Ok, so I'm finally getting a bit of time to post up how the labor and delivery went of my little Lainee bug. Overall, it was pretty quick and easy and the pain (once I got the epidural) wasn't all that bad either. I'm just going to do a rough estimated timeline of how things went down... it should give you the idea. Here it goes:
** A quick note: I was already in Moses with my mom when I went into labor, talk about good timing!
Ok, now here it goes:
3:30ish: Arrive at my Grandma Lola's house to visit, while there I start feeling more uncomfortable then usual and I had a slight stomach ache...
4:15ish: Arrive at Wal*Mart, proceed to walk around where I starting getting some pretty intense back pain that keeps me from wanting to be upright... Mom starts telling me that I should go get checked out while in my head it's nothing and it will most likely go away once I sit down.
4:40ish: KJ and I head to the car to wait for mom because I'm too uncomfortable to walk around and we listen to the radio. At this point it's hard for me to tell if the pain is easing up because I have a one and a half year old bouncing around on my lap. I also call Chad to let him know what is going on (just in case I go to the hospital.)
4:45ish: The pain has subsided some while sitting but I have to pee really fast so we take a 3 minute drive to McDonalds where the pain returns as I walk to the bathroom... and back to the car. I ask mom if we can just drive around so I can see what happens when I'm sitting to see if this is really anything to get excited about.
4:55ish: Mom runs into another store for about 8-10 minutes, I have a couple contractions in that amount of time and have to pee again so I go to use the bathroom... Mom tells me she really thinks I should get checked. (She wasn't about to take me home with the pains I was having.) So, I ask if we can just drive by the hospital and if I seem to have more pains then I will go in and see what's happening. **I REALLY did NOT want to go to the hospital if I wasn't in labor.**
5:05ish: Get to the hospital, hang out in the parking lot for a bit to see if anything happens. The pain seems to have subsided again but I have to pee AGAIN so I go in to use the bathroom and decide to admit myself, mom made sure I would. haha
5:45ish: I'm hooked up to the machines, Chad has gotten to the hospital and I find out I'm 5 cm dialated and that I need to stay hooked up for about 40 minutes and then I can get up and walk around.
7:00ish: Get up to walk around, have some regular contractions about 5 minutes apart as I'm walking around the waiting room and decide after about 30 minutes, I should head back to my room to see if anything has happened.
8:00ish: Still 5 cm dialated, decide to put me on the lowest dose of pitocin to get things started (and since I was already past my due date), meet my new nurse who is absolutely wonderful! Once the pitocin was started, the contractions REALLY kicked in. I really wanted to hold off on
8:20/8:30ish: Nurse checks me and I'm already at 8CM!!! Wow, the pitocin worked fast this time around! Luckily, the anesthesiologist was on the floor and came in to drug me, SO MUCH BETTER!!!
9-10ish: Hang out, waiting for baby to come down and just let the contractions do their thing. I start pushing at 10:00. The epidural was much different this time around. I could feel a lot more than I ever did with KJ and let's just say the pushing part hurt a lot more!
10:29PM: LAINEE ARRIVES!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got to hold her right away and she looked so much like brother did when he was born, it was crazy!! I'm so relieved to have her and so glad to be done pushing. I only pushed for about 30 minutes opposed to the hour and a half with KJ, but because of the pain it seemed much more exhausting.
Ok, so I apologize for the length of this blog... yikes! If you even read it and I completely understand if you didn't... it's up for me too so that I can kind of remember how things happened. Anyways, the rest of the stay at the hospital went pretty well and now we are home enjoying being a family of four! I'm still pretty exhausted but I know it will get better and Lainee is definitely worth it all! :)
Here are some more photos of the adorable little girl along with her handsome brother!