Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Introducing Avery Ann!!!!

I can't believe it has taken me so long to get around to writing down Avery's birth story. I am already forgetting some of the details of that magical day. Thursday January 14th we had a doctor's appointment for my 38 week belly check. I was 4 cm and 100% effaced. My doctor decided to strip my membranes in hopes of getting my labor started. She told me to call the office if I was still pregnant on Friday afternoon and we would discuss induction for early the next week. I was really hoping that I would go into labor (I was so done with work and people and being pregnant at this point). DH's sister had invited us over for dinner after my appointment. We had some time to kill after the appointment so we went to Cabela's to walk in hopes of speeding things along. After about an hour we headed to dinner. We got home about 8:30 and I started having contractions that we about 8 minutes apart for almost 2 hours. DH and I decided to go to bed and get some rest just incase it was reall labor.
I woke up at 1:45 to pee and while I was sitting there I felt a pop and what might have been a gush of water but I couldn't tell for sure. I instantly went into active labor. I had the most intense contraction I had ever experienced that was accompanied by incredible pressure. The contractions were 5 minutes apart and after about 30 minutes DH called the hospital. They said we should wait until they were 5 minutes apart for about an hour or so and suggested I take a shower while we waited.
As soon as I got in the shower my contractions started coming closer together and after just a few minutes they were 3 minutes apart and then 2 minutes apart. Every time I had a contraction I would yell for DH to start timing. As soon as they were 2 minutes apart DH started loading the truck and telling me to get out of the shower, we needed to leave now!
We got in the car and the pain was beyond intense. DH made the 45 minute drive in about 25 minutes. We got to the hospital at 3:30 am. I was dilated to 6 cm and the contractions were coming right on top of each other. I walked in the door asking for an epidural. The poor nurses delt with my inability to sit still or communicate very well. I was quite the bitch. I had to get through one bag of IV fluids before they would give me an epidural, right after they started the IV they called for the epidural. While we were waiting the nurses and my DH helped me get through the contractions (I wish I was quiet but I was very vocal). After about 45 minutes the anesthisiologist came in and the nurse decided to check me. I was now dilated to 8 cm. I was terrified I wouldn't get the epiedural (the cut off at my hospital is 6 cm). I was lucky and they decided to try it anyway. She tried 3 times because I couldn't arch my back enough and I had a really hard time sitting still. It took a few contractions but after about 15 minutes all I could feel was pressure. While we were waiting for everything to take effect DH called our families to let them know it was ok to come to the hospital. They all started showing up right as the epidural took full effect. By 6:00 am I was fully dilated and the nurse called my doctor.
Even though my doctor wasn't on call the nurse called her and she said she would come in to deliver Avery. I labored down for about an hour and started pushing at 7:15. I got the hang of pushing fairly quick and Avery was here at 8:03 am. Avery was 8 lbs 9 oz and 20 inches long! It was the most incredible moment of my life. It was just DH and I in the room, I will remember the look on his face when she cried for the first time and how great it felt to have her on my chest.
I am madly in love with my daughter and seeing my husband as a father to our daughter has been the most amazing and wonderful experience of my life. Now for some pictures of our beautiful daughter!

Avery and Daddy!



















Our little family!













Going home!


Sunday, January 3, 2010



Baby's now the size of a watermelon!
Your full-term (yay!) baby is gaining about 1/2 ounce a day and getting his first sticky poop (called meconium) ready. He's also brushing up on skills for the outside world: blinking, sucking, inhaling, exhaling, and gripping (it's getting strong!).


How far along? 37 weeks!!!
Total weight gain: Down 4 lbs. I gained more weight the doctor thinks a lot of it was fluid.
Maternity clothes? Indeed! some of those maternity shirts are getting a bit small :o)
Sleep: still up multiple times each night to pee and I am finding getting comfortable very difficult.
Best moment this week: We found out I am still 3 cm and I am now 80% effaced. My body is definitely getting ready.
Movement: yes!
Gender: Girl!!!
Labor Signs: I am still contracting and I am feeling sharp pains in my cervix.
Belly Button in or out? In. I don't think it is going to pop.
What I miss: Sleeping comfortably and walking without a waddle.
What I am looking forward to: Doctor's appointment and finding out if I have made any more progress.
Weekly wisdom: Enjoy your time as a couple before the baby comes. DH and I went out on our first date in a long time. It was just dinner and a movie but it was a lot of fun.
Milestones: We are full term! She is free to come at any time.

Here is the latest belly pic