S: The Birth and Homecoming of Harper Brielle Davis (March 2, 2011 - March 5, 2011)
FC: The Birth and Homecoming of | Harper Brielle Davis | March 2, 2011 - March 5, 2011
1: Ready or not... here she comes! | Surprisingly, I already had my bags packed and ready! And luckily, I had been sleeping in my makeup at night, "just in case!" I really thought that I would be the cool, calm and collected one. But I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off! Ryan got me to pull it together and focus on the matter at hand! He called the hospital and told them that my water had just broke. The woman who answered asked, "Are you sure she didn't just wet the bed? That happens a lot." We assured her that wasn't the case and Ryan said to me, "Come on, let's go!" | My water broke on March 2, 2011 at 11:28pm. We'd been watching T.V. in bed for a while, and Ryan had already fallen asleep. Moments after I dosed off, I was suddenly awoken by a great big "SNAP!" I thought I was dreaming that I was swimming in the ocean, but quickly realized what was happening! "Oh my God, my water just broke," I exclaimed! Ryan, who was half asleep and out of it, said "Huh?! Are you serious?!" This was just the beginning of the flood. There was water everywhere! I grabbed a towel, held it underneath me, and scrambled to throw on the first clothes I could find!
2: Our last photo op before we left for the hospital! Ryan loaded up the car while I ran to the kitchen and stuffed my face with a Moon-Pie! I knew that the hospital wouldn't let me eat anything from the time I arrived to the time I had Harper! I had felt fine, until the contractions hit. Ryan found me bent over, holding onto the kitchen counter saying, "I can't move! I don't think I'm going to make it!" Contractions were no joke! That was the worse pain I ever felt in my life! I kept begging Ryan to find a gun and shoot me! I just wanted to be put out of my misery! I really did not think I was going to make it to the hospital in time! We debated whether or not to call our families immediately, but we knew they would be upset if we didn't. We called everyone and let them know what was happening. We told them not to leave for the hospital just yet, and that we would update them as soon as we found something out. | At 11:58pm, we pulled up to the emergency room entrance, and hurried inside with my bags. The first thing we asked was, "What doctor is on call? And who is on call after him?" We were so happy when we learned that Dr. Flynn or Dr. Nichols would be delivering our baby! The receptionist took forever getting my paperwork and insurance straight! Just as Ryan left to go park the car, a nurse brought a wheelchair out to take me away. I asked the nurse not to leave my things behind and to wait for Ryan to return. I just knew Ryan wouldn't be able to find my room with his sense of direction! The nurse assured me that Ryan would find me and carried my luggage herself.
3: The nurse wheeled me down the hallway, and we rode the elevator up to the second floor. It was such a surreal feeling, it seemed like everything was moving in such slow motion. Reality hit me hard when we passed through the double doors, underneath the sign that read 'Labor and Delivery.' I thought, "Oh my God, this is really happening. I'm about to have a baby!" Ryan soon joined me in delivery room 5, and helped me to the bathroom to change into a hospital gown. The contractions were excruciating, and I was ready to get any kind of medication to help ease the pain! By 12:20am, I was in the hospital bed and hooked up to machines. The nurse strapped a device around my belly that monitored Harper's heart rate and my contractions. The on-call nurse was Betty Anderson, who was probably the last person we would have chosen to be our nurse! She had no personality, and seemed irritated that we had interrupted her lunch break. She didn't believe me when I told her that my water had broke. Since I wasn't leaking, she told me that she would have to do a test to know for sure. When she returned, she didn't have to do any testing! And soon as I opened my legs, she exclaimed, "Oh yeah! Your water did break!" I was 2 cm dilated upon arrival, and was given Stadol to help ease the pain. At 1:26am, I was 4.5 cm dilated, 100% effaced, and Harper was at a -1 station with a heart rate of 125 bpm.
4: The labor of | Family began pouring into the delivery room left and right! We should have known they weren't just going to wait around at home. Everyone was ready to meet Miss Harper! I thought only two people at a time were allowed to be in the delivery room. Me, Ryan, Jenna, Mom, Grandma and the nurse were all in there at once. I was in so much pain, I couldn't imagine feeling any worse than I felt at that time. The Stadol didn't seem to be helping much, and I kept begging the nurse to give me my epidural. Once every 1-2 minutes, a huge contraction would hit, then ease up about 20 seconds later. Mom walked over to the computer monitor and calmly said, "oh, here comes another one." And sure enough, right after she said that, a huge contraction came! I thought she was just guessing when I was going to have another one, but she said that she could see it coming on the screen. I asked her not to tell me when anymore were coming. I felt like I was just better off not knowing! I tried to block out all the pain and envision happy thoughts. Ryan asked me if he could do anything to help, like rub my back. I told him not to touch me and just sit in the chair beside the bed. I think I hurt his feelings, but when I'm hurting, I just want to be left alone! In child birth education classes, the nurse tried to warn the men that it really isn't us talking during labor, it's the contractions!
