What an amazing week it has been! We've been the parents of sweet Emily Elizabeth for nine days now, and each day has been better than the one before. I can't believe what an amazing miracle we have been witness to. Emily is such a blessing, precious and perfect.
Emily's birth story begins with Lucas and I being admitted to the hospital at 10:00 pm on August 18th. After our doctor's appointment on the 17th, Emily was no longer breech, but we decided that it would be best to go ahead and induce in order to try to avoid her flipping back again and needing to have a C-section. I wasn't anti C-section by any means, but we were just trying to go the most natural way possible. After we were admitted, they gave me a medicine called Cytomax (I believe) to begin relaxing my cervix. I had to lay on one side and couldn't move after they gave me this medicine. This made my hips hurt really bad and they had to give me morphine. The morphine definitely helped with the pain, however, and also helped me to sleep. In addition to ripening the cervix, the Cytomax also helped me to begin having contractions, but they were pretty mild.
The next morning, they gave me Pitocin to really begin the contractions. Although I was having them pretty regularly, I wasn't really feeling them at all. Around this time, my parents arrived and a couple hours later, my wonderful friend Kaylane came. I began dilating slowly and was around a 2 by noon. At 1:00, my doctor came in and broke my water which was the weirdest thing ever. At this point, I began feeling the contractions, but they were nothing like I thought they would be. I was just very uncomfortable. We decided to go ahead and get the epidural at 2:00 and by that time I was at a 3. The anesthesiologist was great and the epidural was very easy. For the next three hours, I just worked on progressing. At 5:00, I was only at a 4. I really should've been further at that point, and also around this time, Emily started reacting a bit during some of the contractions and her heart rate was elevated. My doctor said that we were welcome to wait longer, but she didn't see this delivery happening without a C-section. I might've waited a bit longer, but after seeing that Emily was starting to get a bit distressed, I wasn't willing to risk anything. I was also absolutely exhausted at this point and couldn't imagine waiting around for several more hours and ending up with a C-section anyway. So, we decided to go ahead and go with it. We were in surgery in less than an hour and Miss Emily was born at 6:23.
I really don't remember a whole lot about the day, but there are a few things that are vivid to me:
-hearing Emily's heartbeat on the monitor all night and day
-getting my epidural
-breaking my water
-Dr. Staud coming in and talking with us about the C-section
-wheeling me out of the room down to surgery
-reminding Lucas to get the camera
-the nurse trying to find Emily's heartbeat on the monitor in the OR and realizing it wasn't plugged in
-being so scared and squeezing Lucas's hand while we were waiting for them to get Emily out
-sobbing when Emily was finally out and healthy
-asking if she was a girl
-asking if she had all her fingers and toes
-getting to nurse her for the first time in the recovery room
-mom and dad kissing me as the nurses wheeled me down from recovery to my post-partum room
-visiting with family and getting to hold my sweet baby girl
This day was so wonderful and although parts of it were difficult, it really went well. The C-section was great, the doctors and nurses were wonderful, Emily was perfect, and I couldn't have asked for more. The Lord has been so good to us to bless us with such an amazing miracle. I've never done anything good enough in my life to deserve something like this, but the Lord blessed us anyway. That's the beauty of God the father. He gives his children good things in spite of ourselves to show us his love. We are so humbled and so thankful. We give all praise to him for blessing us with such an easy pregnancy, with good health for me, and a perfect, healthy baby. I am so mindful right now of my friends who haven't had such an easy go of it and I pray with confidence that the Lord will bless them as well, according to His will.
Lucas and my parents were there by my side all day, as was Kaylane who documented the ENTIRE day by photograph. I am so thankful to her for doing this, because I will be able to re-live this magical day for the rest of my life through the photo album she made me of pictures from the day.
And now, here are some pictures from August 19th, one of the most amazing days of my life. Some of these are by Lucas and some are by Kaylane.