5:40 AM the phone rings. It's the hospital calling to say they are ready and can induce me. I went and woke up Mike who actually got some sleep that night.

At about 8:00 we were all checked in and ready to go. I was dilated to a 3 and 70% effaced. They put the IV in and I almost passed out. I got really nauseous and white. She kept poking me and and poking me finally she got it in... It was horrible, then they started the Pitosin. I waited to get the epidural because I wanted to feel some real contractions. They actually weren't bad at all I would have gone longer, but they were going to break my water and I wanted to be numb for that. I got the epidural around 11:45 and the doctor broke my water at 12:00 I was dilated to a 5. They put the Pitosin up to a 20 which is its max. We were progressing great and guessed that she would be here around 3. Then a turn for the worst...
About 5 nurses came running into the room. They put an oxygen mask on me and that when the flash backs of my accident started. They made me move to my other side. They took the monitors off of my belly and turned off the Pitosin. They then put internal monitors on her to track her heart rate more exactly and put a tube that would pump water back in. Once most of the nurses left and things calmed down I asked a nurse what was happening. Her heart rate had plummeted. I couldn't feel any of the contractions, but I guess I was having them under a minute apart and so she had no time to recover after each one. They also though that her cord might be pressing up against her head. After a few hours they turned the Pitosin back on to a 2 and slowly increased it every hour. Her heart rate stayed right where it needed to be for the rest of the delivery. Around 5:00 my epidural started wearing off. I had a button I could push, but even that wasn't working. I was feeling contractions again. They really weren't that bad, but I knew what was ahead and I didn't want to feel that. The esthetician gave me another dose, and this time I couldn't feel my legs. I was completely numb, luckily I could still push.

8:00 they kicked everyone out of room and checked me. My nurse said I was almost ready and that she wanted both Mike and I to take a half hour nap then I'd start pushing. Then my doctor walked in and said lets check you, he did and said lets go. No nap for us we by this time we had been there 13 hours and were ready to be done. He then asked me if I knew how to push I told him no he told the nurse to teach me and to come get him when we looked close. I had her on my left leg and Mike on my right. After about ten minutes of pushing she said I think I see hair. She was shocked! (she told my family it would be between 1 and 3 hours of pushing). I got really nauseous and we were only ten minutes in. I was going to throw up... Mike left real quick to go get me some ice chips and thats when I started puking. The nurse started freaking out she said you have to stop throwing up, this baby is crowning. Mike came back in the room and the nurse yelled at him to find the doctor.  They didn't even have time to drop the end of the table she was out!! All in all 20 minutes of pushing if that. She came out with the cord wrapped around her neck twice. That is why her heart rate dropped. We are very blessed that it stayed really high after that one incident. They then placed her on my chest. Mike and I just couldn't help but cry, the Spirit was so strong what an amazing experience.
They then took her and did the tests. She was born at 8:36 PM, weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz., and was 20.5" long. They gave her a 10 out of 10 on her Apgar scores! and was pink as can be.
We have come to the conclusion that she has my nose and eyes and Mikes chin and lips :)
She is a perfect little angel and was worth everything and anything that I have been through. We love her so much!

First family photo


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