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Just a note - I'm typing this up as Carleigh sleeps in my lap. Pardon any misspellings and bad grammar... whatever. I'm doing this quickly to make sure everyone can share the happiness and joys of our arrival too.
I was scheduled to be induced either Friday or Saturday. Heath & I were just waiting for the call from the hospital or my doctor as to when to head in. We never heard anything from either one on Saturday. I was starting to feel menstrual type cramps again. My personal pain level, on a scale from 1-10, would have been a seven. I told Heath that I wanted to head to the hospital by 2pm, even if I don't hear anything. I didn't know if I had dilated more or not. To be safe, we headed in to get checked out. The nurses put me in triage, but then when they realized I was to be induced this weekend anyway, they just got me our own private room. The rooms were really nice and spacious too.
The nurse that I started out with asked me if I wanted an epidural. I kept declining because at 6cm, I was having no pains. Why get a pain killer when it's not needed? I also wanted to try a natural child birth. For the longest time I kept saying I was going to get an epidural, but for some reason, I kept turning it down at the hospital. The nurse broke my water around 4:30pm. That's when the contractions started to last longer and they became stronger. By time I was 8cm dilated, I stopped playing tough girl and got the epidural. The epidural was given to me around 6:10pm.
At 8:30pm, I was taught how to push and began doing it. One of the nurses called my doctor up to let her know we were having the baby. Or at least going to star trying. I'm not sure how many contractions I actually had to push through, my Carleigh was here about an hour and a half later. I was still so numb from the epidural, I wasn't sure that I was doing the pushing the correct way. The only way I knew that it was being done correctly was the nurses reassuring me. My doctor let me feel Carleigh's head starting to come out. It was so weird. About two or three contractions after that, Carleigh was born. NO PAIN! That epidural was amazing. It sucked that my legs were so numb, but it was worth it. Whoever does natural child birth, by own reason, GOOD FOR YOU!! I give you so much credit. Not sure I could have made it through child birth with no epidural. I'm glad I changed my mind before it was too late.
Carleigh was born June 27, 2009 at 10:06pm. She weighed exactly 7 pounds and was 19 inches long. She looks a lot like Heath, but she has my long fingers. I've been breastfeeding her whenever possible. Since I am new to the whole breastfeeding thing, it is a bit harder. Carleigh has been on the bottle and breast. Whenever either one of us is not succedding at breastfeeding, we go to formula. I feel bad for doing that because I wanted to strickly breastfeed, but it can be very stressful for both mom and baby. Carleigh will latch on, but during some feedings, she just gives up and lets go. Other times, she will just keep going at it until she wears herself out. We just want to make sure she is getting fed. I'm glad Carleigh likes both. Every time Carleigh is hungry, she will go straight for my breast first. So, that is what she prefers.
Carleigh is a very strong baby. At two days old, she was trying to push herself to stand up when Heath would burp her. Since she has clubbed feet, it's hard for her to do that. Thankfully, we will be looking into options for her feet come next week. Can't wait. Ever since we found out about her clubbed feet, I felt so bad for her and was anxious to get it taken care of as soon as possible.
This girl will sleep ALL DAY too. As long as she's in my lap, she will sleep for hours. I figured since she's been napping for this long with me, that I would just type this up now. At night, for bed time, I try to get her to sleep on her own. That doesn't work right now. She will throw the biggest fits ever until I'm holding her. Last night, Heath & I finally got her to fall asleep in the bouncer his grandparent's bought us. That was around 4am. So yes, we are both running on little sleep. I don't feel it so much in during the day, but it kicks in at night when I really really want to sleep for a couple of hours.
If I need to, I will sleep almost all day like Carleigh does. Then if she's up in the middle of the night, I will too. It's not like I'm working right now, so messing up my schedule for her will not hurt anything. I'm trying to find infant activities to do during the daytime hours. Hoping that will make her really sleepy for the evening hours. I'm starting to think she has her days and nights confused. Which I know is normal for most babies. She's just too cute when she's sleeping on me. I feel bad waking her up for anything, although I know disturbing a nap may benefit Heath & I in the long run when evening falls upon us.
This is really long. Sorry if I left anything out. Just wanted to update everyone.
Oh look at that darling princess! Congratulations!!
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