Cecilia Lynn Orr
Born July 28th, 2012
8lb 8oz, 19 inches
Cecilia finally made her arrival after a little coaxing from pitocin early Saturday morning after 17.5 hours of labor. She is absolutely beautiful, loves to snuggle and (so far) fusses very little and we’re all in love. Here’s how the labor went:
5:30am– Check in at the hospital for induction, sit around waiting
6:00am– Taken to my room
7:00am- Nurse checks me and determines that I’m still at 1.5cm and 70% effaced.
9:00am- Pitocin drip is finally started
Lots of waiting around as contractions get stronger. Learn that my platelet count has now dropped to 95 (from 128) which can be dangerous when getting an epidural. Have a consult with the anesthesiologist to discuss pain management options should I decide I need them and what they would do if I needed a C-section.
6:00pm– The nurse checks me again and decides I haven’t made any progress (which seemed a little unlikely). The doctor on call decides to stop pitocin for the night and put me on cervadil to help things move along. I get to eat dinner!
7:00pm– The new nurse on duty checks me before placing the cervadil and decides that I am 3cm and 100% effaced. Pitocin is started again.
11:30pm– 6-7cm. I decided to get some pain meds put into my iv to take the edge of the contractions. They don’t take the edge off but they do help me sleep in between each contraction lasted about 45 mins.
12am- The doctor checks me to see if they should break my water but Cecilia is still to high and they are worried about a cord prolapse. Still 6-7cm
2-2:30am– 9-10 cm, waiting for my water to break.
3:00’ish am– My water breaks
3:07am– Start pushing
3:18am– Cecilia is here!
Having a (nearly) unmedicated labor was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do but I’m so glad I was able to make it until the end, despite my pleas for an epidural just before pushing. I’m also glad everything went smoothly and there were no stalls or bad positioning of the baby or any complications. Her heart rate did drop a bit near the end as I struggled to breathe. (As a side note- being repeatedly told to breathe while struggling through pain is actually more distracting and makes you think about how you can’t breathe and in fact makes you breathe less).
I wish I could say that our stay at the hospital after Cecilia’s birth was pretty uneventful but my kids are all about the drama apparently and like to send me into cardiac arrest. While I was eating dinner on Saturday night, Cecilia lay in her bassinet. I heard her make a little noise so I looked over at her and saw her lips were purple and the rest of her face was turning that way too. I picked her up quickly and started patting her back while James ran into the hallway to get help. The nurses were able to swat/rub/shake her until she coughed up the gunk that was blocking her throat. Apparently she has swallowed a little too much amniotic fluid on her way out. Later the nurses used a feeding tube to clean out the rest of her stomach. I was absolutely terrified and an emotional wreck after that. Needless to say I didn’t really sleep that night fearful it would happen again. In fact I’m still pretty nervous about it.
Jimi was pretty timid meeting his sister for the first time. When he got to the room he quickly ran in to hand me a balloon and tried to run right back out. He then wanted to see his sister but he didn’t want her to come too close or to touch her. As soon as it was time to leave the hospital though he wanted to help carry her car seat out to the car, hold her hand and smile at her in the car, and get her out of the seat as fast as possible to hold her once we were home. He loves to hold her, kiss her, tell her hi, and pat her back. He also likes to point out her ears and fingers. We’re so proud of how well he is doing with her. He is still adjusting though and is acting out a little in other ways by not listening and throwing massive tantrums over things he wouldn’t normally but you can tell he loves his little sister though.
Cecilia is adjusting quite well to being home. We were up a lot the first few nights but she is slowly sleeping better. After a bad start to nursing, she wasn’t latching correctly and didn’t want to eat very much, she is finally getting the hang of it and it looks like I won’t have to use a shield this time around (YAY!). At her 3 day check up her weight was down to 7lb 14oz which they said was an acceptable weight loss. She loves to be held and snuggled. She already has a pretty strong neck and can hold her head up for a second or two at a time. She is becoming more alert everyday. To sum it up: she’s pretty amazing and we’re fortunate to have a sweet healthy girl.