How was labor? Well... she didn't arrive until 7:54 PM of October 4th. So you can only imagine right? They gave me a small dose of something orally that didn't work to dilate me the night of the 1st so the day of the 2nd they gave it to me vaginally and that didn't make much difference. Then to hurry things along they inserted a balloon to push my cervix open and make me dilate... that worked. I asked for my epidural within a couple of hours. The epidural was a piece of cake compared to the contractions I was having. Fast forward to Wednesday and my epidural ran out. I had serious contractions for about 2-3 hours that afternoon while I waited on the refill to kick in. The contractions hurt like hell. That's my best description of them. Chad jokes he made a lot of promises about buying things for me and giving me presents for enduring the pain during this period. I wish I knew what they all were! The epidural kicked in so much that I couldn't move any of my lower body and had to wait to deliver Blair until I could move my legs.
|I had Chad take this photo of me right after check in.|
About 6 the doctor decided she was going to let me try to push. Blairs heart beat stopped. A team of about 15 people rushed into the room and the doctor gave Blair a couple minutes to regroup herself. Luckily, after the doctor inserted a probe through my uterus to monitor Blair she was able to make a decision and let her stay there without a C-section and let me try one more time around 7:30.
7:30 came and I started to push. It was easier than the epidural. I think my adrenaline kicked in from being in the hospital so long and that anticipation to Blair was so intense. The plan was for Chad not to look at anything but the doctor on call insisted he keep looking at things that were going on. I don't know if it will haunt him later or not but he seems ok with it now. Ha! Her official arrival was 7:54 PM under a bright and beautiful full moon. I was able to hold sweet Blair for a few minutes after she came out but then she was rushed back to the NICU where she stayed about a week.
|I was on oxygen between the times that they had me try to push.|
|A good night during out feedings. We went back and forth to the NICU every 3 hours so we could feed her.|
|I called Chad at work the day she was released and he ran over to the hospital to meet me and help me get Blair home before his parents arrived that afternoon.|
|This is a photo of Blair on her actual due date October 24. Happy and healthy.|