Friday, July 3, 2009

Baby Story

So it's taken me a bit to get back to the computer to actually
sit down
and be able to write something, but here I am.

The Labor story:
It was Thursday June 18th, 2009. The due date given to us by the Ultrasound Technician and Jason's estimated due date. For the past 2 weeks I had been "leaking" a bit of fluid but the on-call Doctor told me he thought I was "wetting" myself. Even when I went in for my weekly visit (my Doctor was on vacation at this point) and I told him that fluid had been coming out he assured me that as the pregnancy moves forward that we can wet ourselves. So, I believed that I was a 29 year old female that was now peeing my pants. I moved forward with working and finishing out my week and looking forward to the future. My contractions got worse day by day and they were outrageous when we were driving. Still I just kept doing my usual activities. Thursday morning was a bit different. I woke up with even more of a leak and decided that it wasn't right. My Doctor was now back in town and told me to immediately come in.

He said it was a simple test, if the yellow strip turned blue it meant it was my water breaking and that today would be my day. The look on Jason's face when the strip turned blue was unforgettable. It was our day. He told me I was not to leave the hospital and to check in immediately to Labor and Delivery. My water may have been broken for over a week at this point and my chance of infection was high.

I checked in at around 11:30 and my Labor and Delivery went quite easy! I decided that I wanted to wait as long as I could to get an Epidural so that I would not slow down my labor. So I waited until 8cm and then I got my epidural. It only numbed my right half, which was fine. Until then I was able to go in the jacuzzi tub (twice with Popsicles) and walk around the hospital. I worked through my labor by looking at my scrapbooks, listening to music, cracking jokes and trying to stay active.
She was born at 8:53pm happy and healthy! There were only a few complications during the post delivery period but all manageable.
7lbs 11oz 21 inches long... LYLA GEROSA FULTON graced this world with her presence.

Overall the delivery was smooth and I wouldn't change anything about it. I loved having Popsicles in the jacuzzi and feeling alert and prepared.

What they don't tell you:
Contractions can be 2 minutes long
You can only push for 3 hours for your first pregnancy
Epidurals can possibly numb only half your body
The post partum period is harder than anyone will ever admit.... more blogs to follow!

Ok, back to mommyhood..... I should be sleeping right now because she is actually asleep in her new swing!


Sadie said...

Yippee, she loves the swing?? I hope and pray this is Lyla's ticket to giving her Mommy and Daddy some good sleep.:) Hang in there, your doing great and it DOES get better. ;)


Joanne said...

Yeah, the postpartum stuff is not to be underestimated. It will definitely get better...the light at the end of that tunnel will start to get brighter soon!