After midnight, my nurse came in and told me that I would not be moving to peds after Laynee was born because my labor had lasted so long, other patients were moved before me and it was full! I would have no place to go, so they would keep me in the L and D room until some one moved out of the post partum side later that day. God is so sweet to me!
I'm not sure what time it started, maybe around 3am, Laynee's heart rate dropped into the 60's and the nurse gave me oxygen. I stayed on oxygen the rest of the labor and her heart rate dropped several more times before she was born. I couldn't hold my eyes open to look at the monitors but I knew the nurses were standing beside my bed watching. I couldn't stop thinking, what if I go through all this and end up having to have a c-section because I didn't progress and her heart rate dropped?!
It was after 4am before I progressed to 6-7cm. I kept asking my nurse if I could get into a different position to help her heart rate or speed up my progression but she was very passive. Her and my tech Kathy, who was awesome, finally did move me around in the bed a little but my epidural was so strong I couldn't help much.
I'm not sure what time it was, maybe around 5am Dr S came in and said for my nurse to back my epidural off and that she thought I'd be ready to push within 15 minutes or so.
Joe took this picture of me at 5:27am, it's proof that I looked as miserable as I say. I was so tired, so weak and really scared that I wasn't going to have energy to push. I had so many emotions, I was relieved to almost be finished with this labor, this pregnancy and at the same time I was sad it was ending. I was scared that maybe I'd have a c-section yet or something wasn't going to be right. I was thankful to have been given this moment and I kept thinking of my grandma who Laynee is named after and I just cried. Tears ran down my cheeks. I was thankful and relieved, full of joy and of fear. I doubted myself and I was so ready to meet Laynee.
Finally the moment came to have this baby and the room was busy with everyone getting ready. Dr S said I could push when I had a contraction and with one push Laynee's head was out, with the second she was completely out and the cord was wrapped around her arm and her leg. It wasn't a problem but it probably explains her lack of movements the past 48 hours.
She laid with me for quite awhile but I was eager to find out how much she weighed so Joe carried her over to be weighed and cleaned up.
I can not speak enough of how faithful God was through this entire experience. It is always through these times in life that we grow and are changed. God answered so many prayers the way we asked but even if He had answered them differently, He would still be just as faithful and kind. It's not really about His answer, it's about His constant love and presence in these difficult times. He used so many people in our life to uplift and encourage us, we are completely grateful for the friends and family that share in our joy and pray for us. Thank you!