Sunday, June 21, 2009
I am so exhausted, but have all the energy of post-delivery. That's right. Chloe Lynne Watson was born June 21st at 7:03 pm via c-section. It was a long several days. I will give a short version right now-seeing as I REALLY need to get some rest. I started having contractions Saturday morning about 10 am. They got progressively strong and when longer than 1 minute and a little less than 5 minutes apart we came to the hospital at 12:15 am Sunday. Sadly, I found out I was only 1 cm. I labored for another couple hours progressing to 3 cm. I kept it up with help from the balance ball and hot tub for many more hours. I was checked again, I was 5 cm. By that time I had been laboring for 18 hours. I was tired and having back labor. B and I decided that it was time for the epidural. Got that, no problem. We were both able to rest for awhile. Things didn't progress quite as quickly and they gave me a bit of pitocin. Finally around 5:15 pm on Sunday I had finally gotten to complete. It was time to push. They turned my epidural way down, so I had most feeling back in my legs. I pushed and pushed and pushed. They determined after some time that her head was face up and stuck against my pubic bone. We tried all sorts of positions to try and move her. It was a lot of hard work. After over 2 hours and counsel from doctor that we could push for 6 more hours and would still probably have to have a c-section. So, after thinking long and hard we decided to move forward with the c-section. I have no doubt we did the right thing and I am so glad that we are both healthy! I will likely be in the hospital until Thursday and then we will head home. I will be needing loads of help and am not allowed to lift anything heavier than Chloe for many weeks. This will be hard for me. It will be great practice in asking for help (not my strength). Well, I need to tend to my little one. She is a great eater and it is feeding time.