This post has been a long time coming but adjusting to parenthood puts some things on the back-burner, especially some simple things like sitting down with your arms free of a baby 🙂
On Monday, July 9, I went into work trying to finish up any loose ends before baby girl arrived. Josh and I left a few hours early to go to my weekly check up. Week 39! I had been dilated to a 4 for almost 2 weeks but had no other signs of baby girl coming. They checked the usual and after they checked my blood pressure, the doctor came in and told me she recommended I have the baby tomorrow (July 10). She said that my blood pressure was high again and since this was my second week in a row that it was high she recommended that I be induced the next day at 6:30 a.m. Fortunately, Josh and I discussed this as a possibility, after the week before I was admitted to labor and delivery because my blood pressure was high but nothing progressed and my blood pressure returned to normal so they sent me home. We decided to trust the doctor’s opinion and agreed to be induced the next day. She recommended a nice dinner because I wouldn’t be eating much the next day. We decided to eat at Panda Express, a local fine dining establishment. 🙂
The next morning we arrived at labor and delivery at 6:30 am. and we were greeted with some confusion. Apparently, another lady thought she was being induced today and they gave her my room. I was the only one scheduled for that day. Right now, I chuckle at that news, but I wasn’t that amused when they explained it to us. I was worried it was the beginning of a bad experience. They set up a room for us and checked my blood pressure, it was fine. They continued the process and set me up with some pitocin to begin labor. The doctor then broke my water around 9 a.m. I didn’t start feeling pain until about 10:30 a.m. and I asked for an epidural at 11:00 a.m. I really wanted to minimize the pain. Josh helped the doctor brace me for the epidural but it made him pretty queasy and the nurse had to take over for a little bit. I’m glad I didn’t see it. I became fully dilated until about 3 p.m. but baby girl didn’t come until about 6:30 p.m. It was a very strange and painful process. Josh helped the doctor brace me and support me for labor and we both were kind of stunned with the process. The miracle of life is a miracle and a very complicated miracle. We were so grateful baby girl came out healthy and everything was fine with her and myself.
Sienna Lyn Decker was born July 10, 2018. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19 inches long.
As I was holding her after they cleaned her up, Josh and I decided to name her Sienna Lyn Decker. In the months previously, we created a post-it note name wall in our bedroom. One person would think of a name and the other person would categorize under yes, no, or maybe. About 2 weeks before Sienna was born we agreed on 3 first names and 2 middle names. But we didn’t want to decided until we met her. We both really liked Sienna and it just fit when we met her. We wanted her middle name to have a special meaning or named after a special person. We decided on Lyn because my sister Nikki’s first name is Lynn and my closest cousin Naomi’s middle name is Lyn. Josh said we should keep a strong family name in the family. Both Josh and I have great respect and love for these two special women and wanted to pass that name along. We hope that this little munchkin of joy will grow up with confidence of the great women that came before her, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and aunts included, and want to emulate them.
We just love our little Sienna Lyn! Heavenly Father has blessed us so much!
We had both of our families come visit and spoil us in the hospital. It was so nice to feel the love and excitement from both of our families. Josh and I were able to leave the hospital on Thursday afternoon with both Sienna and myself doing well.
As I write this, Sienna is almost 11 weeks old and it has been a crazy, difficult, and wonderful adventure. In the posts to come, I will give the in-between updates.