Autumn Eve was born 2.18.05 @ 8:30pm after a 14 hour labor.
She was 8 lbs 10 oz and 20.5" long.
We arrived at the hospital at 6am and I was 1-2 cm dialated at that point. They started the pitocin drip at 6:30am and by 9am it was at the max drip and I wasn't progressing much at all. The nurse that was on duty was quite negative and wasn't very encouraging at all.
Around noon my doctor came in and ruptured my membranes which sped things up quite nicely. I tried to avoid an epidural but around 3pm and many hours of intense labor pains later I gave in and had one put in. Now this was an unpleasant event as it took FIVE tries to get the needle in without hitting bone.
: Every time he put the needle in I would get the mother of all contractions. Finally it took and I got some relief. However it was fairly short lived because the pain in my cervix got intense and the epi couldn't touch it.
Around 7:45pm the nurse (a new one...yay!) came in checked me and I was finally at 8cm. I knew once I hit that point it would only be a matter of minutes before I was the full 10. Of course right before I was checked my DH left to grab a bite to eat...he was coming right back, but I was sure I had at least an hour left...haha.
He came back just in the nick of time because the nurses were brining in the delivery equipment as he walked in the room.
8:10pm I started pushing and it took longer than I thought it would since I only pushed 4 times with my son. She was facing to the ceiling when she came out which is why it took a bit longer to get her down the birth canal.
8:30pm exactly..... my doctor caught Autumn Eve and said "It's a girl!". Of course I was absolutely SHOCKED since I (and everyone else I know) was so sure this was another baby boy! :LOL I even said "Are you kidding????" WOW!
They placed her in my arms and I fell in love all over again
She nursed right then and there for almost 45 minutes (what a little nursing champ!)
I came home at noon the next day (can you tell I don't like hospital stays?)
and we are both doing fantastic! She has her days and nights confused but hopefully that will get turned around soon enough. We are all enjoying cosleeping as she is a little angel.
Her 18 month old brother is intensely jealous at this point and it just breaks my heart because he knows he's not the only baby in the house anymore. I know he'll grow to love her, but this is the hard part right now.
That's about it. Thanks for reading