On Saturday the 27th Dad, Me and Both Grandmas headed in to Sacred Heart for an induction. They checked me when I got there at 4 and I was only dilated to 3, so they decided to start me off with a cervical ripener to help me dilate a bit more. I slept over night with just a few cramps here and there and dilating to 4. At 5 A.M. on the 28th, they came in and started the Pitocin. I got a bit more crampy, but still just rested and spent time with my family, considering there were no real contractions. Then around 9, my doctor came in and checked me. I was still at 4 and she broke my water. That's when it really started.
About 5 minutes after she broke my water, my contractions started. I didn't really have any time to realize what my labor was gonna be like because the contractions came hard and they came fast. They were coming about 1 minute apart. Whew...they were rough. So after about a half hour I asked for an epidural. The anesthesiologist came in and gave me one, and whew it did not even come close to hurting compared to my contractions. After I got my epidural, the contractions hurt worse than ever. I was screaming my lungs out cause it hurt so bad, so James and the grandmas headed out for some fresh air. I told the nurses that I had some nerve damage in my lower right abdomen during my pregnancy and that I was feeling my contractions in that same spot, so the anesthesiologist came back and gave me another epidural. He was having a hard time getting it in between contractions because they were coming so fast. He finally got it in, and he also gave me an intrathecal for good measure. Finally, all the pain was gone.
I was really tired, so I tried to lay down and take a nap, but my doctor decided to come in and check me. I remember when she first came in she chided the anesthesiologist for giving me an intrathecal so early in my labor. Then she had me get my legs up in the stirrups. "Whoa there is a baby head" Was the first thing I heard from her. Woo. I was ecstatic. I grabbed my phone and called up my family and called Paige and told her to got there right away. Everyone rushed up and even Paige was there within 10 minutes.
The rest was cake. I didn't feel a thing. And the best moment of my life was the moment those nurses put that baby up on my tummy and I got to look in to her beautiful eyes.
Abigail Rose was born at 11:40AM on March 28th, 2010.
She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I couldn't believe it. I was bawling my eyes out. Daddy was too.
We immediately all started taking guesses on how much she weighed, just by looking at her we could tell she was big. My doctor thought she was bout 7 3/4 pounds, but we were all surprised when we found out just how big she was.
We were both very happy and healthy. I couldn't believe how well we had done. Only 2 and a half hours of labor! As soon as we were done I wanted to get up and shower. Unfortunately, my legs were totally numb, so I just sat and visited all my guests. It was lovely.
We started nursing right away. She was definitely a healthy eater!
We were very happy. I am very proud. It was a great birth experience.