Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ainsley Marie Distel

November 20, 2010
7lbs 5 oz
18" long

She's here!

I started having contractions Saturday morning around 7:00. We went on a walk and before long, they were about 5 minutes apart and 1 minute long. The labor and delivery nurse suggested taking a warm bath to try and relax and call again when they were to the point of not being able to talk or walk through them. I soaked in the tub for a long time, and as soon as I got out, the contractions got harder and right on top of each other, so we went in around 3:00. When the nurse checked me, I was dilated to 5cm, but she didn't think she felt the baby's head where it was supposed to be, so she went to get the ultrasound machine and another nurse to make sure. She still wasn't sure even with the ultrasound, so the other nurse took a look and sure enough, she found her head way up by my ribs. She checked me as well, and felt a little foot! Then things started happening fast. By then, Mom and Katie were there. Because she was footling breech and I was already in active labor, they weren't willing to try and turn her, so C-section was the way we were going. By 4:00, I was in the OR, and at 4:26, she was out. They found that not only was she breech, she also had the cord around her neck 2 times. And they found a "good-sized" fibroid in my uterus, which they removed. When they announced she was a girl, Justin (and most of the people in the room) were very surprised! Then they announced her weight, and I was very surprised! I was expecting her to be much bigger than she was. They cleaned her up and we got a few pictures while they finished with me, then took her and Justin up to the nursery. I was in recovery for about 45 minutes, and by 6:30 we were all in our room and I had my little girl in my arms!

We came home on Tuesday morning, and Mom is here until at least Thursday. Dad and Katie were here until Sunday afternoon, and just got here for Thanksgiving, so we're all just relaxing at home.

Welcome to the world, Ainsley Marie!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Who would have thunk it

I saw my doc this morning for my 40 week appointment. 4 months of sitting down to keep Baby D from coming out, and here I am at 40 weeks! And, I have an appointment scheduled for next Tuesday, with no promises or even hints that Baby will come before then! And the potential for induction was brought up! My doctor didn't say either way whether he thinks I'll make it to Tuesday (we told him he jinxed us last week by saying he probably wouldn't see me today!), he just said to schedule it for then and hopefully baby will come before. If I were to be induced, the earliest that would happen is next Friday. (If it comes to that, I won't wait past then!) He checked me and I'm STILL at 1.5 cm, but I'm now 100% effaced, which is good news. At least there's some progress going on.

So now we continue to wait. And my child just grows more. Goody.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Waiting and waiting...

Our beautiful little one has yet to join the world... Everyone else due around the same time has their babies, and we're still waiting to meet ours! It is good to know that it really won't be long - even though every day we don't get to meet Baby D seems to drag on, it's truly a matter of days!

The signs seem to point to sooner rather than later - at my 38 week appointment last Wednesday, I was 1.5 cm dilated and 60% effaced. Baby's movements have slowed down quite a bit, my Braxton Hicks contractions have settled down, Baby's dropped massively. So here's hoping we get to meet this little person this week! I see my doctor again tomorrow, as long as Baby hasn't arrived yet.

This week is officially my last week of work before starting maternity leave, and I'm definitely ready to be home and just be with my baby and husband. I'm not ready to be broke for 2 months, however! But we'll make do. My federal student loans are in deferment, so that's a huge burden lifted for us. And the rest will fall into place.

Come on out, Baby D!