Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I occured to me today that it has been over a year since my last post and my have things changed since then. It's amazing to me looking back to see all of the changes in our lives that God has presented us with. So a quick run down to get us all up to date again.... August 2011 - Shawn and I Seperated October 2011 - I moved out into my own appartment for the first time ever! October 2011 - I road tripped to California with Greg to visit Kelsey and Andrew and get a little bit of a vacation prior to Hailey's arrival. Being the stubborn independant person that I am, I insisted on driving the entire way myself which lead to very funny inside jokes. HAY!!!!!!!! November 5th, 2011 - Aiden's first birthday! Novemeber 6h, 2011 - With Dr. permission and clearance I ran a 5k in 45mins! November 7th, 2011 - Hailey attempts to come early and mommy is rushed to the hospital to stop labor. I am placed on a restricted work/bedrest schedule. Basically I wasn't allowed to be out of bed/couch unless I was at work and then I was only permitted to get up for lunch breaks/ Bathroom breaks and to leave. I was also started on medications to attempt to stop and slow contractions to attempt to keep Hailey in for as long as possible. November 12th, 2011 - I have another bout of strong contractions that are 5mins apart but thankfully are not affecting my cervix. The Dr. advises me that if my cervix does decide to dialate further they will not stop labor because the drugs used to do so are too harmful to use more than once. November 26th, 2011 - Kirk and Jo are married!!!!!!! December 11th, 2011 - While talking on the phone with Michelle we discuss how amazing it would be if Hailey were to come while everyone was in town visiting for Christmas. How neat would it be if everyone got to be here for her birth! December 12th, 2011 - I finally filed for divorce. I also decided to ignore bed rest instructions and go grocery shopping because I was out of ingrediants for the cookies I was making for Jo's cookie exchange party that evening. Half way through Target Hailey decides that it really is time to come and I went full blown labor. An hour into full blown labor, after passing another mom, huffing and puffing, when asked if I should go to the hospital it finally dawned on me that I'm in full blown labor and no longer just having annoying pre-term contactions. I called my Dr. and my mom to let them know that it's finally time. After driving home and putting away the groceries that I had purchased, finishing the batter for the cookies I was half way through and considered baking but my mom wouldn't let me. Finally I let my mom drive me to the hospital, still convinced that this is just another episode of pre-term labor that wasn't affecting my cervix. Once at the hospital it becomes obvious that this is the realy thing and little miss Hailey will be making her way into the world sometime in the next 48 hours. After hours of walking, bouncing on a ball and more walking the hospital staff determines that it is time to administer the epidural and IV. In true Jessica style, it took 5 attempts to get an IV going and 7 to get the epidural correctly placed. Patrick, Michelle, Grandma and Donovan arrive at the hospital around 5pm after flying in from out of state. I of coarse missed the infamous cookie party and everyone thinks that I've flaked out on them. Little do they know I'm in the hospital awaiting Hailey's arrival! Around 8pm the nurses decide that it's time for my visitors to go home for the night since I was only 4cm dialated and Hailey was most likely not going to be making her way into the world until morning. Michelle like the amazingly faithful sister in law stays with me over night keeping me company. Staying true to myself the epidural has almost no effect what so ever on the pain from the contractions and my dose was upped many times throughout the night. At 2:00am the nurse came in and checked me again and stated that it was time to call the Dr. because it was time. As soon as she turned around we all heard a loud pop and a gush of water as my water broke. Michelle called and texted Shawn, the nurse stayed with me telling me not to push and wiggle my toes to distract me from the urge to push. Have you even tried not to push when everything in your body is telling you to push!?!?!?!? At 2:20 the Dr. arrives and Michelle gets ahold of Shawn to let him know it's time. At 2:35am Hailey Marie Mares is born!!!! Shortly after Hailey was born my blood pressure dropped severely and immediate actions are taken to stablize me. Hailey however is small weighing in at only 6lbs 3 ounces, but happy and healthy!