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Friday, May 11, 2007

Home At Last!

Elocin Nicole
has arrived!!
May 9th, 2007
8:24 pm
7 pounds 1 ounce
20 inches long
Daddy Dearest and I arrived at Labor & Delivery around midnight. After going through the necessary paper work and consent forms, we recieved the drugs to induce around 1 am on Wednesday morning.
By 2 am, the contractions were consistantly 2-3 minutes apart until about 5 am. Around 6 in the morning, we were still very high and had made very little progress. We began doses of Pitocin to further encourage progression. From then until about 1:30pm, contractions continued to get very strong, but were not consistant. At 1:30 pm we were still showing little progress and Doc decided if things did not change in the next hour or so, we would have to go home and try again next week!!
Fortunately, our little girl fully intended to arrive that day. At 2:23 pm my water broken on its own. After the initial shock wore off, I was relieved to know she was going to be here soon.
The contractions immediately began to progress rapidly. Very soon they were four or five occuring back to back with about a minute worth of rest between clusters. I had been confined to the bed throughout the whole process and had to have oxygen administered twice due to Ellie's heartrate.
By 3:30 the contractions were nearly unbearable and unrelenting. At 4:00, Daddy Dearest had to call in the nurse to remove the blood pressure cuff that was hurting me. I was busy having coughing fits, vomitting and fighting contractions all at the same time and I simply could not handle the pressure on my arm.
The nurse asked what we were considering for pain, and Daddy told her we were seeing how we could do without it, but were open to an epidural. She asked if I was ready for one. (she could have offered a bullet to the head and I'd have agreed!)
Getting the epidural was very odd. I can remember screaming, and I couldn't hear the doctor trying to talk to me. I said, "I can't hear you!" and then suddenly realized I couldn't hear because I was screaming. I calmed down & all was smooth from there out. The epidural didn't hurt, it was a painful (elbow bumping) sort of tickle.
Soon afterwards, I discovered that the anestesiologist is my new favorite person! It was smooth sailing from there on out.
By 5:50 pm we were at 4 centimeters. By 6:45 pm we were at 7 centimeters and Daddy started picking up the room and stepped out for a quick smoke. By the time he got back, I said, "It's starting to feel really strange." Daddy picked up the rest of the stuff and the nurse came in at 7:30 to find me fully dialated.
It took 53 minutes of pushing for Ellie to make her way into this world.
Mommie and Ellie are both home now and doing very well.
Thanks to all who wished us the best.
An extra special Thank You to the T Family who dropped off a gift for Mommie & Daddy:
Two chocolate bars, two cocktail glasses, a bottle of OJ, a pink flask of Vodka, Tylenol & TUMS!


Chris said...

Congratulations sweetie. She is beautiful, and I'm glad Mommie, Ellie and DD are home and doing well. For future reference remember natural is all good, until they hit you with the Pitocin. After that, all bets are off, and bring on the drugs.

*hugs, love, and kisses for Little Miss Ellie*

ps. e-mail me when you get a chance please.

It's me, T.J. said...

What a beautiful child.

Congratulations to both of the proud parents.

Randomness said...

What a cutie. She is adorable and I can't wait to see her. (Told you the epideral was worth it!!) Anyway, I am getting ready to go to work but I just thought I would stop by to say congrats and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy First Mother's Day...


Sunshine said...

She's adorable, congratulations and happy mother's day.

Chris said...

Happy 1st Mother's Day sweetie.