Although the blog has come to an end I wanted to share my birth experience and introduce the newest member of our family. My due date was December 23rd and at our doctor’s appointment on the 27th we decided to go in to be induced the next morning. I was nervous at the thought of being induced but ready to have this baby.
We got there at 7:30 a.mm on the 28th, I opted to have my water broke and wait to have the Pitocin for a couple hours to see if I progressed without it. We walked the halls and visited some friends down the hall who had their daughter on the 26th
. Unfortunately I did not progress and at 11 a.m. they started Pitocin. It seemed to go pretty quick from there. I knew I wanted an epidural but wanted to wait as long as possible. I was getting close to needing it, but not quite ready yet when the nurse told me the lady in labor in the next room would be getting one soon and asked if I wanted mine while the doctor was there. I thankfully said yes because after the epidural was in place around 3 p.m. things moved fast. I think if it wasn’t for the lady next door I may have missed my opportunity for the epidural. I was checked again after the epidural and I was 6 cm. It was not long until I started feeling pressure and some urge to push. The nurse was hesitant to check where I was since it hadn’t been that long but she did and I was 9.5 cm. The delivery doctor came in about two minutes later and checked me and said I was ready to push.
We did a few pushes with my husband and a nurse holding my legs then the nurse said she likes to use a squat bar to help get stronger pushes. She put that on and had a towel around the bar so when I pushed I pulled myself up which engaged more muscles and I really think this helped move things along faster. I think my arms being sore and tired was the worst part of pushing. My epidural was perfect and helped with the pain but I could still feel the contractions and the baby moving down. I pushed for one hour and at 6:01 p.m. my husband cut the cord and told me we had a daughter.
We went to the hospital with a list of names but on the second day in the hospital my husband brought up a new name that wasn’t on the list. We went with Piper Lavonne. She was 7 lbs 13 oz and 20 in long.
Lavonne is my husband’s grandmother’s name and she happens to be born on my grandpa’s birthday which is extra special as I was also born on my great grandpa’s birthday.
We have been home for a week now and we have had ups and downs as we are trying to learn our new routine or lack thereof. We are both completely smitten with this little girl and even though it is hard getting up in the middle of the night and never having anytime, once you look at her it makes it all worthwhile.