Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 1:23 pm our world changed when our beautiful little girl was born
Josephine Patricia Moorten
7 lbs, 12 oz & 20 inches long.
It’s been 10 weeks since we first held this little love in our arms and every day since then has been pure joy!
Let me take you back in time…
Rick and I went on our honeymoon in late August of 2017 for two amazing weeks in Paris! We were excited at the thought of starting a family and knew the time was right so we were going to try and see what happened! Seeing the look on Rick’s face when I held up my birth control and said “so, should I just stop taking these?” haha Of course he said “yes!” I had been on birth control for YEARS so I thought it might take a while for my hormones to rebalance after getting off the pill. Little did we know we’d be harboring a stowaway on our flight home! 🙂 So much for rebalancing! lol A month later I had this “feeling” so I took a pregnancy test, it said “positive.” I thought “no way” so I took another one, “positive.” Oh boy! I sat there for a second and tried to come up with a cute and clever Pinterest worthy way of telling Rick I was pregnant but I was way too excited I just ran into the room, tapped Rick on the should and said “hey” he turned around and I held up the stick. He looked at it, then me, then back at the stick. “No way! That was fast!” haha we laughed, cried and hugged! Best day ever finding out we were going to be parents!
Fast forward 9 months (technically 10) and it seemed to fly by. Fortunately, I had a really good and easy pregnancy. I was even dancing on stage with Salt-N-Pepa at 38 weeks and at the Kooks concert 4 days before Josie arrived. LOL I couldn’t sit still! When my due date came, June 9, I was mentally preparing myself. I remember sitting on the couch with Rick telling him I haven’t felt any contractions yet and as far as we know it could be another week. We went to bed around 9:00 pm Saturday night and at 5:00 am I was woken up with “cramps.”
I thought for sure these are contractions but felt like I had plenty of time, I was only 2.5 cm dilated at my last appointment a couple days ago, so I decided to take a shower and go about my morning routine. If I wasn’t in full on labor I didn’t want to go to the hospital and be turned away. I kept hearing so many stories about women being in labor but having so much time (17-48 hours) so I thought I’d take my time and go about my day.
When I got out of the shower I realized I was definitely having contractions and they started to feel a little more painful, so…I called my doctor. The doctor confirmed I was having contractions and that I should start timing them. So I downloaded an app, Full Term. I laid on the bed and at 6:30 am started timing my contractions they were 7 minutes apart. For the next hour I kept hitting the timer button; start, stop, start, stop, start…you get the point! Then at 7:44 I heard and felt a “pop.” Yes heard and felt, I was not expecting that at all! My first thought “was that my water breaking? How can I make it to the bathroom without it getting all over the floor.” LOL I quickly got out of bed and went to the bathroom, no water. Hmm I called my doctor again. He said “how far apart are your contractions?” I said “2 minutes” “Oh, you should have your husband take you to the hospital now.” Meanwhile, Rick has had the car running, packed, seat covered with towels and ready to go this whole time, he’s just waiting on me to stop being so stubborn. haha
I finally said “Ok, *contraction* let’s go to the *contraction* hospital.” He never looked more relieved! All I remember from the car ride was telling Rick “please don’t speed” and my eyes being closed as I was breathing through each contraction the entire 14 minute car ride. We pulled up to Sharp Mary Birch, Rick opened my door and a nurse came out with a wheel chair. It felt like I was about to have this baby at any minute. I’m about to get graphic, so I apologize in advance, but they wheeled me up to triage, I laid on a bed and the nurse said “I’m going to check and see how far dilated you are” ok lady do whatever you gotta do to get this kid out of me! She went to check and *gush* out comes my water. I thought I peed myself but in fact my water had broken at the house. Miraculously it didn’t leak in the house or Rick’s car, thank goodness!! She also let me know I was 5.5 cm dilated.
It’s now about 8:30 am and she asks me if I want an epidural I said “YES, like yesterday!” They wheeled me up to the delivery room and called for the anesthesiologist. He arrives around 9:30 and 15 minutes later I was on top of the world!! I couldn’t feel a thing, no contractions or pain. This is a miracle in a needle! LOL Of course I respect any choice you’ve made or will make in having a baby but I don’t know why you’d say no to an epidural it’s pure magic!
For the next hour we were at the hospital letting the family know we were getting ready for Josie’s arrival. OMG we were about to be parents I was feeling good and my emotions were really starting to kick in. Soon I was about to have this little miracle in my arms, I started to cry because I couldn’t wait any longer I just wanted to meet little Josie! Then the nurse comes in and says “since you’ve had an epidural we want you to do a practice push so you know what to expect when the time comes.” Sure no problem. My legs are up in stirrups and I push. “Oh hold on. It looks like you’re 9.5 cm already. No more pushing, we’re going to page the doctor.” They page the on call doctor, she is performing a C-section. We have to wait…about half an hour goes by and in comes the doctor. She’s asks “are you ready?” I said “Um YES!”
My mom and Rick are in the room with me along with three nurses and the doctor. My legs are up and I’m ready to go, the doctor asks if I want to watch…”uuuum ok” they roll this huge mirror over and I can see it all, I wasn’t sure what to expect but at this point all privacy is gone. The doctor tells me to push and as I do I can see her head and its covered in hair. Rick and I look at each other, yup that’s our baby alright. LOL
Every time I pushed Josie’s heart rate would go down, it turned out her umbilical cord was around her neck. The doctor told me I needed a really good push to get Josie out or we may have to do a c-section. I did not want a c-section so I bared down with all that I had and pushed one final time and out comes Josie at 1:23 pm with one arm next her head, think Wonderwoman flying out of the womb, then the next arm and then the rest of her body. I just remember hearing her cry for the first time and I lost it, I started crying, Rick and my mom were also crying tears of joy. 10 pushes and out came this beautiful, perfect, healthy little girl. Rick cut the umbilical cord and they place Josie on my chest. It was the most incredible moment of my life. After months of feeling her kick and move inside me and finally getting to feel her in the flesh was a moment I’ll forever cherish. All I could do was cry and kiss Josie over and over. I looked at Rick and told him how much I loved him and our little family. “Look what we did!” By far the best day of our lives. You are loved more than you know baby Josie.