a beautiful beginning: kynlee jamison’s birth story.

The one word that keeps coming to mind whenever I think of Jen’s birth is peaceful. I’m not sure if that would be the same word she would use to describe it, but when you’re the one going through the pain of labor, you’re experiencing something different than everyone else in the room 🙂 For the most part, though, everything about Jen’s labor & birth was very calm and relaxed.

On Friday, Donny and I planned a somewhat impromptu dinner with Jenny & Dan that evening. Dan was craving Dewey’s, so we met up, ate some delicious pizza and had a great time. Jenny was telling me how she thought she was in labor the night before, but everything stopped for the most part and she was kind of bummed. Well about 2 hours later I got an excited call from Jenny saying her water just broke. She wasn’t having super strong contractions at the time, but she really wanted her family & doula to come to her house and be with her while she labored there before going to the hospital. So Donny and I got all ready and got to her house about 11:30pm. Just as we walked in the door, they made the decision to head to the hospital because her contractions were about 5 minutes apart at the time.

I think the hospital staff was probably pretty amused at the caravan of people that all arrived with Jenny & Dan. (Jenny’s parents, Dan’s parents, Dan’s sister, Jenny’s doula & best friend Ashley, and Donny & I were all there!). By the time she got all checked in and settled in the delivery room it was about 1am…and nothing much was happening. She was checked in at 3cm, 80% effaced which was the same as she was at her doctor’s appointment 2 weeks ago. I think she was a little bummed that all the labor she had the night before hadn’t made her progress any further, but took comfort in the fact that her water broke so that meant her baby would most likely be here in 24 hours or less!

All of the guys except for Dan of course ended up going out to their cars to sleep while the rest of us tried to sleep back in the room with Jenny. The only one who got a good nights sleep was Dan’s sister Haley 🙂 Jenny tried to sleep at first, but she was just uncomfortable enough that she couldn’t sleep. Things were going fine, just slow. She was checked again a few hours later and hadn’t made much progress and that was really discouraging to her. She didn’t stay discouraged for long, though! She decided that if she wasn’t going to be able to sleep or rest anyway, she was going to do anything she could to move things along. She walked, showered, sat on the ball, switched positions…and guess what – it worked!

By 6am she was over the hump and at 6cm and from there things progressed fast. Luckily, she only had about 4-5 hours of really hard labor and the slow building all night gave her body the rest that it needed. Jenny went all natural, so of course it didn’t feel like rest to her because 4-5 hours is still a LONG time to be in that much pain. But when it comes to labor (and especially for first time moms), 4-5 hours is awesome 🙂 She pushed off and on for about an hour, and Kynlee Jamison Hauer made her debut at 12:26pm weighing in at 6lbs, 10oz and 19.5″ long. Pure perfection!

Jen handled her labor so gracefully –  you would have never known she was in as much pain as she was. All you could really tell was that she was totally exhausted…which was to be expected because she hadn’t slept since Thursday night – and that was the night she thought she was in labor.  She never once complained or asked for an epidural! She fully trusted God and her body to let things happen naturally and there really are no words to describe what a touching, beautiful experience it was to witness. She and Dan worked together like a well oiled machine and brought Kynlee into this world with ease, patience, and love. What a great way to start out as parents, huh?

I am so proud of you both and over the moon in love with my new niece 🙂

Love, Kelly

 

 

 

 

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Megan - June 5, 2013 - 5:52 am

I stumbled onto this site through Pinterest. As I was looking at these photos I thought wow, that hallway looks like the ones I walked. Then I realized that she was at B. North. I wish I could have had an awesome photo shoot when I was in labor, these are gorgeous.

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Tim Hilario - July 23, 2012 - 8:08 am

I know this is quite an old post but love the photos!

[…] Happy 1st Birthday to my beautiful niece Kynlee!! If you missed the slideshow last year, you can view it HERE. […]

rachael - November 10, 2011 - 6:34 pm

This was the most beautiful celebration of life I have ever watched. I cried through the entire thing.

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melanie - July 7, 2011 - 3:34 pm

holy shit. that was amazing. talk about laboring beautifully. i mean, every shot was perfect. and kynlee is the cutest. babies are supposed to come out ugly!well done kel and very very well done jen and dan. im going to need some advice when it comes my time. 😉

Debbie Hauer - July 7, 2011 - 2:31 am

Kelly, this was absolutely fantastic. You have captured so many emotions and highlights of a very intimate experience in such a beautiful way.

brenda - July 7, 2011 - 2:22 am

wow i hope to emulate her pain management. she looks amazing and lil baby girl is just gorgeous! congrats!

