Sunday, November 7, 2010

My heart is full

Here is the time line of my labor and delivery...
Monday, October 11th, 2010
9:00am- Scheduled Dr.'s appointment. 2cm dilated!
9:30am- Follow-up ultrasound to check fluid levels. Fluid around the baby was low & Dr. felt it was time to have the BABY!
10:00am - 12:30pm- Packed hospital bags & had lunch at Bread Co.
12:30pm- Checked into hospital
2:00pm- IV's were set-up & pitocin drip started
5:00pm- 2.5cm dilated (almost 3)
5:00pm - 2:00am the next day- Pitocin levels adjusted with no change!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
2:00am- Not making progress (still at 3cm). Stopped pitocin drip so I could rest & to limit stress on the baby.
6:00am- Pitocin drip started up again.
8:00am- Still 3cm. Dr. decided to break my water!
9:30am- 5cm dilated 70% effaced.
10:00am- Still 5cm & contractions were very intense & painful. Received epidrual!
12:00pm- My contractions were not tracking well enough on the external monitors, so the decision was made to use an internal monitor.
12:15pm- Dr. arrived to examine me before inserting the monitor. I was 9cm dilated 100% effaced. A small army of medical staff arrives to transform my room for delivery!
12:30pm- 10cm dilated & the pushing begins. Yeah!!!
1:30pm- Dr. arrives & a series of 3 pushes ensues...
1:40pm- Sweet Abigail Mae was born!!!
Giving birth was the most amazing thing I've ever done! From the moment she emerged I was overcome with joy and overwhelmed with tears. Her little body was so pink and perfect, and her cries made my heart leap with thankfulness! My heart is so full and my life is forever changed. Praise the Lord!