A week prior to my induction was my last OB appointment. At that appointment I was 2-3cm dilated and 20% effaced. However, baby was still very high. My OB was certain when she dropped, I'd dilate quickly. And since my induction with Lily was so quick (about 6 hours from start to finish), we all assumed that I would have a similar experience again. I was hoping to beat my own personal best time of 1:11pm (the time Lily was born). So, operation get baby girl to drop went into full effect. I walked until I couldn't walk anymore....literally. I did Wii fit and played Just Dance for Wii. I had sex, I did squats & lunges. I sat "Indian Style" as much as possible. Anything to get this baby to drop and make her labor & delivery a resounding success.
So, when I checked in at 5:45am for the induction, I was confident that baby had dropped which means I should've been further along in dilation. And she had dropped!!!! But, I was only measuring 3.5cm at best. But, at least she was low. We were still on a good track. Pitocin was started at 7:37am. A few hours later, contractions were about 3 minutes apart and becoming more & more noticable. So, they decided to break my water. This really pushed things along with Lily, so we were confident that despite the fact I was still only 3.5 cm, we'd really see things take off. But they didn't. The contractions didn't even get unbearable right away like they did with Lily. We were approaching noon and I was starting to think maybe she wouldn't be here by 1:11. But, I refused to give up.
That is, until 1:11 came & went. My contractions were at least getting stronger. Finally, around 2pm, I decided that I couldn't bear the pain anymore. We called in anesthesia and I got an epidural. Let me tell you, after feeling like my pelvis was being ripped apart, the epidural was heaven. Although I still felt some pressure with the contractions, I was able to lay down & relax while enjoying the company of my family. A few minutes after my epidural was in place, my OB checked me again. I was at 5cm! Half way there!!!! At this rate, I was going to have my baby sometime in the next few days at least. *sigh* There were even pools going on facebook as to when our little girl would FINALLY make her appearance. Around 3:30, they checked me again. I was at 7! Apparently I only needed to be able to relax for my body to do it's thing. By 4 I was at 9 and by 4:10 I was pushing.
Eleven minutes later, after only a few pushes, our beautiful baby girl came into the world screaming her head off! She weighed in at 7lbs 5oz (1lb, 2oz less than her big sister) and was 18.5 inches long (2 inches shorter).
Without further adieu, it is our pleasure to introduce the newest member of our family, Miss Adelyn Rose
Lily's first time meeting her baby sissy
We're all doing very well! Adelyn is eating & sleeping like a champ! She's already much more spunky than her older sister was at this age. I feel like this recovery is going much better than my recovery with Lily. I feel better all around. Steve was an awesome coach! Despite his napping early on. ;-) And Lily.....well, she's coming around. At first she wasn't too happy about having a baby sissy outside the womb, but she seems to be adjusting. She's now asking about baby sissy and wanting to hold/kiss her. So, I think we'll keep 'em both!