Here are some more pics of Jade. I've been wanting to get a picture of her with this rocking elephant that my friend Jessica made. It's so cute, but highly uncomfortable for her hence the crying in the next picture. Anyways Jade just wanted to thank Jess for the cute rocker, we love it!
So Today i'm well rested and ready to share my wonderful experience. I went in to be induced on the 19th of May at 730 in the morning. I was already at about 3 cm dilated and 75% effaced with the baby sitting at a -1 station. They put a catheter up in my cervix to help dilate it to a 4 before starting induction. I have to say that this was the most painful part even though luckily the catheter only stayed in for 20 minutes. If you don't know what it is, they put a catheter in your cervix, fill the balloon with 40 ml of fluid then put slight tension on it taped to your leg. They then let you control how much tension by moving your leg. Anyways it was so painful i was already considering an epidural. Anyways that came out really fast and so they broke my water around 9:00. They had given me a pill as well to help ripen the cervix so unfortunately I had to stay in bed for an hour to be monitored. I was having contractions at this time but didn't really know what they were becuase my back was killing me. They wanted me to walk a little bit but becuase my contractions were already pretty decent they said to go for about 30 minutes. Thats when i starting feeling the contractions. we were walking around the hospital and i had sean's phone out counting the contractions and the time in between. When we got back the nurse hooked me up and said my contractions were really close together, so they better get me going for my epidural. They checked me and i was 5cm dilated and 80% effaced. They gave me stadol before the epidural for the pain and I did not like it one bit. It made me unable to focus and just kinda out of it. Anyways the epidural went great, and it worked perfect! If i have one thing to say it's that epidurals rock! Anyways everything went well. We did have a scare when my blood pressure dropped out to like 40 diastolic and the the baby's heart rate kept dropping to like 60 so i was given ephedrine IV ( the stuff in diet pills that makes your heart race) and had to get three doses. It was a bit scary, but it was all happening so fast i didn't know at the time what was happening, they put me on a nonrebreather mask and were flopping me in all different directions. I was so helpless because i couldn't even feel my legs. They were also pumping me with fluid and gave me 5 Liters of fluid boluses which looked nice in my ankles! Anyways after she was stable i remained on the mask or nasal cannula but all went well. Like i said my epidural worked perfectly, I could feel at the end when i needed to push from the pressure but i didn't feel any pain. I pushed through about 5-6 contractions which was exhausting but she was born at 9:27. I was so grateful to have such a quick labor and such great staff. My nurses were great, my dr was great, but most of all Sean was great. He was such a great coach i was surprised how well he did through it all! Jade is doing great, she just had her first appt at 5days old, she weighs 6lbs 11 oz and is now, after having a little bit of a rough time, breastfeeding great. Just remember upcoming moms that breastfeeding is a frustratingly learned skill! She sleeps well, feeds well, and has such a good demeanor. I am so lucky. I shouldn't brag but I am getting great sleep cuz she is so good. I actually slept a total of 8-9 hrs last night (not straight obviously). I love her she's the greatest. You think that you couldn't love her more until you wake up the next day and realize you do! Anyways that's it, I hope i didn't jinx myself bragging on her! sorry I tried to keep it short but it's still long!
So our camera took the perfect opportunity to stop working a few days before Jade was born so we don't have the best of pictures becuase it only works when it wants to. Anyways here are a few pictures of our first few days with Jade. Ill give the details in the next post, when i have a little more time, but she was born on May 19th at 9:27 pm weighing 7lb 6oz and we just love her to death! She is so sweet! Welcome to the world Jade
We're in the final countdown now, only a few more days left till our little girl will be here! it's crazy, it seems like we were just talking about having a baby not long ago and now we're actually going to have one any day! At the same time i keep thinking, man am i ever going to be skinny again? You forget that you have this 40 lbs stomach protruding out until you ram it into something or someone, like I did at work the other day at the computer desk! Anyways We're so excited, terrified and can't wait for this next step in life! I thought i better post one last picture before she's born, we haven't been the greatest at getting alot of pictures, but that may be becuase I LOVE looking at my swollen face!