One week ago today I was in the hospital giving birth to my beautiful baby girl.
I began having some irregular contractions at around 11 pm last Saturday (Dec. 3rd) but I didn't really think much of them, because I had been having the same contractions off an on for the past two weeks. They were super annoying, they would come at night and be pretty painful and keep me up all night, and then morning would come and they would be gone. So I didn't really pay much attention to them and finally went to sleep around 1 a.m. Dec. 4th. I woke up at 3:30 am to super duper crazy painful contractions. Like seriously, those things hurt! So I started to time them while I was lying in bed and they were about 8 minutes apart. Since the hospital is like 20 minutes away I woke up my husband and told him we should go to his mom's house and wait there since she lives like a minute from the hospital. But once I started to get dressed and stuff the contractions jumped from 8 minutes apart to 1-2 minutes apart, I could barely walk out to the car. My husband was freaking out so he sped all the way to the hospital.
I knew I wasn't going to end up having the baby in the car or anything, but I was worried that I wasn't going to be able to have an epidural, which is a freaking miracle drug! No natural childbirth for me.
So we got to the hospital and they put me in that triage room to monitor my contractions and see if they could admit me. I had been dilated to a 3.5 the wednesday before this, and was 80 % effaced and the baby's head was like seriously primed for the action, the doctor had been feeling her head there for the past three weeks... When they checked me at the hospital I was dilated to a 5, so they admitted me and took me to the labor room. Luckily I was at a hospital that lets you get the epidural as soon as you are admitted, which was AMAZING! Because I don't really handle pain very well, and the contractions were getting worse! I am such a baby.
But my hero the anesthesiologist set me up real nice with the drugs and after a bit I couldn't feel a thing. After the epidural the nurse checked me again and I was at a 9! Like this was only like 45 minutes later so she called the doctor (who was not my actual Dr, I guess she wasn't on call that night, so I had to have a guy doctor, which I had been really hoping wouldn't happen, I always see girl doctors, but by that point I couldn't care less) He walked in and said lets push and at 7:52 am my beautiful little Analiese was born.
She was 5 lbs 12 oz and 19 inches long and born on her due date (she is very prompt).
It was a super quick labor, we probably arrived at the hospital at quarter to 5 and I had her just over three hours later, so that was amazingly lucky!
Her daddy loves her so much.
Analiese, 1 day old
Analiese, 3 days old
She is growing bigger every day, which makes me a little bit sad, I want her to get bigger, but at the same time want her to stay small forever.