LOL This may take a while… this is the FINAL compilation of allllll the stories of our children’s births.
Written February 7, 2000:
I paced around in my bedroom for about three weeks, waiting to feel any sign that I was ready. I had my hospital bags packed even before my baby shower on January 15th, 2000… one for myself and one for my daughter. In them, I had included my journal and a Mother Goose storybook, both of which were received as gifts from my Englis h III Teacher, Anna Trest. My due date- January 27th- came and went without even a hint of a contraction and after that, day after day, I wondered if I would ever have this baby… Finally, on February 5th, I just had a feeling that it was time for her to come. I called my friend and told her I needed to go walk. We tried to walk at the track at the high school, but being that it was February, it was too cold, so we ended up walking around the first floor of the hospital where I was planning to deliver. At about 10:30pm, I decided my contractions were more than I could bear walking around so we made the elevator ride to Labor and Delivery… only to be sent back down to walk for another hour! At about 11:40 we went back up and the nurse put me on the fetal monitor, checked my cervix, and announced that I could FINALLY be admitted… I had dilated to 4 cm. I WAS OFFICIALLY IN LABOR!!!
My fiance, Barry, came to the hospital when they called and told him that it was NOT another false alarm. At 12:10am, they put me in the Labor room and there I waited, refusing to be medicated (thinking I was going to go ALL NATURAL)– for over 5 hours! Barry rubbed my head and held my hand and fed me ice chips with a plastic spoon, doing all that he could to comfort me… or maybe he was just trying to keep himself busy to keep his mind off the fact that he was scared to death! At about 5:20am I finally choked down my pride and let them give me stadol through my IV so that I could rest in between contractions, until about two hours later w hen I realized that I could no longer stand the pain and announced that I was ready for the epidural that I swore up and down the whole time I was pregnant I wasn’t going to get! Little did I know that it would be almost another hour before I could get it because an enema had to be performed first. By the time I got the epidural, it was just after 8:00am and I was 7 cm dilated. After that, I didn’t feel a thing. I slept and tried to talk to Barry, but I was so out of it from being so exhausted I wasn’t making much sense. My water broke somewhere in the middle of it all and at about 10:05am, the nurse came in and checked my cervix and said that I was almost 10 cm. So they started prepping and bringing in all the stuff for the baby… I started pushing at about 10:20, which lasted about 7 pushes and then our daughter was born at 10:31am Sunday, February 6, 2000, weighing 7 pounds 15 ounces at 20 3/4 inches long… BRIYANA AMAYA ROBERTSON!
Written September 29, 2001:
I was due to have my child on Sunday, September 23, 2001… On Wednesday, September 26, (3 days late) my husband, Barry, and I went to Labor and Delivery for them to check and see if I had dilated to 4 cm yet… I got admitted to the hospital at 10:30 am because I was 4-5 cm dilated… they gave me an enema at 10:35 am hoping that it would irritate my uterus enough to start contractions… that didn’t work. Their labor rooms were completely full so they kept me in pre-admit on the monitor until around 12:00 noon when they finally moved me to the Labor room. They monitored me and checked my uterus several times but there was no change so they ended up breaking my water at about 12:30pm to see if that would put me into labor on my own, which it didn’t. They decided to start a Pitocin drip. So they had to put in an IV… while they were doing that, they ended up sticking me 6 times and blowing 4 of my veins (OUCH!) and the worst part is I ALREADY HATED NEEDLES!!!!!! Finally, at about 1:45pm, they started the Pitocin to induce labor, which worked almost TOO quickly. When I got the stadol at about 2:15pm, I was still 5cm… I was in PAIN!!!!!!!!!
Barry was feeding me ice chips cause I was so weak from the contractions I couldn’t hardly function- he was also “coaching” me with my breathing, reminding me to breathe slowly and focus on breathing in through my mouth and out through my nose to try to concentrate on that rather than the pain (the nurse told him all of that!) He was even breathing WITH me! It was sweet now that I think back but at the time it was extremely irritating! (Not to mention the fact that he was taking HORRIBLE pictures of me in labor DURING my contractions!) They checked me again at 2:25pm and I was 8cm. After they did my epi around 2:3 0pm, they checked my cervix again and said that it seemed I had backed up to 7cm!!!!! That REALLY discouraged me (not to mention the fact that I didn’t even know that was POSSIBLE!). The epidural didn’t take at all; the only thing that it did was make my entire left leg go dead! By 3:20 they had given the epidural to me through the catheder in my back two more times, neither of which worked so I ended up having to have completely natural childbirth, which I was not thrilled about to say the least! At 3:30pm I was between 8-9 cm. I was in so much pain I wanted to give up and go home! At about 3:50pm I was a “good 9 cm” and they started prepping for the birth, letting down the bottom of the bed and pulling up the stirrups, bringing in the incubator and the scale\’85 I started pushing when I got to 10 cm at about 3:57pm and our second child was born at 4:11pm. IT’S A BOY!!!!!!! They held him up for “Daddy” to take a picture of him and then they cleaned him off and weighed and measured him: 9 pounds, 6 ounces at 21.5 inches long. BARRY CHRISTOPHER ROBERTSON III (Tre for short)
Written December 24, 2002:
I was due to give birth to our third child, a girl, on January 3, 2003. We arrived at the hospital around 2:00 pm on December 20, 2002. I was having some small contractions and was VERY ready to be in labor, even though it was 2 weeks early!!! We waited around until the doctor came in and checked me only to tell us I was only 2 cm dilated and she sen t me to walk. I walked for an hour while Barry drove 35 miles to Poplarville to pick up the kids and then 20 miles to take them to my sister, Kelly, then 30 miles back to the hospital. By the time he got back, I had been sent to walk twice and was back in the room waiting to be told whether I was in labor, or was going home. Good news came a few minutes later: Since I was already dilated and having some mild contractions, we could wait and see if I would go into labor on my own, or I could be induced. We thought for a little while and decided WE WERE HAVING A BABY!!!
