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~ My Long-Overdue Story!

Baby HaleyHello all, first let me apologize for taking so long to write this, as the first 6 weeks of my little one's life have been rather hectic, but wonderful! So, I'll just dive right into it!

As you all know, I was scheduled for an induction on December 18, 2007 due to Preeclampsia. Ethan and I went to bed rather early on the 17th, and got up at 5:00 on the 18th, to check into the hospital at 5:30.

We got to the hospital and got checked in, which was rather routine, seeing as I had been there twice before in the past two weeks! I got hooked up to all of the monitors, and my IV started, and they started the Pitocin at about 6:10 a.m. The contractions started slowly, not hurting very badly, and coming at a relatively steady rate of about 2-3 minutes apart. The Pitocin was increased every 30 minutes until they got the contractions doing exactly what they wanted.

HaleyAt about 10, my doctor finally came over to check on me, and I was only at 2 and 75% effaced. So, he went ahead and broke my water, and said that things should start moving from there. At noon, the contractions were heavy, but I thought I could handle them if I tried, and was hoping I was making progress. By 1:00, I was MISERABLE! The contractions were right on top of one another, and I was to the point that I couldn't breathe through them anymore. I told Ethan to go get the nurse, and we decided to go ahead with the epidural.

I got the epidural, and life was wonderful again. Until about 5 that afternoon . . . when the epidural started to wear off on my left side. I asked the nurse if I should be feeling pain, and she said it was probably just pressure. Well, after about an hour and a half of nearly crying because of the "pressure" she finally believed me that it was pain that was causing the problem, and called the anesthesiologist back. He came and tried everything to make the medicine go back to that side, and we decided that I was going to need a new epidural. So, they sat me up and gave me a new epidural, and when they got it in and checked me again, I was at 8 and complete. SO, they sat me up to try and get the contractions to get me the rest of the way dilated. Finally at 7:50 that night, the nurse checked me and said, "I think we can push through this rim, and get going" so, I pushed with the next contraction, and got my cervix completely dilated. It was time!

HaleyI started pushing at about 8:00 that night, and at 8:24 p.m. my beautiful baby girl, Haley Brooke, entered this world! She weighed 7lbs and 14oz, and was 20 inches long. She is perfect! She was born with a full head of black hair, and still has most of it! She was bruised because she descended so quickly, but that faded in time. She was also jaundiced after we got home, but it wasn't so bad we had to do anything other than monitor her to make sure she was going to the bathroom enough.

We breastfed for the first 3 weeks of her life, and due to some complications, decided to go to formula. She is thriving, and as of 6 weeks, she weighs 12lbs!

Thank you all for sharing in this experience with me; it has been a true joy! Good luck to all of you out there with your babies, and may all of our lives continue to be blessed by these wonderful creatures!

Take care!

~ Susan

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