Piece of Cake: Lizzie's birth story

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Piece of Cake: Lizzie's birth story

We got home today. Sorry I haven't updated it has been a rough week.

I thought I would share her birth story, it's a bit long - so bare with me.

I had been scared to death for labor. I was scared for a vaginal birth and scared for a c-section. My DH's 96 year old grandmother told me that DH's mom said that giving birth was a piece of cake. Grandma said not to worry and that I would say the same thing.

I was up most of the night Sunday because I felt like I couldn't catch my breath. We called in doctor's office at 7 that morning. He has said it's normal considering how far along I was. He said it if continued to call the office. He then called back within 30 minutes and told my husband he wanted me to come in since my blood pressure was borderline high last time.

I went to the office and my bp was high and he decided to send me to the L&D to triage to monitor my BP for 10 minutes, have chest xrays and blood work. If my bp remained high they were inducing and if it stabilized they would let me go home.

It remained high. X-rays and blood work was fine. I just started crying because I was so scared. My doctor came in and said that he was inducing because my bp was still a little high, not scary high, but since I was 39 weeks and she was close to 40, why mess around with my bp. He made a few jokes and tried to make me feel better. I was worried about pitocin and al the stuff I heard about it. I just knew I was going to have ac-section.

I went into a room, was given cervidil. I never dilated past 1 cm. At 3 am Monday night/Tuesday morning I started getting pitocin, I also had pain meds and they went ahead and started my epidural (because the anesthesiologist said if you want it get it know because I am going to the c-section floor and it may be awhile). So I got my epi. My IV hurt way worse than the epi.

At 8 am, my doctor came in and said I was 7 cm - I was so excited. I finally became 9 cm around 4 or 5 pm (I think).

At noon, I started having terrible contractions. At 2:30 they were painful and I wanted a c-section. I found out my epi ran out. It was refilled and withing an hour I was feeling no pain, thank goodness!

At 6, I was 10 cm and we went ahead and started pushing. My nurse was an excellent coach and teacher and my DH was the best, very encouraging, very awesome. I had to stop pushing because the doctor wasn't there yet and Lizzie was ready to come out. one push later, Lizzie was out. It didn't hurt, it was so easy - a piece of cake. I swear I have to give tanks to my nurse and DH- without them, it wouldn't have been like that.

I didn't tear or have any issues. They were afraid they were going to have to cut because they thought she was sunny side up - she wasn't. She came out fine.

Elizabeth Renee Wenzel was born at 7:10 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs 03 oz and was 21 inches long. She has dirty blonde hair and blue eyes.

I'll have more photos to come. This one my DH took right after birth. We haven't had much time to do anything. We are learning the whole BF and sleep thing. It has been a bit hard because we didn't know about cluster feeding and we were told by several nurses that she is an advanced eater. Looks like I will be spending time on the BF thread.


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Congratulations, Kerri! She's beautiful. I'm glad your birth was so easy and pleasant. And you're so lucky that she's such a good nurser! All that cluster feeding now is going to be awesome for your supply in a few weeks. Hang in there!

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Congrats to you!!! This is the first time I have gotten to look at the site and have so much to catch up on!

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Congrats Kerri! Great pic.
Too bad your epi ran out.... That happened to me with ds1 and it sucked! Lol. Glad they figured it out!

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She is gorgeous! Glad that it all went well for you! Sounds like things are going really great. So glad you had a good experience and that you're both healthy!

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Congratulations!! She's precious.

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Congratulations! She's gorgeous!

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She is so precious. Congratulations!

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Congrats! She is just beautiful!

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She is so beautiful! Great birth story and congrats to you and your family on your new little girl!

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Congrats! I'm so happy that you had such a wonderful birthing experience Smile Makes looking at next time not so scary!

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I am so glad you had a good labor Smile

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Awww congratssss shes beautifullllll!!!

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Congrats Kerri! she is gordeous! im glad you had a an easy delivery!