Oraleigh Jean

Oraleigh’s induction date was on February 9, but at 36 weeks I started showing signs of preeclampsia (high blood pressure and protein in my urine). At my weekly appointments my doctor ordered several tests and continued to monitor my blood pressure. At my 38 week appointment my doctor told me that she thought it was best to induce in a couple of days on February 4. We scrambled to find people to watch the kids and to have all of Oraleigh’s things ready for her arrival. Thankfully we had several friends who were willing to keep the kids since my mom was not supposed to arrive for another couple of days. On the morning of February 4 we dropped the kids off at our friend’s house and arrived at the hospital around 7:45. They started my Pitocin around 8:30 and then my water broke on it’s own around 9:30. This was a first for me since with all of my other birth’s the doctor had to break my water. Contractions got stronger and more painful right away and I labored for a few hours then got an epidural. I was able to rest a little, but started feeling a lot of pressure around 1:30. I pushed through one contraction and Oraleigh Jean Mobley was born at 1:42 p.m. She was 7lbs 12oz and 19.5 inches long. She nursed well right away and was easily comforted by being held. Our hospital stay was uneventful and since I was having very little pain and Oraleigh was nursing well they let us go 24 hours after she was born. It was wonderful to be at home as a family of seven! We are so thankful for the way God created, grew, and protected our sweet Oraleigh’s life during those nine months.