Apr 1, 2014

A Birth Story

If you follow me on instagram, then you already know... we welcomed our sweet baby girl, little miss Hannah, on March 17! She is precious and perfect and everything we could have wanted and more. We are completely in love.


Leading up to the day I have not had any labor signs. Sure a few Braxton Hicks here and there but I really thought this baby was never coming out.

Monday, March 17, I woke up at 3am to a contraction. It was different than anything I've felt. It was like an intense menstrual cramp. I got up to use the bathroom and had another contraction and that's when my water broke. I called my doctor and while I was waiting for a call back mt contractions bbecame more intense. By 4am, I hadn't heard from my doctor (turns out her beeper was broken), so my husband decided we should go to the hospital. The drive there seemed to take forever, but luckily there's no traffic at 4 in the morning.. 

We got to the hospital around 4:30 am, I was admitted and checked by a nurse by 5am (I was 3cm at this point) and by 5:30 I was getting my epidural. My contractions were getting closer together and seriously labor is no joke. I was in excruciating pain. I don't know how women who decide to go the natural route do it. The hardest part about getting the epidural was having to sit still during the contractions, but somehow I made it through.

By 11am I was 5cm and feeling so excited that the day has finally come and we were going to get to meet our little girl soon. At 2pm I was 7cm and filled with so much anxiety and excitement. And this is where the story makes a turn. At 5pm I was checked again and was still at 7cm. My doctor decided to give me pitocin to increase my contractions and hopefully move labor along. It never did. My labor never progressed past 7cm and after being in labor for so long my doctor didn't want to put the baby in distress. At 9pm, it was decided that I would have a c-section to get the baby out. After 19 hours of labor, I ended up with a c-section. At that point all I wanted was for my baby to be safe.. but boy was I nervous. I have never had any kind of surgery and the idea of a c-section honestly terrified me. 

Everything then happened so quickly. Suddenly I was in the surgical room... my husband was sitting next to me dressed in scrubs. I was shaking from nerves. I felt the doctors pulling and tugging at me. I heard them say that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby. Then I heard the baby cry and I burst into tears. There was my baby! A perfectly healthy baby. Hearing her cry was one of the most amazing moments. About 30 minutes later the surgery was over and I was in the recovery room. A feeling of joy, relief, and absolute happiness came over me.


I was in the hospital for the next 5 days recovering from the c-section. I'm now home and spending every waking moment staring at my baby girl. Yes my husband and I are both exhausted and overwhelmed, but every time we see our baby, it makes it all worth it. 

103 comments:

Kaolee said...

congrats on your baby!

Carlee, Little Sloth said...

Congrats on your baby! C sections can be so intense, I am glad yours went safe and smooth. Hope you are doing well.
Carlee

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

awwww... Congratulations. I am so happy for you and your expanding family. =)

I cannot imagine how scary it must have felt in the moment but, you powered through it and everyone is healthy.

What a beautiful girl you have. A full head of hair too!!

xoxo,
nancy

http://www.adoretoadorn.com

Lovely Mom said...

congratulation! she is very cute.

Lovely Mom said...

congratulation! she is very cute.

two birds said...

Congratulations!!! It can be so scary not knowing what's going on, but that first cry is one of the best sounds ever!! She is beautiful, just like her mama!

Maiken said...

huge congrats to you and your other half! I can't imagine how crazy it all had to be but I'm happy everything is fine with you and the little one. and wow how thick hair she has! most babies I have seen have pretty much nothing when compared to your Hannah, hehe.

Maiken,
Maikeni blogi - part of me

Mónica López Gutierrez said...

congratulations!!!!!!!!
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Suzanne S. said...

How exciting!! Huge huge congrats :) The pictures are gorgeous!
xoxo
Suzanne from written by suzanne

Jamie said...

omg she is beautiful!! Congratulations!

Jamie
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Jen ♥ said...

She's amazing, you're amazing! The second pic in the set of 3 is my fave. She's a doll. Annnd I owe you an email :-)

Allyssa said...

She's beautiful! Congraduations! :)

TaraMixandMatch said...

Congrats, she is gorgeous!

Sofia Donatelli said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful and precious picture of baby Hannah. I love her name and she is already fashionable. I didn't double it for a minute.

Welcome back. I missed you, but I know you have your hands full.

Love,
Sofia

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Milex said...

awww little perfection!

Milex said...

awww little perfection!

Night Chayde said...

What a cutie! I cannot wait to meet my baby in 6 months lol feels like forever away. Congrats! You are the cutest!

Nightchayde

Jess said...

She is the cutest, most precious little thing! Congratulations!!

