So a little over two weeks ago, on Thursday, May 21st I went in to my OB's office for my 38 week appointment. I was excited to hear that I was no longer dilated to 1 cm but to 3 cm and that I had a bulging bag of water... shortly after Dr. Shorter told me that my water would be breaking any time today it did.... there on the exam table @ 10:30 am. I was instantly excited and nervous. Dr. Shorter excused herself to go call the hospital and her partner, Dr. Thott to let them know I was on my way. I called Craig, my Mom and Kristi, sent out a massive text and headed home to pack up the rest of my stuff.
We got to to the hospital and admitted around 12 noon. Kristi arrived, I started having contractions, not bad and not regular. My back had been bothering me for the last few days and it was getting worse. A few hours went by and I wasn't making any real progress with the contractions I was having and my back was getting worse and worse so I opted for the epidural and pitocin. A few hours later I had only progressed to 5 cm and my epidural was beginning to wear off. The nurse decided the baby was laying posterior so she had a few tricks up her sleeve to help bring her down more, it was funny time in that room. Was not a typical labor room, jokes, laughing and silliness was all that was going on. I guess around 10:30 the pitocin had finally kicked in, at the same time I realized the epidural was completely gone. I was finally in ACTIVE labor, and not liking it either. It was a rough hour and half, but at 12:07 am May 22nd, Claire was born. Shocking us all at 8 pounds 13 ounces and 20.5 inches long. Even Dr. Thott was shocked. We all thought she would be no bigger than 7 1/2 pounds. She had a few minutes of not wanting to breath and cry so we only go to see her for a few mins and they took her to the recovery nursery for a few hours to be observed, but she recovered super quickly, got her bath and joined us in my room shortly after 3 am. My delivery took awhile because it was basically an accidental induction. My water probably would have broke sometime after 8 pm and she would have been born in about 4 hours, but since it didn't happen completely on its own it took over 13 hours... crazy, last and longest, and BIGGEST.
Most of you know that we went home on Saturday, Claire being right under the level for treatment for Jaundice. We took her back on Sunday and Monday for blood draws to check her levels, finally got in to the Pediatrician on Tuesday for another check and her levels had spikes scarily over night. So we were sent to Mary Washington Hospital to be admitted for photo therapy for three days. We came home again Thursday evening.
So here we are Claire is now two weeks and two days old.. She is a super easy baby, she eats well, sleeps well and is just so super sweet. The girls adore her and are really great with her too.
We love and miss you all. We appreciate all your thought, prayers and gifts. Everyone who brought us a meal, what a sweet blessing. Seriously makes life a whole lot easier when you don't have to worry about feeding your family. I love you all so so much. I have a few other posts that I need to blog on here today and I am sorry they are so late.
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