Erin Johansing - July 7, 2011 - 2:18 am

I love them Kelly! Jenny you did an amazing job. Hopefully I will have as much strength as you did! I love her so much! Most gorgeous newborn in the world!

Erin Hull - July 7, 2011 - 2:06 am

OMGOSSHHHH! What a beautiful story and beautiful pictures, Kelly. Totally crying over here. Way to go, Jen! I’m so glad she did the right things to keep her labor going. Awesome!! Such a beautiful birth. Congrats. 🙂

a beautiful beginning: Mia Marie’s birth story.

sunday night 3:39am text from my sister brittany: heading to the hospital 🙂 will call when checked in. 3:42 bring your camera and ali. 3:50am i’m 4-5 min apart. at triage, let you know if we even stay. 4:00am text from brian in response to me asking how’s she’s laboring: talking through contractions, getting louder, not quiet. (which means she should still be around 4-5 cm which is what she actually was when she checked in) 4:23am come up! 10 cm! 4:27 BABY IS HERE!!!!! 7.9lbs 4:30am. brittany went natural, not by choice!

holy crap. as you can imagine when i was woken up i was first in disbelief because just a handful of hours earlier i was with bk4 and britt was showing no signs of labor. but we joked because the other two girls were born exactly 1 week before their due date, and if she didn’t have that baby by monday night she’d be pissed. i laid in bed thinking she’s got time, i probably have an hour before i even need to get up. i decided to get up, pack and eat something just in case, and that’s when brian said she was 10cm. i totally called him a jerk and said he wasn’t funny for lying. but his texts were getting more convincing, so i grabbed nori out of her crib, kissed adam goodbye and sped to ali’s house. i was still swearing the whole car ride that there is NO WAY she checked in a 4cm and had the baby 27 min later. sure enough, there was a baby in the room! and not to my surprise, it was another girl. the 5th granddaughter for my parents. now it’s up to ali and i to have a boy!

britt told me she only had like 6 (HARD!) contractions from check in, to baby in arms. she literally put on her gown, went to the bathroom before she settled for her epidural when she realized these contractions were STRONG and the pressure was nothing like she’d ever felt. she told the nurse she was moving fast. as she sat on the bed on her side, the nurse checked her at full dialation!! as she, i’m sure ever so sweetly, said she really wanted that epidural before she moved on, she felt the pressure even stronger. she had to push. her dr. wasn’t even there yet, but she didn’t care. with a team of nurses, and still on her side, she pushed. BAM. just like that, her baby girl flew out of her. in a short 3 hrs of L&D, mia marie klems, bk5, was here.

ali and i were super bummed because we were allowed in the room for this delivery!! figures, it didn’t work out. but i’m so so so proud of birttany. whenever she told me i was crazy for wanting a natural delivery, i always responded, you’d be surprised on how much your body can do, YOU COULD DO IT TOO! she’d laugh. well now she’s one up on me. ha! L&D is so unpredictable, you just never ever know. i so wish i could have been there to witness her awesomeness!

you’ll see in the slideshow that the 2 big sister’s came up once they were settled in post pardum. they weren’t exactly sure, but still excited. especially happy when they found out baby sister brought them gifts! 🙂 we are so happy you’re here and healthy mia! she joined the group of monkeys perfectly: ella mozarella, anna banana, nori cacciatore, olivia (livers) activia, and now mia tortilla! enjoy the show. 🙂

 

another one of my BB mama’s has been laboring all day. just waiting for the call to come up! yay babies!

peace, aunt melanie.

 

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Jenna - May 26, 2011 - 7:42 pm

BEAUTIFUL!! Congrats again!

nonni and poppi - May 26, 2011 - 2:21 am

I absolutely love all of them but the one of the girls with mommy checking out Mia and the one of Mia stretched out sunbathing in the lights are great. You captured all the excitement and awe throughout. Awesome job Mel and thanks Luci for the compliment of how beautiful all the girls and their mommies are. I believe I agree with you!!!!! lol

Lauren - May 25, 2011 - 11:31 pm

I’m sobbing right now! This is beautiful! One day you will be able to do this for me! 🙂 Congratulations! She is just perfect. You can see the love in these pictures and it’s so wonderful. Love you!

