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Saturday, January 24, 2009

The story and pics

My labor and delivery were pretty uneventful. Around 6:45 on Tuesday night my water broke--not gushing, just a little squirt. I wasn't totally sure if that's what is was so we waited around the house until I got another squirt a little before 8. When the nurse examined me around 8:30, I was 3-4 cm, but she still felt the water sack so they took a swab to test it. Sure enough it was amniotic fluid so they put me in a labor/delivery/recovery room and started an IV. My contractions weren't incredibly painful, but I went ahead and took the Staydol (sp?). The plan was to give me pitocin around 5am if I wasn't laboring on my own. Around 1:30, my contractions were getting a lot worse and when she checked again, I was at 5cm so by 2:30 I had my epidural. A little before 6, I was 9cm and fully effaced. When they checked me again at 8, I was fully dilated and started pushing at about 8:20. By 8:45, Sarah was born and was being cleaned. I was a little upset that the doc cut the cord without giving Josh the option, but Josh was grabbing the camera to start taking pictures. There was some issue getting my placenta delivered, but I wasn't really paying attention because I was watching the nurse with my daughter. I think I also tore a little and they had to put in one stitch. Overall, it lasted about 14 hours

Without further ado, here are pictures for your viewing pleasure:





7 comments:

Your big sis said...

She's SOOOO PRETTY!!!!! Congratulations Mommy!

Rebecca said...

congrats! thanks for sharing your story...i love hearing labor/delivery stories. and sarah is absolutely beautiful! you look great, too....so happy! how are you adjusting to mommyhood so far? congrats again..you have a beautiful little family!

jenn said...

Yay!!! Congrats- she is beautiful! What a nice uneventful labor! I only hope to be so lucky!

Rebecca said...

Congrats again Monica and Josh! She is so adorable!!!

Jen said...

She is absolutely perfect! I hope you are enjoying being a mommy so far :)

Colleen said...

What a beautiful family!!! Little Sarah is adorable! Congratulations on a monumental experience!
Lots of love.

Jewels said...

OH she's gorgeous Monica!! I love her ♥ Congrats again!
Oh and I'm sooo jealous you had such a easy labor and delivery. I hope my next one is as good as your first.