I came home today. With a baby!
So much happened on Thursday, and I could describe it all, and this post would last forever. So I'll give the short version.
The pitocin drip was started around 10, and contractions started soon after. Manageable, and the mood was relaxed and social. I think Dad had a great time on his busman's holiday; he had several very interesting conversations with various personnel regarding hospital equipment, practices, and procedures, and I think he took home info on some things his hospital doesn't have. Several hours later, I hadn't dilated much, so we decided to break my water. That's when things took off. Contractions came faster and were much stronger, and after a few more hours, still at only 3 cm, I was losing my grip a bit. So we decided on a pain med that took me through two hours and up to 7 cm. In came the lovely epidural! All of my support people were kicked out, and the epidural was placed well and quickly, although I know that Hubby was pretty distressed at my howls when a contraction hit just as the epidural was going in. Owwww! Then I dozed for... well, I really have no idea for how long. And then it was time to push! It took me a little while to get the hang of it, but I will never, ever forget the sight (we had a mirror set up so I could see) of my daughter's head emerging, followed quickly by the rest of her! I'm actually crying a little right now, as I remember it all.
So. 10:03 pm, 7 lb 6 oz, and 19.5 inches long. 9 and 9 on her Apgars!
I did tear and there were stitches required, and we had some trouble delivering the placenta.
I cannot imagine going through that without my amazing support team. Hubby was a rock when I really started needing him. My Dad is, to quote Hubby, "fucking amazing." MY friend, Christine, a doula, was so soothing, and she gave me exactly the help I needed when I needed it.
So, follow all of that with communication from lots of friends and family. Baby and I are figuring out the process of nursing (my nipples are REALLY flat, and so far we've usually used a breast shield to make it easier to latch on.), Hubby has learned how to change a diaper, the pediatrician has declared Baby "perfect," and the hospital staff were terrific. And now we are so glad to be home. It was nice to have food, drink, drugs and help come running at the push of a button, but I'm happy to be in my own clothes, on my own couch.
We'll see how tonight goes.
Huge hugs to all of you who've already sent love and congratz! It's all greatly appreciated. I think I may go try for a nap now, while my beautiful baby girl is snoozing.
So, as mentioned, I checked into the hospital on Thursday morning.