Sophie Marguerite Bertoch

Sophie Marguerite Bertoch is here! She was born March 16th, 2018 at 9:08am weighing 7 pounds 2 ounces (rounded up from 7lb 1.8 ounces lol) and was 19.5 inches long. ๐Ÿ™‚

It is funny how each pregnancy and delivery can be different from each other! So we found out I was already dilating to a 2 on March 7th at my 38 week check up. Which is odd for me. With the other girls I didnโ€™t have anything at all until labor. I literally went from 0 to labor…so already being a 2, it kicked our senses into high gear and we prepared for her to come within the next day or so. Well…she didnโ€™t haha. We were all on edge! The whole week! I made sure every night we had things laid out and a plan etc lol. So then I had my next appointment with the doctor March 14th when I was still a 2, and only 50% effaced, we accepted it and figured I probably wonโ€™t be that early from the March 20 due date. I had some contractions here and there but they were very fleeting.

Thursday evening March 15th I started having more slightly consistent contractions (after having a dance party with the girls ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). They would fluctuate between 10-15 minutes. Not too painful. But after an hour or so (and a warm shower) they faded out. With Bailey I had had similar type of “warning” contractions before going into labor, so for good measure we decided to call Adam’s Mom over to stay the night just in case. Sure enough I was woken up at 4am with painful contractions! 3 minutes apart right from the get go! I was still slightly skeptical and was going to wait a while before heading in… but Adam said nope and started the car haha. And luckily he did because on the drive to the hospital they were getting more painful very quickly. We had to go through the ER entrance since the main entrance was still locked for the night, and labor and delivery sent a nurse to come grab me. In the triage room the contractions got worse and worse. She checked me and I was a 4, and they were waiting for some verification from the doctors office before they could start me on the antibiotics. (I was group strep B positive….for the third time haha). After probably 45 min they went ahead and checked me and I was a 5 and having contractions a little over 2 min apart. I was being pretty vocal in the triage room and pretty sure I scared the mom in the stall area next to me haha. They finally got the go ahead to place my Iv and I was admitted. At this point my contractions literally feel like they are ripping me in half and I am drenched in sweat. I begged them to hurry with the epidural and they had to wait for my first iv fluid bag to finish and for the anesthesiologist to head over, so it was probably about 45 min before he was able to come and place it. Boy was I ready! My contractions were so close together and it was killin me! (Itโ€™s the first time in all 3 labors that I was actually crying in pain. Women who deliver without any medication are my hero. Because holy crap.)
In fact, I had a contraction in the middle of my epidural and that was interesting haha having to sit as still as I could with a needle sticking into my spine and my uterus hating me ๐Ÿ˜‚
Once the medicine kicked in I was a happy camper! And exhausted! I immediately passed out and slept and started progressing in dilation; in just 15 min I jumped to a 6. I had told the nurses how my previous labors progressed very quickly once I had the epidural, so they were trying to have the doctor come to check on me and pop my water, but they couldn’t get ahold of him. Turns out he was in surgery so didnโ€™t tell anyone, so finally at the 2 hour mark the nurse went ahead and checked me and I was definitely ready to go, so she called the on call doc, who broke my water and I was ready to push! I was sooo numb, so they were flopping me around haha. I did one push and her head was out! They sucked out all the fluids and waited for the next contraction for me to push the rest of her out. Her birth itself was so peaceful and calm! It was just me and Adam and the doc and a nurse. There was no rush and we just enjoyed the snuggles while I got stitched up and good to go. Sophie was so quiet! In fact when she was halfway out, I was nervous and asked if she was breathing and okay, and the doctor laughed and said she was just checking things out. From actual labor to her birth was barely 5 hours, and I really think they they could have checked me an hour earlier and I would have been ready to deliver then…So it was quick! I am thankful to be done and have her here and to close the chapter on birthing children and can now focus on rearing them ๐Ÿ™‚ And I will be totally fine never having to have contractions again ๐Ÿ˜‰

Adam went and brought his mom and the girls to come see Sophie for the first time and it melted my heart! Bailey walks into the room and I showed her that Sophie is here and out of my tummy, and she looks at me with excitement shock and said really?!?!? It blew her mind that we were telling the truth about a baby being inside me haha. And then one of the first things Bailey says to Sophie is “Happy Birthday!” It was so sweet! Claire was more into the fact that I was in the room and she wanted me to hold her…and then explore the hospital room ๐Ÿ˜‰ But it was such a sweet first meeting of the girls. They warmed up to her so fast and were in awe of her tiny features.

I have been recovering very well. My only complication is a spinal headache from the epidural (which I know had to be from the contraction I had in the middle of it) but I am managing. ๐Ÿ™‚ It forces me to slow down a bit and lay down I guess haha. We were discharged to go home like 28 hours after I gave birth! It was awesome! I was ready to be home and resting and in my own space with my whole little family.

We walked in the door with lots of love greetings and sweet decorations from Stacey and the girls ๐Ÿ™‚ Bailey immediately had us sing happy birthday to Sophie and couldn’t contain how happy she was that we were all together. I am so blessed and lucky to have my family.

We are now getting used to a “new normal” and explaining things like breastfeeding and belly button cords to concerned toddlers ๐Ÿ˜‰

I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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