When I wrote my due date update post on Sunday, September 23rd - little did I know that sharp abdominal pains would begin just a few minutes later. They didn't feel anything like contractions, so I wasn't sure what to make of them. They became more frequent, and then contractions started as well. While they were really painful, there wasn't a pattern and they weren't time-able at all. I just wasn't sure what to do so I called my OB and she suggested I go to L&D to get checked out anyway; the sharp pains concerned her.
We made it to the hospital around 2 PM and the monitors showed that I was having contractions every 4-6 minutes and Aurelia's heart rate was elevated. My OB suspected I might be dehydrated so she gave me IV fluids in the hopes that baby's heart rate would go down. Then just a few minutes later I started throwing up. After about an hour Aurelia's heart rate was still high and I was still having sharp pains and nausea so despite my only being 2 cm dilated at the time, she decided to admit me.
They broke my water shortly thereafter and contractions began to pick up. Soon they were only 2 minutes apart but I was still only 2-3 cm dilated. After a few painful stabs and a half hour of trial and error they finally placed the epidural successfully around 7:30 PM and I was feeling great! I caught some of the Patriots game while waiting to progress ;)
|Last picture with the bump!|
Aurelia emerged at 11:01 PM with her hand up at her face, waving to the world. They put her on my chest and I couldn't believe how much she looked like Carina. She weighed 7 lbs. 3.3 oz. and measured 20 inches long.
|Nursing for the first time|
|Our first photo as a family of 4!|
|As I took this he said, "I'm the richest guy in the world"|
|Someone doesn't like her pretty dress|
|Tired Mommy & baby|
|Aurelia Ellen - September 23rd 2012|
More photos and details about how things are going as soon as I can find some time! ;)