Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Day My World Forever Changed

At 4:36 pm Monday, August 17, 2009 Reagan Danielle Paschall was born. She was 7lbs 10oz and 19 1/2 in long. We got to the hospital a little before 6am for my schelduled induction. I was contracting when we arrived but had no idea. They weren't painful so I just thought I was really hungry since I wasn't allowed to eat after midnight. I was dialated 1 1/2 cm and was at -3 station. By around 8am they started me on pitocin. The contractions kicked up a notch but weren't too strong. Around 10:30am I had not dialated any further so they broke my water. That's when it started getting more painful. Later they put me on an internal monitor to make sure my contractions were adequate to push out a baby. They were close enough and strong enough but I still wasn't making progress. Around 1:30pm I got an epidural because the contractions were REALLY strong. My doctor came in around 4pm to check me again and I was only 2cm dialated and still at -3 station. She had not moved down at all and only dialated 1/2 cm in 8 hours. Dr. Myers said I was contracting beautifully but she just wasn't coming down. She said her head was probably too big or round for my pelvis. She said Reagan and I were still doing well but we could both become exausted and stressed from laboring with no results. Her advice was to go ahead and do a c-section so that we wouldn't get stressed and it wouldn't become an emergency situation. We decided to go ahead and follow her advice. It wasn't our first choice but we knew it was the best option. I definitely would have rather gone ahead with the c-section than wait a day, still have no progress, and put Reagan and I in a dangerous situation. By 4:36pm Reagan was born! We were in the hospital until Thursday morning. I've had a good deal of pain from the surgery but it's getting better. I can't do much or get around very well. If I walk around or stand up too long it gets really painful. I am thankful for strong painkillers! :)

I'm loving being a mommy. I get lost staring in those big eyes on that pretty little face. She is so sweet. She is so beautiful, of course I am a little biased. :)Who would have ever thought someone could wake me up early in the morning and not get snipped at. :) This is the only time in my life I haven't minded being woken up in the middle of the night by someone. Justin has been so wonderful. He helps me so much. When she wakes up to be fed in the middle of the night he brings her to me and then changes her diaper for me so I don't have to get up since it hurts to get in and out of bed. The other night he walked the hall with her for 30 minutes singing to her and trying to get her back to sleep so I could go back to sleep after I fed her. He told me the other day that he could see that this is what I was meant to do and it meant so much to me. I've always wanted to be a stay at home mom so it was great to hear that he thought I was doing a good job. My mom is here helping too. She's constantly cleaning and doing laundry. It's really nice having people to take care of me.

I'll try to update again soon, but something tells me I'm going to be pretty busy! :)

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy!

Welcome to the world Reagan Danielle!

Our first family photo

Sweet Daddy and sweet baby

Beautiful Baby!

Precious little fingers

Getting ready to go home


  1. That was so sweet! When I saw the first pics of perfectly round head, I knew she had to be a c-section baby. That head was not coming down! And her station would have been -3; +3 is almost out. You guys make a beautiful family!

  2. Adorable girl, wonderful birth story! I hope you recover nicely and quickly! Have fun in these early days and get plenty of rest - you will need it, trust me.

  3. Haha. Thanks Steph, I will make corrections. :)