No I don't mean my new baby...I mean my "original" baby! My Lilly is 4 today and I absolutely cannot come to grips with that. This seems altogether too long ago and far too near in the past. And now to think that I have 3 others....life happens fast. But, as I have imagined for a while now, I will recount the activites of that day in rememberance of that amazing day. The day I became, by a birth, a parent; also the day, by love, that I became a mother.
I become a very concentrated person when in labor...so my times are not specific and truly this birth story was not all that interesting. Amazing yes...interesting no!
So I had been on strict bedrest and medication for 2 weeks and then finally went back to work 2 weeks prior to my due date. The day I went back I also had a pedicure that night and went home to relax with my husband. Little did I know the next day would hold when we went to bad that night.
I woke at about 5:00 a.m. with contractions...showered and got ready. At about 7:00 I decided that they were definately strong enough to call in to work...wake my husband and have him do the same. We then set out on that crisp morning for a walk. My husband geared up with a stop watch around his neck...(I laughed hard about this!) and off we went into our neighborhood for a couple of hours. The contractions got stronger and closer together.
At about 2:00 p.m. we went in to the hospital. When I got to the maternity floor they checked me and I was still a 3 (where I had been for 2 months), but the contractions were definately there. I begged for them to let us go back home and continue to walk and they allowed me to do so. She also sent some sleeping pills to help me get some rest. Well the internal definately sparked something...because I got home and took a pill and all of a sudden my contractions really began. So I am groggy and in labor now.
At 4:00 p.m. we went back in and I was now a 5 and in labor. It was my "hero" and I doing our thing until about 9:00 p.m. when I finally asked for an epidural. It took a while to get it and then the harsh reality set in that I am one of the 2% of people who have a block in their spine and it only numbs up on my left side. But now knowing what it is like to have and not having an edipural, I know the relief was there. From then on I was in concentration mode and at about 11:37 I began pushing.
At 11:57 p.m. my perfect baby girl Lilly Hope was born. She was 7.7 lbs. and 19 1/2 in. long. Her coloring was beautiful...her head was perfect...her body was chubby...and her love was mine! What a beautiful day...one I will never forget or duplicate. And now..3 more children later...she is still my baby!
Written by Alicia Overby - Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears
Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn't seem to get comfortable.
After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for a subluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn't find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!
For more information, visit www.babyelephantears.com.