S: Elyanna Mabel Teske - Born May 8, 2010
BC: Elyanna Mabel Teske Born May 8, 2010
FC: Elyanna Mabel Teske | watch me grow | Our Baby Girl
1: To our moms and dads - who taught us everything we know about how to be good parents Much love, Jacob and Kate
3: Cute as a button
5: Happy Birthday to me
6: My Birth Story written by my Mama Kate The adventure started that Friday morning. Jacob accompanied me to a regular prenatal appointment at Huntersville OB/GYN. We had an ultrasound. The ultrasound tech indicated that Elyanna was a bit behind on her weight gain - about a week behind. We breathed a sigh of relief, thinking that she would not be coming for another month. (My original due date was June 8.) I sent Jacob back to work, thinking the rest of the appointment would be routine. The nurses weighed me and took my blood pressure, per usual. The results were not usual - my blood pressure was high. They took it three more times and the results were the same. So the doctor decided to send me to the hospital for monitoring. I called Jacob as he was on his way to work and told him the situation. The nurses wheeled me to the hospital and got me set up in a triage room. I was very dehydrated, so I was contracting, though I didn't really feel it. They also started to collect and test urine, thinking that I might be suffering from pre-eclampsia. Jacob arrived to meet me and my blood pressure spiked again. To combat it, the nurse gave me an IV and told me to stay as quiet as possible. We hunkered down in the triage room until about 5pm. At this point, my blood pressure had stabilized, and they were comfortable sending me home on a couple conditions - I was to continue collecting urine and I had to be on bed rest. I also had an appointment to come back at 1pm the next day for a follow up at the hospital. | So we went home. The night was very stressful. I woke up at 3:30 in the morning, feeling mild cramping. I started timing the pain and they were fairly regular - about six or seven minutes apart. The contractions were mild, so I woke Jacob to tell him but decided for myself that I was going back to sleep. When I woke in the morning, they contractions were still coming - stronger than the night before and about five minutes apart. I called the doctor and they instructed me to go to the hospital. Jacob and I packed up our stuff and headed out, even stopping at McDonald's for breakfast. We arrived at the Presbyterian hospital and they once again settled us into a triage room. As soon as I was laying on the bed, I felt a very strong contraction and my water broke! At that point, Dr. Little checked me out and I was 4cm dilated. We were going to have a baby that day! They moved us to a regular labor and delivery room, which was much bigger and nicer than the triage rooms. About an hour later, my parents arrived. At this point, the contractions were very very strong. I asked the nurse for the epidural and they called the anesthesiologist. I was standing, holding onto Jacob for support to get through the contractions. I said to him, "It hurts so bad I feel like throwing up." Two minutes later, I did. After getting cleaned up, they gave me the epidural and I felt much much better.
7: The rest of the afternoon/evening was frustrating. The progression was slow, even with multiple doses of pitocin. By 7:30pm, I was only at 7cm, had a fever and baby Elyanna's heart rate was steadily rising. Dr. Bull had taken over for Dr. Little by this time. We had a very frank talk about a c-section. I was upset - I had really wanted to be able to give birth vaginally and was very worried about the potential length of time it would take to recover. After a pep talk with Jacob, I felt better and we went for it. Amazingly, the staff had me prepped in about 10 minutes. Jacob frantically called my parents to tell them what was happening as he was throwing on scrubs. They set us up behind the blue screen and began. I didn't feel much of anything other than some pressure on my belly. The anesthesia did make me feel nauseous and I had to vomit, all of which was taken care of professionally by one of the anesthesiologists. Elyanna was out after five minutes, and I caught a glimpse of her being moved to a separate table. She let out a soft, but strong cry and I had to smile. She was here! We watched the pediatrician and nurses check her out, then Jacob was able to hold her. He looked like a natural, holding his daughter. They laid her on the table beside me and we had our first mother-daughter talk. She was beautiful! Her cute little face looked just like the ultrasound pictures. After I was all stitched up, we went back to my room to see my mom and Jeff waiting for us. My mom had already gotten to hold her very first grandchild. After a cleanup bath, they brought Elyanna back to me so I could feed her. Looking at her little face made all the pain and trauma totally worth it!
8: the first time I smiled on camera! | my first bath
9: my first solid food - rice cereal kind of sucks | first swim in the pool with mommy
10: This is our backyard hammock! | Mommy loves to chat with me
11: Daddy loves to hold me | This is at the park near Lake Lure.
12: Some of my favorite people - my aunties and uncle!
14: I love to sleep
15: I even nap in mommy's arms | Baby Girl
16: I love to play!
18: Sometimes I get mad!
19: But mostly I'm just glad...
20: That I am so loved
21: Our little sweetie pie
23: Our little angel is growing up so fast... wish you could stay little forever