We had our sweet baby girl on Friday, October 24th. We chose to be induced so we arrived at the hospital that Friday morning at 7:30am. After all the paperwork and everything, they started fluids and Pitocin around 9am.
The doctor broke my water around 10am. I was dilated to 1 1/2 cm. when I arrived and by this point I was only a 2. The hours went by and I progressed slowly. By 2pm I was only a 5. I had my epidural placed a few hours before this and by this point I realized I could still feel everything so I asked to get my epidural turned up. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. I felt every contraction and suddenly I could tell the baby was moving down the birth canal and I was feeling lots of pressure. The nurse had already told the doctor that he could leave and go get some stuff done because I was progressing very slowly. At 2:30pm I told them I felt tons of pressure so they checked me and were shocked that I was at a 7. About 10 minutes later I said I was feeling the need to push, so I was checked again and I was at a 9. Suddenly things were going fast! They were trying to get the doctor back quickly, my husband’s cousin was wanting to witness the birth so his aunt and his cousin were racing to the hospital hoping to get there in time, and the nurses were quickly trying to get the room all set up. 10 minutes later I was complete and I needed to push but they were making me hold it….it was torturous pain. Finally at 3pm everyone was there and I was able to push. I had never gone natural before, so it was a whole new experience with pushing. It hurt so bad and I felt like I was pushing forever (although I later found out that I only pushed for 6 minutes, but those were the longest 6 minutes I’ve ever experienced) and I was ready to give up. Luckily my husband could see it in my face that I was wanting to give up, so he became my personal cheerleader and that’s what I needed….a few more pushes and she was out! She had the cord wrapped around her neck but they were able to remove it without it damaging her neck. She came out screaming and did not stop until she was wrapped up tight and in my arms.\
She was perfect with a head full of blonde hair and she weighed exactly 7 lbs. and was 20 inches long. The nurses kept exclaiming how perfect her features were and they kept calling in other nurses to show of her blonde hair. The second we saw her, we were smitten and completely in love.
I lost a lot of blood and had a few other complications at delivery so unfortunately I was kept hooked up to IV’s almost the whole time I was at the hospital. Other than that, I was amazed at how much better my recovery was than my two previous labors. I was able to get up and walk around immediately after delivery and I felt so great. I didn’t tear except for a very tiny one inside that only needed one stitch. I believe my recovery was so much better because I went natural. The pain was very intense, but so worth it to get our sweet little girl here! Here our some more pictures of our little Samantha (Sammie):
We have been home for a week now and we are so in love with Sammie. She is seriously the best baby we have ever had. She was sleeping great from day one…this was the first time that I was actually able to sleep at the hospital, my boys were horrible at the hospital and would never sleep. We would usually have to wake her up to get her to eat. She was tongue tied at birth so we have struggled with nursing, but she is finally getting it so I’m happy about that. She is so sweet and rarely cries, she usually just lets out one little cry to let us know she needs something. She will cry like a banshee though when we are changing her clothes…she HATES the cold! The first night home she hardly slept and was waking up every 10 – 20 minutes. We discovered it was because our house was too cold and she didn’t like the pack n’ play. So we switched her to something that cradled her more and turned up our heat and made sure she was dressed warm…and she has been sleeping great since. She is now only waking up once a night to eat. She is seriously the best sleeper and is such a sweet baby. We love her to pieces and our boys are in absolute heaven with her! Noah calls her “my baby” and is very protective of her. Tobin loves to hold her and both boys are so helpful. It has been such an easier transition going from 2 kids to 3 than it was going from 1 to 2 kids. I’m so happy my boys are adjusting so well with their new little sister, but then again I’m not surprised…she is so easy to love.
Her due date was on my birthday and even though I chose to “unwrap” her a few days early, she was definitely the best gift I could have ever gotten. I am so glad she is here and I am amazed at how easily everyone adjusted to her being here.
She is now 10 days old (she turned one week on Halloween). She is such a great baby and she definitely completes our family. Thank you to all of those who sent us congratulations and good wishes. Thank you for bearing with me during this long and hard pregnancy. Christmas is just around the corner and I will be starting my Holiday Gift Guide this week and I have some really great giveaways coming up….so stay tuned for that! Thank you again for your patience and I really appreciate all of you for taking the time to read my blog and enter my giveaways.