Kenzfish: Maizey's Birth Story
Thursday, November 06, 2008 2:45 PM
"The whole time I kept thinking, "How long is this baby?" because it felt like she was wrapped all the way around me..."
On the morning of Saturday the 16th of August, my husband Matt came home from work at 7 a.m. and got into bed with me. We watched TV and just relaxed; I think he fell asleep at about eight. It was 9:30 when the fun began. I was still laying in bed and I felt a little gush as I rolled over. I didn't think it was anything as I had been having some heavy discharge for a couple of days at this point and was wearing a pad, so I just continued to relax. About 15 minutes later I felt a bigger gush. I was not really sure what was going on and I didn't want to wake Matt up since he had worked all night, so I called my mom to ask her what she thought. She told me I needed to call the doctor and ask him, which is what I did next. He told me to come to Labor & Delivery, since he was already there, and get checked out. So at 10:30 a.m. I got in the shower and woke Matt up for the five minute drive to the hospital. Just as we were leaving I felt a huge gush of fluid and that's when I knew this was it.
Getting to the hospital
We got to the hospital and found out I was three centimeters dilated and my water had broken, so we weren't going anywhere until we had our baby girl. At this point they were trying to get a room ready for me, so Matt and I walked the halls from about noon until 3 pm. I was hardly feeling my contractions at all and was in pretty good spirits at this point, until I found out I was only at a large three centimeters. I couldn't believe that I hadn't progressed at all. So we tired the birthing ball and when that didn't seem to help, they put me in the whirlpool tub for 40 minutes. But at seven that night I was still at three centimeters. I was starting to get nervous at this point because my water had broken at 9:30 a.m.
Getting the epidural
In order to get things moving the doctor ordered Pitocin, so at this point I asked for my epidural. My epidural was a so easy (I think the IV hurt more) and the doctor was very nice and joked around with us. My epi was working by 10 p.m. and I decided to get some sleep.
I woke up around 1 a.m. because I was feeling my contractions in my lower abdomen and they tried to move me around to get my epidural to settle better but nothing worked. So they checked me and I was only at five centimeters. I couldn't believe it! I was so scared that I was going to feel these horrible contractions forever since I was only at five centimeters. For the next hour I tried to breathe through the contractions and then I started to throw up -- not pleasant when you are stuck on your back. But at two in the morning I started to have a lot of pressure, so the nurse checked me. I went from five centimeters to ten in just one hour. I couldn't believe it. So I pushed and pushed and pushed. I ended up pushing for two hours before Maizey Sue was born at 3:57 a.m. on August 17 -- her due date.
She came out a little fussy wide eyed and laid on my chest for about 45 minutes before they took her from me. The whole time I kept thinking, "How long is this baby?" because it felt like she was wrapped all the way around me. When they measured her she was 8 lbs 8 oz. and 23 inches long.
She is such a good baby and started to sleep through the night at about six weeks. She is pretty laid back and only really cries if she needs something. At her two-month check she is in the 97th percentile for height and weight, measuring in at 26 inches long and 15.2 lbs. She is going to be one tall girl!
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