Jess

Sam Cole said...

OMG she's so beautiful. And look at Hannah already a tiny fashionista, mixing prints. I can feel the baby love.....

xo
Sam
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Mitzee Mandocdoc said...

Congratulations!!!
You have a beautiful baby! :) xx

-Mitzee

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Ricademus said...

Hannah is so beautiful! I'm sorry your labor was so long. But as you said, she's so worth it. Congratulations to you and your hubby!

Martha Zuñiga G. said...

Congrats..is a beautiful baby.
Martha Zuniga
www.dreamsandcoffeemoda.blogspot.com

Dahlia said...

I'm so happy1 She is so pretty and perfect <3

Dahlia
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Adam said...

My mom had to go c-section with my brother. I think the story was that he was coming out feet first and that went wrong or something.

She would always complain about having to go through c-section (our oldest brother was the regular way), but she had 3 in total but at least she knew the next 2 were coming up.

I'm glad that everything went well in the end, and you now have your baby girl. She is precious.

BlazyFashion said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
Congrats darling!
She is precious!

xoxo

Ada Ciuca said...

Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! Giving birth seems like such a terrifying, yet satisfying experience! Good luck with the mommy life! :)

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prettyanddelectable.com said...

Congratulations! She's beautiful! Enjoy every stage... they grow up quickly!

Happiness at Mid Life said...

So precious...congrats to you & your family!!! Take a lot of pictures because it's never enough...they seriously grow up way to quickly.

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Chiara T. said...

Congratulation for this little princess! she is so cute!
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Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) said...

Congrats Yi-chia she is so precious and gorgeous. xoxo

Emmylou said...

Congratulations, Yi-chia. She's such a precious little angel. :)

Zoa Ahmed said...

Goodness! I have been waiting for your baby too since you have been so excited! She is absolutely gorgeous and I know she's going to be just like you! Congratulations on becoming a mommy! You'll be one of the bests and I'm certain.
Zoha xx
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Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

Congratulations! Hannah is a beautiful baby! I can't wait to see more of her around your blog! :)

Sue Figueroa said...

What a blessing!
So happy for you and the fam.
Enjoy every minute of it, they grow up so fast. Mine will be six next month, and he is starting to look more and more like a big boy :)

Amy Fashion Blog said...

Congrats. Same thing happen to my sister when she was born.

Schnelle said...

Oh my goodness she is so precious! Our labor stories are almost identical. Our contractions happened at the same time of day, I only made it to 7 cm too before they decided that I needed a c-section and she was born at 9:59pm. My water had to be broken and I didn't get an epidural until they prepped me for the section but aside from those things I felt like I was reading my own story- crazy! Anyway, she's beautiful! Enjoy every minute of it:)

Alyssa said...

I am so thrilled for your family–she is beautiful and so perfect (love the name!).

Sarah said...

yay! I really need to get instagram, I have been waiting for the announcment :) Congrats mama. Yea I don't know how people go all natural on purpose, I did it on accident and it was no joke! Enjoy your sweet baby girl!

Katie Frost said...

She's a beauty! Glad you are both doing well! :)

Frannie Pantz said...

Aw congrats!!! After three kids (with a fourth on the way), I cannot imagine natural birth either. Kudos to those that can, but man, that is not for me! It's funny how every labor seems so different--you could really never plan for it. Hannah is beautiful. What a blessing!

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

Congrats to you on your beautiful baby girl! She's truly a blessing. Hugs.

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

I just got caught-up on your instagram. CONGRAAAAAATS! When I saw a post pop-up from Always Maylee, I was so excited to read your birth story! Hannah is such a beautiful name! Hope you are recovering well from the C-section. Rest up and hug that baby for me :).

Rachel said...

This is so precious! I love her name, too!

Jane said...

oh my gosh. so so precious. congratulations! sending you much love!

Meg {henninglove} said...

yay for birth stories!! i love reading them and having your water break at home is one of the best things. your daughter is just the cutest, the cutest!

Jessica Broyles said...

so beautiful, congratulations!

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The Simply Kelly said...

amazing experience right !!!!! it reminds me when i gave birth to my son. 24 hrs pain and no epidural. totally natural birth. Crazy but happy .....Big congrat to you and Hannah is super adorable.

SydneysFashionDiary.com said...

Congrats to you and your husband! She's so previous. I had a C-section with my second one too. It definitely was scary but all worth it. I hope you recover well. Can't wait to see more of Hannah.

emily | shell chicd said...

Welp, I just cried. She is SO beautiful and I am so happy for your darling family of 3!! Can't wait to see her grow! xoxo

Anouka said...

