19 1/2 inches
Big blue eyes
This birth experience was far better than my last. My midwife was better at listening than my last doctor, and gave me great care. The hospital changed several things, all for the better. I was actually able to enjoy my pregnancy and birth.
6:30 A.M. – Woke up with soaking wet pants. After waddling to the bathroom, I was able to rule out the possibility of peeing myself. My water had broken, huzzah! I changed my pants and woke up Denny.
7:00 A.M. – Called my midwife (after looking everywhere for her emergency number), and she told me to go on into the ER and get checked. I wasn’t all too sure how long I could stay home and labor before it would be unsafe. So much for my plan to labor at home. Called Denny’s mom and asked her to come play babysitter for us.
8:00 A.M. – Denny and I head for the hospital. (all the while my water is leaking – super gross feeling) Get all checked in and put in an ugly hospital gown. 3 cm 75% effaced, no contractions.
9:30 A.M. – Make it to our labor and delivery room. Start an IV (after being abused with the needle) and Pitocin at 4. Contractions about every 2 minutes, but I don’t feel squat. I’m just blessed I suppose.
Noon – Denny’s mother and sister bring Sophie up to the hospital. 5 cm. Mya’s head moving down. Pitocin upped to 10.
2:00 P.M. – My midwife gets there and checks me. Still 5. Pitocin bumped to 14.
3:00 P.M. – Contractions kick my ass. Waited for Melissa to show up and take Sophie on a walk so I could get my epidural… she got stuck in the snow. We called my dad to come instead, and they both showed around the same time. 7 cm. I get my epidural from a wonderful man. I was able to move completely, just felt a little numb. With Sophie I couldn’t even tell I had legs, which I hated.
3:30 P.M. – Pitocin bumped one last time to 20. 8 cm. Midwife breaks a little bag of fluid I had hiding, and starts prepping for delivery.
4:00 P.M. – Bring on the baby! Melissa and my dad take Sophie out for another walk, and we get everything ready for pushing. I could actually feel the pressure and urges to push, which many women complain they don’t get with epidurals. Scooted to the bottom of the bed and I could feel her coming. 3 pushes, and less than 3 minutes later she was born. She literally just popped out. Once she crowned I stopped pushing (to avoid a rip) and she just kept right on coming.
4:11 P.M. – My little booger was born. Immediately they set her on my skin and we bonded.
Sophie did amazingly well. She climbed up on the bed with me and was in awe of her little sister. Randomly she would ask to hold her. Denny and Sophie spent the night at home, and came back the next morning. Mya did wonderfully throughout the night. She slept much more than Sophie did after birth, and nursed very well.
We were sent home with a bili-light since Mya’s jaundice levels were high. Today I took her back, and the numbers only got higher. So here at home she is pretty much glowing 24/7. We just lay a little blue light against her back. Tomorrow we get to go in for a bunch of labs…yay. *sarcasm* Hopefully her numbers go down.