I went in to the hospital to be induced Thursday morning. By 12:29 that afternoon she was in our arms. We are praising the Lord for a safe delivery. Everything went smoothly and she is healthy and thriving!
Here's how the morning looked:
7:15 arrive at hospital
7:30 get checked in and sent back to labor and delivery
8:00 nurse comes in and puts in my IV to get fluids started checks my cervix (3/4 cm)
8:30 hook up pitocin and start me on a drip
10:30 dr came in to break my water...still only 3/4 cm. This was the funniest feeling ever. I soaked so many of those chucks and just couldn't quit laughing at how odd it felt.
11:00 got my epidural (seriously I think that hospital has the best anesthesiologists ever) and it didn't hurt at all. I was thankful to get the epidural when I did because with my water broken the pitocin contractions were getting more intense.
Nurse checked me after epidural and I was 6 cm. Moving along quite nicely!
During my contractions Kesid's heart rate started to drop some. I was in the room alone at this point. Patrick and my mom and sister had gone to get lunch. I started to get a little nervous and was praying the Lord would keep her safe. I could tell the nurses were concerned but they weren't freaking out so I knew it wasn't super bad. My nurse put me on oxygen and kept moving me from side to side to see if this would help. They called in my doctor to see about putting in some sort of monitor that could put fluid back into the uterus. Pretty much the cord didn't have any room to float around and was getting squished during the contractions.
12:00 Everyone had gotten back from their lunches and my doctor arrived. She checked me and said there was no need to put in the monitor because I was 10cm and ready to push!!! I was kind of in shock that it was happening so quickly. I had been so anxious to meet this little girl. For the last 3 weeks I had been trying to walk, squat, eat spicy food, pretty much do anything possible to get her out and now it was finally happening. EEEKK!
I pushed through 3 contractions and out she came at 12:29. Beautiful as can be! Head full of dark hair.
She was 6 lbs 15 oz (Lydia was 5 lbs 13 oz) and 20 in long (Lydia was 18 in).
Our hearts were/are overwhelmingly full! The Lord has blessed us with another sweet gift of life. We love our baby girl so much. Right after the delivery and even now I am brought to tears as I think of the miracle she is. I have not done anything this whole pregnancy that could sustain her life. I couldn't make her healthy. It was all a gift from the Lord. I do not want to take this for granted. I praise the Lord that He has made her fearfully and wonderfully. He is a mighty God!
Kesid has been a great eater and sleeper. She is eating every 2 1/2 hrs and going 4 hours during the night. We are on a pretty good routine already.
Lydia loves her. She has started to say sister and is improving everyday with her ability to say Kesid. She holds out her arms and does the cutest little thing with her hands while saying "hold you hold you." I am surprised with how gentle she has been with Kesid. I'm looking forward to watching their relationship grow!
It has been an adjustment going from 1 to 2 obviously! The first week my hormones were going strong so I didn't really feel the exhaustion but Patrick did. He was worn out. Now that we are in the 2nd week I am feeling it a little more. Although, with her sleeping and eating schedule I am getting lots of good sleep at night so I really have nothing to complain about.
I have also had lots of help. Between Patrick and my mom and his mom, I haven't had to do much but rest and heal up. It has been hard not being able to pick up Lydia (dr said not to for at least 2 weeks). Because I can't lift her, Patrick has pretty much been on Lydia duty while I'm on Kesid duty... this may have added to his exhaustion :)
We went to her pediatrician for her initial follow up and she is already up to 7 lbs 2 oz (she had dropped down to 6 lbs 9 oz in the hospital). I can't believe I already have a 7 pounder!! Lydia took forever to get to 7 lbs.
Ok long enough post for now. I'll try to be better at updating the blog... but I do have 2 kids now so we'll see :)