Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Birth

October 2nd came and went with no baby. I had a doctor's appointment on the 4th and we decided that if I hadn't gone into labor by the 7th, we would induce. With the plan ready, I worked on unpacking more of the boxes in the house and getting my bag ready for the hospital. We had gotten almost all the boxes unpacked except the ones with our books.
The afternoon of the 5th I was waiting for a UPS delivery so I decided to tackle the book boxes. Sitting on the floor of the bedroom, I heard the buzzer for the door and as I got up, I felt something running down my leg. OH SHIT! was all that came to my mind because my water had just broke. I waddled to the door, got the package, then headed directly to the bathroom to see what exactly was going on. I cleaned up, got some dry clothes and proceeded out of the bathroom just as Jason walked through the door. I looked at him shocked, told him my water broke and panicked just a little bit. I still hadn't gotten everything gathered for the hospital so I frantically gathered what was left, of course forgetting toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrush and a couple of other things for Jason.
The 45 minute drive to the hospital wasn't too eventful. I called the doctor's office on the way over to let them know I was heading over. We also called our parents and my parents were going to head out as soon as possible.
I slowly leaked all the way and was very uncomfortable when Jason dropped me off so he could park the car. I waddled to the elevator so I could head up to the labor and delivery floor where they got me checked in and I got out of my soaked clothes. They checked me over and my water had broke so I settled in the bed and just relaxed. The contractions hadn't really started so they decided to get some pitocin going to get them started. I made laps around the hospital floor when I could to try and get things moving. My parents had gotten there by the time I had gotten settled. They stayed for a little while visiting and then decided to find a hotel room for the night since the doctor was sure I wouldn't be going into labor until later.

Resting and chatting with parents in the labor/delivery room

Around midnight, the contractions started getting worse. I decided to get my epidural and hopefully get a little rest that night. I got all hooked up and the epidural in but of course I just couldn't get comfortable and was restless all night. It didn't help that they kept checking on me to make sure things were ok. They put an internal monitor on the baby, but for some reason it didn't want to stay stuck. You'll see why in a bit LOL. Jason pulled out the couch and tried to get comfortable himself but it's not easy on a bed he wasn't used to.

Around 7 a.m. Dr. Swanson came in to see how things were going and at the time I was at 7 cm dilated. I never did go past that mark. Around 9 a.m, the doc was back to see me and I hadn't dilated any farther and the baby was going into distress so we decided that the best for both of us would be to have a c-section. It wasn't what I was planning but plans can and will change. They stopped the pitocin and the baby calmed down. They got J some scrubs so he could be there with me and off I went to the operating room. Now, this was the first time I had EVER been admitted to a hospital let alone major surgery. I was so nervous I started feeling sick. J wasn't there right away when I got there and I was panicky. My breathing exercises came in handy that day. All I could feel was lots of tugging on my body and it felt so weird. At 9:30 a.m., our little girl joined the world. She didn't cry right away but I did finally hear her and it was a beautiful sound. I laid there while they closed me up and J went with the nurses to get our beautiful baby girl cleaned up, weighed, measured and checked over then he brought her over to me and I got to see my little girl for the first time.
Meeting my daughter for the first time
Our family

This is Evelyn Inez Gaspard, born October 6th, 2011.