What’s Your Birth Story, Mom?

Katie Sneed

I have 2 beautiful daughters, a 3 year old named Kylie Lynn, and a 2 month old named Lorraina Hope. After a total of 7 pregnancies (including one ectopic that required emergency surgery, and the removal of my left tube) they are the only living babies I have.
I had/have a hormonal disorder, where when I would get pregnant my progesterone level would raise like it was supposed to, just long enough for me to get to about 8-10 weeks or so with each pregnancy and then it would drop back down causing me to miscarry. But every doctor I went to couldn’t figure out what was wrong, until I went to Dr. Riggan.
He put me on progesterone supplement pills until I was 22 weeks with my daughter Lorraina. If it wasn’t for him, I would have had one more pregnancy with one less baby.
I worried every minute of every day of my pregnancy, even all the way up to 35 weeks, thinking that something was going to go wrong.
Finally, I was 39 weeks, going to the hospital to be induced. Still worried of course, but it had subsided quite a bit. I was in labor for 13 and a half hours when finally it was time to push. As soon as her head was out, my husband was getting ready to cut the cord, but the doctor had to cut it because it was wrapped around her neck. At first I wasn’t too worried because I know that that kind of thing happens, but after he cut the cord and she was out, she wasn’t crying and was quite limp. Even after the doctor shook her, trying to get some sound out of her but nothing came. So the nurses took her over to the bed and rubbed her down and sucked her mouth out, all the while, I’m looking over at her, praying to God that she would breathe. When finally, I heard that first cry, and the weight of the world was lifted off of my heart.
She is now 2 months old, weighing 11 pounds 13 ounces, and in the 90% on her weight, happy and healthy.

What’s Your Birth Story, Mom?

Sydney Pauley

My husband deployed when I was 5 months pregnant. There was a lot of fear that he was going to miss the birth of our daughter. She was due January 7th, 2011 which was the day that he was supposed to be released for leave. As the days got marked off the calendar, I still was not thinning, yet somehow I knew she wasn’t gonna wait. Just days before Christmas my husband was given an amazing opportunity, change his leave date and come home. He got off the plane on Christmas Eve, Santa brought me my present early! After Christmas the doctor said I was finally starting to thin but we were already talking about induction. My induction date was set. 3 days later, I woke up, I looked at my husband and said “I wanna walk. I want to go in to labor by tonight and have this baby by tomorrow morning!” and that’s exactly what I did! We went to the mall and walked. I began to get pains but I didn’t think anything of it. I guess I didn’t believe that that was really gonna happen. 7 hours later, after spending most of that time playing Wii, I finally get convinced to go to the hospital where I found out I had indeed been in labor for the last 7 hours! I thought I’d be in more pain then I was, so I guess I was in disbelief. I took the epidural when I was 5cm because I was told it would help me progress. Looking back on it, I wish I hadn’t or at least had waited longer. The epidural wasn’t as bad as I expected though, being scared of needles I think I was more scared of that then anything else but my husband was there for me every step of the way! It was an easy delivery, 4 pushes is all she took. It was nothing like I had imagined from the movies. It was calm and quiet, I didn’t scream, I didn’t moan, I didn’t even sweat. Cadence Rae Pauley was ready to enter the world, and she did at 7:11 a.m. on December 31st, 2010! What a Happy New Years Eve it was! Lol She was 7lbs 13oz, 20 and 1/2 inches of pure perfection!!! I couldn’t take my eyes off her, me and my husband both cried as the nurse handed me this beautiful little girl that we made! It was the perfect way to end the year!

What’s Your Birth Story, Mom?

Melissa Joyce

My birth story started out with the doctors appointment. I was fourty weeks and two days and absolutely miserable swollen ankles and everything. I remember the doctor sitting here saying you may start dilating next week so come back than. I looked at him and said but your nurse practitioner told me that I could choose to be induced or whatever after fourty weeks and she did say that my fiance and mother were standing there. The doctor looked at me and said go get the ultrasound done and tell me what the size is. I go get an ultrasound done so that he will agree to do the c section because I knew this kid was huge well needless to say the next day I got my wish and matthew james ortmeier was brought into this world via c section on 02-23-2011 at eight eleven in the morning he was eight pounds and fourteen poin eight ounces. and has been quite an intereesting part of mine and brents life.

What’s Your Birth Story, Mom?

Kara Marlowe

My husband and I started dating in the 7th grade. We decided to just be best friends and then started dating again our senior year. We were only 19 when we got married. We both wanted to expand our family and it only took us three months to conceive. My birthday is December 7th and and Zach’s is December 21st. Exactly a week in between our birthdays, December 14th, I went into labor. I got an epidural in the beginning, but I was in labor for 16 hours. So it had wore off when it was time to push. Our son, Camdon Ryan, was born December 15th at 12:29 a.m., weighing 8 pounds 10.6 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. It was the best day of our lives. I love being a mommy to a boy. The bond is so amazing!

What’s Your Birth Story, Mom?

Amanda Hupp

Riley Alan Bollinger was Born on Oct 6, 2010 at 9:33pm and he weighed
7lbs 9.7oz and was 20 inches long. Labor started around 2am that
previous morning at a McDonalds 24 hour drive in where I ordered
chicken nuggets and french fries with sweet tea. Once we got home I
started to feel sharp pain that took my breath away I of course
thought it was practice contractions but I was so wrong after about 4
hours of the pain and not being able to sleep I got up and woke my
best friend Chris up and told him it was time we grabbed my bag and
called the doctor. When we got to the hospital my pain was
overbearing. I called everyone who needed to be there including my
dady who was 3 hours away. Morning came and went and I stayed at 1cm
and 50% effaced. My daddy got to the hospital at about 4pm as the
doctors were planning to break my water at 6pm if it didnt break on
its own. So I did some walking around and laboring in the water and
kept begging for relief but everyone knew my plan was to have a drug
free labor and birth. At about 8:30pm the doctor came in to check on
me and I was no more dilated or effaced than before. So they got their
gear together and broke my water after what seemed like forever I felt
like I was pooping my doctor was already leaving from her shift and my
bff stopped her and told her it was time. And sure enough at 9:33pm my
little bundle was born.

Recipe Thursday

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup
The flavors are amazing in this super easy dish!

1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts
shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)
sour cream (optional)
crushed tortilla chips (optional)

Place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, and stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.
Remove chicken breasts from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired. Enjoy!