I went into the hospital that Friday morning, the 12th, to be induced. It was 6 days before my due date, but I didn't care. I was so ready to be done carrying this baby. We got there at 7am and got all settled for the day. My doctor came in to say hi, check me (I was 3cm when I came in) and she broke my water right away. They hooked me up to Pitocin to get my labor started. This was at 8:20am.The first few hours I had some mild contractions. I was feeling well enough to sit up and play Phase 10 with my family. Luckily the contractions started getting harder and I had to stop. I was losing anyway. :) That was at 10:30am.
By 12 noon, I was in so much pain I definitely need my epidural. What a relief. It came none too soon. I was dilated to 5cm and labor was progressing without the Pitocin so they turned it off. At about 2:30 my doctor checked me once more and I was still at 5cm, so they turned to Pitocin back on to get things moving. And did they ever. At about 3pm, my nurse came in to turn up the Pitocin and turn me on my side. That really really did it. I looked at my contractions monitor because I was feeling them despite the epidural, and they were not stopping. My back was in agony and I think I was going through transition, and feeling every bit of it. My nurse came back and checked me at 3:30. "You're completely dilated, we can have this baby." I couldn't believe how fast that was. But the pain was still so great that the anesthesiologist gave me an extra dose of medicine to help me through delivery.
Getting ready to start pushing.So at 3:35pm, Jordan Lydia made her entrance into the world. Yes, that's 5 minutes after I was checked. Thanks to the extra meds, I felt absolutely nothing as I was pushing her out. Her cries were soothing to my ears as I held her for the first time. Funny how all the pain disappears in those moments.
She weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. As she was coming out everyone was commenting on all the hair she had. And did she ever.
I'm swollen and tired but I'm so glad to finally be carrying my baby on the outside instead of inside my tummy. What a relief.
Ethan and Reagan were very excited to meet their new baby sister. The only thing they fought about was who got to hold her.
I love my precious one. She will more than likely be our last and I want to savor every moment I get to have with her. Don't grow up too fast, sweetie.