I was scheduled to be induced on the 22nd at 7:30am. When we got there, the nurse was incredibly relaxed and sweet, but very slow. My doctor came in at around 8 and she still had not put my IV in or anything. He decided to go ahead and break my water since they had been so busy that day. I started to have a few contractions, but nothing serious. She finally got my IV in at around 8:15.
I wanted to get as many fluids in as possible before she started Pitocin so that I would be sure to get my epidural. She started the Pitocin shortly after starting my fluids, but turned it off as soon as my contractions started getting really regular and intense(which didn't take anytime at all). She quickly called in for my epidural.
He got me set up with my epidural, but it was only working on my right side at first(as it did with Isabella). Thankfully it eventually started working on my left side as well and I was feeling so much better. She started me back on pitocin at a 4 and put my catheter in at 10:00ish, where I was about8-9cm. It didn't take me long to start feeling a lot of pressure in my behind and I told her so at about 10:30. She told me to let her know when I had constant pressure(which I've never had??) but she would check me at 11 since it would have been an hour since I was last checked. My doctor happened to come in at about 10:45 to check on me since he had just delivered another baby. He grabbed gloves and I put my legs up. He took the sheet back and laughed, took his gloves off, and said, "let's have this baby!". I look in the mirror and baby girl's head is right there coming out. Everything for delivery was already covered on a table, so all they had to do was throw something under my behind and he put on his "delivery attire". He told me to go ahead and do a push even though I wasn't having a contraction and her head finished coming out. The cord was around her neck, but he quickly took unwrapped it. He then told me to do a small push and I guess it was a little too hard because she just kind of flew out. As a result, I tore pretty badly, but everything was fine. At 10:56am our new little princess sailed into the world:
21inchesI didn't have the best experience with my epidural this time. It worked fantastically well at keeping the pain away and I didn't feel anything when he was stitching me up, but it took forever to wear off in my right leg. My leg was still tingly later that night! My back also hurt really bad. At just over 48 hours later, its starting to feel a little better, but still somewhat sore.
I really hate staying in the hospital. I got out after my 24 hours with Isabella, and couldn't wait to leave with Kallie Jane. Thankfully my pediatrician is also a relative and I've had 2 other children, otherwise they told me they may not have let me go home this time. Kallie Jane tested positive to Coombs disease which I honestly don't have the "correct" explanation to give you, but to us, it simply means that she has a higher risk for elevated bilirubin that could cause jaundice. Her levels were normal that night, but chances are good that they could rise too high. I promised to take her to the pediatrician this morning, where her levels were still within normal range, but they are playing it safe and ordered her a biliblanket. We will have her levels tested again in the morning and will go from there.
Everything else seems to be pretty smooth sailing. She weighed in at 7lb0oz this morning, but hopefully my milk will come in soon and that number will start to rise. I'm also still incredibly sore, but so thankful that I can be at home to rest and sleep on my own comfy mattress. Evan and Isabella both absolutely adore her and constantly want to hold her. Isabella is extremely protective.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I am turning my computer back off until sometime next week and will be soaking up all of these glorious newborn moments - as most of you know, they go by entirely too fast!