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I woke up at 12:30am on the 29th with pretty strong contractions – woke DH up at 1:45 to help time them. They kept getting stronger and stronger – so around 5:45 am, they were two minutes apart and we headed to the hospital. When we got there I was at a 4cm and was admitted.
Pretty quickly the contractions started to become “camel-back” – meaning I was having a big one followed by a smaller one and then a bigger one again. I was also having back labor and the nurses assumed that Kate was turned sunny-side up. I labored for awhile using the birthing ball and having DH apply counter-pressure to my back. I also spent a lot of time in the shower. Around 9:30 I was only at a 5 and the contractions were getting quite painful! My doc broke my water – weird feeling! By 10:45 I was at a 6 and just couldn’t take the back labor anymore – I got an epidural – not something I was too excited about, but I just couldn’t take the pain! The epi worked great and I was fully dialated by 1pm and began pushing – after 2 hours Kate Elizabeth was born! They called the doctor in a little early because her heartrate was dropping with each contraction and her head was now coming out sideways – I had to wear an oxygen mask during the pushing. It was quite a scary experience as the cord was wrapped around her neck and DH later said that her color was smurf blue when her head came out. She was placed on my belly after DH cut the cord, but was immediately removed because she would not cry/breathe. The nurses were great and kept us calm – they used an oxygen pump on her and she finally started breathing. Her first apgar score was a 4, but the second was an 8. I had a second degree tear all the way back, but am recovering well – breastfeeding has been a challenge, as has getting to sleep at night! But all worth it!!
She was 8lbs 8ozs and 20 inches – blue eyes and a little bit of dark hair. We feel so blessed to finally meet our daughter! Sorry no pics!