Luci - May 25, 2011 - 1:31 pm

there is a reason you tracy girls haven’t had a boy yet… YOU MAKE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRLS!! Congratulations Brittany, Mia is absolutely beautiful and sweet!

Kelly - May 25, 2011 - 2:11 am

Way to go Brittany!!! Beautiful pictures and such a beautiful family 🙂 Congrats!!

jennie, danny, chris & carson - May 24, 2011 - 10:44 pm

these are WONDERFUL mel 🙂 could not love her more! she’s a lucky lady…i am positive my dad met her before we did.

Dale Silver - May 24, 2011 - 10:34 pm

beautiful.

sarah a - May 24, 2011 - 10:18 pm

these are so perfect 🙂 congrats bk5!

Aunt Net - May 24, 2011 - 10:08 pm

Ok-so I cried thru this whole thing-these are so precious! The music is perfect and so is little Miss Mia! Mel you have managed to capture the wonder in Ella’s and Anna’s eyes as they see their sister for the first time and the love from Mommy, Daddy and the rest of the family! Obviously it was a special moment for all and emotional for missing Grandpa. But Mia and her sisters and cousins now have a special angel watching over them. The photos are beautiful and thank you all for sharing the birth of another family member! Brian-I must comment on the black feet:having Mia shagging balls on the field when she’s just hours old is unique! You may get your baseball team after all-it will just be an all-girl team!! Love from Columbus-can’t wait see everyone! Uncle Roger & Aunt Net

5.23.11

a little girl was born in the middle of last night. i CAN’T wait to share my newest niece’s story. 🙂

undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedcheck back soon! peace, aunt melanie!

Luci - May 24, 2011 - 12:54 pm

She is just as beautiful as the other other girlies!! Aahhh… so precious!

Sarah Q - May 24, 2011 - 2:17 am

SOOOOO cute! I love that 4th one down with her hands behind her head. Just born and already chillin’ 🙂 Adorable!

sarah a - May 24, 2011 - 2:13 am

I could just DIE of the cuteness!! especially that last pic of the 4 ladies 🙂

nori jo’s birth story

wouldn’t it be amazing if we could plan every detail of our children’s birth? YES! unfortunately, not being the case, Nori

remained breech. after adam and i attended 12 weeks of Bradley Natural Birthing Classes, “scheduled csection” wasn’t

exactly what i wanted to hear. 🙁 we remain very passionate about natural birthing and hope to experience the next go

around! At 30 wks we found out little nori was laying transverse and she should have already been head down by that point.

i wasn’t worried cause she had plenty of time, but that day started the wild goose chase to fix the situation. i researched the

heck out of ‘breech’ presentations online and began doing EVERY technique/procedure that seemed to work for everyone

else. as the weeks went by and the doc’s started using that dreaded term “c section,” I started becoming a little bit crazy.

we took it up a notch and instead of “laying on a 30 degree slant”, adam would put my legs over his shoulders and hang

me completely upside down! nothing. i paid hundreds of dollars to every sort of therapist/chiropractor who swore of 97%

success rates for flipping breech babies. nothing. the last option was at 37 weeks, we checked into the hospital (bags

packed in case of emergency), and the doctor performed an ECV on me.  while it was very painful and left

me bruised and sore, it wasn’t successful.  at that point, many offered to help us find a doctor who would deliver

a frank breech baby. but with much meditation, prayer and finally acceptance, we decided everything DOES happen

