Hi!!! First of all, I want to send my LOVE and thanks for all the amazing messages regarding our new little addition! I’ve finally gotten around to writing Annie’s birth story as I’ve been “trying” to give myself enough downtime as possible (but you know me, I don’t “rest” much! LOL). Mackenzie just finished our birth story vlog so I thought I would include our birth story here for you today as well!
If you follow along with my Instagram stories and blogs this wasn’t the easiest pregnancy. I couldn’t WAIT for Annie to come out!! I was getting really impatient toward the end, and was doing everything I could to get her to come out early! I was in so much pain, was exhausted, foggy and just plain UNHAPPY LOL … I was drinking the raspberry leaf tea, going on daily walks, Justin was getting lucky more often than normal ? … I was so desperate that I even suggested we go golfing!! (which is really what did the trick) …
So, we found out she was a girl in the summer (which I shared with you, here!) and we had her name picked out even before we had Leo. Annie is my dad’s moms name and she passed away when I was 5. Grandma Annie was such a firecracker. She was a tough cookie and I remember being so devastated when she left us. I remember I had a Ukranian Dance recital at her nursing home, but she passed away before I could dance for her. I was so upset about it, that I had my mom take me to her grave in mid-November during a snowstorm, so I could dance for her anyway. My mom tells me the story about how she sat there just crying her eyes out watching me dance in the freezing rain in my Ukrainian costume!
Anyway (wipes tears), Justin and I both loved the name Annie right from the beginning and since we don’t agree on much … LOL … we decided to go with it! We also decided to use her great grandmother’s name as her middles names, Annie Bea Marjorie Pasutto.
Annie was born on September 28th, for some reason, even though her due date was 2 weeks later, I always had that date in my mind! She was born on Shay’s birthday AND my Auntie Patsy’s birthday. Crazy hey?!
I started getting little contractions and Braxton Hicks a few days leading up to the 28th… so I knew she was going to be coming very soon. I had been trying everything under the sun and then suggested that Justin and I go on a little date night … golfing ? … We ended up going golfing the evening of the 27t and it was SUCH a beautiful night. I started to get more intense Braxton Hicks (or were they contractions now?!?!) when we were on the 4th hole … but I was golfing good (almost better than Justin … lol) and I didn’t want to say anything because I knew Justin would have wanted to leave right then and there. So, I sucked it up until the second last hole. We finished our game, and Justin wanted to grab dinner at the Clubhouse … it was then that I told him … maybe not hun … I think we should probably just get our dinner to go and on our way home … because I was PRETTY sure that baby was on her way!!!
While we were on our way home I called Shay to wish her a happy birthday as she was taking off to LA early the next day. While I was on the phone with her I got some INTENSE contractions and it was then that knew that Justin and I would be heading to the hospital later that night.
The entire night was very similar to the night I went into labour with Leo (minus the camera crews!). My mom and dad were over as they were to babysitting Leo while we golfed. They were having a glass of wine, and one of Justin’s friends was over having a beer. Everyone was sort of just hanging out and chatting, just like your average night at home. I kept on telling them I was having contractions and no one really took me THAT seriously … until about an hour later … I was like “Ok seriously you guys …this is happening!!! LOL”. Justin’s friend, Steve, got out of there faster than I could say placenta … and then my parents left (only to come back a few hours later) …
I had a shower, and Justin, Leo, Nacho and myself had a moment in bed as a family of four prior to my parents coming back. We were wrestling, giggling, and I remember it being such a sweet moment, this would be the LAST time I would be with Leo while it was JUST him … my heart hurt so much … even though I was SO excited! So we put Leo to bed, my mom and dad came back … and Justin and I took off to the hospital.
When Leo was born, we had everyone and their dog in the room but this time around, Justin’s parents were in Italy which was a trip they had been planning for over a year, and his brother, Matt, was out of town as no one had really expected Annie to arrive for another few weeks.
We had a very small group of family and friends there … my mom was there, Tori and Sam came, Justin’s best friend, Matt August was there and Mackenzie was also there. It was very casual and laid back in the room, I felt SO at home and so relaxed … people were chatting … Tori was asking Matt about his business, etc. It felt like Happy Hour, minus the booze … but, I guess I was on drugs (epidural) … LOL!!!
It was actually so enjoyable, I remember liking the feeling of the contractions with both Leo and Annie but they did, obviously, get pretty intense at some points. I had an epidural with both Leo and Annie and have NO regrets … but the delivery with Annie was SO much easier and enjoyable than with Leo … that I often wonder what it would have been like to give birth without it. I mean no regrets … but, I think I could have done it! (I mean duh … I know I could have … but anyway … I am the only one who has these thoughts??) …
Once I had my epidural my contractions started to get more sporadic (which can happen) so they ended up giving me Oxytocin and they broke my water (Or was it the other way around?! LOL! I can’t remember!). It’s funny because on our way to the hospital around 10:30ish I felt like Annie was well on her way but it wasn’t until around 3 am that Dr.Kolkind checked on me and told me that I was at 10cm! IT. WAS. GO. TIME.
Justin and I really wanted Annie’s birth to be a private moment between the two of us so we asked everyone to step outside the room but little did I know they were just behind the curtain LOL!! Good for them! Annie’s delivery was so amazing, which was very different from Leo’s. I mean Leo’s delivery was wonderful but got a bit scary … his cord was wrapped around his neck so it was a pretty chaotic and scary time for us. This time was SO much different.
This time around, with Annie, the delivery was smooth, there were no complications, and at one point, Dr. Kolkind told me she could see her head and that she had dark hair, I was able to reach down and feel her hair and I just cried!! She was FINALLY HERE!! (well just a few more pushes LOL)!! So there were a couple more pushes after that and before I knew it, Justin was helping pull her out!! SO COOL! I felt so incredibly connected and present during her entire birth which was such an amazing feeling. She was a healthy 6 pounds, 8 ounces.
I had to laugh because I felt SO great after giving birth, all of the dreaded symptoms I had while pregnant with Annie disappeared. I had more energy (instantly!), I was up and about and felt so good! Around 7am my Doctor came back in to check up on us and she saw how well I was doing and told me to have a nap and then I could go home later on that morning! YAHOOO!!! (don’t even ask me about the hospital go bag that barely got used LOL). But again, no regrets, it just felt good knowing I had it all there!!
I had a few more visitors throughout the morning, had a nap like she suggested, and Justin came and picked us up that afternoon! Before the sunset on the 28th, We were at home as a family of 5 (yes, I included Nacho in that count!).
It’s been such an incredible experience so far and Justin and I are deeply in love with our little family. There’s certainly MORE that I want to tell you as we’ve had a few hiccups here and there (it hasn’t ALL been perfect lol) but I’ll update you on all of that in another blog! For now, I’m going to leave you to watch our birth story which I’m so excited for you to see!! Maybe grab a few tissues prior to hitting play … I know I needed them!!
Jilly, Justin, Leo, Annie & Nacho