Sunday, September 21, 2008

Roxelle Rianna Erickson

She is finally here!! Roxelle Rianna (Ree-ann-uh) arrived on Sept 17th @ 8:25 pm. She weighed in at 8 lbs 7 oz and 20.25 inches.


And here's the "rest of the story..."

We arrived in Newberg at 10 and got checked in. My nurse, named Mary Grace, had a senior nursing student with her, so things didn't go a quickly as I had hoped. Dr Emmons, who was very nice, came in around 10:30 or 11 and told the nurses to do antibiotics, then start the Pitocin, then she'd come back and break my water and then see how it goes from there. She did an exam and said that I was almost dilated to a 2, 50% effaced, and that she could feel the top of the baby's head really well.

By 12, they were finally putting in my IV. Dr. Emmons came back when the 2nd bag of Penicillin was 1/2 in and thought I'd be done by then (me, too!). I don't know what she said to the nurse, but they hurried things along after that. I also asked if I could have my epidural before they broke my water, just in case. They said that was fine. The CRNA came in around 2:30 to place the epidural. By then, I'd had the Pitocin for about an hour. I was having contractions, but nothing serious. The CRNA gave me a button thing-y so that I could control my own pain management.

Around 3:30, Dr. Emmons came in and wanted to know if I wanted her to break my water. I told her that my mom would be arriving around 4, if we could wait just a little longer. She said that would be fine, but that it would probably be the on-call midwife would be the one to do it since she was done at 4:30.

My mom arrived around 4 and the midwife, Jodi, came in just after that to check me and said that she didn't feel comfortable breaking my water because the baby was not down in my pelvis and I was still only dilated to a 3. I didn't say anything, but I started to panic because Jodi was almost talking like she was going to send me home if I didn't progress. Dr. Emmons ended up coming back to the hospital around 4:20 and didn't even check me, she just broke my water and left. (PHEW!!) There was meconium in the water.

Around 5:30, I had really started to be able to feel my contractions and that little button thing-y was NOT helping. I had pressed it the maximum of 3 times per hour and I could feel every single cramp and ache there was! They had paged the CRNA several times, but he was just coming out of surgery. He didn't come back in until almost 7:00. He said that my epidural had "slipped" and all the medication that had been dispensed by the button thing-y was pooling under my skin creating a bubble there. He went to place it again and hit a blood vessel, so he had to take that one out and go again. My contractions were OUT OF CONTROL. I have never endured labor that long. I feel for those that go without drugs at all! Finally, the numbness washed over my legs and the pain was less and less. *SIGH* Around 7:40, the new nurses came on. 2 of them came rushing in and were trying to find the baby on the monitor. I guess her heart rate kept dropping with each contraction and they were trying to get it under control. I didn't know until after I delivered that one of the nurses had put this cord thing in there and, like a corkscrew, put it into the baby's scalp. Apparently, this gives a more accurate and steady reading of the baby's heart rate.

(WARNING!! TMI ahead!!!)

Just before 8, Ellene (Will's sister) arrived. Jodi said I could start pushing any time. She also let Will gown up and help deliver. Just as we were about to start, Chelsea made it. They had both asked me before hand if they could come and be there. I pushed about 6 or 7 times (the most I'd ever done). I told Jodi that the pushing didn't feel like it had with the others. I didn't feel like I was doing anything and I was EXHAUSTED! Then I asked if I could use stirrups. That made all the difference. One more push and there she was!! The minute I saw her chubby little face, I said "Oh my gosh, she looks just like Tatum!"

Will cut the cord and they took her directly to the warmer and to the care of the pediatrician whom they had called in ahead of time since there was meconium in the water. She immediately pooped again and then pee'd everywhere! I could hear the nurse saying "I'm gonna get a diaper on this girl, now!"

It was so amazing. Chelsea and Ellene were so great! I could almost see the whole experience in their expressions. They just looked awed or something. I can't think of the right word. I'm glad they both made it in time. Monica walked in just minutes after she was born. She had tried to make it, but ended up feeding Rennick before she left and just missed it.