for a reason. we THOUGHT the baby and i were healthy and wanted to keep it that way…

~~~

my last belly shot, just before they gave me my heplock to prep for surgery. 39 weeks.

my BFF emily was able to be with us to support me and take cool pics that my husband was too afraid to take. he’s a wimp.

i wish the roles were reversed, i would have loved to take shots of that!

as if i wasn’t swollen enough…they had to pump me full of THREE fluid bags in the hour leading up to surgery! aghhh!!

thankfully adam hid my dbl chin 🙂

i couldn’t believe adam didn’t pass out. i was even more impressed he was able to stand up and get this!! he did it so fast,

he must not have realized what he did!

remember how i said she was breech? for the last 9 weeks in the womb her feet were touching her face 🙁 when they inked

her little feet, she got black on her ears and nose!! she stayed like this the first few days unless we swaddled her legs down!

think she will be a gymnast when she grows up?

she was so wittle! as you could see her color was VERY white. when babies come out the nurses quickly assess a number of

things, and give them an apgar score out of 10. nori’s was 4. that is dangerously low.

the transfer from the operating room to recovery. it was about a 30 second ride. this was the first and only time i got to

hold her for the first 36 hours of her life.  soon after this, adam and the nurses took her to the NICU. and thank God emily

was with me and able to go get our parents. i needed support IMMEDIATELY!!

in recovery, the nurses were all crowded around nori getting ready to take her. i wasn’t even able to see her from my bed.

since i was able to use my upper half (ha!) just fine… i snapped some proud daddy shots. for fathers day i bought adam a

plain tshirt so they could stamp her feet on him 🙂

in the NICU they knew something was wrong but couldn’t figure it out exactly. without the oxygen she’d lose her color

but her heart and lungs were fully developed so it wasn’t making sense. her hemoglobin count was 16 and should have

been around or above 40. they knew she didn’t have enough blood in her, which is why she wasn’t receiving enough

oxygen to keep her color.

here she is all ‘hooked up’. 🙁 they took my blood after they took hers and found i had ‘baby blood’ in me. which meant

my placenta had been leaking blood and they didn’t know it.  my body was absorbing the blood she should have been

receiving! once they established this, they knew blood transfusions would solve her problem. the red tube leading into her

hand was blood. after receiving blood for about 10 hrs, she then became jaundice :-/ thankfully it stayed at an ok count

that she didn’t have to be under the lights.

once i was able to feel my lower half (about dinner time), erin was allowed to wheel me to the NICU. Daddy had literally been

standing there by her side like this the entire time.  by almost midnight i had to beg him to come back to the room with

me and go to bed.

about 48 hours later they finally released her to be with us! the walk out of the NICU was very exciting but at the same time,

it was the saddest moment. as they wheeled her incubator past all the other sickly TEENY tiny babies in the NICU, my heart

sunk wondering if and when they will ever be released. we were so blessed to be walking out with a beautiful healthy baby

who practically looked like a giant next to them. this picture was just after the first time i was able to breastfeed her. i was

very VERY happy she was able to feed since they were supplementing her in the NICU with bottles.

they later told me the tear/detachment/leak/?? was most likely,(w/o taking full responsibility) caused by the ECV

procedure.  you know, that procedure i was VERY unsure about and wanted to avoid at all costs because it could

damage my placenta…yah, that one. they sent my placenta to the lab to see what happened. i was never given direct

answer, which is a WHOLE other story, but it does clearly explain why she was so small in weight and length.  she

was smaller than they estimated her to be at the ECV, which means, last two weeks she wasn’t receiving the full amount of

blood and nutrients to continue growing. 🙁 after all the drama she was finally discharged only one day late! yippee! the

hospital team told us to act as if none of it ever happened?! they said she was healthy now and that the transfusions will

never be an issue again. THANK YOU GOD!! we knew she was going to be an excellent christmas present…

we didn’t know she was going to be our christmas miracle!!  she’s perfect. -written in jan 2010.

corbin’s birth story

Even though everything about my labor and delivery was totally different than what I was expecting, I couldn’t have asked for a better birth experience…

For the full story, I have to backtrack to when I was about 30 weeks pregnant because that is when I first started complaining about the swelling in my legs and ankles. As the weeks went on, my swelling got progressively worse, but my doctor was not concerned about it because my blood pressure and urine samples were excellent. Well…that lasted until my 37 week appointment when my blood pressure spiked and I had traces of protein in my urine. Those two symptoms combined with my severe edema were cause for concern because I was on my way to developing pre-eclampsia. I was told that if it was determined that I did have it, induction was the only option. I was immediately scared when I heard the word “induce” because I thought that if my labor was induced, I would not be able to have the natural birth I had been planning.

Also at my 37 week appointment, I was already 2cm dilated and 90% effaced, so I prayed that I would keep progressing and go into labor naturally. During the next 2 weeks, I had to go through a couple different tests as well as have an ultrasound to check on the baby. The ultrasound looked great and that made me a little more at ease because if I was induced, I knew the baby would be ready. I did keep progressing and was 4cm at my 39 week appointment, but I was definitely not in active labor. I was thankful that I got that far with essentially no pain, though! My mom took me to my 39 week appointment and suggested I bring my hospital bag with us because she was certain my doctor would send me straight to the hospital to be induced after the appointment. I honestly thought she was crazy, but I packed my bag anyway and we were on our way.