5: My dad came to check on me, as well as my childhood best friend, Summer Graham, who was working at the hospital. She walked over to the bed and started rubbing my belly. I said, "Summer, I love you, but please don't touch me." I was just hurting so badly! I overheard Mom say how she posted on Facebook that I was in labor. She knew how I felt about my business being broadcasted, especially when it wasn't coming from me. I was livid with her, just like I was when she announced my pregnancy before I could. I mustered up enough strength to give her an earful. I made Ryan and Jenna log on to Mom's account and delete her post! Everything was moving much faster than anyone expected. I was dilating quickly, this baby was ready to make her debut! At 3:23am, I was 6.5 cm dilated, 100% effaced, and Harper was at a 0 station. It took long enough, but I was finally given my epidural. When the anesthesiologist arrived, all friends and family were made to leave the room. I don't recall ever seeing his face, but I remember thinking how nice he was. He kept trying to start a conversation with me, but I just couldn't speak. He had me sit on the side of the bed and curl over. He kept going on about how tiny I was as he placed the needle in my spine. I have always hated shots and needles, but I was happy to get this one!
7: 6:38am, waking up and getting ready to push! | When I dilated to 8 cm, the epidural kicked in and things slowed down a whole lot. If I wouldn't have gotten an epidural, Harper would have been born way earlier than she was! Along with my epidural, I received a pump. It had a button on it that I could press when I wanted more pain medicine. I bet I pushed that button a hundred times! The nurse would tell me not to push it anymore, but I did anyway. I did not want to feel any more pain! I began feeling so much better and was finally able to get some much needed rest! Thank goodness, because I had been awake for about 18 hours. I was able to fall asleep around 3:40am. I had no idea who all was in the waiting room. Ryan said that every one had their own sleeping space on the floor! | At 6:35am, the nurse woke me up and told me that it was almost time to start pushing. For some reason, I was completely caught off guard and surprised. All of a sudden, the time had come to meet little Harper! Dr. Flynn walked into our room, with bed head and all! We could tell that he had just woken up, which made me a little nervous! Only two people were allowed to be in the room during delivery. The doctors at our OB ask their patients not videotape births, just in case something were to go wrong. But luckily, we were able to take pictures. Jenna volunteered to take them for us so that Ryan could be in them. Looking back, I wish my mom would have been in there, but she might have made me even more nervous!
8: 6:58am | I chose not to watch the birth in the mirror. I thought that seeing Harper come out would just discourage me from pushing! Ryan had made up his mind, long before, to watch from behind my shoulder. Dr. Flynn had me push, as hard as I could, while he counted out loud to ten. After every push, he had me take about a minute break before pushing again. The breathing techniques I learned in childbirth education classes came in very handy! All the "hee-hee-whoooooos" and "hee-hee-whoo-whoos" actually helped! I just tried my best to let everything come naturally. Ryan, Dr. Flynn and Nurse Betty were all telling me how great I was doing. I remember Dr. Flynn making the comment that our baby had a little bit of hair. I stopped pushing and said, "oh, she's out?" He laughed and said "no, not yet, but I can see the top of her head." He told me to give one more big push, and then I heard Harper's cry! She was out after only 3, maybe 4 pushes! The best part of all was that I didn't feel a thing! Ryan said he peeked at Harper as she was coming out, and that she looked scared! Jenna said she was crying her eyes out while trying to take pictures. Doctor Flynn immediately laid Harper on my chest, and I finally got to meet who I had carried for 9 months!
10: Ryan cutting the umbilical cord!
11: Harper getting measured, weighed, and all cleaned up!
14: She will fill our lives with sunshine.... And our hearts with love. | Date: March 3, 2011 Time: 6:58 am Weight: 7 lbs, 7 oz Length: 21 inches The day I went into labor, the doctor predicted that Harper would weigh about 6 pounds!
15: Such a big miracle, such a little girl!
16: Harper getting her footprints taken!
