9lbs 11oz, 20 inches long
Yup, she’s here!!! And yes, she’s a bit on the chunky side We were not expecting that at all! Both of the boys were two pounds lighter than she was! But she’s perfect and beautiful and her chubby cheeks and rolls on her arms are the best!
So here’s the story…
Last Wednesday I went in for my 39 week check and we found out that she had turned transverse (for those who don’t know that means her head was on my right and her bum was down). We did NOT want her to come out that way, and in fact my Midwife said that no one at their hospital would deliver a breach baby. So for the next few days my focus was to get her to turn and for my water not to break. I was supposed to get on my hands and knees often and my Midwife said that sometimes a Chiropractor could help. So I made an appointment with a Chiropractor right down the road from me that specializes in pediatric and prenatal which was perfect. She did some adjustment, nothing too major, on Friday morning. So I went back in to get an ultrasound in the afternoon to see if she had turned and she did! I honestly think she turned Thursday night because I suddenly felt some sharp pain as she moved and was really uncomfortable for a minute or two and I think that’s when she did it.
So from there we were good to go! But nothing was happening…and nothing…and nothing. When Monday morning came and still barely had any contractions, I decided to see how my Midwife felt about inducing me. I’ve never been induced and never been a huge fan, but I just felt like we needed to do it. One reason was that my Grandma is here (actually leaving today) and I was going to be so very sad if she left without meeting her. And I just felt it was time. My Midwife was fine with inducing and gave me the first available slot, which was on Wednesday at 7am. So we geared up to get ready to meet our little girl.
Almost all of Tuesday night I had contractions to the point where I thought I might need to go in to the hospital. But after a few hours they slowed down and eventually stopped – which is what they had been doing off and on for a week. So we got up bright and early Wednesday morning, said goodbye the boys and headed off.
We got all checked in and I was given a pill to induce labor. I will say that I have done a little research on this method since then and I am glad everything turned out ok because some people were not at fortunate! After a few hours of light labor, my Midwife checked me and I was still only about a 3-4 (I went in at a 2-3). And her head wasn’t down very far so they were not comfortable breaking my water yet. So I spend the next hour on the birth ball and walking to see if I could get her to move down. She did move down so they then broke my water. After a few more hours she hadn’t moved down any more and I will still at a 4. So my Midwife said I could keep going and see what happens (I believe it was about 12pm by then) or she could give me Pitocin to help progress things faster. Since I had already decided I was going to get and epidural, I went ahead and let her give me the Pitocin. So they got the Pitocin going and I started noticing stronger contractions pretty quickly and by the time the anesthesiologist got there I was definitely ready for him He was so nice and laid back and funny, that helped me relax.
After about an hour on the Pitocin I had already progressed to a 6 and was well on my way. Elise was still up higher than they wanted her, but they weren’t too concerned yet. Once I hit about a 7-8 her heart rate started dropping dramatically with every contraction. So even if I couldn’t feel them (I was only feeling about every other one) I could tell I was having one by the sound of her heart rate monitor. I asked if it could be her umbilical cord and they said it very well might be. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that BOTH of the boys had cord issues when they were born, to the point where I had to be continuously monitored and I was not allowed out of bed. Luckily hers wasn’t that bad and it was only at the end.
So I was about a 9 and my Midwife was trying to figure out why she wasn’t coming down. She was moving with the contractions but not enough. She figured out it was part of the catheter that was potentially preventing her from coming down far enough. So she removed it and almost immediately she started coming down further and they started preparing for me to push.
Within minutes I was pushing. It only took about 5 contractions for our sweet one to enter the world! And it only took that many because her shoulder got stuck and they had to maneuver her out. But luckily they did it without injuring her or me…I didn’t even tear!
We had a great experience with all of the staff at the hospital. I am so grateful to have found them at such short notice! My midwife (the one on the left) said that it was good we induced when we did. The way my body was responding to everything she thinks it might have still been another week before I would have had her on my own. And based on her weight, her peely skin and a few other factors she was almost overdue for her. It made me feel so much better about my choice to induce and very glad I did it.
They have a little mini photo studio set up in the nursery at the hospital where they take a few pictures of your baby for you. A few of them turned out pretty cute! What a fun service to provide!
I love that you can see he tattoo of her name in this shot! The only thing we forgot to do before leaving the hospital was take a picture of the three of us. I have one of those for each of the boys that I have hanging in their rooms, I’m so sad I don’t have that for her. Hopefully I can remember to just take one here at home in the next few days so we have something.
Well now we are just trying to get through the days and nights and letting the boys get used to her. Most of the time they are too distracted by Pop being here, but Aiden is always concerned when she cries. It’s so sweet! He just started showing some interest in her today. I’m hoping he adjusts to her well.