Monday, October 22, 2012

The Birth of Hannah


Hannah came early! I'm still supposed to be one week away from my due date and here I am sitting at the counter typing this while Abby is playing at the sink and Hannah is sleeping in her bouncy seat! Crazy. I thought I'd tell everyone about my labor/delivery story because I've had many people inquire and it's a lot to tell it over and over. So here it goes!

Last Tuesday I had false labor most of the day and was feeling like it might be coming soon. Wednesday morning I had the urge to clean while Abby was at school. I literally cleaned and scrubbed the WHOLE house. Haha. Later I was on the phone with my friend Tiree and all the sudden I had a little gush of water come down my leg. It wasn't like last time though (where my water broke first like a continuous fountain), it was just a little then nothing more. I called the doctor later anyways to be safe. They had me come in and it was amniotic fluid. They wanted to be safe and told me to go home, pack my bag, and they were going to induce labor.

So we went in Wednesday night at dinner time. They got things going and and started me on pitocin. I labored through the night and got an epidural a little after midnight. But I wasn't having any change in dilation (I went in at 1 1/2 cm). I finally had change at 4 AM but it was only to 3 cm. I slept on and off the whole night and that was good. The doc came in the morning and said that she thought I had a pinhole and it got sealed up after I leaked fluid, so that was why I wasn't progressing. They decided to give me something to soften my cervix and stop pitocin. I was off it for 4 hours and then they re-started it at 12:30 in the afternoon....this is where labor REALLY started (it was like the night before was just a practice run, ha). Just before 2:00 she was able to break my water, at 4:00 I was 4 cm, then just before 5:00 I was 10 cm and her head was ready to come out! I pushed and had Hannah at 6:29 PM.

It wasn't as smooth at first because of the lack of progress and it created a lot of fears in me. My blood pressure kept dropping as well and it was just different than my first labor (which was super smooth). But with my emotions, hormones, and fears, I prayed and trusted God. In the end, once things got going it was really fast and smooth. Pushing went well and in between contractions we all talked, joked, and were betting on what time she would come out (the epidural is just amazing!). Recovery is MUCH better this time and I am feeling pretty good.

Abigail has been great with Hannah and my fears were wrong, she hasn't been very jealous or upset so far. Thank God! The first time she saw her she wanted to hold her and gave her a kiss. We are having fun and it isn't stressful like I thought it would be.

Hannah Grace Johnson

1st Outfit!

In the hospital

4 days old with Abby!

So there it is! I was thinking of posting about my post-pregnancy progress of getting in shape. Would people be interested to see what I'm doing and how my body is responding? PLEASE tell me. My goal would be helping others in their journey back to post-pregnant body. So commenting here or on FB would be great....I will base it on people responding. I don't want to create a blog of me bragging on any progress I make. So let me know :)


  1. So sweet! Your girls are beautiful! I would totally read a blog about your post-pregnancy process! I am sure its something i will face within the next few years!

  2. I would be very interested as well Stephanie!! With my first 3 girls, I didn't have any trouble getting back to my post-pregnancy body. But I had Addison a little over 6 months ago, and Im having a harder time getting back to where I was. It's very frusturating!!!

  3. I would read your post pregnacy work out tips! I am going to have another baby in June and would like to get in shape after.

  4. Ok awesome, thanks for the feedback! Congrats Ashley!

  5. Of course we would like to hear your progress :) Congrats momma! You are an inspiration! :D

  6. Yes! I would love to read all about it! Contests on baby# 2..she is beautiful