Hi friends!!! I want to start this by saying this is a LONG post.
In case you didn’t know our sweet baby girl made her entrance into the world on February 23rd at 10:09 AM! I honestly can’t believe I am writing this post. If you would have told me this time last year I would be a mom I wouldn’t have believed you for a second. It is so crazy how life changes. I truly believe the saying “when we make plans God laughs.” Although Brylee was quite the surprise (I found out I was pregnant in a hibachi restaurant LOL. I went to the doctor thinking I needed my gal-bladder removed. This was the most interesting phone call I have ever received from a doctor but that is a story for another day!), she is hands down the most amazing blessing I have ever received. Bryan and I thank God for her daily. I am tearing up writing this post because we are just so blessed and so in love.
I wasn’t going to share much about Brylee on my blog but I know I’ll be glad I did when I go back and read these post when she gets older.
Pregnancy for me was…..HARD. I struggled with SO many different health issues. There would be days I would wake up and just could not function. I won’t go into detail but those issues kept me at home for the last few weeks of my pregnancy leading up to giving birth.
Now onto the actual birth story, Thursday before I delivered I was experiencing MAJOR sharp back pain. It would come and go but was extremely painful. It kept me up most of the night. At one point I set up in bed and fell asleep sitting up because laying down was almost impossible. I think I got a total of 4 hrs of sleep if that. I woke up around 6:30 Friday morning to make B breakfast before he went off to work. The pain was still super intense. I had my weekly OB appointment scheduled for 9:30 so I thought I’d shower quickly, get dressed and then try to get a little more sleep. The pain was so bad and it ended up taking me an hour to get ready when it normally would take me 15-20 mins at the most. I knew I couldn’t drive myself to my appointment in pain so I called my sister so she could drive me instead.
Once we made it to my appointment and got checked in my pain had died down by a lot. When I went back to see my NP I made sure to let her know about the pains I was having. She decided not to check my cervix due to me being so uncomfortable and told me if the pain got worse or my water broke to go to the hospital. (side note:Due to one of my conditions I had to be put on antibiotics as soon as possible when my water broke which I knew would be the case so my plan was to go to the hospital as soon as my water broke instead of trying to labor at home.)
After my appointment we picked up some lunch and brought it home. Bryan ended up coming home for lunch that day so we got to eat lunch together. He kept joking that it would be our last meal just the two of us. At this point I wasn’t in as much pain, so I wasn’t too convinced. I spent the day just taking it easy because I was exhausted. Bryan came home from work around 5:30. We had decided to go hang out at my parents for the night so we headed there shortly after he got home.
On the car ride to my parents, my back started hurting again. The pain wasn’t any worse than before but it still hurt. They pains again, would come and go. Since they were in my back I didn’t think they could be contractions so it never crossed my mind I could be having back labor. By the time we pulled up to my parents house I was almost in tears because I was so uncomfortable. We were going to have dinner at their house but for some reason I insisted on going out to eat. I made it through dinner fine but as soon as I got to their house the pain began to intensify.
My mom started timing the pain and there was a consistent 7-8 minutes in between each pain. I was 100% having contractions and was experiencing back labor. Bryan and my parents asked me about 1000x if I wanted to go to the hospital but I knew without my water being broke they would probably just send me home and we would have waisted a trip to the ER. Around 10:30 Bryan and I decided to head back home. I told my mom I’d be going to the hospital in the AM if the pain didn’t stop. We made it home and once again I couldn’t sleep to save my life. Bryan fell asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow but I was wide awake.
Around 12:30 2 of my 3 dogs decided to have accidents in their kennels (FML). I cleaned up their mess and for some reason went on a cleaning spree. My guess is that I was nesting. I mopped the kitchen floors, cleaned all 3 bathrooms entirely, and folded/organized all of Brylee’s clothes that had just been washed. Although I was still having pains, cleaning took my mind off them and was somehow powering through. My cleaning session finished around 2:30AM and decided it was probably time for me to attempt to get some sleep. I got in bed and finally got comfortable.
Right when I started to drift off to sleep I felt the most intense kick and then a big POP! I hopped out of bed and when I reached the bathroom a strong gush happened and my water had indeed broken. It was 100% like something you’d see in a movie which was so bizarre because earlier in the day I had read that only a small percentage of women experience the “theatrical” water breaking and that it rarely happens this way. After realizing my water had just broken, I yelled for B. He woke up and got dressed in like 3 seconds. B had our bags in the car before I could even get pants on. As soon as my water broke the pain went from 0-100 REAL QUICK! I called my mom to tell her to meet us at the hospital and we headed out.
Tennessee had been experiencing some extreme rainfall. We live off a country road and the police had shut the road down due to the amount of wrecks from people sliding off the road. At this point I was in so much pain I was in tears. It was pouring rain and when I saw the road closed I lost it. I thought to myself “holy crap I’m going to have this baby in the car.” B got out of the car and walked to the officers car. Bryan informed the officer I was in labor and that we needed to get through ASAP! The officer escorted us to the interstate and B made the 25min car ride in about 10min.
We arrived at the hospital, and I somehow managed to walk myself to L & D! I told the nurse at the check in station my water had broken, and I was immediately rushed into a room. They began hooking me up to monitors and IV’s. At this point the pain was so bad I was screaming. The midwife on call came in to check me and y’all I was 7 cm dilated!!! Everyone was in shock at how much I had progressed at home on my own. My plan was to go 100% natural. It didn’t take me long to realize I physically couldn’t give birth without an epidural. The pain was just way too intense. I was switched to an actual delivery room & given the epidural. That epidural was my BFF. Bryan jokes that he knew as soon as the meds had entered because I was instantly a new person.
Once I had fully dilated, I pushed for about an hour and at 10:09 AM she was born.
Labor and childbirth was the most INTENSE and AMAZING experience I have every gone through. It is incredible what a woman’s body can do.
I wouldn’t have made it through that day without my incredible husband, mom, and sister.
We are so in love with our baby girl. I never knew I could love like this. She makes me want to be and do better in every single way. As difficult as my pregnancy was I would do it over again a million times for my sweet Brylee Ranaye. I love being a mom and I am so thankful I get to experience motherhood.
Thank you to everyone for the kind words, well wishes, and prayers. It means SO much to my family and I!
Brylee Ranaye Tallent | February 23, 2019 | 7 lbs 3.5oz 19.75″