The dreaded "before" picture
I was still measuring about 3cm but the pitocin was helping the contractions come quick. I was surprised at how much Kathy wanted me to move around...they didn't really give me options like that with Leo. I was sitting on the yoga ball when my mom came and joined me and Nick. We watched some of Good Morning America which I was glad to see because usually it gets interrupted a million times and then switched to the Disney channel. My doctor asked the on-call doctor to break my water to get things going...and so Dr. Geddy came and broke my water around 8 I think. When he first came in he said we were going to have a big baby...and then afterwards he said that maybe it was just fluid because there was lots. Turns out I am lucky enough to carry a lot of fluid AND a big baby! That part was not super comfortable but felt SO much better when it was done. I am convinced that my water just won't break on its own...it didn't with Leo either. I was carrying a lot of water both in the amniotic sac and in my legs and it felt so good to be rid of at least some of it.
After that things moved quickly. The contractions started to get immediately more intense and frequent and I wasn't sure when to ask for the epidural. With Leo it took all day so I wasn't super prepared for a quick labor, even though I was anticipating it being not quite as long. About 9am I decided it was time...and they finally got there about 9:20. It was about 9:40 before it was in and done, and about 10 before I was really numb. I definitely wasn't as numb as I was with Leo, but it made it a lot better. They were going to wait a little longer to put the catheter in so that I was more numb...but little Junie arrived before they could even do it! At this point I was about 7cm dilated.
I had been laying on my right side and Kathy wanted me on my left. I rolled over and was pretty uncomfortable the whole time I was on that side. It wasn't as bad as pre-epidural, but there was so much pressure that I really kept feeling like I wanted to roll back to the right side. When Kathy came in to check on me she could tell I was uncomfortable and I told her I thought I maybe should roll back over. We started to and then she decided to check me and see where we were at...and we were all the way dilated to a 10 already. She had called my doctor a little earlier and we were waiting for her to come. I was happy that Kathy wasn't acting like I needed to wait for the doctor if I felt like I needed to push...but I still just didn't realize it was that close!
My doctor rushed in and I thought we were kinda just going to push once to see where we were at. I pushed once and took a breath and then pushed again...and she was out! Like I said, I labored all day with Leo and then pushed about an hour and a half with him so I wasn't mentally prepared for such a quick labor. On that second push I felt like crying and as soon as she came out the tears just started flowing. I was so excited and relieved that she was here!
They put her up on my chest while they wiped her off a bit and then left her there for a long time while they cut the cord and cleaned me up and stuff. They had done that with Leo too but not for as long. We tried to feed and everything before they finally took her out of my arms to put a diaper on her and weigh her. (This resulted on me and my gown being covered with meconium, but you definitely don't mind a silly thing like that at a moment like that!) We gave our guesses on weight...I had initially thought 9 lbs 4 oz but once I held her she seemed so small so I changed my guess to 8 something. Even Kathy guessed 8 something...but then we put her on the scale and....
Baby Girl Vernon
9 lbs 4 oz
21.5 inches long