What an unforgettable experience! It must be amazing to be a mother now. Congrats again to you and your husband. You have such a beautiful baby.

Skylette from Sequins & Stilettos said...

I am so glad she made it here safely - Hannah is absolutely beautiful, just like Mommy. :) Congratulations!!!!!!!

OccasionallyAJ said...

Congrats! She's adorable.

-AJ
OccasionallyAJ.com

JP Lord said...

I am so glad that you are doing well and that baby girl is absolutely perfect (I mean really she is just gorgeous!) I am so excited for you to experience motherhood - I know that you are just going to be amazing at it. Congratulations again to you and your hubby!
xoxoxx

Aeroplane and Apparel said...

My goodness May lee I feel like you went through a lot. I am so happy to read your story and congrats on a beautiful baby girl. My well wished to both you and your family.
Love
Ash from Aeroplane and Apparel

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

How wonderful that she is here and you both are doing well! Congratulations, guys! She is such a sweet little beauty! x

Sandy a la Mode said...

i love hearing birth stories!! every one is soo unique and special!! and i agree, anything to get the baby out safe and sound is what i would do too! she is precious! enjoy the newborn stage!!! :D

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Kathleen Harper said...

Congratulations!! Your daughter is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story :)
<3
katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

Kim Alston said...

Congratulations Yi-Chia! I'm so happy you and your little girl are healthy and well. What a story! God bless you doll. Enjoy each and every moment. Children grow up so fast. I love her little outfit in the last pic.
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eliz said...

Congrats!!! Beautiful little girl! Enjoy the first of so many! Ohhh pitocin...i still remember it...no fun...hahaha

Lulu Soler said...

She is so precious. I did see her on IG - so cute. I hope you're enjoying mommyhood :)

Lulu
simplylulustyle.com

Amy Shaughnessy said...

Oh I just cried reading this! I know how emotional and scary labor can be. I totally understand how hard it is to sit still for the epidural. You are in so much pain and they want you to freeze! Ha! Congrats on your sweet girl. Hope you guys are doing well.

Amy

Fashion and Beauty Finds

jo said...

Congrats Yi Chia! Your daughter is adorable! I had a c-section too so I feel your pain. Take care of yourself!

xo Jo

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Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

She is so, so beautiful! I'm sorry to hear that you were scared (I probably would have been too) but I'm so glad to see that you and your sweet girl are happy and healthy! Congratulations again!

Kelly said...

She is absolutely adorable, congratulations!

sugarlens said...

Congratulations Momma! Hope you are doing well. Enjoy your precious little Hannah.

Bumble Of Joy said...

Congratulations to your sweet little angel, she's beautiful :) Enjoy these precious newborn moments they grow up too fast. I miss those days with my babies hehe, not the lack of sleep but soon that will be forgotten too. I love seeing her pics <3 Hope you are doing well! - Eva

Londyn said...

Thanks for sharing your story and I'm so glad you and baby are healthy!!! Congratulations hon! She is amazing :-) beautiful just like her mom!

Elle said...

I am so happy for you and have long awaited this post! II am so sorry about your labor ... It is hard and painful , but this beautful baby is an angel, and I can imagine you staring in delight!!
yay!!
XX, Elle
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Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Oh CONGRATULATIONS Yi-chia and to your husband / daddy man. So sorry you had a rough time, but you'll never forget it that is for sure. In years to come you'll always remember your sweet little heart and how she got here. ♥

Charline . said...

Congratulations Yi-Chia and welcome Hannah!
I also born on 17th March, I'm sure she will be a good girl ;-)

See you and take care xx

Jacquii Lie said...

WOW i think your blog post made me shed a tear, what a beautiful delivery story and what a beautiful baby! Big congrats, I have been following along on isntagram. She's perfect!

Couture Caddy x

John Marine said...

I'm tardy for the party, but I would like to congratulate you on successfully delivering birth to baby Hannah. She is every bit as cute as you are. Congratulations! Take good care of this angel.

johnbmarine.blogspot.com

Jessica @ Here&Now said...

Congratulations! What a gorgeous little girl! I hope she is letting you sleep a little ;)
xx
Here&Now

Jessica said...

Hannah is adorable. I am glad you are all safe and healthy.

Jen said...

Loved reading your birth story Yi-chia! It made me tear up thinking of how similar your experience was to one of my sister-in-law's delivery with my second oldest nephew. She was stuck at 9cm for 4 hours, they had send the surgical team home for the night and had to call them back no more than 30 mins after they left for her. My nephew wasn't in distress so it wasn't an emergency c-section but similar to you they suggested it just to be safe. Hannah is so beautiful and I can't wait to see more photos of her on your blog! Congrats again!!

xo jen
Pearls & Lace

Pam said...

