Born: 26 June, 2009
Age: 3 years & 328 days
Birthday in: 37 days
Development: See the 32 months page.
Biggest achievement so far:
Rolling from her tummy to her back!
Original due date: June 30, 2009
Type of delivery: Cesarean section
Duration of labor: 8 hours
Weight @ birth: 7 lbs 1 oz
Length @ birth: 18 in.
Well, it definitely wasn`t what I expected...then again, everything i`ve read told me to prepare for things not going `according to plan`. I was scheduled to be induced at 6:30 Friday morning. We checked in, got my IV, had my blood taken, was asked the standard questions, and found out I was 4 cm (almost 4 at my last appointment). We also found out the baby still hadn`t engaged so after starting Pitocin (at 7:40), the nurse had me sitting straight up to let gravity take it`s course. At 8:50, the doctor checked me and the baby had finally moved to a -1 position...they said a lot lower than she was. I was 5 cm at this point and he decided to break my bag of water. Then the contractions were PAINFUL. The ones before this were as strong as the strongest false labor contractions...discomfort I could still laugh through. Only two contractions after breaking my water, I wanted the epidural. Now, this part was NOT fun. I didn`t feel the actual needle for the epidural because they numbed me first but the shot they used to numb me burned! Then, trying to get the tube in was not fun because it was hitting nerves on the way down and that hurt. At the same time, I can`t hold still because I keep getting really strong contractions. To add to that, the blood pressure monitor was pissing me off because every time it squeezed, my hand would go numb and would hurt! I think this was due to the fact that I developed carpal tunnel while pregnant. Anyway, it wasn`t fun and if you`ve had an epi, i`m sure you know what i`m talking about. It was worth it though because maybe 10 minutes later, I did not feel any contractions. The catheter part wasn`t fun either lol. At 11:35 we found out I was 6 cm and 90% effaced. At 1:33, I was 7-8 cm. Things were going so fast! Although, I was slowly starting to feel contractions...even though my legs were still numb. They ordered for more medication since I was getting feeling back and in the meantime the doctor informs us that every time I had a contraction, the baby`s heart rate would drop. Eventually because it didn`t stop, he said we needed to do a c-section. I was in shock...and in pain because contractions were getting worse and i still hadn`t received more meds. I started crying. I couldn`t believe after progressing so well and having such a `picture perfect` pregnancy, I was going to need a c-section. They didn`t waste any time bringing me to the operating room. (uh oh baby is crying...lol her daddy has it) Anyways, after more medication, I started shaking like crazy. Finally, my fiance came to join me. It took maybe 10-15 minutes, and I heard a cry. I started crying like crazy. Even my fiance had tears in his eyes and he NEVER cries. It took a while but they finally showed her to me and then brought her and my fiance back to the room while they finished up with me. At this point, I started shaking even more due to the meds and I think from anxiety. I felt nauseous too. The next couple of hours is such a blur. I just remember going back to the room and freaking out because I couldn`t feel my legs and freaking out because I couldn`t stop shaking. Everyone kept showing me the baby and talking to me about her but I couldn`t even concentrate. Finally the shaking calmed down and I found out she was born at 2:25, weighing 7 lbs 1 oz and 18 inches long. The pain meds started wearing off and my abdomen started hurting so much! They had to give me morphine twice and it wasn`t even helping, It was just making me sleepy. I found out later the meds the gave me prior to the surgery were suppose to last 24 hours! Anyway, when they were able to start giving me oral meds, I felt so much better! It`s sunday now and we left the hospital today at about 2:00. It was a painful experience, but definitely worth it. I know every parent says this, but she really is the most beautiful and precious thing i`ve ever seen :o)