After much waiting and many uncomfortable nights and days, weeks upon weeks of swollen ankles, 6 bottles of tums, not being able to wear my wedding ring for 3 months, being at a 2 and 70-80% for 4 weeks, having my membranes stripped twice and going 6 days past my due date....LILLY ANASTASIA ROBERTSON is finally here!
I was induced on Monday, January 19, 2009. I was called at 7:30am to be informed that they would be ready for me at 8:30. After I got there the nurse, with very tiny hands and short short short fingers checked me and was way off from what the doctor had me at....you have to meet a 10 on the Bishops scale to be induced before 41 weeks for your first baby at the AF hospital. I had been at an 8 for the last 3-4 weeks and the nurse said I was a 6 so she wouldn't even start my IV until the doctor came because they might send me home (i was 41 weeks the next day)...DUMB! of course he wouldn't send me home!
After two hours of waiting..Doctor Haskett came up to check me himself (monday is C-Section day). By then I had another nurse, thank goodness...her hands weren't as small so I didn't hurt so much. This nurse started my IV and hooked me up to the monitors. When Dr. H came in Lilly had a couple of late decelerations and he said "oh, I guess you have to stay"...it was funny. Because he took so long, Mike gave him a new name...Dr. Hasselhoff.
They started me on Pitocin and the contractions came and stayed. I asked for my epidural before things got too bad and before the Dr. came to break my water. It's a super strange feeling...I really couldn't move my legs which sorta got annoying..but I was so relaxed. Unfortunately I had to be redosed twice towards the end of my labor. Lilly was OP and it was making me have horrendous contractions in my back. All I could do was cry and try to breathe through them. Mike was great holding my hand and watching them on the screen. I don't know what I would have done if my mom and Mike weren't there!
I had to have oxygen on a few times because Lilly's heart rate was a little wacko every now and then...but the oxygen seemed to calm her down. It took me a while to dilate completely....after I finally got to a five, I went really fast. The nurse called the Dr. and had me start pushing. Once Dr. Hasket got there he started talking about needing to use forceps because she wasn't tolerating the pushing. Then he said that if she continues to have such major drops in her heart rate, he was gonna take me back for a C-Section and things would go really fast. At this point Mike was basically scared to death, trying to play it cool and not show it. My mom and I were suprizingly calm throughout the whole thing...being nurses probably had something to do with it. Thankfully the forceps were only needed for a few pushes and our little angel was here. Because she was delivered via forceps, the Dr. had to cut her cord fast to hand her off to respiratory and the nursery nurse. Right as he cut it, Mike leaned in a bit and got sprayed really good. His face was covered. The look on his face was priceless...because of it though, he didn't cry when he finally got to see his baby girl.
Lilly came into this world at 9:45pm on January 19, 2009. She weighed 7lbs5oz and was 19.5in long. I only pushed for about 20 min total. She is absolutely perfect in every way. She had super long fingers and toes and fairly big hands and feet to go with them. She looks just like my 2 day old picture but has more hair than I did. Feedings are going great and she's a great sleeper, once we get her to bed...she thinks she needs to eat twice after her bath before she'll stay asleep...but she only wakes up like once during the night...usually between 2 and 5...which is awesome, but when once she's up it's for 2 hours. Which means mommy is up for 2 hours. But then she'll sleep again for like 3-4 hours, so mommy gets a little more sleep.
She's now just over a week old and doing awesome. She's such a joy. We can't help but just watch her whatever she's doing. She is such a blessing to have in our home. We love her so incredibly much.
My mom was here for a long time before Lilly got here and was only able to stay for about a week after her birth. It was hard to see her go and I still cry because I miss her, wishing she was here to help me and keep me company while Mike's at work and school. I'm so thankful for everything she did for us. I hope I'll be able to live up to the mommy standard she set for me. She's the best mom anyone could ask for and I'm so blessed to be her daughter.