After 16 hours of pretty intense back labor, I opted for the epideral. So they moved me from the natural water birthing center up to the 3rd floor where I could get the good stuff. Getting the epideral was a bit scary since I had to remain completely still even during contractions but once I got it, I was a happy camper!
My water had broken on it's own and when I was 10 cm dilated around 5 o'clock, they decided it was time to start pushing. I had another "forebag" that the midwife had to break and when she did they discovered merconium in the sack. Since there was a chance this could get into the baby's lungs upon delivery, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was called into the room.
I had to push for about an hour. The stubborn little thing just wanted to hang out in the same spot. So, the nurse, the midwife, Matt and I would make small talk as we waited for each contraction so I could push. The 3 people from the NICU set by quietly and waited. Every once in awhile, one would peek over and tell me I was doing great.
Matt was a tremendous support through out the whole thing and when our little one finally made her debut, it was his job to announce the sex. Her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck so it was hard to tell what was what. When it was finally determined that we had a girl, I cried. It had been a sweet baby girl all along!!!!
The NICU ladies took her to the warmer right away. Matt was able to cut the cord and they discovered that she had fluid on her lungs and would have to hang out in the NICU for a couple hours. They let me hold her for what seemed like a second and I got a good look at our sweet baby girl.
Only a couple minutes old
That night Matt and I were transferred to a postpartum room where we had to spend the night away from our Baby Girl. The next morning we received a phone call from the NICU letting us know that the fluid in her lungs was gone but she had an infection and would need to stay another two days. Bummer!
First night in the NICU and the only time she needed the breathing tube
They removed the breathing tube the next day but she had to keep the other monitors for the remainder of her stay.
She looks so small next to Daddy's hand
Poor little thing had to get an IV in her head
They kept trying to put these ugly hats on her
"Daddy, I want to go home"
One of the nurses made this sweet sign for her
Last day to be in the NICU
All of the excitement about going home knocked her out, either that or the sun was too bright.
Finally home in her own crib
Welcome home Baby Girl!
Spending Adelyne's first 7 days in the NICU was not what we wanted or had expected but we made it through thanks to loving friends and family who cleaned our house, kept us fed, sent encouraging words, lifted us up in prayer and just hung out at the hospital. We have been overwhelmed by everyone's love and support during this challenging time and were thankful that the infection was caught when it was and we were able to bring home a healthy baby girl.