Lily arrived this morning at 8:26 AM. She was 7 lbs, 8oz and 20.25 in. I don't have a way to upload pics from the hospital, but I'll do that when I get home. As a brief summary I went into labor around 8:30 last night and stayed home until 1:30 AM. I went to the hospital and they put me in L&D triage for a little over an hour, and I was in my own room by 3:30. I was dilated to an 8 by 5:30, but my water hadn't broken. Once they broke my water at 7:40, it was fast and furious until she was born. I was able to do it naturally with the help of my doula, but it was the hardest thing I've ever done. Hats off to you all who have done it multiple times! I'll try to write more when I get home. Thanks for the ELVs!
Well, I finally have a birth story and pics for you. The birth story was written by my doula. I am so thankful she does this because I never got around to writing out a birth story for Sam. To fill in before she started, I had a feeling I was heading into labor around 8:00 PM Thursday night. I was having some regular cramping, and while I wanted to wait to make sure it was the real thing, I think I really knew it was. I got DS down to bed and then proceeded to take a shower and finish packing things for the hospital. We let the grandparents and aunts know it might be time. . .
At 11:00 pm on Thursday, June 23, 2011, your mom texted me to let me know that she was in labor. At that point her contractions were regular, but she did not feel like she needed my support quite yet. Just after midnight, your mom called and asked me to come to the house. Her contractions were about 4 minutes apart and getting stronger. I arrived at your house at 12:50 am. Your mom was lying calmly on her bed, breathing and relaxing well through contractions. Shortly thereafter, we decided to leave for the hospital.
There was a terrible storm raging outside. We were under tornado warnings and the rain was falling in blinding sheets! Just as we arrived at the hospital, the rain let up and we were able to get inside. The nurse hooked your mom up to the monitor in triage and checked her progress. At 1:50 am, she was 4 cm dilated, 75% effaced, and you were at a -2 station. Contractions were coming every 3-4 minutes, but the nurse wanted to wait an hour before admitting your mom. Your dad seemed to sense just when your mom needed his touch. She enjoyed his warm hands rubbing her feet! At 3:05 am, she checked your mom again. This time she was 6 1/2 cm and 80%.
At 3:40 am, your mom was finally settled into room ### at ________ Hospital. Your mom did an amazing job working with her labor. She breathed, vocalized, and found her own rhythm. For the most part, she stayed in bed, but she alternated between lying on her left side and sitting up vertically. She enjoyed having her hair played with and her back, shoulders, and arms massaged. She was a perfect picture of a woman laboring naturally. Besides being on the fetal monitor continuously, she was able to avoid all other interventions! By 5:40 am, she had reached the transition stage of labor and you had moved down to a 0 station. Contractions reached a peak in intensity and were coming every 2-3 minutes and lasting over 1 minute.
At 6:55 am, a new nurse came on duty. When she checked your mom, she was still at 8 cm. Since your bag of water was still intact, your head was not putting very much pressure on the cervix even with the intense contractions. Dr. __________ came to check on your mom at 7:40 am and agreed to break your bag of water. That did the trick, 25 minutes later your mom was at 10 cm and ready to push! After trying a few different positions, your mom found that she pushed best sitting up and playing “tug of war” with the nurse. She did an amazing job of listening to the direction of her body and pushing you gently out into the world. After only 20 minutes of pushing, you entered the world and were instantly placed on your mom’s stomach! After a few wails to clear your lungs, you settled right down and took a look around. It took a little more than 15 minutes for your cord to stop pulsing and the placenta to be delivered. At 1 and 5 minutes your Apgars were 9 and 9. Instinctively you seemed to know what you wanted and let everyone know when you weren’t getting it : ) You are a miracle and a blessing sent from heaven to earth. Happy Birthday!