Mackenzie Marie :: a Birth Story

On November 9th, 2012 at 9:53am, our family of three became a family of four.  We are so incredibly thrilled to introduce our latest creation and yet another perfectly beautiful little girl, Mackenzie Marie…all 8 lbs 11oz and 21 inches of her ::

And since so many of you are curious as to how the birth process went, I figured I’d write about it while it’s all fresh in my mind (and honestly, since it was so fast and so smooth, it won’t take me very long at all…unlike with my first Birth Story). 

It all started at 4:19am on the morning of the 9th when I was laying awake in bed and felt a significant contraction (I’d felt a few others that night, but nothing to concern myself over – they were just keeping me awake).  The next contraction was felt five minutes later and the third in that set was felt yet another five minutes after that one.  I told myself to just lay there and continue tracking them because I’d had some false alarms in the past, so after about 25 minutes of continuous contractions (that were getting more painful and closer together), I decided it was time to tell Travis it was time.

ready to go to the hospital…we woke Abby up to say “bye” and I couldn’t stand up straight because my contractions wouldn’t stop

It’s amazing how fast it all happened, to be honest.  Last time around we were at home for about two hours before we decided to call the doctor’s office and this time we were home for a total of an hour and I had no time to do anything at home (good thing my bag was packed this time around!). 

All I had time to do was realize the baby was coming…and the baby was coming FAST.

We arrived at the hospital right before 6:00am and I was quickly hooked up to monitors, given an IV (ouch!), and told I was 6cm (no wonder my contractions were getting so painful!).  We were quickly sent up to a labor and delivery room to get all settled in and to order up an epidural (because after round 1 with Abby, I decided getting an epidural sooner rather than later was the way I wanted to go…plus, I was already 6cm along, so I’d felt enough pain!).

It was probably around 6:45am that the anesthesiologist arrived and hooked me up with an incredibly strong epidural.  It didn’t really sink in for 30 minutes (the time I got one with Abby, it worked within 5 minutes and all my pain was gone), but once it did, I had legs that felt like lead and contractions that finally disappeared.  Around 7:15am, I was officially pain free, 8cm dilated, and checking Facebook for any exciting updates on my iPad. Not bad.

At that point my doctor came in and said she had a c-section at 8:00am that should take about 90 minutes and that after that, she’d come check on me.  She also said that we wanted to slow things down a bit since I was Group B Strep positive and the antibiotics needed more time to be effective.  Fine by me!  Travis and I passed the time by taking pictures of our room, checking emails, and having a few laughs about the fact that we were about to have a second daughter (crazy!).  It was actually one of the most enjoyable and relaxing 90 minutes I’d had a long time.

During that time, I felt great but it felt like something was happening “down there.”  I wasn’t sure what (and since I literally couldn’t feel anything whatsoever, I wasn’t sure if I was imagining things), but when my doctor came in around 9:30am to check on me, she said my water broke and I was 10cm…ready to push!

Then she told the nurse to call her when the baby was ready to come out and off she went to do some paperwork.  At that point, the nurse had me do a “practice push” to make sure I remembered how to do it.  She had me practice when I wasn’t having a contraction and about 5 seconds into my practice, she said “stop! stop! stop!” … apparently I’d pushed so well that Mac’s head came all the way down and was ready to come out.  Go me!

After that, the nurse called my doctor immediately and said it was time to go.  At that point, I was feeling a little nervous because while I’d done it before, you just never know how it’s going to go.  I started shaking a bit and I told Travis how nervous I was, but he held my hand and told me everything was going to be okay.

He’s the best teammate I could ever ask for.

At this point, it was about 9:50am…my doctor came in, put her gloves on, and gave me a little pep talk / reminder talk as to how it would go.  She asked me how long I pushed last time (30 minutes), and said it would probably be a lot faster this time since her head was already in sight.

After that, my doctor had me push…so I did…and 2 seconds into my push, I was told to “STOP!” yet again. Her head was ready.

Then I pushed a second time for about 6 seconds. “Stop Stop!!”  Her head was out.

On my third push, I was allowed to go for maybe 3 or 4 seconds and my doctor looked up at me and said she was completely out.

I looked at Travis and said, “seriously?!”

He laughed back at me and said, “yep!”

It was ridiculous. It was so fast. And a second or two later at 9:53am, she was in my arms…perfectly purple and perfectly amazing.

Honestly, that birth couldn’t have gone any better.  She came out incredibly healthy and left me feeling great (only minor stitches needed which is amazing since she was almost 2 lbs bigger than Abby). 

She was calm and content from the moment she arrived into this world and she hasn’t changed since. She truly seems ready to be out (unlike Abby who seemed to be mad at the world for the first few weeks).

While you all know how ready I was for her to come early…and then on time…and then at ANY point…I honestly couldn’t be happier that she took her sweet time and arrived on her own schedule.

She’s perfect.

We love her so much.

Her sister is in love and is so proud of her baby.

And we couldn’t ask for anything more.

Mackenzie Marie, we love you!


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21 Responses

  1. Anina Duren says:

    This is so sweet. Congratulations on such a beautiful family.

  2. Megan B.B. says:

    Oh my gosh, you were meant to have babies! Look how perfectly you/she did! Like I said, she sounds super laid back! 🙂 Congrats to your family of FOUR. 🙂

  3. Nduoma says:

    Congratulations Ali!

  4. Congratulations! She’s adorable!

  5. Ciara says:

    oh my goodness what a wonderful birth story!! Huge congratulations – she is gorgeous and you did amazing – total inspiration!

  6. Congratulations!!! Such a beautiful family 🙂 I hope my birth is as fast & easy as yours was! Thx for sharing.

  7. kierrajanay says:

    omg she’s so beautiful. I’ve been checking for her since I knew it was almost time lol. CoNGRATS!!!

  8. That Mom says:

    Belated Congratulations!! I’ve been out of the loop this month but so glad to come back to your site and read your birth story and see your beautiful family photos! Mac is just gorgeous!

  9. Marie says:

    New reader here…saw some of your bump pics on Pinterest and have been reading through some of your posts. Your girls are darling. Congrats on the new baby!

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