Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kaiya Lynn Ashby

Kaiya Lynn Ashby
November 8, 2012
3:12 pm
7 lbs 15 oz
20.5 in.


*I was INDUCED 2 days after my due date. I wanted to have the epidural BEFORE Kaiya was born. Nothing is worse than wanting an epidural having the it kick in 5 minutes after the baby is born. I did not want to repeat my birth experience with Addie again.

*I started having CONTRACTIONS 5 hours before I was schedule to be induced. The contractions STOPPED about 2 hours before I was scheduled to be induced.

*I have SUPER FAST deliveries once my body starts to dilate. Thankfully I had the epidural done a couple hours before so I didn't have to repeat my Addie experience. I went from 5 cm to delivering Kaiya in 45 minutes. I spent 7 hours prior to that only 4 cm dilated. As soon as my body starts to make progress then it's time for me to have a baby.

*I am BEYOND GRATEFUL that I had the epidural. 5 weeks before Kaiya was born I injured my pelvic area from falling down 5 stairs. I was still feeling the effects of that fall the day before she was born. During the last 45 minutes before Kaiya was born, I was in excruciating pain in the exact same pelvic area. I cannot image how painful that would have been without the epidural numbing all the other pain.

*Kaiya came out in ONE push. Seriously!?!?! I was shocked!!! I remember Blake telling me she was here before I was even finished pushing. I'm pretty lucky.

*For FOUR days after the delivery I had a spinal headache. It was AWFUL and definitely the worst headache I have ever had. It was almost impossible to take care of Kaiya on my own during that time. I had the nurses take Kaiya to the nursery the first night and any time Blake wasn't with me at the hospital. 24 hours later I had a blood patch done to fix the headache and it did very little to relieve my pain. Eventually they gave me a narcotic that relieved the pain for 12 hours. It was back the next morning and that narcotic never worked again to take the pain away.

*Since that headache has disappeared my recovery has been PERFECT!!! I woke up 4 days after Kaiya was born completely pain free. It was perfect timing. Blake had a class to teach on Monday and was gone teaching all day on Tuesday. My body is quickly going back to normal. I haven't had any postpartum depression. (HUGE CHEERS HERE!!) Tiffany and Addie LOVE LOVE LOVE their little sister.

This is post epidural
It looks like I only got 3 hours of sleep the night before

First Bath

Heavily drugged, freshly showered, pain free, and happy mom. 
This is the first time I could sit up in over 24 hours.  

Going Home

Sunday, November 4, 2012


We had a great Halloween. I only went Trick or Treating for a few houses, then headed home to hand out candy. Addie wasn't sure what to think at first, but towards the end she was saying bye to everyone that gave her candy. We bought too much candy this year and have way too much left over. Anyone want our candy? 

 Addie was our cute little Elephant.

She was all smiles for the camera.
Our Elephant

Princess Cinderella and her beautiful smile.

The girls wore their costumes all day. At the grocery store everyone kept commenting on how adorable they were.

She kept saying cheese for the camera.
I think Tiffany is posing like a dancer in this picture.
This is my pregnancy belly at 39 weeks 1 day.
Our ward had a Halloween Party the Saturday before Halloween. I was a 'bun in the oven' and Blake dressed up as a baker. We didn't get any pictures from the party, but I did wear my shirt again on Halloween.

I'm ready for the bun to be done cooking