As I mentioned in the last post, I was having contractions during the Awana awards ceremony and as the night went on I had more and more of them to the point that I was sure it was time to go to the hospital. We had all the childcare arranged for the night and the next day just in case and so at almost 1:00 in the morning we made our way to the hospital. As it turned out, I was not dialated at that point, but after walking around the hospital for an hour from 3-4am, I was dialated to a 2 or 3 the nurse said. This meant we got to stay rather than being sent home!! Wahoo!
After a nice bath, I got my IV and epidural on board and then the waiting began. My contractions slowed a bit, so they opted to give some pitocin at the lowest levels. That made things begin again and I was able to rest a little for a while. The epidural wasn't working super great on the right side and they tried to adjust it, but eventually I got a new epidural instead. Every time they gave me a dose of the medicine via the epidural, I would get nauseous (not fun) and apparently my blood pressure dropped (also not fun). And sadly, the second epidural was not covering a key area for giving birth, so I was not super comfortable as I had been in previous times when birthing my children. Eventually, my body took over and they stopped the pitocin and I started to have some contractions that were making me shake really bad. All these lovely symptoms definitely made me more anxious to get this party started, but still I was not ready!
Also, this was the longest labor I had ever had and it seemed to take forever for me to dialate fully and though it still wasn't as long as some, for me it seemed to be taking too long when I was used to coming to the hospital and giving birth 4-5 hours later. FINALLY, I was told I was dialated enough to push and then I had to wait for the doctor to come from across the street at the clinic to arrive. It was really hard to wait! However, she did make it and after 4 pushes, little baby Rachel came right out! She was what they call "stunned" because she came out so fast and they had to try to stimulate her to cry by flicking her heel and such. She did start to cry a little eventually and all the while Daddy was watching our little one and got to cut the umbilical cord.
She was 7 pounds and 15 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long! She was born officially on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 12:54pm. She came out with dark brown hair (a first for our kids) and smokey gray/blue eyes. We anticipate the eye color will change probably to something darker as time goes on. People keep telling us that her dark hair may fall out and some blonde may grow in, but I am not so sure. All of our kids who were blonde started off either bald or with fine blonde hair, so I think for the 5th shot here we got a dark-haired one!
As a little side note, David's mom's name is Rachel and my mom's middle name is Lillian, so we named her in honor of both grandmas. This was of course very popular with both grandmas!!
When we came home, my friend EJ and her boys had helped my kiddos make this lovely welcome home banner as well as a cake, brownies and dinner for us that night as well. It was nice to know the kids were in such good hands! My friend Kim came in the middle of the night on Wednesday when we left for the hospital too. Thanks friends for being there for us!
We are very pleased to welcome this new little one into our home and her siblings have been fighting over who gets to hold her ever since! We have never seen so much hand washing and sitting still around here! Thankfully, baby is doing wonderfully and we are glad she is finally out here in the world with us!