Friday, February 26, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Note: This is way longer than I expected it to be, but I'm too lazy to condense it. Ignore it if you want.
I was spoiled with an easy delivery. At my 40 week checkup on Monday, Dr. Jacob said I could be induced the next day. It was perfect timing. My parents were scheduled to leave for Hawaii on Wednesday and my mom wanted to be here for Ellie's arrival. Scott's parents would be able to come up that weekend and it's one of the only times Scott's dad would be able to see his first grandchild before he is deployed in April. So...we decided to go for it.
We were told the hospital would call us around 5:30 am to tell us to come in. I took half a Unisom on Monday night and slept great (what was that like? I can't hardly remember...) No phone call when we woke up at 8:30 so I called the hospital at 9:00 to see if we could still plan on that day. When I called, the lady told me she was just about to call us and to come in around 10:00.
We got there, checked in, and I got changed. At 11:30, they hooked me up on pitocin and 10 minutes later Dr. Jacob broke my water. Not long after my favorite person came in and gave me the blessed epidural. I felt 3-4 strong contractions and one really uncomfortable one before it kicked in. (Just enough to know what they were like, but not too many to actually be in pain). Dr. Groesbeck was fabulous and the epidural worked like a charm. He was leaving the room and I actually asked, "Are you done already?" A couple of hours later, the nurse checked me and I was still three centimeters dilated. I was fine waiting a little longer. I was in no pain, just visiting with the family, watching the monitor tell me I had a contraction. The nurse checked me again a couple hours later and she had a really funny expression on her face. She said I had made some good progress. I heard her say "nine". Yikes. We were really close. Pretty soon I felt some funny pressure and she checked me again. Ten centimeters. Go time.
Dr. Jacob was still in surgery (I had progressed a little quicker than he had planned on) so Dr. Gamette was called. I had to wait to push until he could come. Once he got there I pushed just a few times and all of a sudden she was here. It was amazing and wonderful and completely pain-free. As soon as I could see her I was in disbelief. I had a daughter. Scott and I were parents. I was her mom. Craziness. Just four and a half hours from start to finish.
My delivery was super easy and wonderful...but the last couple of weeks have certainly made up for it. Lots of crazy hormones, incision pain, engorgement, and mastitis were all pretty miserable. Luckily, things get better every day. Hopefully we'll get the hang of breastfeeding soon. I don't know how much longer I can last...
Our little burrito baby
(PS - this is how I found her during a nap...so much for swaddling her.)
Skinny little legs...she's in the 11th percentile for weight and 78 for height. Long and skinny!
We love her.