Thursday, January 12, 2017

Summer Conterio: Birth Story

Summer Conterio
Born: August 26th, 2016
5:15 PM
7 lbs 5 ounces 
19 inches 

This is Summer's birth story and to have a birth story we must start at the beginning. I was breaking out super bad and I jokingly said to Jer "The last time I broke out this bad I was pregnant" I think his reply was "You better not be!" Super funny now. I was also taking Tums daily for heartburn and I was a getting a little nauseous here and there. Finally after almost falling asleep sitting up at 10 AM I decided to take a test. (To get personal here.. my periods have always been very irregular.. so that has never been a sign for me) When I went to my first Doctors appointment they measured the baby and looked at my LMP. Summer measured 5 days smaller on the ultrasound but they decided to keep my due date from my LMP. Around 16 weeks I did that test for down syndrome and it came back positive but our chances where still very low, I think it came back around 1/120. After meeting multiple times with the specialist she thought that it probably just came back positive because my due date was wrong. She thought my due date should be Sept 7th! Almost two weeks later. When you are pregnant that is never good news. After talking with my Doctors they felt the specialist was wrong and the ultrasound at my first appointment was more accurate so they kept my due date at August 26th.

Since Summer was such a big surprise we decided to keep the gender a surprise too. After multiple failed attempts to get me to go into labor "naturally" I went in for another appointment around 39.5 weeks. My Doctor told me that she thought the baby was getting big and since my last baby (Carter) was 9 lbs if I wanted to try for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) she thought it was smart to be induced. So we set the appointment on my due date of August 26th. 

The hospital called me the night before being induced and said that they were full of times but to call in the morning to see what time I could come in. When I called the next morning around 7 they told me to come right in. Well I was not ready! I thought they would give me a time.. a few hours or something! So I we rushed to get ready, get the kids settled with family and off we went!

We both had thought Summer was a boy. The night before we were talking with our friends about names and we had written down about 3 different options for boy names. I said to Jeremy "Okay lets talk about girl names." He said, "No its not a girl, we don't even need to think about it." So off we went to the hospital with not one girl name in mind.

We arrived, got checked in, and they started me on a small amount of pitocin. At 10 AM I started walking around to try to get things going but nothing was happening. Around noon they decided to break my water and continued to up my doses of pitocin. I always like to feel the contractions and be in actual pain (just for a little while) but around 1:30 they were really starting to hurt so I asked for my epidural. By 2 I had my epidural and was feeling great. At 4 I asked them to make sure the baby wasn't posterior like Carter. When she checked me I was at a 5 and she said the baby might be a little turned so she gave me this thing they call the "peanut" to see if it could help turn the baby. I called my Mom who was coming back from Salt Lake to let her know I was still at a 5, she was on her way but there had been a crash at the point of the mountain so it was taking her a while. At 4:30 I started feeling a lot of pressure. So they checked me again and I was at about a 7.5. I called my Mom again to tell her to hurry. Around 4:45 I knew I was ready to push. My Dr was delivering 4 babies around that same time so I had to wait until a little after 5 to start pushing. I called my Mom again and she still wasn't there. I started to cry knowing she wouldn't be there. This would be my first delivery with just Jeremy and I but it turned out so perfect that way.

I pushed through two contraction and they could see her head. My Doctor told me if I wanted to keep pushing I could or wait until the next contraction. I said I would just keep pushing. I pushed two more times and Summer entered the world at 5:15 PM. I asked no one in the room to tell me what gender of the baby was because I wanted to see for myself. So right after I delivered and the Doctor handed Summer to me, I was so surprised to see it was a girl. I looked at Jeremy and said, "Its a girl?!!!!?" Ohhh but it was always meant to be a girl. It was love at first sight all over again. My Doctor asked Jeremy if he wanted to cut the cord.. but Jer gets a little grossed out by that so nicely declined. So my Doctor turned to me and asked if I wanted to. I was like "YES!" So I cut the cord. Summer didn't really cry so they asked if they could take her to make sure everything was okay with her. But now we have come to know that is just Summer, she is calm, sweet and doesn't make a peep.

After they gave her back she was instantly ready to nurse. My mom was holding her (she got there minutes after I delivered) and she just kept trying to open her mouth for something. She was so easy to latch and nursed like a pro. This was by far my best delivery. Kennedy swallowed meconium which led her to being in the hospital for a week. Carter was a C-section because he was posterior and 9 lbs. I was so happy and relieved everything went okay. Third times a charm.

Jeremy started looking up names right away. He had come up with two others but I wasn't really sold on them. As soon as he said Summer. I said, "I like Summer" he said, "I like Summer too." It's weird how names almost just pick them. I have heard the name Summer before but never thought I wanted to name a kid that. I would always say I want a "Summer baby" (We have a Fall and Winter) so ideally I thought it was a good idea to get pregnant in the Fall of 2016 but I still got my Summer baby and my Little Miss Summer.

Summer you are literally the prefect baby you have slept through the night since you were a fews weeks old, you smile, laugh, and are always just content. We love you more than you will ever know. Thank you for changing our lives once again!

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