It’s a GIRL! 03.26.2015
It’s been almost a week since lil Liv has arrived into this great big world and its been a whirlwind. Feeling so grateful and so tired while trying to soak up every moment with this sweet baby girl. We are so happy she is finally here!
I had been to the doctor that morning for my weekly checkup and little progress was being made. I was barely dilated and my due date was still a few days away. The doctor had scheduled me for an ultrasound that next week and told me he was hopeful she would arrive on or near my due date. I went home that night and we had our first spring storm and tornados were touching down not far away (sound similar to our wedding night?). The local news took over our tv with weather updates so we decided to get into bed early and get caught up on the last few episodes of House Of Cards. I passed out around 9:00 not expecting a thing and feeling completely like myself…
I woke up feeling sick and not quite right. I got up to use the restroom and walk around thinking I may FINALLY be having braxton hicks. I was kind of excited about it. After thirty minutes I realized it may be more than that. I woke up Bud and told him I thought I could be having contractions and asked him to run me a hot bath.
I was in the bath and having contractions about every 3-4 minutes but wasn’t really convinced I could be in full labor. I had Bud call my Mom and ask her to head over because we may be having this baby.
My Mother took about an hour to come over because she stopped at Walgreens to purchase essential oils to help with labor – typical Mel behavior. I was now having contractions about every 2-3 minutes and they were intense. I curled up in bed while Bud packed his bag frantically – he told me he did it a week ago – and they got me in the car to head to the hospital. It was complete amateur hour trying to make it to Cox since Bud forgot how to get to the place we had been going the last 9 months :)
Bud ran in to the hospital to get me a wheelchair and checked in to labor & delivery. I kept telling the nurses checking me in that I just didn’t feel well. I thought I needed an epidural and something was wrong. They finally got me into triage to see what stage of labor I was in. I was getting physically ill. I kept asking them to hurry and check me but there wasn’t a sense of urgency. Once the nurse did check me she had a confused look on her face while she asked me if this was my first child. When I told her yes she let me know I was dilated to an 8 and we needed to get to labor and delivery, the baby was coming soon.
After that things happened very fast. My Mom & Bud were both by my side during the delivery. They also let me know I had no time for an epidural, it was too late. My Dad happened to make it up to the hospital right in time to hop in the room and give me a kiss – at that point they asked him to leave because I was going to start pushing in five minutes. I told them I wasn’t ready ha. Still in shock. Ready or not I had to start pushing.
Olivia Ann Petit was born weighing 6lb 15 oz and 19 1\4 inches long. She was a GIRL and had a lot of hair. She came into this world FAST and furious and looking just like her Daddy. I was (and still could be) in shock that I had this beautiful baby girl. Bud was awesome by my side and hasn’t left it since.
Welcome to the world baby girl, we love you!
Olivia \o-li-via\ as a girl’s name is pronounced oh-LIV-ee-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Olivia is “olive tree”. Coined by Shakespeare as the name of a much-wooed aristocrat in his play “Twelfth Night” (1599). He may have derived the name from the olive plant, or as a feminine form of Oliver. Biblical: the olive tree is a symbol of fruitfulness, beauty, and dignity. Today, “extending an olive branch” traditionally signifies an offer of peace.