Francy’s Birth Story

Good morning!! I hope you are all doing well! We are still adjusting to life with a newborn. It is exhausting and so special too. We are working on getting in a rhythm without Mimi (my mom) here to help.

I have been breastfeeding (very thankful I am able) and supplementing with formula since the beginning. This has allowed my husband to be able to feed Francy and me to be able to get a little bit longer stretches of sleep, which is very much appreciated right now. We actually started supplementing with formula in the hospital for a couple reasons. Our girl is really tiny and got down to 5.15 lbs and had a little jaundice so her doctor recommended we supplement with formula to help her gain weight faster and apparently formula is better at getting rid of jaundice than breastmilk… who knew. This seems to be working well for us now so we will see what happens. I plan to breastfeed as long as I can (I am pumping too), especially since I work from home once I go back to work in September. I am not sure I would have the same determination to breastfeed/pump if I had to go into an office… it is a lot of work!!

Time to share Francy’s birth story. As previously mentioned, I was diagnosed with Cholestasis in my 34th week of pregnancy and it is recommended to induce around 37 weeks with this condition to avoid potential risks and negative outcomes for the baby. We were scheduled to induce on June 11th (37weeks and 1 day) at 5am. I did not sleep a wink the night before due to the itching caused by the Cholestasis so I was extremely tired when it was time to go to the hospital. Our moms stayed at our house to watch the doggies while we were in the hospital.

I actually worked out the morning of our induction because I needed to relax and get my mind off of what was about to happen… I was never actually nervous for my delivery, but that morning I started getting a little anxious thinking that this baby had to get out of my body somehow. LOL.

We arrived at the hospital at 5am and waited around for a little while until a nurse finally came out to the waiting room to chat with us. She informed us that there were 3 emergency C sections at 4:45am (which each require 3 nurses) so she let us know that there were not enough nurses to start my induction at that time and we were sent home… ugh! She told us to come back around 7:30am. The hospital is about 20 minutes from our house so we just decided to go home and have some breakfast and relax. After a couple hours we drove back to the hospital only to be told AGAIN that the nursery was completely full (all 32 baby beds were occupied, which apparently rarely happens), but the nurse told us that I would get induced that day because it was medically indicated (versus an elective induction). She sent us home and told us she would call us to inform us when we should come back this time.

We received a call around 12pm (we were thinking it wouldn’t be until that night so we were very excited to receive this call!) and told to come back in. We hopped in the car and headed back to the hospital. Once we arrived around 1pm, we waited for a bit until the nurse called us back to take us to our room to get us settled and start an IV. They also gave me anti-itching meds through the IV because my Cholestasis was making me so very itchy and uncomfortable.

Last pregnant picture 🙂

About an hour later they started the Pitocin (2pm) to hopefully begin labor (I was only about 1 cm dilated at this point) and the doctor inserted a foley bulb (balloon) to speed up the dilation process. The doctor told me to get an epidural soon if I was going to get one, but I thought no, I will wait until I really need one since I was feeling ok at this point. Well… about an hour later my contractions were sooo intense I requested an epidural, but we had to wait on the anesthesiologist and then the epidural takes a bit of time to kick in (4pm). I had heard that the foley bulb and epidural were both painful to receive, but I didn’t think either of them were painful or uncomfortable at all.

Once the epidural kicked in, I felt so much relief and was so happy I decided to get one. The nurse had me put the peanut ball between my legs and had me keep switching sides (with a lot of assistance since the epidural makes you very numb). Around 6pm I started getting really nauseous and was dry heaving for about an hour (yuck!) and finally got a couple different anti nausea meds in me, which made me feel much better.

Jon just enjoying a nice lunch while I labored. 😉

Around 7:30pm the doctor took out the balloon and checked my cervix. I was only about 4 cm dilated at this point. He decided to break my water. Jon was shocked that we actually heard a big gush when he broke my water. Ha! It was a little funny. Around 9pm I started feeling intense contractions again and we notified the anesthesiologist and he said he just thought I needed more meds through the epidural. They finally kicked it and then I was super nauseous again.

At about 11pm my blood pressure started dropping (they think due to one of the meds in the epidural) so they started pumping me with a lot more fluids. At one point my blood pressure was 44/33… which is obviously not good. They kept asking if I felt ok, which I didn’t but it was hard to tell if it was my blood pressure or just the pure exhaustion from not sleeping much in the past month and being in labor. I was still only 4 cm dilated at this point.The doctor decided to place an internal pressure catheter (in between cervix and baby’s head) to measure the contractions from inside. He also increased my pitocin dosage too.