Wow time does fly!!! I was away from the blogsphere for a while (a big while) and you are now blessed with this little angel. Congrats Yi-Chia :)

Hugs and Kisses,
Pam
www.classypam.com

s said...

She is sooo precious. Congrats again my friend!!! and my goodness your birthstory soundsl like chloe's!!! like exactly ( but at the very last 30 mins i was about to do a c, she started progressing so i did natural birth) neways we need to chat! miss u!!

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Elegance and Mommyhood said...

Yi-Chia, I kept checking in and checking in to see any news (since I don't have Instagram) and I am so happy I stopped again because I had a feeling you would have updated us by now.

First of all Congratulations Mommy!! To you and your hubby both. She is beautiful and with a full head of hair, just like my Vivian was. =) My favorite photos are the first one of you two and the last one of her cute Navy+Green Outfit. She looks so beautiful there.

I am glad you are both OK now and in the long run doing a C-section was the right decision because of her umbilical cord. I was one of those people who went ALL NATURAL with no drugs whatsover. But then again, my labor didn't last many hours, thankfully.

Thank you for sharing this with us. I love reading Baby Stories. =)

<3 Hugs & Kisses from Vivian & I to you & your little girl. (Loving her name btw.)

Rachel Ashely said...

Congrats on you baby girl!!!

Xo,
Rachel Ashley
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Plum Pretty Sugar said...

So many sweet congratulations, Yi-Chia! She is just darling!

xo

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Anngelik Martinez said...

I remember seeing your baby girl for the first time on Instagram, and boy is she a beauty like her mom! I hear all these stories of birth, and for the future it gets me nervous! Enjoy your little bundle of joy, she's adorable.

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Hena Tayeb said...

Congratulations.. labor is a life altering experience.. happy to hear your c section was complication free... enjoy your little one.. she is beautiful

aki! said...

She is perfect! Congrats again.

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Razelle said...

Your little girl looks beautiful! Congratulations!

Mica T said...

Aww she is beautiful, congratulations!


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Gina said...

congrats, Yi-chia! I'm so happy for you;)
I'm sorry you had a rough labor, but like you said...every time you look at her it is soooooooooo worth it.
Miss you girl!
XO, Gina

what.jess.wore said...

Congratulations to you and your husband! She's so precious and I appreciate you taking the time to share your birth story. I've enjoyed your updates via Instagram too!

xo,

Jess

Carolyn said...

congrats! she's precious!!

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Josephine Choo said...

congratulations!! Hannah is so adorable

xo josephine
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Kacie Ellis said...

I have been loving seeing all your precious pictures on instagram! Adorable! Congrats!

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Jessica Cai said...

Congratulations!!!! So happy for you and your family!

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xo Jess

Rebecca and Lori said...

Congratulations! She is sweet, and Hannah is a beautiful name.
Lori

Bethan Thomas said...

Congratulations lovely! So happy for you.

Beth x
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Kristin Reynolds said...

Yi-chia, congratulations to you and your beautiful family! I loved reading your story your baby girl is absolutely beautiful. Best of luck to you and your little family! xo

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Kristin xx

Georgina Castellucci said...

Yi-chia this story brought tears to my eyes! She is an absolute miracle and I am so happy that you three are all home safely now! Congratulations again, she is GORGEOUS!!!!!! xo

Nicole K. said...

Hi Yi-Chia!! It's been so long since I've last blogged and I can't believe I'm 2 weeks late from your life- changing event!! Your baby girl is gorgeous! Though I'm only 17, but I could totally remember when my siblings arrived to earth^^ thanks for sharing your life story!! Looking forward for more fun and positive posts and photos on both your blog and instagram! Once again, congrats on being a mom!

Chic Nikkie

Karolina Antosik said...

congratulations :-) she is over cute honey :-)

Sheila said...

Congrats Yi-chia!! Such a great birth story. I'm not a mommy yet but we've been talking about trying and it makes me nervous to think about the labor part. Sp glad everything went well for you and your baby girl! :)

xo - Sheila
www.sheislovelyblog.com

RedTagChicLosAngeles said...

Congratulations again Yichia! She is all worth the C-section pains....take care!!

Rebecca
www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

No Nguyen said...

I had my baby girl 2-22-14. I ended up having a c-section BC the cord was wrapped around her neck too. It was such a scary moment!

Elsha said...

I can't even imagine how scary that was for you, but you are such a strong women and I'm glad that everyone is happy and healthy :)

Mila said...

Congratulations!

hattie said...

Your child is so cute, congratulations that you've become a mother.

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