She's sleeping next to me and everyone else is at church so I thought I'd take a minute to write how she turned our family from four to five.
Friday March 2. We woke up bright and early to make it to the hospital by five to be induced. I had prayed and prayed that I would go into labor naturally, but after three weeks of false labor it didn't seem like it was going to happen. Our doctor had done another ultra sound and realized her head was tilted making it very hard for her to move down. We weighed the pros and cons of waiting a little longer and being induced. Because of the complications of this pregnancy and really wanting to avoid another c-section inducing won.
By five thirty they had the pitocin flowing and the contractions started. I labored on the birthing ball and in the tub for 5 hours before we decided it was probably time to get the epidural.
Having two previous epidurals I knew what to expect. They had both gone wonderfully before so this time when the man kept poking around my back and hitting nerves all long my right side I knew something wasn't right. It took awhile, but he finally got it. As I started to relax a little and pain from the contractions started to lighten I noticed that my entire left side had gone numb. I couldn't feel my hand and was having a hard time keeping my left eye open. It turned out he hit too high and knocked out the feeling all along my left side and didn't get the epidural low enough. He numbed my stomach area, but I could feel everything lower.
Things started to intensive quickly and before I knew it I was feeling the need to push. The nurse checked and sure enough I'd gone from a 5 to a 10 in an hour. It was time. After the first push I didn't know if I had the strength to keep going. Her head felt like it wasn't going to budge and I had not been planning to feeling this part. Thankfully, I had an incredible doctor and nurse long with Caleb and his mom to help me. They talked me through what to do and I was determined not to stop pushing until she was out. The doctor kept telling me to take a break, but I couldn't. I had to get her out. It didn't take long and they said she was here.
I was waiting for her to cry out, but I didn't hear anything. I looked down and she was purple. The cord was wrapped tight around her neck a couple times (another reason she wasn't coming down.) I was scared, but the doctor worked quickly to get it off and her breathing. I felt the biggest weight lift once I heard her cry. They laid her right on me and I started nursing her. She was absolutely perfect.
I'm amazing at God's kindness to us. He faithfully cared us through many hard times in this pregnancy and placed a beautiful healthy girl in my arms. We feel so blessed.
We are absolutely in love with her.