At 4am the epidural stopped working completely. I could feel every contraction and no part of my lower body was numb. It was really intense. At this point the doctor said I was 5-6 cm dilated. I requested the anesthesiologist to come check my epidural and they decided I needed a new one (it wasn’t deep enough?), but the doctor was in an emergency c section at this time so we had to wait quite a while. I was in a lot of pain at this point, but just kept trying to keep calm. Around 6am (yes, two hours of no epidural was brutal!!), my doctor checked my cervix and said I was 9.5 cm dilated and I needed to start pushing. I said I will as soon as I get a new epidural… LOL. He was like you have to start pushing now.. we can’t wait. I said oh yes we can! I knew mentally I was not prepared for an unmedicated birth. Thankfully they were able to find another anesthesiologist to give me a new epidural around 6:30am. He was great and pumped the meds quickly and I was numb really fast.

About 5 minutes after the new epidural was in my doctor told me to start pushing!! I pushed for about 30 minutes and then my doctor had to leave (he stayed over his 24 hour shift to try to deliver my baby, but at this point he had to go) so another doctor in the same practice came in to take over. Jon was coaching me on the side and being really supportive. Between the epidural meds and not sleeping in days, I was literally falling asleep in between pushes and they kept having to wake me up. Jon asked the doctor if he has had patients fall asleep during labor before and he said actually yes, it does happen. LOL. After about 30 more minutes of pushing, our baby girl was born!!! It was such a surreal moment. It just didn’t feel real.. I felt like I was dreaming.

Francy Reed Plump was born on 6/12/21 at 8:03am weighing 6.9lbs and was 19.5 inches long. If you remember, we didn’t know the sex of baby P so her birth was extra special getting to find out she was a girl and tell our families too!

Off to go snuggle my girl, but I will share more of the days in the hospital after her birth next time. Let me know if you have any questions. We are SO overjoyed that our baby girl is here and I am so grateful I did not have go wait another 3 weeks to meet her!!

First Week at Home With Miss Francy

Hi friends!!! How are you? It has been a whirlwind since we got home from the hospital. I am still working on typing up Francy’s birth story, but hope to have that finished soon! Lots to share!

Since we had to induce early, most of our immediate family was able to be here for her birth, which was really nice. The hospital we delivered at just recently changed their visitor policy so we were able to have as many visitors as we wanted, just one at a time. This was extra nice because we spent a couple additional days in the hospital so at least our families could come visit each day.

My mom, Mimi, meeting baby Francy for the first time!

Jon’s momma, Gramy, meeting baby P!

My dad and little brother flew in for a few days to meet our girl.. it was so special!

Jacob, my 14 year old half brother, is an uncle!!! 🙂

My sister got to meet her niece!

Morgan’s fiance, Max, came too!! He’s such a natural! 😉
Jon’s brother, Chris, and his girlfriend, Lindsey, came to meet baby Francy too!

We were blessed with help from my mother-in-law and my momma after Francy’s arrival.

I think Francy wore Mimi out. 😉

My momma left yesterday morning and we are all really sad. :(. Mimi took quite a few night feedings so we were really lucky.

Our first two weeks at home have been busy and wonderful all at the same time. We are exhausted and so happy at the same time. Lots of people have been asking about the doggies and yall, they are doing great!! So much better than I could have imagined.

Tito and Callie are very interested in the baby and always sniffing her and Riley… he has no clue the baby is even here. 🙂

I was definitely worried how the dogs would react, but so far, there have been no signs of aggression or stress from the pups. We have been taking a LOT of walks so they have been pretty happy!

Sweet girl at her doctor’s visit. 🙂

Baby girl had her first bath at home… look at that expression! Ha!! She actually didn’t mind it at all.
We are soaking up these precious moments with our girl and loving it. Jon is off work another two weeks and I am so thankful.

Sweet baby P in her peapod. 🙂

Off for a walk with my girl. Will be back soon!!

Baby and Bridal Showers

Hi friends!! I hope you are having a great week! We have been busy getting everything ready for Baby P! Tomorrow we head to the hospital to be induced so we are just a little excited about here! Our moms are both in town and more family will come this weekend. Our hospital recently changed the visitor policy so it looks like we may get some visitors at the hospital!

I need to say a quick HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little sister!! She’s the best there is and I’m just so so lucky to have her in my life. Can’t wait for her to become an auntie this weekend!!!

Let’s back up to last weekend. My best friend from Nashville flew into San Antonio to drive to Dallas with me for a long weekend full of celebrations that began with a baby shower for Baby P!! The shower was pea themed… my momma knit that peapod on the mantel – so stinkin cute!!

It was soo much fun! We had a ton of family in town and these ladies really made me feel so special. This baby doesn’t know how lucky he/she is to have such a great support system already!

All the girlies!!!

All the beautiful little details. 🙂

Friday night my sister’s friends hosted a Stock the Bar Couples Shower for my sister and her fiance Max! We had a blast with everyone celebrating the happy couple!!

Saturday morning my mom, cousin, aunts and I hosted a bridal shower for my sister… my at well throw ALL the parties while everyone is in town, right?!?

All the Lange girls! and little Karli, my cousin’s kiddo, who will be my sister’s flower girl. So precious!!!

A bunch of the girls on Saturday morning!

