Still no update on her BB. I hope she is holding her baby now!
Hey everyone. Just wanted to update you all - Rory Michelle was born July 30 at 5:26 pm after 38 hours of labor! 7 lbs 7 oz and 20 inches long. She came at 37 weeks 6 days, which I was not at all expecting! I will try to get the full story and pics up sometime soon! We will be discharged tonight.
Congratulations! What a long labor! Can't wait to hear the birth story.
Huge congrats hun, can't wait to see pictures and hear all about it!
Congratulations and WTTW baby girl!!! Can't wait to hear the birth story!
~ Karrie ~
Logan - 8
Joey - 6
Mikayla - 3
Ethan - 2
Ok, I think I finally have a few moments to write up the birth story!
At 3:45 am on July 29, I woke up and felt something starting to "drain" so I got up and splash went my water all down my legs. Yikes! I was only 37w5d and I thought I still had weeks to go, this being my first baby. I woke up my DH and told him what happened and he shot up into complete awake-ness
We got into L&D around 5 am, and they tested to make sure my water had broken. Then they checked me - I was only 1 cm and still really hard to reach. We asked if we could go back home but were told that since my water broke we would need to stay. Ugh. My birth plan was to go natural (doing Hypnobabies) and my water breaking first was probably the worst case scenario for that. My OB knew my plan and was willing to give me 24 hours to get labor going naturally (they usually only wait 12). By around 11 pm that night it didn't seem like things were going to pick up. I was only at 2 cm so I agreed to start Pitocin.
The Pitocin was connected and I labored on that for several hours. I was using my Hypnobabies techniques as much as I could, but they kept upping the Pitocin so much that things got really, really intense. After 8 hours or so on the Pitocin, being up all night and in labor for 28 hours at that point, I was exhausted. I asked them to check me, and when I was still only 4 cm, I decided I needed an epidural or I would never have the energy to push when I finally dilated all the way. It was really disappointing, but it ended up being the best decision for us. I was able to get in a couple hours of sleep and was at 7 cm when I woke up.
By 3 pm I was complete and started some pushing. My plan was to push without direction as I felt the urge, but because of the epidural it wasn't going to work out that way. Once the doctor came in and explained it, I think I got the hang of pushing. I pushed for about 2 hours with the nurse, and then the doctor came in and started sticking his fingers in and moving around the head and it was really, really uncomfortable. The epidural was wearing off and it felt like he was up to his elbows in me. Luckily things went quickly after he came in, and after some intense pushing and demonic growling on my part , Rory Michelle was born! They put her on me skin to skin and delayed cord clamping and tests and medicines as I requested. Once I was ready I let them take her to weigh and do their thing.
So all in all, I was disappointed that I wasn't able to go naturally, but the doctor and nurses respected as many of my wishes as they could, and Rory was born healthy which is what matters! She was born at 5:26 pm on July 30 after 38 hours of labor - 7 pounds 7 ounces, 20 inches long, with apgars of 9 and 9. We are in love!
The family gets home for the first time
She is beautiful! I am glad that the nurses and doctors were so supportive. Many around here would definitely have pushed for a C/S after the 8 hours of pitocin. Way to keep your senses and to push for what you wanted!
Congratulations! What an adorable girl you have!