Disclaimer: This is a birth story & will include every detail, so if it offends you then please don't read:)
I was scheduled to have a balloon placed around 3:30 PM, Monday, October 8, 2012. However, when my doctor checked, I was no longer one cm dilated, but three! My doctor decided that we should go home and come back in the morning at 5:00 AM. I no longer needed the balloon & she was scared that if we did one, I may have had Annie that night. I was ecstatic that I didn't have to spend an extra night in the hospital & away from my dude. So, we left and ate a steak at Table 100, came home, and loved on dude.
The very next day, October 9, 2012, we were re-admitted and ready to meet Annie June! Our first step (and the worst in my opinion) was getting an IV. Around 5:30, the night-shift nurse stuck a vein in my left arm and it immediately blew. She then tried to stick my left hand and hit a valve. Finally, she calls another nurse in and she gets it immediately in my right hand. Whew. In the midst of the IV drama, I almost passed out and so did Rudy. We look back and laugh because it was the absolute worst part, yet again. Around 6:30, I got an enema (sorry, I know tmi). I am not into having bowel movements while pushing out a child. Around 7:00 AM, Pitocin was started. At 7:17, Dr. Moses came in and said I was 4 cm and broke my water. By this time, the contractions were kicking in pretty good. They were 2 minutes apart and I decided to go ahead and get an epidural before it was too late! I got the epidural around 8:30. It was a bit more intense this time around for whatever reason. When he first gave it to me, I felt a flush run up my body instead of down and my left leg felt extremely tingly the entire time. However, that sucker was totally worth it! I still felt the contractions until the catheter was placed though. My rock star nurse said that was totally normal and after it was placed, I felt no pain whatsoever. At 9:45, the nurse checked me and I was 6 cm. At 10:45, Dr. Moses checked and I was still only 6 cm. I had a feeling Annie was coming around noon, so I was surprised that I was still only 6 cm. I could tell our "crowd" behind the curtains was hoping for a number higher than 6. Our crowd, at this point in time, was my in-laws, sister, and mom. The contractions just kept on coming, some of them were almost off the charts! When Lauren checked me at 11:45 AM, I will never forget her words. They were, "Are you ready to have this baby? You are at 10." I replied with a "shut up" I believe, followed by an "are you serious?" I never felt the need to push like I did with Hagan. The anesthesiologist hooked me up big time! She cleared the room out & I pushed through two contractions & Annie was crowning. They called my doctor and a few more little pushes and she was out! The relief that it's all over and the joy of seeing your child for the first time is indescribable. She arrived at 12:15 PM. Rudy cut the umbilical cord & then Dr. Moses said, "No tearing, you're all done." I then told her and my nurse repeatedly how much I loved them. They blamed it on the Pitocin, but I still feel the same way:) Family came in to see Annie and then she nursed like a champ. That about sums it up. Way smoother the second time around in every single way. Way to go body for doing what you were supposed to!
Here are some pictures of her birth. A sweet nurse took them for me and I wouldn't trade any of them for the world.
I am so thankful and blessed to have such a great birth experience & a healthy baby girl. Thanks for reading.