Friday, February 10, 2012

The Obligatory Child Birth Post

It occurred to me that I have been remiss in following the blogging tradition of giving a detailed account of child birth.

Here are the facts, which may or may not be detailed.

I was induced at 41 weeks along at my doctors recommendation. I arrived at the hospital the afternoon of December 26th, and left the morning of December 30th. I had dinner on on the 26th, but didn't eat for the next 36 hours, which was not very fun. Labor technically began on monday night with the first induction part (cervidil) but not really in earnest until early the next morning when the pitocin drip started. I did get an epidural even though I really didn't want to, but it was mostly worn off by the time baby arrived. I'm hoping for spontaneous labor and a natural delivery next time around.

Labor hurts a lot. During labor I enjoyed these activities: eating ice chips, listening to David read, playing a card game with David, attempting to move around to manage pain but being put back in bed because the baby heart monitor would not cooperate, getting my water manually broken (which made labor much more painful I might add), and arguing with David about why he should go to the cafeteria and buy breakfast, then lunch, then dinner for himself. I think I won the breakfast and dinner argument, but not lunch. Poor David ate some granola bars instead. Also, I enjoyed dragging the IV stand around with me to and from the bathroom an infinite number of times.

Labor was around 20 hours (starting from the pitocin) including 3.5 hours of pushing, ending in a forceps delivery (which I was grateful for since the alternative was a c-section!). And then the baby came out and she was HUGE and no wonder her head got stuck! My first observation was my stomach deflated quite dramatically. My first question was whether she was really a girl (I did not totally trust the ultrasound..), but was ignored and I had to ask twice.

And then a lot more stuff happened and I was beyond tired and a complete basketcase for the next week or so.

But it turns out I had a really cute baby. And I love her. And she has AWESOME hair.

the end.


Jeffery's said...

She is very cute!!! I am glad that some of the labor was okay. Yes next time you will have a baby natural. I am glad that everything is going well with you and baby:)

Jennie said...

"next time"? You're amazing if you're even thinking about kiddo #2 at this point in the game - - I don't think I had those thoughts until Hannah was more than a year old. :) Thanks for the birth post!

Kirsten said...

Ila really is quite a beauty! And I'm not just saying that as a biased first cousin once removed.

I'm glad you discovered that Ila was, in fact, a girl. When Katherine was born, my OB/GYN decided to play a little joke on me and told me I had a healthy baby boy. I didn't know he was joking at first because couldn't see her over that blue curtain they put up when you have a c-section. But I figured it out eventually :)

The Pauls said...

Like mother, like daughter!

So long, and thanks for all the fish.