terrifying and horrible at the same time. I wasn’t prepared for this at all, even though I thought I was. My body hurt all over the place and I wasn’t able to hold my baby the first couple of days. I couldn’t even walk or sit properly. I just wish I had cuddled and comforted her more when she was upset. She just wanted to be with her mommy and it felt like I wasn’t even there sometimes.

Alice

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This adventure has been crazy, from the beginning of my pregnancy until the minute I gave birth. We’re such a happy, young family and I’ve been really enjoying our time together. I can’t wait to enjoy it even more and share these beautiful moments with you. We have an amazing routine, which makes our lives a lot easier. I’m just so fortunate, guys, I’m so happy and grateful!

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Lots of love,
Eefie. ❤

2 comments:

  1. I love a birth story. Congratulations she’s beautiful x

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