Dr. Kot transferred me from the Pre-Admit room to the labor and delivery room around 5:30p m, where I stayed pretty comfortably until they broke my water around 7:00 pm. My contractions started very mild, but got ext remely intense after they introduced my IV to PITOCIN!!! I was in pain, to say the least. It took a while for them to get the epidural right, but eventually, I was pain free for the most part. Barry caught up on some sleep and I rested while I dilated. He had to start a new job the next morning!!! The night was pretty uneventful, besides experiencing a little discomfort and worrying Barry to death!! Finally, the nurse came in around 12:55am and checked to see how far dilated I was….. I was only 7 cm. Only 25 minutes later, Dr. Kot came in and discovered that I had dilated to 10 cm!!!!!!!! It was time for us to have our baby. Barry got up and got the camera, but before he could even turn it on, she was here. TALIA JONET’ ROBERTSON …was born December 21, 2002 weighing 7 pounds, 10.4 ounces at 19 inches long! She was perfect!! Barry held her first, since he had to go back home– he had to be at work at 5am. He gave her to me so that I could try to feed her and then they took our new daughter to the nursery to make sure she was as healthy as she seemed to be. I went to sleep… (I was COMPLETELY exhausted!) and Barry went home to get some rest as well.
Written September 18, 2005:
I spent the weekend with high anxiety since Barry was in Florida playing the Gators… he returned home about 2:30 Sunday morning and we went to sleep until about 9… once we got up, we started getting the kids ready for the next few days of school and daycare because the birth of Avalyn was a scheduled induction that was to take place that morning. I bathed the kids, did their hair in braids so it would hold until I was out of the hospital, and called my friend, Jena, to let her know she could come on because she was staying with the kids. We left the house just before 11am and arrived in Minden where our hospital is about an hour later.
We were taken up to Labor and Delivery and put into our room where I got into my gown and happily climbed into the bed I would later give birth to our daughter in. The nurses came in and hooked me up to monitors, put my IV in, and started the pitocin drip- all of this was in place and done by 12:15pm. They checked my cervix and informed me that I was still at 2cm, which I had been for a couple of weeks. My contractions started slowly, but began to gain intensity by about 12:45. By 1:00pm, my contractions were peaking out at about 110-130 on the monitor. I told them I was ready for my epidural… an entire process that, later, I would find out I could have just bypassed. They got the catheter in my back, taped it in place and laid me back down. He set it to 5ccs and said to let him k now if I needed more. Well, nothing… no legs feeling heavy like he said they should, no relief like I knew was supposed to happen… just pain getting worse and worse and nothing to show for the medication. So I buzzed the nurse, told her something was wrong, epi was doing me no good. She came in and said that I must have a hot spot. I said no you don’t understand. This is a NO spot… it’s not working at ALL, anywhere.
Mind you this was the second time this happened to me. With my son, I also ended up going all natural because the epi numbed nothing but my left leg from the knee down, so I was having deja vu by this point. They upped the epi to 7ccs. The contractions were pretty painful, but not all that close together, so I was all right for a while… By 2:30pm I had reached 4cm. Aro und that time, my contractions began to overlap one another… I was breathing like I was trying to dislodge a lung, and Barry kept reminding me (like I didn’t already know) “Baby this is our fourth child… you know what to do, breathe… hold my hand… blah blah blah” I just looked at him as mean as I could and breathed with him, which did me absolutely no good. I think he was freaking out seeing me respond to the pain that way because I had never even made a sound giving birth to our other 3. The ENTIRE last 35 minutes of my labor was literally one long contraction. My contractions would go back down to about 30 on the monitor and another one would start before it was even over. It was HORRIBLE. I seriously thought I would lose my mind. At about 2:50, I got my doc to up my epi to 10ccs… The nurse came back in about that same time to check the charting from the monitor and at about 2:55pm she checked my cervix again to find that I had reached 7cm! It was a no-go with the epidural so my doctor put nubain in my IV (which also did absolutely nothing)… in the time it took for that to happen, which was about 3 minutes, I told her I had an over whelming urge to push… she checked my cervix again and said this time I was complete… 10cm and ready to push.
