Thursday, April 26 I arrived at the hospital for my induction of Little Monkey at 6 AM. The first thing the nurses told me when I turned the corner by the nurses station was that they didn't have any beds open for me, they were going to put me in triage area until a bed came available. Triage is a large room with 3 stretcher like beds divided by curtains. At first I was the only person in there, but soon women began rotating in and out for testing and observation.Joe was stuck over in a really tight corner in a hard chair. We both hoped it wouldn't be long before we could move to a more quiet, comfortable room. The nurse got my IV in on the second try, which was perhaps my best IV experience ever, usually it takes 3 or 4 attempts by 2 or 3 nurses. IV's and I don't mix well, even this best experience ever was horrible. By 7, my nurse started Pitocin and someone said we might get moved out of triage around 10.
The hours ticked by slowly and we both tired of listening to everyone else come and go. The bed was really hard and I was uncomfortable. My nurse had checked me when I first came in and I was already dilated to 3 so she was hesitant to increase the Pitocin afraid I'd progress quickly and be ready to deliver before I got a room. 10 came and we found out I wouldn't be moving until 12:30, so we waited and grew frustrated and tried to tune out all the people outside the curtains.
She let the nurses know and they all came running in getting everything ready. Since we didn't know what we were having everyone was excited to find out and several nurses that weren't even working with us came in just to watch, I've never had so many people in the delivery room before, I was apologizing for making such terrible sounds with each contractions. I was laughing at myself to try to keep sane!! They all guessed Little Monkey was going to be a boy because her heart rate was 120-140's.
Joe and I had told the nurses to let our doctor tell us what the baby was when it was born. The doctor told me to push then wait. With the second pushout came our Little Monkey at 8:24pm. My doctor held her up and when she didn't say what the baby was I asked, and she told me to look. The umbilical cord was between her legs and I moved it and was shocked that it was a girl!!
The pictures say it all, Bethany jumped three feet off the ground when Joe told them and Jenna wasn't really surprise because of course it was a girl. Joseph let a big, "Oh!" of disappointment.
Brady immediately and repeatedly signed, "baby" when he saw Anne and wanted to keep rubbing her head.
When Jenna met Anne, she rubbed her head and said, "Aww, I could just rub her head forever!" Then she touched her toes and said, "Isn't she presh!?"
It was late and the kids were tired, some more than others. It was time for the nurse to check Anne's blood sugar because of my gestational diabetes, it had been low right after she was born, I had nursed her and hoped it would be up. It was still low so they gave her formula and checked it again, it was still too low. The nurse explained that the doctor would order IV fluids, then she decided to send blood to the lab just to check that it really was low because Anne wasn't symptomatic of her sugar being as low as it read.
We were moved out of Labor and Delivery into a regular room at 12:30 AM. I was really anxious about the possibility of her getting an IV, a little while later her nurse came in and told me that her labs came back great, her blood sugar was 46 and had to be over 40. It was another blessing, she hasn't had any issues with blood sugar since.
It's time to feed my baby, will post more from our hospital stay soon!
~My sister did an INCREDIBLE job capturing our special moments on this precious day! I don't know what I would do without her!! Thanks Carrie!