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Adele Clark was born on June 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm. She was 5lbs. 9ozs, and 18" long. She was born at 37 weeks, 4 days.
Sometime last weekend, my water started leaking. It took me a while to figure out that my water was leaking, and I wasn't just peeing myself. I had a suspicion it was my water as early as Saturday, but we had visitors and it was my 11th anniversary, so I just kept waiting for contractions to start, hoping to make it through our big dinner at Ruth's Chris.
By Sunday, after our company left, I was ready to go to the hospital, because I could see clear fluid dripping. I took a shower and got a nap, then called my neighbors to watch my older two kids. We got to L&D around 4:30pm. I was brought back to triage. The monitors showed no remarkable contractions, but the fluid swab turned blue right away, meaning my water had broke. I was still 4+ cm dilated and 80% effaced at a -2 station (same as my appointment on Thursday). I was moved to a room and instructed to walk the halls until my OB arrived at 7pm. We walked loops around L&D. I felt no contractions at all. They gave me a hep lock and agreed not to start an IV unless I needed pain meds. My OB checked me at 7pm and I was making progress, even without feeling anything. I progressed to 5+ cm, 100% effaced and a -1 station. My OB wanted to start pitocin, but I asked that she just finish breaking my water. She tried to break my water, but noting ever gushed.
I did 2 more laps around L&D and hit really hard labor. I couldn't walk and contractions were coming every 3 minutes. We settled into my room and my husband rubbed my back during contractions. I asked the nurse if I could have some pain medication. I didn't want an epidural, but I was okay with IV pain meds. She called my OB back to check and make sure it was still okay. By 7:30, I was still at 5cm, but baby was at a +2 station. They managed to give me about 1/4 a dose of stadol by 8:30 pm. It did nothing for the pain. I told the nurse that my butt hurt. She said she had to check me to see if she could continue with the pain meds. Turns out I was already at 10cm, and pain meds were out of the question.
I never felt the urge to push. I pleaded with the nurse and OB and told them I could not lay on my back and push. My OB turned to me and asked, "Then how are we going to deliver this baby? Pick a position" I opted to kneel, holding onto the top of the raised bed. I found some strength to try to start pushing. I pushed once and I could feel my little girls head being born. Half a push more, and her shoulders came out at 8:59pm. She landed on the bed before the nurse or OB had gloves or gowns on. I picked her up, and pulled her to my chest. She pinked up right away and started nursing like a champ! We had a full hour of skin to skin contact before they did anything with her. I needed 2 stitches, but nothing even close to what I needed after delivering my 8lb. 6oz. son!
We spent 24 hours in L&D after she was born. Because of her small size, she was in a warmer in the room for a bit and had to have her glucose checked before every feeding. I was so happy to be released early, even if the hospital did have room service and some other pretty nice perks.
We changed our mind on her name at the last minute. We opted to give our little girl her Uncle's middle name since they share a birthday!
We're adjusting very well to having a new baby at home. I'm still trying to finish up my nursery!