My husband came home and we went to the hospital. We spent most of the next hours comfortably joking. My water had broken, but the contractions hadn't really started yet. We both commented that the baby was being so nice to come a month early to give mommy more time to train for her mountain climb and half marathon. HA!
Because my water had broken and dilation was very slowly progressing, they started Pitocin around 2pm. My labor contractions never achieved any kind of a normal pattern. I suffered through the placement of internal monitors on the baby and on my uterus...twice for the baby. This was before any sort of drugs. OMG. Probably the worst thing I've experienced, EVER. Finally - around 7 or 8pm, after a few hours of multiple contractions without pauses in between (Nurse said it was the strangest contraction pattern she'd ever seen), and after my legs started trembled from trying to stand through these string contractions, I opted for pain relief. Best. Decision. Ever. I still slowly progressed until the last hour of labor - when I dilated 5cm in that hour alone. I pushed for about an hour and Avery made her appearance at 3:40am on Wednesday, August 10th. She was 5lbs, 3oz and 18 inches long.
Because she was early and small - lots of doctors and nurses were present in the room initially, but she was finally cleared to stay in the well-baby nursery instead of the NICU. She got several visitors in the hospital and was swimming in the newborn clothes we'd brought until some nice friends brought some preemie clothes.
|Daddy and Avery in the hospital|
|I think I have a million photos of her in the swing.|
Editors Note: Since I originally wrote this post - the pattern has changed. Sleep is optional for her from 10pm until 4am. AND - it only occurs if she is being held. Mark and I SWEAR that she KNOWS as soon as we get back into bed...and starts crying again.
|Such an innocent expression after peeing on mommy after her first bath!|
So far - I am ABSOLUTELY LOVING being her mom....except for the whole no sleep. She is so tiny and so vulnerable. I never imagined I could be this protective of anyone so quickly. Everything she does is cute by definition...except the whole no sleep thing.
|Those are runners legs!|
Here are a few pictures of what she does NOT do at night:
|Look at that little foot peeking out - she has mommy's toes!|
|Cassie is already guarding her.|
|I just took this picture to prove she does sleep!|
I'm sure I will be annoying with the plethora of pictures and videos I have of her already!!!! :D
|Look at those legs!|