When they brought her to me, I couldn't believe she was there in my arms! It was such a surreal experience. My life is upside down right now and here's this new tiny spirit entering into the middle of it. I feel so blessed!

p.s. I will post more about the days that followed later.

19 comments:

JEN said...

She is BEAUTIFUL!! I cannot believe how chubby she is, I love it!! I am so happy for your family, what a great blessing. A new sweet spirit in your home(or your parents home)LOL. I wish I could hold her and squeeze her. She is yummy Congrats!!

Megan and Adam said...

Wow I can't believe how cute she is! I loved her new little outfits, so cute! All the pictures were great, i loved the ones of the girls holding her. I can't wait to come see her at Christmas time! Love ya

Mama Nash said...

she is so cute! Congrats! I can't wait to meet her!

Gil, Keli and Dezi said...

Oh my gosh she is sooo chubby and cute! Totally an Erickson. Congratulations on your new little addition! And good job Kristy! If that were to happen to me, I probably would've said something or yelled. It looks like everything went okay though and baby is healthy so that's good.

The Prices said...

She is gorgeous! Congratulations. I wish we were closer so that we could come visit.

Elyse said...

Congratulations!!! She's BEAUTIFUL!!! What a crazy day with such a happy ending => Your hair looks devine by the way => Can't wait to meet her =>

Kobayashi Family said...

Congratulations!! She's so cute. Glad you're all doing well!! Love your haircut by the way.

The Bennetts said...

Congratulations! She is so sweet and she does look a lot like Tatum. Can't wait to meet her and see you guys at Christmas, hopefully. Love, the Bennetts

Carrie Jeffrey said...

congrats! what a cutie!

Anonymous said...

KJ--You are amazing. Good job!! I am glad, all-in-all, that things went pretty well. I cannot wait to meet this little angel, RRE. Will may have told you, we tried to come down Sat and things fell apart. Now Monte is gone for the next two weeks......so Morgan and I will just come when it is good for us and your family. Congrats! We love you!!
Dotty

*~McGarys~* said...

Aww so cute! I can't wait to meet your new little one. I am going to try supper hard to see you guys at x-mass. We will be in WA. So I hope that it works out this time. I haven't seen you since last year. SOoo long! Well congrats and you look great already:)

Keith and Bridgette Patterson said...

What a SWEEEEET baby girl! She is so cute! And those girly outfits are to die for! Congratulations! Sorry to hear about the pain you had to feel...glad they finally got the epid right. My step-daughter had her first baby, a girl, on Sept. 11th...so your whole story was familiar...like I had just been there!
ps...my Zach was born there in Newberg 16 yars ago!Gets his license tomorrow! How time flies!

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Handi Andi said...

Your baby is so cute! Congratulations! I am so glad you wrote all the details, maybe its a girl thing, or a mom thing, I don't know but I loved hearing the whole thing! Best of luck and as much sleep as possible!
Andi

Ross, Lindsay and Braden said...

congrats kristy! i'm so sorry i haven't called, I've been horrible! but she is such a doll! she's pretty much the same size as Braden was. i love all the pics she is just adorable in all of her cute outfits!! love and miss you guys! i wish we could be there!

kapua said...

she is tooo precious!!!! i just love the ericksons!! she definitely looks like one of the girls! give that little roxy tons of kisses from aunty pua! we love you guys, YOUR OUR FAVORITES!!!! high five for the 5 girls! oxoxo

Michelle said...

Your new daughter is beautiful. Reminds me of our Jessica who had thick dark hair. How fun to have all those cute girls. I thought we'd end up with all girls, but we just had a boy in June after two girls. I'm Darren Bresee's wife by the way. We've got a blog but we're new at it. I hope to get Darren's sisters blogging, too. Congratulations on your sweet little one:)

Jason and Heather Hunter said...

Kristi-
Can't believe you have five girls. Congratulations on the birth of the new one. I will trade you a boy for a girl. Just to let you know that this Heather Hunter(your uncle Ben's daughter). I hope that I can see you soon. My parents metioned a big family party for grandma's birthday. I don't know if that will happen or not.