Deborah Margaret's Birth Story

I went in for my induction on Friday at 2:00. I was supposed to go in earlier, but the hospital called me and asked me to come at 2 since they were so busy and were waiting for some beds to open up. So after I checked in they got me into a room and it took 4 tries and three people trying to get my IV placed before they finally called anesthesia to get it placed for me. It took the anathesiologist two tries before HE even got it. So nothing got started until after 3:30pm. The day was quite boring as we waited for my contractions to get strong and regular. By about 5:00 I was having contractions every 2 minutes lasting a minute each but I was barely feeling them. So my OB came in and broke my water at about 6:30. I was dilating very slowly and when he broke my water I was only 2 cm.

Once my water was broken, my contractions began to get stronger so I asked for an epidural. I had to wait a while for the epi because there was an emergency C-section going on, so when they finally got there to place it, I was very happy to see them. But once the epi was placed, my blood pressure began to drop over and over again, so they had to keep giving me some drug to keep my pressure up. My doc checked me after a while and I was still only dialated to 3, which was getting frustrating. By this time it was about 10:00pm and nothing had happened yet. The baby's heart was starting to decelerate with each contraction, so I was starting to panic that I was going to end up with a c-section which I did NOT want. My doc said not to worry and that he would check me a little later.

After resting for a while and panicking about the baby's heartbeat the doc came in around 12:30am and cheked me once more. I was 8cm finally and he said that he would let me go for another hour and then I should be complete and the baby would have come way down. So he left the room and the nurse helped me roll over. As soon as I rolled over I felt a TON of pressure and the baby's HB dropped WAY down. The nurse gave me some oxygen and watched the HB for a few minutes. I couldn't deal with the pressure so I moved my leg a little and shifted and the baby's HB came back up. The nurse was concerned that the cord was being cut off by pressure. I told her again that the pressure was intense so she decided to check me again and immediately said we needed to call the doctor back into the room. As soon as I had rolled over, the baby had moved down and I had immediately dilated all the way to 10 and I was complete. So the doc came in and checked me himself and began to get things ready. He asked me to push for him once and then said "STOP! You're gonna have a baby in about 2 minutes-- do NOT push." So they quick tore the bed down and got everything all the way ready. I pushed once and then the second time I pushed the OB told me to stop. The head was out and I was tearing so he said that we were gonna take it slow. Well, I never had to push again. Her body slipped out on it's own and Deborah Margaret was born.

She was born at 1:05am on Saturday, August 7th. They weighed her and told me how much she weighed and I said WHAT??? They repeated it-- she was only 6lbs. 2oz! I was totally in shock about how small she was-- she was only 3oz. bigger than my twins were when they were born! She is 19 1/2 inches long so she is very skinny. She has a FULL head of thick hair and is totally beautiful!!

All in all, it was a totally easy and wonderful experience, once again. My little squeakers is breastfeeding like a little champ-- she latched on immediately and my milk came in on Sunday already! I am so happy about that because it was one of my biggest fears after the experience I had with it last time! She eats every one to two hours, though, and I can't seem to get her to spread out, so I haven't gotten a lot of sleep. She rarely cries... she is so quiet and just squeaks all the time so I have been calling her Squeakers. All of her clothes are totally gigantic on her, as you may expect, so she has been hanging out in t-shirts and booties and diapers that barely stay on.



And here is DH, Deborah and I immediately following the delivery, so excuse my "beauty"! LOL