It’s been a whirlwind few weeks. My baby girl finally arrived and I couldn’t be more smitten. This past week has been full of snuggle time and a few sleepless nights, though it has gotten better throughout the week.
I’m a little apprehensive to share her full birth story. It was an unusual few days and I am so lucky that I had such a healthy little girl, but I will share a few elements.
I intended to have an all natural birth. I dabbled in Hypnobirthing and did all my research, but after 24 hours of contractions, I caved and got an epidural. Best decision ever. After getting admitted (at around midnight), I was told she’d be a 6.5 pounds and be here before noon. Noon came and went and at 8pm when I was finally ready to start pushing I pushed for an hour before anyone realized she was sunny side up. They tried to push her back up there and turn her around (tmi?) and after another hour and a half of pushing with no result, I was wheeled over to the OR for a C-section. She was finally born at 10:57 on April 26th weighing 9 pounds (I do remember the doctors saying “That’s no 6 pound baby!” as they pulled her out).
It was not the birth I planned or expected, but I have a (very) healthy baby girl to show for it. And if I could do it over again, I would not have been so concerned about having my perfect non-medicated birth and prepared myself for all options. Though, I like to think I had a sampler platter of birthing experiences, so next time I feel like I could handle just about anything.