We had a mimosa bar, a brunch spread, played games, opened gifts and ofcourse my mom’s honey was the parting gift. 🙂

My momma, sister and I somehow ended up color coordinating. 🙂

The groom made a special appearance too!

A girlie trip wouldn’t be complete without matching PJs. 🙂

We spent the rest of the weekend lounging by the pool… we were all exhausted from all the fun parties, but it was so worth it!

Sunday my bestie, mother-in-law and I drove back to San Antonio (yes, we were all very thankful I did not go into labor while in Dallas ;)). This week has been crazy trying to get organized at home and work before the baby arrives, but I think we are now as prepared as we will ever be. I’ll be sure to post once baby P arrives… hoping for a quick and safe delivery.. fingers crossed!! I’m so excited to get to be a momma and meet my little baby P!!!

It’s Been a Minute… All the Updates

Hi!! How are you all? I have been MIA for a couple weeks and that is because a LOT has been going on over here. First I will say, Baby P is still cooking and I am still very pregnant (36 weeks tomorrow).

Let me fill you guys in on the past few weeks. Up until about week 33, I was feeling really great… just thinking like wow, my body doesn’t hate being pregnant and besides a little heartburn, most days I feel just fine. I think I should have knocked on wood. At around 33 weeks I started getting a little itchy all over my body. It was really strange, but would come and go and there was no rash. But I actually had heard of the condition called Cholestasis when I was reading about pregnancy issues/conditions a while ago so I knew immediately I needed to call the doctor after a completely sleepless night (it is much worse at night).

My doctor advised me to come in to the office to do a blood test to see if I had Cholestasis and since the test would take almost a week to come back, he started treating me right away. Cholestasis is a liver condition that stops or slows the flow of bile from the gallbladder. This condition causes bile to leak into your bloodstream, which causes the itchy feeling. Less than a week later, I was diagnosed. My doctor referred me to a high risk OB so I have been seeing her for a couple weeks in addition to my doctor. With this condition it is recommended to induce at 37 weeks so that is our plan now – that means we are having a baby in just about a week! So crazy. My levels are just at the cutoff, which my new OB told me is better than having super elevated test results with this condition.

The doctor prescribed me meds that help reduce the bile (reduce the itchiness too) and a stronger antihistamine so I have been taking both of those religiously, but I will say, I am still very uncomfortable and it is getting worse by the day. I read that the itchiness can increase as you get closer to birth because your hormones are rising exponentially. Without the medications, the itchiness was unbearable – like I almost went to the ER twice kind of unbearable. The meds kept the itching at bay for about two weeks with little flare ups about every third night, but now it is bad every night and even some days. It has been almost a week since I have been able to get to sleep before 3 or 4am. Very miserable. The good news is that this condition does disappear right after birth. I asked my doctor if there was something I could have done to prevent this or is this genetic and he said “it’s honestly just pregnancy.”

So for now, I am just trying to keep myself distracted and make it to the finish line, which is getting closer and closer.

We have been working on getting the nursery ready for Baby P and we are slowly but surely getting there. How cute are these sheets my mom and sister got me?

I washed a lot of baby clothes and started organizing them.

Stocking up on diapers and wipes. 🙂

The closet in the nursery has nice built ins so I am slowly filling those up!

The latest baby bump picture. 🙂

Besides the Cholestasis, I am still feeling really good and have been able to continue working out and walking daily. It is starting to get HOT in San Antonio and I am just thankful I won’t be pregnant all summer long. We have actually had quite a few storms lately and the one last weekend knocked out our power overnight. It was only out for about 8 hours and it was cool outside, but this pregnant lady likes it COLD at night. 🙂

My husband sleeping peacefully while I stare at the ceiling and try to fall asleep. 😉

Little Riley got 4 teeth pulled last week… they were old and rotten and needed to go. He did so great and was back to acting completely normal the next day. He’s gotten a lot of extra attention, special food and lots of treats so he is as happy as can be.

I am off to two doctor appointments today for Baby P (the high risk OB and my regular OB) and then my bestie from Nashville comes into town! We are having a girls weekend with the girls in my family, which includes a baby shower for Baby P and a couple bridal showers for my sister! It is quite an eventful year for our family.

The planner in me is really happy to have an induction date so I am able to plan (our families are thankful for this too so they can all be in town at the right time). I have been busy wrapping up work stuff to get ready for my leave (I will take 12 weeks), getting things situated around the house, and working ahead to get tasks done that will be harder once Baby P arrives. People keep asking me what my birth plan is…. The latest question I answered in my pregnancy journal explains the extent of my birth plan…. 😉 I just want a healthy baby (and momma) so however the baby comes, I will just go with the flow.

Our families are both coming into town for the birth so we are really excited to see them all as well. I hope to post once more next week with a recap of our special weekend, but that will probably be my last post until Baby P decides to join us! I can’t wait to share all the details and pictures with you all. 🙂

I hope you have an amazing rest of your week!!! XOXOXO