Wednesday, March 20, 2013

H's birth story

I can't believe it, my baby girl is turning 5 today!
I still remember how excited I was when I saw the plus sign on the pregnancy test.

H was fashionably late... 5 days later. Boy was I ready for her. And to think, everyone said I would deliver early, ha ha! My OB decided to induce so I went to the hospital around 12:30PM on a Wednesday afternoon. My contractions started after the pitocin but it wasn't too bad until around midnight. At that point I still wasn't sure if I wanted an epidural but kept that option open. Around 3AM the contractions were coming on stronger.  I was only dilated halfway and my water did not break yet. So eventually they had to break it to move things along. I was exhausted but could not sleep since the contractions were so close. I decided on an epidural since I knew I needed the "strength & energy" to get through labor. And good thing since H didn't make her debut til 9:42AM, Thursday. Time was a blur to me but it seemed like I was pushing forever. And I guess it didn't help when Alston, my husband, counted "slowly" with each push. The nurse at first guided and say "push 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc." and then Alston eventually took over and counted 1.....2.....3.....4.....5..... For those who never gone through this you hold your breath as you pushed. Fortunately the nurse was kind enough to correct him for my sake.

I was given oxygen at one point while I was delivering since they noticed the baby's heart rate was dropping. When that happened I got really nervous. They thought her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck but it ended up it was because she was had her hand against her cheek when she was being delivered. This is her signature trademark, we even have an ultrasound picture of her in that pose.
The total time I was actually pushing was close to 2 hrs. I guess it's true when they say the first one usually takes longer, at least in my case. The moment she came into this world and gave her first cry, it was music to my ears. To finally be able to hold her in my arms and see her face to face. Even tho there were doctors and nurses all around, at that moment it was just me, my husband and her. Our family!
7lb, 12 oz. Welcome baby girl!
Happy Birthday to my sweet girl! I love you so much! - Mommy
First car ride home!
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  1. LOL on Alston counting too slowly! I bet he was really nervous!! Alan kept saying to me, "You can squeeze my hand harder". Boy, did he regret that LATER, hahaha! And what cute signature pose for H in the womb! Happy birthday, H!

    1. HAHA awww poor Alan and his hand. I think the father is usually more nervous than the mother, since our minds tend to be focus on other things hehe
      Thanks Lisa, I'll tell H :)

  2. Her signature trademark! Did she like to sleep in that position too when she was a baby!? Happy birthday to your sweet girl!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    1. When she was a newborn she would do that or have her little bear close to her cheek.
      Thank you Yi-chia! :)

  3. What a beautiful baby! 2 hours of pushing, holy moly!!! You did a great job! Happy birthday baby girl and happy "birth" day mama!

    1. Thanks Mandi! Talk about endurance, a true test hehe. Hmm, I never thought about it that way, I guess it is my "birth" day :) Thanks!

  4. What a beautiful baby! Love the cheeks in the first photograph. I'll bet you were exhausted after that delivery!