As promised I will give an account of the events during the past week, ending with a new addition to the family.
Karly’s due date was Tuesday, May 12th. Around Thursday, she started having contractions pretty regularly, just about every 10 minutes, but they weren’t very close together or very strong. Then Friday morning, according to Karly they got much stronger and closer together so I worked from home that day just in case something happened. Karly was pretty sure she was having the baby Friday.
Friday came and went, and the contractions continued through Monday, getting stronger and closer together. We had an appointment Monday morning at 8am to check progress so we did’t really want to go in earlier than that.
On Monday, the doctor told us that we could either go walk around the mall and try to get things to progress or we could go over to the hospital and get monitored for a few hours. Karly had a C-section with the first pregnancy so the doctor decided she didn’t want Karly going into labor at the mall, so we headed to the hospital.
A note, we don’t have insurance so we were weary of any extra hospital time.
We went to the hospital and Karly got an IV and got hooked up to a contraction detector or something. This was around 10am. The doctor came by and decided that we were committed to having the baby that day, so they did a few things to get Karly going a little faster, and around 2pm, Karly was dilated to a 5cm (out of 10cm for those that don’t know).
We continued to wait…and wait…
The doctor came back a few times to check on her and she was progressing, surely but slowly. She then got a fever for some reason and the doctor was a bit worried about it so they gave her some medication to help it go away, which it didn’t.
Around 9pm Karly was at 9cm and started getting the ‘baby shakes’ which was pretty freaky. She was shaking all over as if she was cold and couldn’t control her movement. She thought she was going to swallow her tongue so she put a plastic spoon in her mouth.
She finally was able to go to sleep around 10pm. She woke at 11pm and they said it was time to start pushing. We have never been through labor as our first was a C-section, 2 weeks early because the baby was breach so we really had no idea what to expect. It was pretty disgusting 😉 I could see see part of the head much quicker than I thought.
She pushed for about a half hour with a nurse which got things going pretty good, and then they called the doctor. They were all cheering her on. She continued to push for a few minutes then the doctor asked if she wanted some help from a vacuum. We were clueless so didn’t really know what she meant but agreed.
The vacuum is more like a suction cup that they put on the babies head and help to guide the baby out. It was interesting and when she started using that, it was only a few more pushes till the baby was born.
She was born at 12:03am, May 12th, weighed 7lbs 6oz and was 20 inches long.
She wasn’t breathing for about 3 minutes and they were a bit worried, using a respirator thing to try and get her to breathe. She started breathing and they said everything else looked good. They let Karly hold her for a minute then whisked the baby off to the nursery. Karly was pretty happy to hold her because when she had the C-section, they didn’t let her hold the baby till the next day.
I visited her in the nursery soon after, and they said she was doing great and they would bring her back into the room. Then we moved to the recovery area of the hospital, this was around 2am and we were pretty tired. I slept on a horrible pull out bed, but it felt great by that time.
The next day Karly’s family came to visit, I tried to work from the hospital some and we were just in recovery mode. The excitement was over and most everything else was a bit of a blur.
We left the hospital on the 13th at around 11am and were back at home. Karly and the baby are doing great. My mom flew in to see the baby and help us out with Lyla. I was able to work from home that whole week so I could help out too which was really nice.
So that adventure ended well and we are on to the next thing. Karly is losing her baby weight pretty fast. She has already lost 25lbs. Lyla is taking to the baby and loves holding and kissing her.
Thanks for all the congratulations from my twitter followers, friends and family.
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