When should we go to the hospital? It's always a question that we have had a hard time with. Not wanting to go too early resulting being sent home, this happened when we were about to deliver Brayden and Adelyn. Getting there almost too late, when we got to the hospital to have Sophie I was dilated to an 8, when we got to the hospital with Kolby I was dilated to a 10 and almost had him in the car. LeGrand and I and the Dr's were worried that history would repeat it's self which it usually does except for the fact that we were about to deliver our 5th and it'll probably happen faster. If it happened any faster than it did with Kolby we would have a baby at home or in the car. Something I didn't want to do.:) On the 12th I had to go into the Dr's office for non stress tests on Brielle, I was contracting a lot, but they weren't hard or very consistent. I had been dilated to a 3 for a few days and wasn't progressing any more. Thankfully Brielle looked healthy and not under stress so as we were leaving to go home they told us if anything changes at all (intensity or consistency) that I needed to get to the hospital as fast as we could. That night I was having contractions, several woke me up, I knew we still had time but decided it was time to head in. We got to the hospital around 7 am and was dilated to a 4. I've never been in the hospital very long before we've had a baby so this time felt like it took forever! By 12 I was still dilated to as 4 and was thinking that they would just send me home since I was 3 weeks early and I wasn't progressing despite the contractions I was having. I was surprised when I got the word that my Dr was going to come in and break my water to get things going! We all thought that as soon as my water broke that I would just go into labor, but nothing happened. If anything it slowed down. They wanted me to have a baby in a controlled environment and they felt if they sent me home that I wouldn't make it back.
LeGrand was, as always, my rock! He was amazing, I seriously couldn't have done it without him!!!!
Liz came and hung out all day...I didn't think that we would be there that long, but it was so fun to spend time with her!! She's amazing!!!
My parents, Whitney and Grandma jumped in the car as soon as they heard that we were at the hospital. We didn't think that they would make it since they had a 6 hour drive....but we were surprised. They made it!!!
Lona Marie and Emily watched the kiddos while we were waiting and waiting! It was fun to get a visit from them! They brought flowers and lots of hugs!
Our last family picture as a family of 6!!!
The kids were soooo cute. They were anxious to make sure that I was OK. Brayden and Adelyn seemed most concerned, probably because they are oldest and understand more than Sophie and Kolby. It was good to share the excitement together!!
I loved that I wasn't confined to bed! I could walk around with the portable monitor, sit on the birthing ball, walk some more...it was wonderful!
We were all surprised when the family got there and I was still pregnant.
I love me mom and sisters! It was a neat experience for me to have them in the room when Brielle was born! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these girls!!! These are the 3 girls that I've named my 3 daughters after. Adelyn Elizabeth, Sophie Kathryn, and Brielle Whitney!!!
At about 6:00 they started me on petocin. They started at a 2 and then bumped it up to a 4 a few minutes later and that's all it took! I wanted to go natural, no epidural. When I realized that they were going to start me on petocin I was totally disappointed. Even though the contractions are lots harder with petocin I still wanted to do it without an epidural.
Brielle weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and was 20 inches long. Not bad for being 3 weeks early! I'm glad she was born when she was or else she would have been lots bigger. Even at 3 weeks early she was our biggest.
I love watching LeGrand with our kids. He's such an amazing husband and father!
LeGrand, Dr. Broberg and Brielle
Brielle's lips started turning blue and so they hooked her up to a bunch of monitors to make sure that she was ok...It was scary for us, it brought back lots of memories of when Sophie stopped breathing after she was born and had to have a blood transfusion... Luckily they were keeping a really close eye on Brielle and she's just fine. We laughed and had to take this picture when we saw that she had grabbed a hold of the wires and her umbilical cord.... I thought it was cute. I'm grateful that she's healthy and strong!
The Kids could hardly wait to meet Brielle for the first time. They had to wait out in the hall for a few minutes while I finished feeding Brielle for the first time. Grandma and Grandpa did such a cute job entertaining them and taking pictures. I love these kiddos!!!
Spelling out BABY!!
Uncle Paul got there just in time to see Brielle for the first time with the kids and Grandpa and Great Grandma Ras.
Addy's first time holding Brielle!!
Sophie's first time holding Brielle!!
Kolby's first time holding Brielle!!
Brayden's first time holding Brielle! Since Brayden had to wait till the last one he got to hold her for 2 extra minutes.
Our first family picture of 7!!
Grandpa holding Brielle for the first time! My dad has been sooo cute this whole pregnancy. He called several times a week on his way home from work just to check on me and see how I was doing. I really appreciated that.
Brielle has the best Grandparents ever!
Whitney and Paul
Grandma holding Brielle!!
Uncle Nathan holding Brielle!
Nathan and LeGrand with the cousins!
Liz and Brielle, it was so fun spending the day with Liz!!!
Oh how I love my Mom!! She was always there for me too, I called her many times after dr apts in tears, or during hard times and she always made me feel better. She always took the time to make sure I knew she was there for me even though she's taking care of my Grandma who has Alzheimer's which is a more than full time job.
Wiggy is one of my favorite people!!!
It's so fun to live by Paul and Liz and soon to be Whitney! My siblings are awesome!