We’ve been home for a few days and are finally settling into a routine (or as much of a routine as you can have with a brand new baby!). Tyler is rocking her after a bottle, so I’m taking some time to reflect and remember the details of the day. I’ll post a more detailed birth story with all those birthy details for anyone wanting that later…this is sort of the play-by-play of the days that brought her into this world!
A week ago, we were at my 40 week appointment. My blood pressure was high and while I wasn’t showing signs of any complications, the doctor didn’t feel great about waiting 4 days for my scheduled induction. He said there were a lot of things that the blood pressure could be a precursor to, and he suggested we return that evening for an induction.
So we did.
We had from like 4 pm until 9 pm to wrap our minds around the fact that we were headed to the hospital to have our baby! We ate some dinner, mom came over and helped us last minute clean the house a bit, and I tried to rest. I took a bath and Tyler fished in the pond (the very different ways we relax!) and then we were at the hospital by 9 to check in. I took one last bump picture!
And one last picture of Tyler before he was a dad!
We got a room in labor and delivery and settled in for the night. I was getting two doses of medicine to prepare my body for labor.
It barely worked. (more on the details next week), but this ended up being a LONG process. The next morning (Friday) the doctor came in and broke my water and we started pitocin. Everyone thought she would be born that day, but Friday came and went. They even had her birthday in their system as 10/7! They had to change the info in their computers, on paperwork and more when Saturday rolled around.
After a fast and furious finish, I ended up laboring for 21 hours (not including the 12 or so of being in hospital on the medicine) and pushed for just under an hour.
And our sweet Remington was born at 5:03 a.m. on Saturday, October 8.
It was long, hard, difficult, draining, and wonderful. I felt so powerful when it was all said and done.
My mom, my MIL Nancy and Tyler were all there with me from the time they broke my water until she was born. They were an amazing team for me. Mom took pictures as they weighed and measured her.
My tiny 6 lb., 6 oz. girl.
I was BURNING UP during labor and had cold rags on my head for the last several hours. While I’m not gonna win any beauty pageants from this pic, I love how happy I am that she is finally here. They laid her on me right after she was born, but then shortly after I told them they could weigh and measure her, then I got her back. This was that moment.
Our first photo as a family of 3!
While she laid skin to skin with me, I took this photo. I’ll never forget her looking at me like ‘I know you!’
This was Tyler’s first time to hold her after they got her cleaned up. A daddy was born that day, too! I cried watching him with her.
Then our moms met her! First with her Grammy…
Then her Gigi…
After her bath, we put her sequin hat on for her glamour shot!
We stayed in the hospital for 48 hours after birth (which was great but we were READY TO BE HOME. Thursday to Monday was a long time).