Only one problem with that… I COULD STILL FEEL ALL THIS!!! OUCH. They had NO time to set up everything for delivery and kept asking me to resist the urges I had to push. I tried. I failed. I told my doc someone better be ready to catch her cause I couldn’t stop from pushing and here she comes LMBO. He looked down and said her head ha d crowned, and told me to push. I pushed once and her head was out… pushed twice more, and she was born. AVALYN LA’NAE ROBERTSON… 7 pounds, 8 ounces at 20 inches long born on September 11 at 3:05pm.
No stitches for me YAY! After deli very, Barry began videotaping and snapping pics of our baby while they cleaned her up and weighed her. He held her for a while and then gave her to me since he had to be back in Ruston by 4:30 for meetings. My doctor warned me that with all the meds they had administered, I would soon probably feel very weak because of my low blood count, and that my legs would likely be as heavy as lead because of the numbness. That was a no-go too… within an hour and a half of delivering her, I was up walking around, getting my stuff together to go to my other room, and as soon as I went in there, I was in the shower LOL I never had ANY effects from any of the medication. Just my doggone luck. But it was all worth it. At one point, one of the nurses asked me if I was sure my legs weren’t heavy and that I could still move them… I asked her if she would like me to kick her to prove it LMBO I could pick my legs up just fine! Avalyn’s APGARs were 9 and 9.
Written July 8, 2008:
Well, it took me a little longer than usual to get this post here :) but better late than never, right!! Zoe’s birth was scheduled for Friday, June 27th, 2008; we induced labor by way of introducing a Pitocin drip into my IV. Barry and I left for the hospital around 5:20am and arrived at the hospital a little after 6am…
Once they got us in the Labor & Delivery room and got all the paperwork complete, I got set up on the monitors and got my IV going by about 8am. Barry had to go downstairs to do the paperwork while I sat in the room (trying to get the computer to connect to the wireless internet at the hospital, but it wouldn’t work so I had to connect through my cell phone LOL) They have to monitor the baby’s heartrate and everything for at least 30 minutes prior to starting the Pitocin drip to induce labor, so we waited a while longer – once the nurse introduced the medicine into my IV, my contractions began shortly after 9am.
My labor was pretty intense as my contractions got to where they were pretty much back to back and then seemed to overlap each other toward the end of my labor.
I think this is the first time I just seriously did not want anybody trying to comfort me because I was trying to concentrate on my breathing and contractions. Barr y tried a couple of times to rub my leg and it did nothing but aggravate me so he stopped LOL I didn’t get the epidural so I went completely natural this time… I actually got them to bring in the papers I had to sign when I was about 4cm just in case I changed my mind, but by the time I finished signing them, I was 7cm; I immediately warned the nurse that I went from 7cm to 10cm with Avalyn within 3 minutes, so she quickly got the nursery to bring their equipment in and she called the other nurse and my doctor to inform them that it probably wouldn’t be long. Sure enough, by the time my doctor made it down the hall, I was completely dilated and was ready to push so we ended up not even having time to administer the epidural anesthesia even if I had decided I wanted it LOL I pushed twice and she was born (yeah pretty easy delivery haha); no episiotomy and no stitches (I’ve never had to have any stitches so I was really praying I wouldn’t this time LOL I’ve heard that is extremely uncomfortable, and I don’t want to find out!).
Zoe Ayana Robertson was born at 10:50am! (All those prayers for a quick delivery paid off thankful ly!) Barry, of course, cut the cord… I guess after 5 babies, he’s gotten used to that (yuck) lol
We are so excited :) She’s very sweet!! She latched on without much effort and immediately began feeding HAHA Greedy butt… She was just a few hours old when they brought her back to me after cleaning her off and getting her body temperature back up but she was very alert, just like Avalyn was… Zoe just stares at me wide eyed while I talk to her and her eyes stay completely fixed on my face. Even the first day she was born, when Barry would speak to her, she turned her head toward his voice to find him!
I was 39 weeks along in my pregnancy when she was born so she was born a week before her due date and still weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces and was 21 inches long! She has a great appetite (haha) I think she dreams about eating!
Her APGAR (health rating) scores were 9 out of 10 at 1 minute after birth and 9 out of 10 at 5 minutes after birth, so she’s perfectly healthy, very chubby, and has a head FULL of hair.
All of our kids – May 31, 2009 – Talia (6), Avalyn (3), Briyana (9), Zoe (11 mos), and Tre (7)