Monday, May 21, 2007

Raegan Jayne Whipple



Yep, she made it! Here's the story...


My mom came out on Monday (the day after mother's day). It was very relieving to know that she was there and going to watch my kids and take them to all the many places I taxi them! The next day I gave her the run down of our routine and the tour of our house. We were all glad that she had that time to get acquainted to everything.

On Tuesday we were all getting a little anxious for the baby to come! Out of desperation, we went and bought Blue Cohosh Root and some prenatals that were supposed to stimulate labor. Well, not much happened except I had to go... a lot more than usual. We tried all the regular methods and I think I lost a few pounds from the vigorous walks my mom led me on! I thought this would definitely do it, but no luck.

Wednesday we did the same thing, long walks, about three shopping trips, and also the herbal remedies. I was pretty exhausted by the end of the day. I thought this would for sure put me into labor, but the wait was still on.

Thursday I gave up on the herbal remedies. I had a good walk with mom and did some shopping. That afternoon the hospital called and said that they needed to push my induction because of emergency births. I explained to them my situation and they took sympathy on me. She called me back and said I could go in early and wait in the waiting room! Well, it didn't sound at all fun to me, but it was better than waiting a week.

That night after dinner I started feeling regular contractions. I told Bri and my mom that I thought it would happen tonight. I have had regular contractions before, but these felt different and lasted longer. Bri went to bed at ten and mom and I stayed up to finish "Gone with the Wind". By the end of the movie (around 11:30) my contractions were getting harder and were about five minutes apart. I debated whether I should go to bed and then just come in the morning for the induction, but mom convinced me to go to the hospital. I was sure glad I did! I woke up Bri and we headed right over. As I was getting in my hospital gown, my water broke. I know from past experience that things go quickly for me after that. I got my epidural and about twenty minutes later started feeling hard contractions! The doctor checked me and I was at an eight. Well, about ten minutes later I needed to push. The doctor came in and after four pushes she was out! I have to say it was pretty intense. I'm sure glad I forgot how intense it can be. The doctor commented on how she preferred the "fast and furious" births. I can't decide which ones I prefer...

I must have been holding my breath because after the birth, I felt myself drifting. It was like I was in a tunnel and I couldn't hear what the doctors were saying. I knew I was going to pass out and just about when I did, I started coming to again. It took a few minutes to realize that I hadn't even seen my baby! It was a little disheartening when the doctor said, "Brenda, hold your baby". That's when I realized that she was laying on me. Needless to say, it was wonderful! I never will forget the precious few moments right after birth when I met my sweet little girl!


I just have to say that I couldn't be happier with how things happened. We named our little girl Raegan Jayne Whipple. She weighed eight pounds and eight ounces and is 19 and 3/4ths inches long. She is perfectly healthy and had no problems with shoulder dystocia. We feel very blessed to have another sweet little girl join our family! It was a hard decision for us to make, whether or not to have a C-section, but Bri gave me a blessing the Monday before and we felt everything would be fine. We were so grateful that it was! Thank you everyone for your prayers and thoughts!

Getting ready to leave the hospital



Mom and Raegan






Sunday morning Raegan and I finally came home. It's good to be home, but I am definitely missing the night nursery!!

12 comments:

Hules said...

She's Beautiful! As only a little Whipple girl can be! Congratulations! I'm so happy that things worked out for you. She looks so little. I forget how little they come. 4 little girls! You are the most blessed mother of all women.

Jann said...

She is perfect, and beautiful, and cute and everything a little baby girl should be. I am so glad everything went so well for you, and the baby. By the way, you look terrific in the picture. Reagan is so lucky to come to such a wonderful home. Maybe I am biased, but having your first four be girls is perfect. Happy life, Reagan!

Corinne said...

I am just so happy that everything went well!! She is georgous! What a happy family :)

Joni said...

Yay Brenda!! When we saw her picture Jeff and I both said "She's a Whipple!" She has got Brian's eyes (don't they all?). What a great birth story! I'm so pleased that you didn't have to undergo anything more complicated. Yes, fast and furious is tough, but I guess it is short too:) You both are so blessed with four little girls! I love Raegan's name too. Good pick.

Jenni said...

Oh, look at her - she is gorgeous Brenda!! I am so happy for you that the birth went well. I love her name too! Congratulations!!! :)

Kel said...

She is adorable! I am glad to hear that everything worked out. I can't wait to see her in person. If you need anything, please let me know.

Mendy said...

Oh, Brenda, Raegan is just beautiful! I can't wait to come and hold her--and smell her; I'm weird like that.

I love "fast and furious" births! Welcome to the club with Joni and me. I will bring you dinner soon!

Cami said...

Oh Brenda!! She is so darling and looks just like your other ones. They are definitely sisters. I can't believe you almost passed out!! That sounds scary. I'm glad you didn't have to induce or have a c-section, and that she is healthy. Nothing like an induction to get things moving beforehand (Jeffy came the day before my scheduled induction too). I PROMISE I'm coming to see her very soon with gifts in hand (I feel like such a bad friend), but have fun with your mom while she's there! Congratulations.

The Tidwell Family said...

Woohoo! This is such an exciting post. I am so happy that everything went so smoothly. I hesitate to say "smoothly", because I know the feeling of a fast and furious delivery. (I love that term by the way, it's better than saying easy.)

Welcome little Raegan! You are beautiful!

Julia said...

congratulations! She is so sweet! I can't wait to meet her! :D

Kellie said...

Hooray! Congratulations-so glad to see photos and know that everything went so beautifully.

Christie said...

Congratulations you guys. She is so pretty! I hope that sleep is in your near future and that you enjoy every second of your new little one