On Friday, January 24, I was sitting at home reading a book, when I started to have a few minor contractions. I decided to get up and start getting dinner ready. As I walked around the house, I noticed my contractions seemed to get stronger. I kept walking up and down the hall and the contractions continued. I did this for almost 90 minutes. Bryce got home from work, we fed the boys, and then called Jacqui to come pick them up. We got up to the Labor and Delivery Unit at around 8:30 pm. The nurse hooked be up to two monitors. One measured Parker’s heart rate and the other measured my contractions. She also took a bunch of information and then checked my dilation. I was a 4 ½ . Every time you go into Labor and Delivery before your due date, they make you walk for an hour. We were informed that 17 laps was equal to a mile. Bryce and I set a goal to walk two miles. Bryce kept saying, “This is your last chance workout.” (Biggest Loser) We ended up walking 30 laps when our time was up. I was so sore from walking so much that day that I could barely walk anymore.
We went back to our room; the nurse checked me and said that I might have changed a little bit. Dr. Bierer told her to keep me for another hour and see if I changed. After that second hour, I started having more contractions and they were getting stronger. They decided to admit me to the hospital. It was GO TIME!
12:45 a.m. – Dr. Silver came in and gave me an epidural. I loved being curled into a fetal position, but the shots weren’t too bad. The doctor was amazing. He talked to me the whole time and was gentle, kind, and caring.
1:15 a.m. – Carli (our nurse) started the Pitocin: Bryce fell asleep on the couch and I tried to rest in my bed. I had to keep talking myself out of having a panic attack. I felt like I couldn’t breathe and the epidural was making me feel a little weird.
1:30 a.m.- An intern doctor came in and broke my water. He said that Parker came right down as soon as he broke the water. He checked me and told Carli I was dilated to a 6.
2:20 a.m. I noticed that everytime I had a contraction, Parkers heart rate would drop on the monitors. Carli came in and checked me. I was dilated to a 8. She told me she would check me again in an hour unless Parker’s heart rate continued to drop with the contractions.
2:40 a.m. – Carli comes into check me and I am at a 10. She starts prepping the room and has another nurse call Dr. Bierer. At this point, I start shaking uncontrollably. Carli tells Bryce that it’s because I dilated so quickly.
2:58 a.m.- I start pushing with the first contraction. I pushed for 10 seconds for four rounds. Then I waited for the next contraction. The next contraction came and I pushed again for four sets at 10 seconds each. They told me to stop.
3:03 a.m.- Parker was actually facing head up, but she turned her head and then her shoulders and body followed right out and into the doctors hands. He cleaned out her mouth and then set her on me. She was covered in the Vernex but she was so beautiful and healthy and alive!
She cried as they were checking her out and cleaning her up. Bryce got to cut her cord and then they measured her at 7lbs 4 oz and 19 ½ inches long.
She was hungry and ready to eat. I decided previously that I was going to bottle feed, so they brought in a small bottle and she began to drink. They told us that a new infants stomach is only the size of a marble, so she was only allowed to have 5 ml for the first feeding. She was not ok with this amount of milk. After we got her wrapped up and warm, she settled down.
4:00 a.m.- They moved us to our permanent room. The nurses came in and gave Parker her first bath and cleaned all the Vernex off her body and head. She enjoyed the warm water and lights. After she was cleaned up, we noticed she had quite a bit of hair and that it was blonde.
5:30 a.m.- Bryce went home to get some sleep and I tried to sleep for a few minutes between the frequent visits from the nurses.