I have an announcement to make......
Marlee Sol was welcomed to the world at 9:48 a.m. on October 6, 2006. She weighed 5lbs 5oz and was a whopping 17.5 inches long. The birth was completely natural and I couldn't be happier with how things went (except I forgot to get my placenta back). We're home, and dad is napping with her now. He is in love!! So are her brothers.
**smile from ear to ear**
If you're interested in the whole story:
I started losing my plug on Wednesday and Thursday. I wasn't too concerned, as I knew that could happen a while before labor begins. Thursday evening though I started getting some cramping and told my husband to keep his phone on when he went to class. I had dinner with my mother and drank a tiny cosmopolitain, thinking that the vodka might ease the cramping and deter labor. It seemed to work, as I went home feeling not much of anything and slept through the night.
Friday October 6
6:45: G's (dh) alarm went off and I woke up thinking that I had cramps again. More mucous plug came out. Again I told G to keep his phone nearby. He went off to work and I waited for my mom to bring my son home - he spent Thursday night with her. I thought maybe my water broke, as I had some trickles coming down my legs, but I wasn't sure. I called dh back and told him I thought maybe today was the day.
7:20: my mom and ds showed up. I told my mom to be on alert that she might have to pick up ds from school, but I didn't tell him anything because I did not want him to be worried all day at school. My cramping was getting worse, but I was still unsure whether I was truly in labor.
8:05: drove ds to school. I am now sure I am in labor. I almost feel like I need to pull over as it is really hard to concentrate on driving. I called dh and told him he better come home.
8:30-9:00: in the shower. contractions are getting bad enough I have to sit down. Dh gets home and starts loading the car. I don't want to go. I am forced to hands and knees with each contraction. They are 3 min apart and I can't think while I am having them. It takes forever to get me to the car. I can't walk during the contractions and I am exhausted between them. Dh is getting panciky.
9:10 - driving. I am silent and ocntracting hard. Bumps are pissing me off.
9:20 parking lot of ER - I can't walk from car. I want to get on hands and knees in parking lot - dh won't let me. Stranger gets me a wheel chair but I can't sit.
9:32 - walk into L&D - fall to hands and knees in reception area. Nurses come to get me. I barley make it to triage. They want to check me but I can't get off hands and knees. Finally say if you want to check, do it like this. I remember thinking that if I wasn't dilated at least to 8 I was going to have to have an epidural, natural birth begone! - but she checked and said the head was right there.
9:40 - wheeled in bed from triage to delivery room while still on hnads and knees. I am asked to crawl from one bed to the other but before I can, I have to most animal instinct to push. I startgorwling and pushing. Some one tells me not to and I say I have to do it. Give a push in triage bed, crawl to delivery bed and continue pushing. Head is there and there is a cord around her neck. I am told to turn over to doc can cut cord before delivery - I refuse and am forced to my back. Dh reports me saying "this is stupid, it doens't make sense." Three more pushes - no tears or ripping (hooray - just some mild labial abrasions - but they do hurt a lot!!)and...
9:48 baby is out - and it's a GIRL!!!
She had a little trouble breathing She was retracting. Nurses say from the quick delivery her lungs didn't get a good sqeeze and since I was 36 weeks, they called NICU. NICU tok her for observation. She spent about an hour with them on monitors - no oxygen or anything, and then was back with me. She was very tired the first night and slept close to 12 hours straight, but now she is nirsing really well and we are dong great!