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First I'll give the most important info!
She was born 3:43 pm on April 5th
6lbs 9oz and 20 inches long.
Here's the story....
On Monday, April 2nd I went to my regular check up in pain and so miserable! Since I'd been having contractions and cramping for so long (10 weeks by then), my doctor checked me and told me I was dilated to almost 4 and 80% efaced and asked if I'd like to be done being pregnant? UH!! YES! So we scheduled an induction for Thursday, April 5th. It seemed like it took forever for Thursday to arrive. Finally, Thursday was here! I woke up at 3:30 am (after only falling asleep around 1:30ish). I ate a bowl of cereal, took a shower and got everything ready. At 5:10am we left for the hospital, got there at 5:30 am for my induction appt.
me and my preggo belly at the hospital just before things got started.
The nurse came in, asked me a gazillion questions, I signed the paper work and then we started the pitocin around 6:30. When I got to the hospital I was still dilated to almost a 4 and still only 80% efaced. No progress since Monday's dr. appt. A new nurse came in around 7:30 to introduce herself, I was confused and realized the shift changed. With her came a nursing student was going to observe--I was uncomfortable with that but didn't want to be rude.... she would be witnessing her first child birth. Around 8am, the nurse broke my water around and my contractions started coming stronger and stronger but not consistent in terms of strength. Some were SUPER painful and then there would be a few small contractions... they wanted them to stay consistent. But boy did they HURT!!!
Around 10 the Epidural Man guy came.... That was NOT a pleasant experience at all!! It took him 3 tries to get it in the right place... I almost asked him to stop! But then when it was in and started to take affect, I instantly became relaxed. It was the first time in 10 weeks that I had not felt contractions and finally had relief! It felt like I had just gotten a full body massage. I was able to even lie comfortably in bed for the first time in months. I asked the nurse if it would slow labor down, she said that my contractions are progressing and it should be fine.
At 1pm the nurse checked me again and I only progressed to 5cm!!!
ONLY DILATED TO 5!!! I was disappointed... but still keeping my good sense of humor. I joked saying now I'm gonna start going backwards and she's never going to be born. At this rate I was going to be there forever!!! And I was starving! That's all I could think about. And all I could eat were Ice Chips! Paul was such a great support to me! I couldn't have done that without him... after all, wihtout him I wouldn't have been there. HA HA
So, after calling my Dr. they decided to increase the amount of pitocin I was getting. The nurse said she'd be back to check me soon. About 45 minutes later she checked me and asked me to do a practice push. I asked why, will that make me dilate more (having no clue...). She said I was dilated to 10 and it was time to start pushing. She was so calm about it all.... So, I pushed, and pushed and pushed.... the nurse could see her head but I couldn't get the baby to move any further. And I was STARVING!! (did I mention that?).
The nursing student, my nurse and Paul were all so helpful and encouraging. After an hour of pushing I started feeling cramping and contractions again.... they epidural man came back and gave me another dose about 20 min later and said it would start working in about 10 min. Right when it started working, my doctor arrived, they set up her table of "tools" and she checked, told me to push and out came the suction, vaccum thing. The baby wasn't moving and I coudn't push any hard. So, They used the suction and I lost it. I started crying and worried that it would hurt the baby. It's 60 pounds of pressure pulling on my baby's head. I pushed 3 times and it lost it's suction as my doctor was pulling on the 3rd push.. it flew back and hit her in the face. So she put it back on the baby's head and after 3 more pushed with the doctor pulling (her arm shaking she was pulling so hard) out came my baby! Born at 3:43pm on April 5th
She was absolutely perfect!!!
Paul cut the umbilical chord
and the doctor handed her to me!
Then I asked .... How many stitches am I getting. My dr said only one on the inside. I didn't tear at all!!! Whew!!! I was relieved!
They brought the scale in and weighed her! She looked so long and skinny....
6lbs 9oz! Bigger than I thought she looked.
She was hungry right away! So they brought in a bottle and Daddy got to feed his daughter for the first time. I hardly got to hold her... but I was also excited that he wanted to be a baby hog.
her first kiss
Then daddy went to the nursery with his daughter to record her first bath.
After a while and me almost passing out when they had me try to pee they took me to my post pardum room. Paul's sister was her first visitor and she brought me FOOD!!! I was so hungry but could hardly eat from being so nauseous... It was the best Port of Subs Turkey wrap I'd ever had!
3 hrs after they took Danika to the nursery (was only supposed to be an hour but the nurses had a shift change) I sent Paul to go get her. I couldn't wait any longer!!! I wanted my baby!
And here she is!
I put her in her own clothes immediately!
Then around 6 am my dr came in.... said I was free to go home as long as baby was good to go that evening.
(my dr took this picture of us-I'm a little swollen and puffy... lol)
We were home by 6:30 pm and It was nice to be home with our daughter!