Donny met us at the appointment and we discussed options with my doctor. Although he did not pressure me, my doctor said that he thought the best option was to go ahead and induce me. My mom (who used to be a nurse and midwife) agreed and although I was still super nervous, I felt ok with this decision because I really trust my doctor and my mom. I did express that I did not want to be induced with pitocin or any other medications, and since I was 4cm dilated, my doctor thought that if he just broke my water that would probably be enough to launch me into active labor. So, sure enough, I was sent straight to the hospital just like my mom suspected. Donny went home to pack his bag and get the car seat and made it back to the hospital before my doctor arrived.

The drive from the doctor’s office to the hospital was so surreal. I could not believe that I was going to have my baby that day or the day after! I was not mentally or emotionally prepared because throughout my pregnancy, I expected that Donny and I would be home when my labor started. I thought that we would be creating a relaxing atmosphere with music and candles and maybe even a bath until it was time to go to the hospital. I thought that I would bake cookies until my contractions got too intense that I couldn’t concentrate anymore. I thought it would be just like all the natural birth videos we watched…but God obviously had other plans.

My mom and I arrived to the hospital around 3:30pm. I got checked in and we played cards while we waited for my doctor to get there. I made phone calls to our family to tell them the news, but I told them not to rush up to the hospital because at that point my water wasn’t even broken yet and we thought it would still be awhile even after that happened. Well, the family was too excited to wait and Donny’s parents along with Jenny and Dan made it to the hospital before my doctor did! My doctor finally arrived and broke my water at 6:15pm and I started having contractions within 15 minutes, but they were not very strong. I continued to play cards, but by about 7:15pm, my contractions grew too strong for me to concentrate on the game. Donny and I walked the halls for a few minutes, but walking wasn’t very comfortable, so we went back to the room and I sat on the birthing ball for the next couple of hours. Donny stayed by my side the entire time and massaged my back. He was so encouraging and calm and I couldn’t even imagine going through this experience without him.

The time between when my contractions first started until I started pushing is somewhat of a blur. My contractions progressed so fast and I got really overwhelmed and a little scared. I was expecting my labor to take at least 12 hours and I thought my contractions would start at 10 minutes apart and gradually grow closer together. Well, my contractions started at about 5 minutes apart and within an hour or two, they were less than 1 minute apart. I was not getting a break to re-group between my contractions and I got scared that I was not going to have any energy left to push when that time came. About 1/2 hour before I started pushing, I reached my breaking point and thought I needed an epidural. My mom suggested that the nurse check me and I was 8cm at that point, so I was told it was too late for an epidural. I was actually glad to hear that because 1) I never planned on getting an epidural and really didn’t want one, and 2) I knew it wouldn’t be long before I would meet my son.

I honestly don’t even know when my doctor got there, but it wasn’t very long after I got checked that I transitioned and felt the urge to push. Once I started pushing, I felt so relieved! Pushing was SO much better than the contractions for me because with each push, I was getting closer to bringing our son into the world and I wasn’t as concentrated on the pain as I was during my contractions. Don’t get me wrong, pushing was hard work – but I had Donny, my mom, my mother-in-law, Jenny, and my friend Weina there encouraging me to get one more push in with each contraction. My mom also played the role of my doula and it was so special to go through this experience with her by my side. She had both my brother and I naturally (my brother was even born at home), so she was a huge advocate for natural birth and such a great encouragement for me. My doctor was absolutely great and pretty much sat back and relaxed until it was time to catch Corbin as he came out. Donny was actually able to stand next to my doctor and video tape the whole birth and I am so thankful that we have a record of the birth. I did have a mirror, but it was still hard to see what was actually going on, so it was really cool to watch the video the next day.

After only 5 hours of labor and 1 hour of pushing, little Corbin Jacob was born at 12:04am on April 15 and the minute he was placed in my arms was the most amazing feeling in the world! I couldn’t believe that the wait was over and he was really truly in my arms. I was instantly in love and didn’t want to do anything other than hold him and stare at him. I was able to breastfeed right away and I cherished those precious moments of bonding that we had before he was taken to be weighed and cleaned up. Our little man weighed in at 7 lbs, 14 oz and was 20.5″ long.

I [surprisingly] felt so great and was on such an emotional high immediately after he was born. It was so great to have our families there to celebrate with us and so fun to see everyone’s reactions to the newest family member.

I am truly thankful that I had a great pregnancy, that I was able to have the natural birth we desired, and that we now have a healthy baby boy as a result 🙂 We are so incredibly blessed! ~ written April 2010

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