Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Emily Grace Armstrong

Emily Grace was born Jan. 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm. She weighed 6 lbs .02 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Here is her birth story:
On Wednesday morning at 6:30, I heard Megan calling for me. I went in to tell her that it was still night, night time. (She is not able to get out of bed before 7am). In this little incident, my water broke. I called my dr. who said to come in in 4-5 hours unless contractions started. (I was not having any contractions yet.) I was so unprepared for this. ( A little background, I was due Jan. 22. I had just had a dr. appt. the day before where I was 2 cm dilated and 70& effaced. HE told me I would not probably have the baby this week, but it would be soon.) With being unprepared for Emily to arrive, I called my mom to come over to stay with Megan. We all started working together to get things done....doing a load of laundry, Tim going to get some items at the grocery store for Mom and Megan, packing our bags, getting the infant car seat in the van, etc. It was so weird knowing that I was going to be having a baby soon, but not feeling any contractions.

Tim and I arrived at the hospital around 11 am. They tested to make sure my water had broken (of course it had!). At 11:30, I was dilated 3-4 and was 80 % effaced. I was still not having contractions so they started me on pitocin around noon. At 1:30, I was dilated 4-5 and was 90% effaced. I was starting to get uncomfortable with the contractions so I asked for an epidural at 1:40 pm. This is where is got a little crazy...

At 2 pm, I was asking the nurse where my epidural was because I really WANTED it badly. At 2:15 or so, they came in to give me an epidural. The dr. said she needed to check me first b/f I got my epidural. I asked if they could PLEASE give me the epidural first. They said no! The dr. said I was 8. I was fine with that thinking that I would have a little time of relaxation once the epidural was given b/f I would have to start pushing. As I turned over for the epidural about 2:20, I suddenly needed to push. It was so fast. The dr. was like, don't push, just breath. I was like I need to push. They gave me the epidural. It takes like 15-20 minutes for the epidural to take full affect. They gave me an oxygen mask. I was a little scared with that and asked if I was okay. They said yes, you just need oxygen. Then they asked me to roll over to one side and then to the other (How in the world am I supposed to do that when I am in pain and just need to push?? Of course, I am supposed to be breathing??) About 2:30, the dr. on call decides she is going to have to deliver me as my dr. was not there yet. As I am getting ready to push for her, my dr. arrives. He quickly gets ready for the delivery. He comes over and tells me that the baby's heart rate was 70 and he would have to suction her out. I said that is fine, do whatever you need to do.

After a couple of pushes, the dr. suctions her out. This is the part I found out later from Tim. All I know is that I did not hear her cry right away, and I did not get to hold her right away. Tim told me later that she came out blue and was limp. Her apgar score (Activity, Pulse, Grimace, Appearance, and Respiration) was just 1 out of 10. I was a little emotional after her birth as everything happened so quickly, and with her heart rate and such...I am thankful I was not aware of everything or else I would have been a basket case. They were able to stimulate her, and everything was fine. I was able to hold her and see for myself that she was fine. I am so thankful that the Lord brought Emily Grace into our lives. I am thankful for our family of four!