|One last photo op before heading to the hospital|
Friday, December 20th
One day before my due date!
|Feeling pretty good!|
|Waiting for baby girl!|
|Talking to my mom between contractions|
When we got to the hospital at 8ish on Sunday was in labor, though it was true that it was protracted and could last for up to a week if not augmented. She explained that at some point my uterus was going to get tired and peter out. We opted to get an epidural and augment my contractions with Pitocin. She broke my water later that afternoon and by 6pm I was ready to push.
After 2.5 hours of pushing and a whole lot of vomiting, I was finally running out of steam, as was my uterus and the baby. My contractions had weakened and baby girl's heart rate was finally beginning to dip a bit. She'd remained incredibly happy and healthy throughout all my laboring up to this point! The midwife suggested having a doctor come in and try applying a vacuum to the baby's head to help pull her down. She explained that this would be a last step before c-section.
Isaac and I prayed and discussed it and decided that we needed to try the vacuum. My contractions weren't going to get stronger and both the baby and I were reaching the point of utter exhaustion. One way or another, we were going to meet this little girl SOON! The doctor came in and applied the vacuum and pulled with all her might -- but baby girl was firmly wedged and didn't budge even a millimeter. I was given the news that they had to perform a c-section. I admit I cried, but it was nothing like the devastation I'd experienced when I was told I wasn't in labor. I felt a peace about the situation that I know could only come from the Lord.
|Isaac's view in the waiting room while they prepped me for surgery|
|Healthy baby girl!|
|My first moment with Lucy Margaret!|
|Already I knew she was worth it!|
|So in love!|
|Ready to go home!|
|Hardest present to unwrap ever -- but worth every effort!|