No matter how many children you have, this never gets to be old hat! The birth of a child still has this crazy life changing, world flipping effect on you as it does with any children. Avery Claire has captured all of our hearts. We are completely in love right now.
The abbreviated birth story is that I went in the morning of Decemeber 9th to be induced since I was a week and 1 day past my due date. I snapped this picture of myself before leaving for the hospital...
We got there, got into a room at about 10. My amazing nurse got me hooked up to the monitors and got my IV put in. As she walked in the room with the bag of pitocin... MY WATER BROKE! ha ha ha. Ironic. I was so in shock. I convinced them to let me wait to see if labor would begin on it's own. It didn't so we did end up using pitocin. They gave me a small dose and increased it gradually, but baby wasn't handling the pitocin very well even in small doses, so we ended up having to shut it off, but it didn't matter. Labor had picked up. There was a brief scare where things got really painful for me and could have ended in a C-section... Avery tried to flip transverse breech on us during labor ha. She ended up re-engaging and everything turned out alright in the end. Labor started at about 2pm I delivered my healthy 8 lb 8 oz baby girl at 7:44pm. 20.5 inches long... she was my biggest baby yet. I love her to pieces and can't get enough of looking at her. She has stolen my heart. It's amazing to me how even though I have been there done that, the birth of a new baby is still so wondrous and evokes the strongest emotions we are capable of feeling. This part of having a baby is something I will always treasure. I know I complain about the rest, but this part... you will get no complaints from me.
So without further ado... I give you the photos that mainly Dave took of our day in Labor and Delivery on the birthday of Avery Claire.
updating the masses of the progress...
looking a little worse for wear ha. Contractions had picked up and the ordeal with trying to figure out if she was transverse or not was PAINFUL... so I may or may not have cried... even sobbed a little... I was making it though.
My AMAZING nurse. She seriously was awesome! All of my nurses were!
Thinking "really Dave, you are taking a picture now?" ha.
Fresh out of the oven... and I am completely in love.
The best Dr. in the WHOLE UNIVERSE! So glad Dave snapped this! :)
Now for the CUTENESS OVERLOAD!!! Dave took all of these too and I LOVE them so much. I need to get some of them framed. So awesome!
This concludes my pregnancy journey. It's been quite the experience, and I'm so glad to be in the next phase.