Monday, March 9, 2015

Flora is Here!

Our daughter was born on 3/1/2015 at 3:44 am.
We named her Flora Nell.  
Flora was born over a week ago, but I have been pretty busy with three kids.  Any time I find to write this post usually turns into a baby cuddling session instead.  I think I have my priorities straight.  
Her birth ended up being a very surprising induction due to the awesome liver condition called cholestasis.  On Saturday 2/28 Jeremy and I planned to go see a movie while my parents came up to watch Pearl and Axel.  I had some blood work done the previous Thursday because I mentioned to my doctor that I had started itching all over my body.  It wasn't unbearable, but it was annoying.  She said it was probably no big deal, but had me go to the lab just to be safe.  The majority of my results came back that day and were normal.  There was just one last test that needed to be done at an outside lab.  My doctor concluded prior to that result coming back that I was most likely fine and there was no reason to worry.
My doctor called on Saturday morning to say that my results had come back and they were not what she expected.  I definitely had cholestasis and she recommended that I be induced that afternoon.  She explained the longer you go into your pregnancy, the worse the condition gets, and it is associated with higher levels of still birth.  That was enough for me to agree immediately to come in.
We arranged for my mother-in-law to come watch the kids.  Then we grabbed lunch at Burgerville and headed to the hospital.
The induction process took forever.  Jeremy and I sat in the hospital room all day.  We both finished a book.  We also watched What About Bob.  I had regular contractions for a number of hours, but they were not very painful.  After spending the majority of the day there, I was dilated to 3 cm.
Sometime after midnight, the midwife decided to break my water hoping that would get things moving.  She was right.  The contractions were immediately terrible after that point.  I got an epidural when dilated to 8 cm.  I told the anesthesiologist that I wanted to be able to feel my legs, but didn't want to be as uncomfortable as the state I was currently in.  He gave me a half dose of what they usually would administer in an epidural.  I had no idea that was even something they could do, but it was great.
I started to feel pressure to push about ten minutes after my epidural took effect.  The nurse didn't really seem to believe me, but eventually called the midwife back to check and it was time to push.  Flora was out in three contractions.
The midwife set Flora on my chest.  She looked so tiny and quickly fell asleep.  She started snoring right there on my chest.  It was the cutest.
Flora's stats at birth:
Weight - 8 lbs 1 oz
Length - 19 3/4 inches
Head circumference - 13 3/4 inches
We are both healthy and doing well.


  1. Congratulations! She's beautiful!

  2. congrats!! I have cholestatsis with Oliver. It was the worst. I had it for about 3 weeks before i got my diagnosis because i hadn't been fasting long enough for that particular test. I went back and then it was confirmed. My induction was so similar to yours too! It's kind of reassuring all these years later to hear about someone having the same issues. Validates my experience since i didn't have any other labors (Henri was a planned post due date c-section.) She's SO beautiful and I so love her name!!!! Happy recovery and baby juggling! <3

    1. Was the itching terrible? Mine was never that bad so the doctor and I both assumed I didn't have it until the test confirmed otherwise.

  3. Congratulations! Three kids is fun and busy and you'll rock it. :)


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