Friday, February 27, 2015

Posted by Joanna Luehmann | File under : , ,
Emi’s birth was so unique. I was exactly 41 weeks and 6 days pregnant, getting ready to go to bed and knowing that was the last night I was going to have my daughter inside of me. She was going to be induced the next morning. It was a special night, we prayed, we talked, we laughed, we cried and we tried to get some rest.

At 8am our friend Erin got to our place to take care of Antonella, we talked to her for a little and then got last minute things ready. As we were driving to the hospital I kept thinking how crazy this all was. I was never going to have just one daughter; this drive was different than any other drive I had ever taken with Caleb. This drive was certainly life changing. 

We arrived to the hospital a little before 9am and realized we had forgotten the bag I packed for us. Caleb made arrangements to have Erin drop it off and we went inside.  
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They were waiting for us at the hospital; they asked if I wanted to be in the birth center or the hospital. The type of induction I was having allowed for me to choose, it was a non-medical induction or something like that they said. We agreed on the hospital because of the experience with Antonella, and they settled us in a big room with an great view of the street and the sky. As I laid in bed for them to take my vitals I could see the palm trees bending at the force of crazy weather. It never rains in San Diego, especially that violently, but on Emi’s birth day it poured, it was raining so incredibly hard and I knew it was a special day.

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After having my vitals taken, and settling in the room my midwife came in. She explained that we were going to start the induction by breaking my water, avoiding drug induction if possible. She explained they were going to have me hooked up to a cordless monitors that would check the baby’s hear rate and contractions. It was great knowing she was being monitored but also having the ability to move.

They broke my water a couple minutes after 10am. I was nervous and didn’t really know what to expect, but in the middle of the anxiety I felt peace, just God peace, I knew it was going to be all right, the anxiety was from the unknown.

The midwife explained she was going to use an amnihook to break my water, and answered my questions regarding pain of the procedure and expectations. Even though she said there wouldn’t be a crazy gushing of water I still expected it, and just like she said, it didn’t come. It felt like I was peeing a little for a long long time. The midwife and nurse left the room and I got up to walk around. My dear husband was following behind with a towel to clean the trail of amniotic fluid and blood I was leaving behind as I walked around. It was gross and he was awesome. 

We started a movie and watched for a bit. 

Michelle our sweet friend, and Michelle our sweet photographer came with sandwiches. I was starving. Right after my first bite the nurse told me it was probably best to not eat. I went to the bathroom to pee and started feeling contractions. They were bearable, but coming quickly.

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And then around noon pain. Slowly it came, and really quickly it escalated. By 1pm I was bending over my stomach and telling Caleb I wanted and epidural. The contractions were coming every 2 minutes. The midwife came into the room and checked me. I was at 7cm and progressing quickly. She asked me to wait another hour for the epidural and not to let the experience with Antonella scare me (she was the exact same midwife that delivered Antonella and she remembered me). I agreed to wait 15-20 minutes.

After 20 minutes the contractions had gotten stronger. I was kneeling on the bed with the headrest raised as high as possible and holding onto it feeling like I was going to break it. Around 130pm I told Caleb I wanted the epidural, I didn't want to have more pain.

The anesthesiologist came, he looked like a version of Caleb's younger brother with red hair. Caleb made fun of his young looks and he commented on how he gets it all the time. He reassured us and then proceeded to poke my back, as he was doing it he said "huh oh." Not something you want your anesthesiologist to utter as he puts a loooooong needle between your vertebrae. Caleb looked at him and he asked the nurse for something. She left the room and he explained pushing the needle usually feels like putting a needle through a piece of thick leader, but with me it was not that hard so he wanted to check.

They did a type of ultrasound on my back and all looked good, apparently whatever it is they put the needle in is thinner in me than most other people.

After the epidural kicked in we talked to Michelle and Michelle, laughed for a bit and then around 3pm the midwife came to check me. I was at 10cm and fully effaced. They checked everything, asked me how I was feeling and then she said let me know if you feel like pushing.

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And I did within a few contractions. It was all so peaceful. Worship music was playing in the background, our friend Michelle was praying in the corner and the nurse and midwife checked me and told Caleb oh wow her head is already there, want to see?

-Well no, not really, but I'll regret that so I guess I do.

-Oh wow, wow! she really is right there, ready to come

The midwife asked me to get ready to push with the next contraction. Breathe, breathe, breathe, push. After the first push she was almost completely out. The midwife asked me if I wanted to hold her head and then push and I did. I barely started pushing a second time and Emi came out, my hand touching her head (i bite my nails, you can see my hand in the pictures). The midwife was a little taken aback by how fast she came out (we later found out she came so fast she broke her collar bone). But as soon as she was all out she was given to me to hold.

