Introducing Finnley Joan Gordon.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Finnley decided to make a very quick and somewhat early (only 5 days before her due date of the 23rd) entrance into the world on the 18th of December! It was a pleasant surprise for all of us. And here's what happened...

We went to bed on the night of the 17th around midnight with no signs of being in labor. I do remember waking up a few times during the early morning thinking I was uncomfortable, but then I'd fall right back to sleep and keep dreaming. However, I started to feel more and more uncomfortable, so I looked at my phone and it was 4AM and I was then coherent enough to think "oh, maybe I'm having contractions" so I got out of bed and decided I'd try to go to the bathroom and start timing the contractions to see how far apart they were. I checked the clock as the next one started and it said 4:04, then 4:07, 4:10, 4:13, 4:16 and so on. Since they were coming so consistently and since I was having to focus on relaxing and breathing through them, I figured it was time to wake Cole up and let him know that it was time to get ready to go to the birthing center. I called my midwife, Cyndi, at 4:32 and let her know what was going on and she said that since I had a quick labor with Kennedy (about 5 hours) that it'd probably be best to head to the birthing center and she'd meet us there and we'd see how things were looking. 

When we arrived and got settled in, Cyndi checked my chart to see the results from my Group B Strep swab in order to see if I was positive or negative. I didn't have it with Kennedy, but that didn't mean it wasn't possible to have it with Finnley and sure enough, I was Group B Strep positive, so she decided to check and see how dilated I was to see if we had time to administer antibiotics or not. When she checked me I was dilated to 6cm, close to 7cm, so she knew there wouldn't be enough time for the antibiotics to get into my system before Finnley was born (they need to be administered at least 4 hours before a baby is born in order to be effective). I was somewhat relieved that I wouldn't have to have any sort of IV put in, but was also concerned about the risks involved with having her exposed to the bacteria. (Here's a good article that talks all about Group B Strep if you want to read more about that). I found comfort though since Cyndi said that it would all be just fine since she would be teaching us how to monitor Finnley's heart and respiratory rate for the next 48 hours anyways, which is all that needed to be done in order to catch any early signs of a complication from exposure to the Group B Strep. And since Cyndi would be coming to our home the next day and her birth assistant, Lisa, would be coming the day after that to check on us at home, that also meant we'd be able to pick up on any signs of infection quickly. 

The contractions didn't let up one bit on the ride over and even as we settled in, but they didn't really seem to be getting much more intense, so I figured we'd be at the birthing center for quite a few more hours. I decided to try getting into the awesome tub/mini swimming pool that's at the birthing center to help me relax a little more as the contractions started to get more intense and I'm SO glad I did - it was amazing! I can remember a couple of pretty intense contractions where Cole was holding my hands and reminding me to breathe and relax as I leaned over the side of the tub while my midwife had a hose that had warm water coming out of it spraying onto my belly, which felt fantastic. After those few contractions that were the most intense, I had the urge to push, so I remember saying "I wanna push!" so Cyndi said, "Okay! Go ahead and try!" so I did and then I felt a pop, which came with a huge relief - my water had broken! They then checked Finnley's heart rate to make sure she was doing well with her new pressure now that my water had broken and she was perfect. I then remember hearing Cyndi say, "She's complete." meaning she could tell just from the way I was acting during my contractions that my body was definitely ready to have baby Finnley, so during the next contraction Cyndi kept saying "Little push!" and before I knew it Finnley was born into the water at 6:57AM and I instinctively reached down and grabbed her and pulled her onto my belly/chest as we waited for the cord to stop pulsing. It was one of the most beautiful, quick, intense and amazing experiences in my life thus far! She weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. And the nice thing about my water breaking on its own and breaking when it did, is that Finnley had very little exposure to the Group B Strep bacteria, so that definitely decreased the likelihood that she'd have any complications from it, and so far she hasn't had anything wrong! She's beautiful and perfect in every way. :)

We stayed at the birthing center for just a few hours so I could get all fixed up and cleaned up and then we just sat and admired this new little beautiful baby girl of ours, ate some food and then we were able to come home, which was another awesome perk of having her at the birthing center. I really feel like my recovery has gotten off to an awesome start since I've been able to be in my own home with my own bed and couch and food etc.

I had Kennedy naturally as well, but I was in the hospital, sitting in a bed the entire time, which wasn't all that comfortable, and didn't need any kind of medical intervention. So I knew this time around that I wanted to be in a more comfortable environment where I was encouraged to walk around, eat and drink and just really tune into what my body was wanting to do during labor and that's exactly what I got. If I could I'd have all of my babies with Cyndi at the Birth Sweet here in St. George!

Sassy and sweet.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

One day I looked out our back window and noticed a bunch of really pretty yellow leaves had fallen from the tree that's just outside our kitchen window, so we decided to go outside and check them out! Kennedy thought it was a little too cold and the leaves were kind of wet, so she didn't play in them for very long, but I did manage to get a few cute and very sassy pictures of this little girl.

Looking through these pictures of Kennedy is really bittersweet for me. There's not much time left with her as the only little girl we have to look after, which is exciting and sad all at the same time. I am super excited to have a sweet little newborn to love on, but I'm just really hoping the adjustment for Kennedy isn't too hard. I've been reading all kinds of blogs, articles and listening to lots of advice from friends of mine who have recently been through this same phase of life we are about to experience in an attempt to prepare for the coming weeks. And I can guarantee you that I'll be praying like crazy everyday for help to care for these two sweet girls of ours. But most importantly, I know that the love for a sibling is indescribable and unconditional, so eventually they'll be the best of friends...and thank heavens I'm not in this alone! I have the love and support of an awesome husband, multiple family members and friends ready and willing to help and the love of my Father in heaven to see me through this sacred and unique experience. 

Here's to becoming a family of four very soon!