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Nadja Mackenzie (or just Kenzie) was born January 1, at 11:49am. Over the weekend I'd been having the occassional contraction, and then on Monday they went to being a few hours apart. Then about 8pm I went to the bathroom and had some bright blood, so off to the hospital we went to get checked out. They confirmed I was in early labour and was 1cm, but said I might as well go home for a while but they'd likely see me back by morning. Got home again about 11pm, DH fell asleep after a while but I didn't, and my contractions were getting stronger. At 3am I woke DH up and said we'd better go, since I was about 6 minutes apart, and it was starting to snow quite a bit and we're 40minutes from the hospital in good weather. I had also decided by that point I wanted to be somewhere that I could get something stronger than tylenol! As we were walking through the hospital to the birthing centre I told DH that Mackenzie was going to be an only child! When they checked me a little after 4am I was 4cm, so I was admitted. They ordered my epidural, but I didn't actually get it until 3 hours later, and I was so ready for it! After it kicked in they checked me again, I was 8cm! So no wonder I needed it, progressing that quickly. I thought I was just being a wimp, I didn't think I was that far along. I think if I'd had a full night's rest it would have made a difference in whether or not I needed the epi, but I knew there was no way I'd be able to push if I didn't get some rest. I could barely whisper in between contractions, I just had no energy left. Once the epi kicked in and I'd rested a while I was able to have conversations, joke around a little bit, etc. At one point Kenzie's heart rate dropped suddenly, so that was a little scary for a few minutes. They got a clip on her head to measure her hb more closely and oxygen on me, and rolled me over. She had just gotten the cord pinched, and needed to adjust to get more blood flow. After that every time I had a contraction her hb slowed, but it went back up again as the contraction ended. She was finally born after a little over an hour of pushing - which they said was actually pretty good considering she decided to come out facing sideways!!! She still has a bit of a bruise on the middle of her forehead, but it's getting better.
After she was born and we were back being monitored they became concerned that my uterus wasn't contracting properly, and I was expelling clots. They first thought my full bladder was pushing it up, and put a catheter back in, but it only fixed it temporarily. So then they gave me meds to help it contract, but they weren't working as well as they should either, so the OB checked me, and found a piece of placenta had been left behind. So I had the joy of having my uterus cleaned out manually..... thank goodness I was still somewhat numb from my epidural!!! Once that was done my uterus started contracting normally, and about an hour or so later they took us upstairs to our recovery room. Unfortunately because of the hemmorage I had to keep my IV and catheter in until the next day. Oh, and I also almost fainted when they got me up to the bathroom that night! I stayed two nights, and was definitely ready to come home by noon on the second day.
Her basic stats: was born at 11:49am on January 1, 2008 at 7lb 15oz and 19.5inches.
__________________ Ashley, mommy to Mackenzie 01/01/08