Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Welcome Sofia Louise

You are all being spared the long birth story originally penned for this by means of internet hijinx that made it disappear. Besides, you really wanted to see pictures anyway, not hear the gory details.

Here are the bullet points if you're interested. If not keep scrolling to see pics.
5/5 8:00 p.m. To hospital to start inducing due to mom's high blood pressure. Start misoprostol.

5/6 2:00 a.m Start Cervidil
2:00 p.m. Start Pitocin drip
8:00 p.m. Starts getting noticeable contractions. Screaming doesn't start for a few more hours.
5/7 2:00 a.m no progression for hours past 7 cm. Encouraged to take an epidural or other narcotics to relax a little and see if it encourages dilation. Or possibly because Steve and the nurse are worried I'll wake everyone else in the hospital. Take the lowest dose possible.
5:00 a.m it worked. Time to start pushing.
7:30 a.m Good pushes. Head stuck at 0 station for over 1/2 hour. Baby heart rate stil okay, but taking longer to recover after each push. Bring in other doctor for consult. Agrees, no progess is being made. C-section is best option. Off we go.
7:56 a.m. Look to my left. Steve tells me we have a daughter!! Welcome Sofia Louise!! 7 pounds, 8 oz and 21 inches.

Turns out the nuchal cord was around her neck which is why she hadn't gone past 0 station. A test of the blood gasses in the cord blood would also later reveal that she was about 20 minutes away from NOT doing well. We made the right decision.

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