April 13, 2019
YOU WERE BORN TODAY!!!
We came into the hospital at 7:20 pm on your due date of Friday, April 12th.
We had my waters broken at 10:20, went into contractions reallllly frickin quick from there, got on the Oxytocin drip and went from 0-100 Reallly fast- contractions coming stacked right on top of each other like pain pancakes.
Daddy was a Hero during this phase- I was pretty awesome too.
Then I got my epidural around midnight and told Daddy to go to bed.
He slept in a big black comfy lazy boy chair from midnight-4:30 and you and I chugged through the night like a little train, just pulling each other along.
It took me from 12:00 am to 2:00 am to get from 3 cm to 4 cm, and then from 2:00 am to 4:30 am to leap straight from 4 cm to 10 cm fully dilated.
The resident OB came in at 4:30 am to check your position cuz you had a little dip in heartbeat and he announced:
“We are Fully Dilated!!!” in a really shocked voice and the whole room flew into cheers and celebration!!
Our nurse Justy was with us for the whole ride, and by 5:00 am she had us leaping into all sorts of different positions trying to push you out of there.
Baby Girl- you were a Ton of Work to get out- but in a room Full of people telling me what to do, I zeroed on in just your Daddy’s strong, clear voice reminding me what to do, and man did the three of us ever work together in perfect harmony to get you out.
My first 30 minutes of pushing were Hilarious- I looked like a Complete idiot and nearly burst every blood vessel in my head- I think I was trying to somehow push you out of my eyeballs? Maybe my ears?
Daddy corrected me, and the second half hour that I pushed you I got the hang of what I was doing, but you had your long body all tilted to the side, so all my awesome pushing just resulted in my mashing your sweet little skull plates into my pelvic bones for 30 minutes- sorry about the big ole bruise on your noggin from that!!
At 6:00 am, after an hour of pushing, the resident OB and Dr.Henning came in and both took turns getting your body turned to come straight down, and then I realllllly got to work pushing like an Olympian Gold Medal Powerlifter- there are pictures- I look like a lady on a mission and No One could break my stride.
I found lung capacities I didn’t know I had- strength and clarity of purpose I didn’t know existed until then- and I breathed you out in sets of 4 pushes, 10 seconds long each, every two minutes.
Around 6:30 am, they had to tell me to ease back on my power pushing, as I was about to blow you right through my entire vagina to anus section.
Sure glad they didn’t let me do that!!!
I rested out a few sets of contractions, stopped pushing, let us both relax for 15 minutes, and then started again.
Instead of tucking your chin in to your chest, you were trying to come out with your little face staring straight ahead out of my vagina, so they had to use the forceps to try and get your head tucked in a little better.
As soon as they said the forceps had corrected your little noggin and I could push again, I pushed with every last shred of determination that I had in me, and at 7:29 am, after two hours and 15 minutes of pushing, your head popped into this side of the world and you were staring Straight into your Daddy’s Soul.
He looked down at you, you opened your big black eyes and looked Right into his heart, blinked, and then let the rest of your body slide out.
Your Daddy lost Every Shred of composure at that point.
He said he had been holding tears back since 2:00 am, and when you blinked at him, the floodgates just poured right open.
I was smiling and laughing and crying tears of joy and your Daddy was weeping like a man who had just discovered he in fact had no bones, and was now the most Vulnerable person on the face of this earth.
Daddy looked at me and said Oh My Lord I am going to feel this way about her for the next 20 years.
He couldn’t get a word out without bursting into tears.
It was amazing to watch him become your Dad.
I’ve never loved a person so much in my life.
Then you and your Daddy went off to NICU together to figure out your bowels, which is a story for another day, but it’s 11:20 pm on the day of your birth, and I wanted to tell you how it all went down while it’s still so fresh in my mind.
We did it all together my little love, and we did a Great job.
You are here; you are ours, to have and to hold. To nurture and protect for the rest of our lives and our journey as a family has begun.
We love you so much,
Mommy and Daddy.
P.S. You are 7 pounds and 14 ounces. Just a squeak shy of an 8-pounder. You are 59 cm long, which works out to 20 inches. You’re the biggest baby by far in NICU right now and the nurses love you cuz they don’t get to see big babies like you that often.