She is finally here! It's hard to believe for the most part.
Here I am just waiting...and waiting...and waiting...
My water started breaking at about 9:45 am on Tuesday the 17th. I didn't really think that's what was happening, since I imagined a huge gush of water, this was more like a slow leak every 10-15 minutes. I was at work and I just kept working thinking I was being paranoid. When it kept happening I got suspicious and called my mom, who told me to leave work and get to the hospital. So off I went. Jord met me at home and we were on our way. I was just praying that they wouldn't send us home!
Once at the hospital they confirmed that my water did break and hooked me up to everything. I was only dilated to a 2 so I figured I had a way's to go. By 6:00 pm when my doctor came to check on me, I was still only dilated to a 3, leaving me a little discouraged! So they hooked me up to some pitocin to get things moving. I started really feeling the contractions within about a half an hour, and ended up getting an epidural at about 8:00 pm, then I felt great!
They checked me again at 10:30 pm and I was still only dilated to a 5. I thought we were going to be there forever! They told me to try to get some sleep so I'd have energy when we had to deliver....easier said than done! Kinda hard to relax when you know you're about to have a baby.
The nurse checked me again at 11:30 pm and I had jumped to a 9 and by midnight I was a 10. Then I really started getting nervous! The doctor had me rest and descend for an hour so things would be a little easier. I had to push for about 25 minutes, and finally she arrived at 1:34 am on Wednesday the 18th. She weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and was 19.5 inches long. Bigger than everyone expected but we were happy she was nice and healthy.
I was SO relieved to have her here and to not have to worry about pushing anymore, it completely wore me out. I was so exhausted by this time that I just wanted to go to bed, which didn't happen until about 4 am so I was completely fried.
Our first family photo, yes, we are tired!
The doctor and nurse said we really had the perfect delivery. Things went very smoothly and we were all so pleased. The hospital was honestly kind of a blur, and when we prepared to leave I couldn't believe it was all really happening. Jordan was half convinced they wouldn't really let us leave! They assured us we'd be fine and of course we have been. We are definitely still adjusting but we love her so much and feel extremely blessed to have her in our lives. She is beautiful and we can't believe she's really ours!
Forgive the long post and boring details, I just wanted to record it all while it was fresh. She is one week and one day old and I have yet to really go anywhere, we are complete hermits! I am just soaking up as much of her as possible.