Adelyn’s Birth Story- Labor and Delivery
Our sweet Adelyn Rose was born September 22 at 3:30 AM weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long- 4 days before her due date but quite a few weeks after I thought she would come.
(If you want to read about our pre-labor experience you can go here- PART 1 ADELYN’S BIRTH STORY- FALSE ALARMS AND ANTICIPATION)
As I mention in part 1- at my 39 week appointment my doctor told me that I had progressed enough that he wanted to induce me that Thursday (it was Tuesday). I was absolutely elated!! After one of the longest months of my life, I was finally going to meet this baby girl.
We were originally supposed to go into the hospital early Thursday morning but there weren’t any available rooms so we had to wait until something opened up for us. Since Matt had scheduled to take work off, we were able to make the most of our time waiting and went on a fun little date. I hated having to wait (the anticipation was killing me!) but I’m so grateful we got to spend that final time together- just the two of us!
Space opened up for us around 2:00 PM and once we arrived at the hospital, everything went smoothly.Our nurse hooked me up to the monitors, and started me on a Pitocin drip right away. I was already having contractions (thanks prodromal labor) but the Pitocin instantly got them to pick up! As I sat in my hospital bed I couldn’t stop staring at the little baby bassinet across from me- thinking about how our little girl would be in it in a matter of hours. It all felt so surreal! They told me I could get my epidural as soon as I wanted but I planned on waiting until after my doctor broke my water to get it because for I really wanted to feel my water break! I held off as long as I could but my contractions were getting so painful and we still hadn’t heard back from the doctor to see when he was coming, so I decided to have them call the anesthesiologist. BEST. DECISION. EVER.
Our anesthesiologist was awesome! He got me perfectly numb and had us laughing through the whole process! Once it kicked in, I was shocked that I was still able to move my legs and feel the pressure of each contraction without feeling any pain! Maybe that’s how every epidural is, but I was under the impression I wouldn’t be able to move or feel anything so I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t completely clueless to what was going on down there, haha. After the epidural, everything got so much better. While we waited, we played card games, watched TV, and chatted with a few of our good friends that dropped by. I loved seeing my contractions roll through on the monitor and yet I was still able to enjoy the process.
My doctor came to break my water around 8 o’clock and then things finally started to pick up! Up until that point, I was still 90% effaced and dilated to a 3 which is exactly what I was when I got there (and what I had been a couple days earlier at my doctor appointment 🙄 )
Two hours after my water broke my nurse checked me and I was dilated to a 5. I was so excited about that because it meant I was finally progressing! Since it seemed like it would take a few more hours for me to make any notable progression, my mom went home and we all decided to try and get some rest.
Well, not even 2 hours later I woke up because I was feeling a LOT of pressure during my contractions. Matt was asleep so I didn’t want to wake him up by calling my nurse in but once I started to feel the urge to push through the contractions I knew I needed to wake Matt up and call my nurse. Because of everything I had been feeling, I was not surprised at all when she checked me and said I was complete and that the babies head was right there! We called my mom and waited for about an hour while we let my body naturally push her down during each contraction before I started to push! It made the process a lot slower but I think I was able to save a lot of energy because all I needed to do was relax and let my body do its thing. After about an hour of Rest and Descend, we started the pushing process. I really loved my nurses and how they helped coach me through the pushing. At times I literally felt like my eyes were going to pop out because I was pushing so hard but I was determined to get the baby out and meet her as soon as possible! We pushed until she was crowning and then they called the doctor in. Once he arrived with all of the other nurses it only took a few more pushes before baby girl was out!
I just wanted to hear her scream right away so that I’d know she was okay and she did not disappoint. She came out big and chubby, with a full head of hair, and screaming. She was perfect! The only part I didn’t like about labor and delivery was the fact that I didn’t get to see or hold her immediately after she was born. I think it might have been because the umbilical chord was partially wrapped around her neck when she came out so they needed to make sure everything was okay. It was the longest few minutes of my life waiting to meet her and hated being separated while they suctioned her out, cleaned her off and got her measurements before giving her back to me.Once I got to have her in my arms- everything was perfect! It was a big relief to have her safe and sound in our arms after months of anticipation. How can you love someone you just met so much? She was just perfectly sweet and calm for us and I got to nurse her right away which was really special. I still look at her in wonder and amazement that I was able to grow such a perfect little person.
We sure love you, Addy girl!