Miss Elizabeth Anne decided she couldn't join us by her due date and my back was wrenched - so we induced on 5/26/11 and she came into the world on her own time. We checked in at 8 and started pitocin around 9:30 once vitals were done and IV administered. By lunch time we were ready for epidural and the breaking of my water (contractions were about every 60 sec and I was in some pain :)). A bit of some issues with the epidural but we finally got where we needed to be and I was in the 'zone' - we thought we would have a baby by around 5:30. After complete boredom on John's part, he ran home to help out with a leak Laura found from all of the rain. I just told him to come back within a few hours.
At 3:30pm - the nurse checked and we were around 7-8cm maybe close to 9cm so I called John at 3:40pm and told him to head back because it would be sooner than 5:30 - he said he was leaving at 3:50 and would head back - WELLLLLLLL - at 3:43 I felt EXTREME pressure after I had been turned to the other side. Mom - go get the nurse - something's not right. Nurse checked - we were ready to push - BUT John's not here.....hmmmmmm -
Mom is calling John every few minutes - where are you? how much longer - he got stuck behind a school bus dropping kids - good times - I am holding my legs together - she is not coming out, John is not here - everything is set in the room, nurse, doctor, baby catcher - we are all just waiting until John enters the room - OMG - this is crazy pressure. Mom is on the phone, he is in the elevator - assume the position - he walked in the room - we pushed for 9 minutes and Elizabeth entered the world at 4:09 pm - the same time as her brother.
I thought she was smaller than Drew - everyone in the room said, hmm - she is a big baby but she was measured at 8lbs, 5oz and 21.5 inches even a few days late - Drew was 9lbs. 1oz and 21.5 inches and a week early. Brother Drew and Auntie Laura (Lala) visited her at less than 30 minutes old - Drew was so great with Elizabeth - happy and smiling to try and hold her and give her a kiss. With technology today we were skyping with Papa and Mimi (Dad and Suzette) at an hour old followed by Ed visiting the hospital, skyping with Baba, Aunt Jenny, cousins Hunter & Gunnar and the last skype with Auntie Erin. It was quite busy but glad we could share with everyone.
Mom stayed at the hospital with me that evening so John could get home and put Drew to sleep and Mom could nap the next day. We were up most of the night between feedings, VERY uncomfortable beds (especially with my back) and nurse visits for vitals and such - with Elizabeth's weight measured at 10 pm - we had a discrepancy. She had either gained 1.5 lbs or was measured incorrectly at birth :) - so after lots of measuring and re-measuring - her birth weight was 're-recorded' to 9lbs., 11.5oz - so she was bigger - good lord - that explains the stitches - that little rascal.
Needless to say - after a busy night and not alot of sleep - my doctor said we had the choice to leave after E was 24 hours old - so we scheduled all of our shots, vitals and tests to get up and out of there by 5 pm Friday. We got home and had a good night sleep in our own house and beds. She is very healthy - the pediatrician is impressed with how strong she is and she is already lifting her head.
Milk has come in and she is sleeping VERY well - we are getting on a bit of a schedule and she is already taking close to 3 oz a feeding right now. We are headed to the pediatrician today for her check-up and will report back with more pictures soon.