Well our beautiful little baby girl has arrived!!! Her story is below. Please be warned that there may be a few over shares. I wrote this mainly for me.
I woke up Saturday morning around 5:00 and was cramping. Around 6:00 I started having contractions. I was supposed to take Chris to the ice rink that morning so he could coach but I had him cancel his lesson just to be safe. At 10:30 we called the hospital because my contractions had been fairly consistent for an hour. They told me I was still in pre labor and that I should stick it out for another hour and then call. I waited 2 hours and called back at 12:30. They told me to head in and they would check my cervix but that there's a chance they would send me back home. I got there around 1:00. They checked me and I was dilated to a 3. I had a doctors appointment the previous day and that's what I was then too so nothing had really changed. I was, however, a little bit more effaced and was having contractions every 2-4 minutes. The nurse, Carole, told me I could go home for a couple of hours or I could walk around the hospital for an hour to see if I could dilate anymore. They told me if I changed at all, even if it was a little bit, that they would admit me. Anyway, we decided to stay and walk. Since Chris was on crutches he sat in the lobby and I walked with my friend, Melanie. That hour was the longest, most miserable hour of my life. I swear it felt like I was walking for 5 hours because it went by so slow. Finally at 3:00 I went back in and they checked me again. Hallelujah I was at a 5!!! From there they checked me into a regular room. I got my IV in me and at 4:10 the anesthesiologist came in and gave me my epidural. I was so nervous to get it but it wasn't bad at all. In fact, I'm pretty sure the IV hurt worse. After about 20 or 30 minutes my left side was feeling pretty good but it hadn't gone to my right side yet so they had me lay on my right side to try and get it to head that direction more. After a few pumps of the juice and about an hour I was feeling pretty darn good. At 4:30 my doctor came in. He checked me again and I was at a 6. Then he broke my water. Around 5:30 he came in again and checked my cervix. I was at a 9. He told me he'd be back in an hour and that I'd probably be ready to go! He came in a little after 7 and said I was ready to start pushing! At 7:10 the fun began. It really wasn't too bad BUT after about an hour I was totally exhausted. I told Chris I wanted to take a nap. Haha! Yeah right! Finally, at 8:53 our little Gracie arrived. The doctor put her right on my chest and the whole thing was so surreal and so amazing all at the same time. Chris was too grossed out to cut the umbilical cord so my doctor asked me if I wanted to do it. I would have but I was too busy admiring my brand new baby so we had the doctor do it. I was able to hold Gracie for quite awhile as they were able to do a lot of the measurements and things while she was on me. They said she was absolutely perfect and gave her a 9.9/10 on the apgar test. After awhile they took her from me. It was then that we discovered the biggest mess ever! Her first poop was ALL over me. Up and down my arm, all over my bed, sheets, etc. They said they have never seen a baby make such a big mess. It was funny. After that they weighed her. She weighed in at a whopping 6 pounds and 11 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long. We were all a little surprised at how "big" she was especially since I was measuring so small throughout my pregnancy. Even the doctor was surprised and said she was a big baby for me. Another reason I'm grateful I didn't go all the way to my due date because she would have been that much bigger! After weighing her they gave her back to me and I was able to nurse her and cuddle her. Chris still hadn't held her at this point because they hadn't bathed her yet and he didn't want to get dirty. Haha! Funny guy. She hated her first bath until they started washing her bum. Then she calmed right down. Apparently she liked it. We are so in love with her and fall even more in love each day! We're so blessed to have such a beautiful, healthy baby!
And now for some pictures:
Epidural is in and I'm feeling good :)
And we wait
Monitoring my contractions and the baby's heartbeat
Chris was a little grossed out by everything so he positioned himself facing the wall.
First picture of baby
Happy little family
6 pounds 11 ounces
Hating her bath
Goopy eye drops
He is one proud (and tired) Daddy!
And I am one proud (and tired) Momma!