**Warning: this post is long and full of photos.
|Leaving for the hospital|
When we got to the hospital we immediately got put into a room. The nurse did a quick check to make sure my water had really broken … there was NO doubt though haha. The doctor then came in and checked me out … I was 2cm dilated and 90% effaced. They decided to let me labor an hour to see if I progressed but if I didn’t, they wanted to start pitocin. When your water breaks you are ‘on the clock’ – they want to delivery the baby within 24 hours to lower the risk of infection for mom and baby.
|After being admitted|
At 3PM I was checked again and no progress had been made so the doc ordered the pitocin. He agreed to let me get my epidural before starting the pitocin. I came into my labor open minded about doing natural or having meds. Let me tell you … contractions HURT. I gladly accepted the meds. More power to you awesome ladies who go natural! The nurse anesthetist gave me a perfect epidural … VERY low dose just to take the edge off. I could feel my legs and still felt contractions. This would be extra important before we knew it…To pass the time we watched Scrubs haha.
Around 5PM I was more uncomfortable. The nurse checked me … I was then 3cm dilated and the CRNA came and upped my dose.
|This was me telling Chris that labor sucks|
Well … at 6PM I was feeling MORE pain rather than less. Chris went to get the nurse so we could up my epidural again. She came in and decided that since she was there she would check me again. She looked up at us and said, ‘well, it’s time to have a baby’. Our response was like ya we are here to have a baby … she corrected us, ‘it’s time to have a baby NOW’. I had dilated from 3 to 10 cm in less than an hour. She immediately got the room set up for delivery and I was pushing less than 5 minutes later. 3 contractions in to pushing she was calling the doctor. 2-3 contractions after he got there … this sweet angel was born.
|Chris was telling her, “I made you”. Ummm …. hello?! I did too!! And I GREW her.|
|Mimi (my mom) and her newest granddaughter|
|Family of Three|
|Meeting her ‘brother’ and ‘sister’|
Overall I was in labor 6.5 hours start to finish. I’ll take it
October 6, 2011 @ 1856
8lbs 14 oz and 21.5 inches of pure perfection
I honestly didn’t know how much I could love someone … until I held my daughter for the first time