my birth story: part 2

If you missed it yesterday, here is the first part of my birth story.  I know I left you all hanging, but it’s not quite as exciting + emergency invoking as I made it out to be! 😉

I was finally dilated to 3 cm, but when checking my cervix, they definitely weren’t feeling the top of my baby’s head.  So after being checked by 2 different nurses and trying to figure out what is was from an ultrasound, the OB on call came in and checked.

The reason I wasn’t going into labor over the past week:  Baby’s face was smooshed down on my cervix wanting to come out first.  They quickly made a phone call to my doctor to determine the plan of action.  I asked my nurse what would probably happen and she told me they would most likely do a C-section.  She apologized several times, but I honestly was not upset about the C-section.

(I’m still not sure if a C-section was really necessary, but at this point, I don’t really care.  I have heard of someone giving birth with baby’s face coming out first and it broke her pelvis – I would rather have the stitches than a broken pelvis!)

I’ve talked so much about having a natural childbirth and wanting to go into labor naturally, but there was something in the back of my mind telling me that I was going to end up with a C-section.  I just knew I was – and sure enough, my epidural was quickly increased, causing me to be completely numb from the chest down and we were whisked off to the OR around 6:15 AM.


I can’t even begin to explain how wonderful everyone was in the OR, especially the nurse anesthetist.  She explained everything that was going to happen and what was going on behind the curtain and what I would be feeling.  My doctor showed up around 6:30 and at 6:42, MacKenna Christy made her grand entrance!


The worst part about the C-section was not the procedure itself, it was the fact that I had absolutely no contact with my baby for at least an hour afterward.  They took all her vitals and did the standard newborn procedures that I was able to watch while they were stitching me up.  Matt was able to bring her over to me so I could see her, but I still couldn’t touch her or hold her.  It wasn’t until after I was out of the recovery room and into my hospital bed that I was able to finally hold my baby.  And you better believe that I was not going to be letting anyone come between me and my little girl!





She came out pretty bruised and with a unicorn forehead, but she was still absolutely perfect!  And on the small side – only 5 pounds 6 ounces and 19 inches long.  But again, I can’t imagine a more beautiful baby!  I am so in love with her and feel so blessed that she is a very happy + healthy baby!




As for me, the first 2 days after the C-section were the worst.  But, I am feeling much better now, although a little bit slower to get around.  My incision is healing well (or so they tell me – I still have yet to even look at it) and we are hoping to be able to come home from the hospital sometime today.

Recovery is going to be much more difficult than I expected, but I’m taking it one day at a time.  I am ready to sleep in my own bed (not that there will be much sleep happening with a newborn in the next room) and start caring for this baby on my own (although I have loved having the help of the nurses the past few days).

Thank you for all the well wishes and support!  We are so in love with our little MacKenna!

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  • Jen

    That’s insane! I had no idea their faces could be smooshed like that! And yes a c-section sounds WAY better than a broken pelvis. I’m so sorry you didn’t get to hold her right away though. I can’t imagine how hard that was. She is precious! So glad you’re feeling better and hope you can go home. 🙂
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  • She’s gorgeous!! I love the black and white photos, so elegant.
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  • Thanks for sharing your birth story. You had me hanging on at the end of part 1! I’m glad that in the end you were able to have a healthy and beautiful baby girl. LOVE the professional photos. I especially love the one with Mackenna and the adult finger. Wishing you a quick recovery!
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  • Oh my goodness…she is so cute! Glad you and baby are doing well! Take care. 🙂
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  • Wow, that’s quite a story! Very happy ending though! Congratulations and I love the last bunch of pictures there with her eyes open looking at you. So cute!
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  • Amy

    Congratulations! I started following your blog toward the end of your pregnancy (I’m pregnant myself – looking for more pregnant runners!) and I’m really happy for you. Enjoy your little girl!

  • you and little m look beautiful, kristen! 🙂 congratulations!
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  • Wow! Such a cute story and beautiful ending 🙂 Congratulations, you have an amazing little girl now!!!
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  • I’d take a c-section over a broken pelvis too. Sounds like that might have been the best route! Hope your recovery is fast! Thinking and praying for you all! She is so beautiful!
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  • I’m tearing up. She is beautiful! And I’m so glad that you feel so good about the way things went, even though it differed. Too many women beat themselves up for not being able to have a vaginal or natural labor as intended and that is so unnecessary. Glad you feel good. That way you can love on that precious girl even more! HUGS!!!
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  • A beautiful story. I love the pictures of her looking up at you. So precious, brought tears to my eyes.
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  • Kristen,

    Congrats! She is so perfect 🙂
    I am quite interested in your story…as you know I am booked for a c-section with my second little guy TODAY! I am super nervous…but for me too, I think it is the best choice as I had separation of the pubis symphasis with my first during the delivery…so essentially I broke my pelvis and it was indeed so awful. I still had a hard time making the decision to have a c-section this time, because I am scared either way…I feel as calm as I can about it now and know that at least I won’t have to go through what I did last time again….Anyways, I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing more about your adventures as a new mommy!

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  • Wow, what a story! I’m glad you are feeling better and that you’ll hopefully get to go home today. That will make such a difference. She is beautiful and I’m so happy for you 🙂
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  • Happy, Healthy Baby! The pictures are absolutely beautiful! Congrats on your baby girl. Hope you are getting settled in at home.
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  • Precious & adorable aren’t good enough words for her! Ahh! Those last 5 pictures are stunning. I’m glad the OR part wasn’t super scary and that you’re feeling ok. I hope you finish healing up quickly so you can just focus on your little baby girl!!

  • oh my she is just darling! once things settle down for you at home a bit, we’ll talk about when i can bring some food over!! enjoy your first few days at home! 🙂
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  • Congrats Kristen!! She is gorgeous – and looks just like you! Thanks for sharing your story.
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  • Congrats! Mackenna is absolutely adorable – love those big eyes!

    Your story gave me confidence in the whole labor and delivery process, as I’m currently terrified of it! It proved that even when things aren’t going exactly as planned, the end result is completely worth it.
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  • Absolutely beautiful pictures! She’s so precious. Welcome to motherhood!
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  • Mary Kratochvil

    Thanks Kristen for your story. I was wondering what had happened for you to have a c-section. Glad everything worked out ok and you have a beautiful daughter. Hope you are feeling better each day. With our love.

  • aww….i’m crying right now. She really is beautiful….and I’m so broody! I was 5lbs 6ounces and 19cm long too!!!
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