17: Jenna said that Ryan was standing there, staring at Harper and saying "look at that." He was in love!
21: Ryan finally brought her back over to me! Ryan, Jenna, Dr. Flynn, and the nurses were hogging her for a little while!
22: I never knew what the future held until I held my daughter!
23: What an amazing moment! Life can't possibly get better than this!
24: I just couldn't take my eyes off you!
25: She is so perfect! We couldn't have made a prettier baby!
27: First we had each other, and then we had you. Now we have everything!
28: Sugar, spice, and everything nice... That's what little girls are made of!
29: The first man a little girl falls in love with is her dad.
32: The nurses made this for us!
33: Harper's hospital birth certificate!
34: At 7:35am Ryan headed to the waiting room to announce Harper's arrival! Our families were so excited to meet Harper!
35: The first person I wanted Harper to meet was her Great Grandmother Faye!
38: Just taking it all in!
40: Harper meeting Grandma Susan and Papa B!
48: "You are so precious to me, sweet as can be, baby of mine"
49: Harper meeting Grandma Terry, Grandpa Buddy, and Mrs. Karen!
52: Right after Harper was born, I posted the news on Facebook!
53: Outpouring of love for Harper!
54: Calling all friends and family to share the good news! | My mom trying to find the perfect spot for the "It's a girl" bow she made!
55: The nurses took Harper to the nursery around 8:15am. They moved me from labor and delivery to my own hospital room. | I arrived in room 259 at 8:30am. It was a huge room that we had all to ourselves!
58: "You are so precious to me, sweet as can be, baby of mine"
59: Harper was brought into our room at about 9:10am. We were more than ready to see her again!
62: When we asked for a daughter, | we were sent a
69: Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart!
71: Twinkle twinkle little star, do you know how loved you are? | Harper looked JUST LIKE her Daddy!
75: A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.
81: Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
82: Friday morning - March 4, 2011
83: We really tried our best to keep Harper in our room all night. Ryan was exhausted, and I was just too excited to sleep! We sent her to the nursery around 4:00am so we could get a couple hours of rest.
87: "A new baby is like the beginning of all things - | wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities."
88: Ryan was so happy when we found out that Harper passed her hearing test! He had been worried about her hearing throughout the pregnancy. Harper was also jaundice free!
94: Thank Heaven for little girls!
96: This is the chair that Ryan slept in while we were at the hospital.
98: A photographer came to our room and took Harper's hospital pictures. And, of course, we bought the biggest package! We were proud parents already!
106: Great-Grandparents know a thing or two about babies!
108: This was our last night in the hospital, and we sent Harper to the nursery again. The nurses brought her back to our room a couple of times during the night so that I could feed her. I stayed up most of the night anyway, just uploading pictures of Harper to Facebook! Everyone thought she was so precious!
109: Saturday, March 5, 2011 Ryan and I were up at 6:00am, bags packed, dressed and ready to go home! The nurses didn't bring Harper back to us until 10:30am.
111: Sweet Aunt Jessica came to visit Harper again, and brought us a sub while we waited to be released!
117: Wearing her "Going Home Outfit" from Grammy! Classic Feltman Brothers of course!
118: "You are so precious to me, sweet as can be, baby of mine"
120: We asked if we could be the first in line to leave. We were ready to get our baby home! Harper was cleared to leave long before I was. My dad and Ryan joked that they were going to take Harper home and would come pick me up later. When Dr. Thiele arrived at the hospital, he came to examine me first, and told us that we were free to go! We were so excited!
121: We FINALLY got to leave at 1:30pm! | We had the sweetest nurse on the day we left the hospital. Her name was also Mrs. Betty. We absolutely loved her! She took very good care of us! We had a great experience at Wayne Memorial Hospital. My entire pregnancy seemed like such a breeze, even the delivery went smoothly! We are so blessed to have Harper in our life!
125: "You are so precious to me, sweet as can be, baby of mine"
127: We lived right by the hospital, but it took us 10 minutes to get home! Ryan drove so careful and slow with our precious, new cargo!
128: We came home from the hospital on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The weather was overcast and windy. The temperature was in the mid 50's. Your Grandma Susan and Papa B searched Goldsboro, high and low, for a stork to put in our yard!
129: "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be."
134: Home sweet home!
135: Welcome to your home, Harper!
138: Welcome to your room, sweet baby!
140: Thank Heaven for little girls!
142: "A wee bit of heaven drifted down from above, a handful of happiness, a heart full of love."