Okay, after 50 hours of labor, two epidurals, and three weeks to recover, i have finally uploaded all the pictures of our beautiful little girl! She was born March 1, 2009. 7pounds, 3ounces, and 20 inches long!
It all started on Thursday Feb. 26th. We went to the doctor, and I was very ready to have this little girl! I was dilated to a 3 and 85% effaced. Dr. Damore stripped my membranes, and said I should be in labor within 24 to 48 hours! Great, I couldn't wait! Well, Thursday night my contractions became stronger, but still not consistent...so more waiting. Friday morning I woke up with contractions ten to twelve minutes apart! Awesome...we have consistency! Jason and I walked ALL day long...everywhere. They gradually became closer and closer...ten minutes, seven minutes...just waiting for five. Five never seemed to come. The doctor told us to go in when the contractions were five minutes apart for one hour. Saturday morning at 1230 I woke up with contractions five minutes apart. I watched the clock, and at 145 Jason and I went to the hospital. We walked...some more, and when they checked me I was only 3.5cm dilated...great. So, home we went. They basically told me to come back when they were more painful. Jason and I became very frusterated and extremely tired. We didn't sleep all day (how could we?). They started to become stronger and stronger as the day past. At four that evening, my whole family was telling me, you should go back now. My contractions were strong enough that I couldn't talk through them, and they were very uncomfortable. At this point, I had been having contractions five minutes apart for 15 hours...REALLY??? They checked me and I was still only 3.5cm dilated. They were going to give me a shot of morphine and send me home...I don't think so! Luckily my water broke on it's own and I was admitted! Two hours later I was only 4cm. So, they started Pitocin at 1100 Saturday evening. I got my first epidural at about midnight...it numbed my right thigh...that's it! Well, the baby was not coming out of there, and I could still feel everything. So, they pulled it out an hour and a half later and started another one! AMAZING! I coudn't feel any pain. I finally got some sleep. Jason on the other hand never left my side and didn't sleep. He was so great the whole time I was in labor. Finally at 630 Sunday morning I was 7cm dilated! YEAH!!! Then, quickly at 730 I was a ten. They told us I was ready to push...wait...you mean I have to push! Once it was time, I realized she would be here soon! I was nervous, excited, and scared all at the same time. 45minutes later, Carlyn arrived! It was the most amazing feeling, indescribable. This little girl that Jason and I created was finally here, laying on my chest! The love you feel is like no other!
So, now three weeks later, I am feeling great! The recovery part was a lot easier for me than I thought it would be. Carlyn is a pretty good baby. She has bad nights, and when she does, they are REALLY bad. BUT, she has more good nights than bad and will go four to six hours without waking up! This is so nice! Jason is so in love with her and was able to take off three weeks of work to just be with me and her! He missed her very much on his first day back!She has a lot of hair, and I can't wait to be able to put bows and barretts in it! There are a lot of pictures below, and i still have more to upload. Enjoy!