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Cora's Here!

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Cora's Here!

As you can imagine, I'm a bit overwhelmed with everything that's going on right now.  But I wanted to thank you all for your prayers and well-wishes during this amazing time!  I've also had some requests for Cora's birth story, so without giving you too many gory details, here's what happened a few days ago - 

We went in for my 39 week visit on Thursday evening, at which point my doctor decided to induce.  Some high blood pressure and a low-ish heartbeat from the baby made my OB decide it was time to cash in our chips on this one.  Wanting desperately to avoid a c-section, we agreed and split up, convening again an hour later at the hospital.

My  induction started at 11 p.m. with a fun little enema.  Which is literally fun on a stick, and all I can say is, who are all those people who do those for recreational purposes???  We then kicked in with the pitocin, which was joyfully turned up every twenty minutes.  Brian and my girlfriend Abby were on hand to help out and we spent a few hours watching television and having a nice chat - the contractions weren't bad and I thought, I can do this!

By 3 a.m. I'd only progressed one centimeter to a total dilation of 3 centimeters, so my doctor went ahead and broke my water, upping the pitocin at the same time.  At this point the ride got pretty wild, and my contractions came right on top of each other - they were about 1 1/2 minutes apart with only 20 seconds to rest between each one.  As we watched my blood pressure hit 185 over 105 and I saw my doctor's face, I realized  I was getting pretty close to an emergency c-section.  I knew I couldn't relax and couldn't figure out how I'd get through the next several hours.  All my work on Lamaze and labor positions was pretty much out the window since I was so tied to the machines - I had the fetal monitor, my contractions monitor, a blood pressure cuff, the pitocin IV, and a finger pulse on me all the time, so my "working" space was about 1 square foot wide.

So I gave in and asked for an epidural.

 By the time I got my epidural at 5:30 a.m., I'd spent two and a half hours gaining one lousy centimeter.  The epidural wasn't bad - I'd already had a spinal for my previous c-section and knew what to expect.  Frankly, the worst part was having to hold perfectly still for the needle while having a contraction at the same time.  But immediately I knew I'd made the right choice:  I relaxed, started dilating, and saw my blood pressure drop.

A few hours and cat naps later, we were ready to have me push!  I was amazed at how much you can feel with the epidural - I felt complete control over my pushing muscles, with all the pain simply taken out.  I started pushing about 11:15 and Cora came out at 11:30!  It was truly amazing, and Brian and Abby were both crying.  Songs that played on my IPOD while I pushed -

Come Thou Fount of Every  Blessing (Sara Groves)

You Are So Good To Me (Worship Circle)

Here Comes The Sun (the Beatles)

Hold Me, Jesus (Rich Mullins)

So at 11:30 a.m. we were a bigger family by one.  The labor and birth were perfect and I don't regret any of the decisions made, since results were a healthy mom and baby.  was it the labor I'd imagined?  Nope.  But it was the way it was supposed to be.

 There's lots more to tell, of course; Maddie and Cora's magical first meeting.  The top things I didn't know (and found out about the hard way) about labor.  What nursing's like the second time around.

But those will just have to wait, since I've got two girls I'd love to get back to.  See you soon. 


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