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She was so tiny, so perfect. I held her for a moment and the nurse came to get things out of her mouth, she was making a weird noise, like she was trying to cough but couldn't. She wasn't crying, and the midwife started talking to the nurse and asking for something. Emi was getting really purple. The nurse grabbed her from me and we heard people running down the aisle.

A team of pediatricians and nurses rushed in and they put her on the table. She wasn't breathing, she was so purple. Caleb and I had been praying under our breath, but once we heard the steps we started praying out loud. Michelle was praying too, and Michelle the photographer was backed up against a corner standing on a chair praying too and taking pictures (she later told us she wanted to freak out but we seemed so at peace she kept calm herself).

We prayed out loud, in tongues and didn't care. We probably sounded like crazy people. Caleb was standing over the doctors and I was laying in bed praying and not even watching all the people over my baby's table. It felt like an eternity but after a short time she coughed, and cried. And cried and cried and cried. Never have baby cried sounded so sweet in my ears.

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She was cleaned a little. Caleb cut shorter the umbilical cord and she was given back to me. We kept laughing because she looked like she had very slanted eyes and was very brown. She didn't look like she was our daughter at all. We both said she looked like the baby of an Asian/Black couple, not a White/Hispanic one. I said I thought she looked like a Mongolian baby, and after a few minutes a nurse came in and saw her little back and said "oh look, she has a Mongolian spot." We asked if she had heard us talking and she said no. Apparently that's what her bruised looking back and tush is called.

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We spent the next few hours just taking her all in. I didn't rip, and I felt great so it allowed for me to enjoy her so much. She was so tiny, so very very very tiny. She nursed without issues and rested on me for a while.

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They took her to measure her and weight her and then after Caleb spent some time with her. He loved her from day 1, so much, so well.

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It continues to be surreal the fact that we have two babies. Two! And they'll be best friends, and always have each other.

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We love you Emi, you belong so beautifully, so perfectly, it's hard to believe we didn't have you before. We are so honored God chose us for you and you for us. We promise to protect you, love you and guide you, and we promise you to let you dream as big as God desires for you. No fear little one. Be free.

Born at 3:35pm
Weight: 7.12 lb
Height 20 inches

Sunday, February 1, 2015

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Isn't she adorable!!!! She has gotten so so so so big. Her skin is still acting strange and there are some rough spots on her cheeks. It is worse in the morning and we still don't know what's causing it. We will probably call the doctor this week to inquire. It doesn't seem to bother her though, it's purely cosmetic. I think she is going through a growth spurt because she has been eating more than usual. But I don't know because she has been sleeping less than usual haha.

We are planning her first birthday, and I cannot believe I will have two toddlers soon. CRAZY!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Emi wears things from 6 months to 12 months. Some stuff is 3-6 months and works, some stuff has to be 12 months. Baby clothes are strange. 

She has been sleeping really well, between 10 and 12 hours at night and two naps of 2 hrs each during the day. Her hair is getting thicker and more and more curly. I love it. She is a really good walker, and she loves playing with pots and pans in the kitchen. She also likes ripping paper apart into tiny little pieces and making big, exciting messes. She really prefers to play alone while I am on sight, or she also likes to sit on my lap and play. But she is not a big fan of playing with Ant ye. Ant thinks they are playing together all the time though.

She likes running around and exploring in the backyard, but she must be closely monitored as she will put ANYTHING in her mouth.

She loves all food, ALL of it. Her least favorites are still green beans and peas, but she'll eat them if I mix the, with carrots or sweet potatoes.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

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Grandma Kate was in town this week. The girls did so much stuff that every night when we got home they'd go to be exhausted and sleep for 12 hrs straight. It was amazing.

As you can see in some of the pics Emi always has food in her mouth, I clean and clean her and she eats and eats, it's crazy.She has 3 teeth on the bottom and 4 on top. And she just keeps getting better and better at the whole walking thing. She is also amazing at going up and down the stairs and at making messes super quick. She loves hiding things in the pantry and being chased by her dad or her lelo up the stairs. My sister is one of her favorite people because she lets her do whatever she wants hahaha. Also she cuddles with her a lot and Emi is a big fan of cuddles.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

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This week I decided to have the girls try the gift that Courtney Basse made for them and we had so much fun. The girls are learning to play with each other more and more. Antonella is very protective of Emi and Emi gets a little frustrated when Ant wants to hold her and kiss her. If Emi cries Ant runs to tell me. In the mornings Emi usually wakes Ant and she goes quickly to my room to tell "Mama Emi wake, Emi wake, run!" It's so cute.

Emi has also been learning to imitate some of the different sounds and moves Ant makes, it is funny and cute at the same time. I love them together, they will always be the best pair.

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