We arrived at the hospital around 2pm and got checked in! I got dressed in my gown and waited for the nurse to come in. She told me that since I was still only at a 2, that the doctor recommended that before we start Pitocin, that I should try cytotec. That is a pill they put up me to make me cervix “ripen” if you will. Each pill takes about 3 hours. So, we waited. After the 3 hours, I had progress maybe a ½ so they tried another dose of cytotec. Around this time my mom came down to join the party and keep us company. After time had passed they checked me and still NOTHING! The nurse talked with the doctor and they decided that they wanted me to progress naturally and be to a 3 or 4 before they start Pitocin, so they said they were going to leave me to be and they would be in again around 4am to check me. This was at about 9:30pm on Tuesday night so I was not very happy to hear that I just had to wait around until 4. My mom starts to gather her things to leave since she figured it would be awhile when all of the sudden my water broke! It’s a good thing she didn’t leave yet! The nurse came in to verify that my water broke and sure enough it had! At this point I could start to feel some contractions. It wasn’t terrible pain, but I asked for my epidural at this time since why feel any pain if I don’t have to?!
Here we are! First Family Photo. This is right after Elise was born.
The anesthesiologist was brought in. Getting in the epidural was easy and pain free. Life was good and I was hoping to progress quickly at this point! Little did I know I was about to get all that I wished for and more! After the epidural had been in for about 10 minutes, every time I would have a contraction the baby’s heart rate would drop. I started to have a really bad contraction that lasted for about 10 minutes and at this point the nurses were very worried. Several more nurses came running in talking about calling this person, getting doctor so-and-so. They had me rolling over from one side to the other to see if that would bring her heart rate up but it didn’t work. They even had me get on my knees in praying position with my head to my chin- but that didn’t work either. It was at this point and when I was in this position that I was rolled out of the room, and into the operating room. I was scared as they wheeled me through the hall-not for me, but for Elise. But I knew everything was going to be ok. I was moved to the operating table, given some oxygen and the anesthesiologist checked to make sure I had no feeling. It was a good thing I got the epidural when I did! Zack got to come in and hold my hand and watch the surgery. It all went very fast! From the time the incision was made it was maybe 2 minutes until Elise was born. I was alert during the surgery but luckily had no feeling. There was a sheet under my head so I was not able to see her born, but Zack was able to watch. After she was born they took her away to clean her up and test her to make sure she was ok. I heard her crying and felt a wave of relief knowing my baby was ok. The first thing I heard someone say after she came out was a nurse saying, “She’s really pretty!” This gave me a big smile! After the C-section everything was good and normal. Zack was able to bring her to the side of my head to show her to me. I couldn’t hold her yet- I was still not stitched up from surgery and had NO feeling in my arms. But we were able to get some photos taken and I got to give her a little kiss. She was bright eyed and VERY awake! I was so happy to have her here and safe!
The proud Papa Pugh in his scrubs he got to put on to be in the OR while she was born. I love this picture!
Zack then left with Elise to the nursery where they gave her a bath and checked her. She was born on Wednesday December 29th at 12:06am. She weighed 6 lbs. 5 oz. and was only 18 inches long. She is a very small baby, especially for going full term. They were worried that she might have diabetes so she had to have a blood sugar test every 6 hours for the first 24 hours but she passed that with flying colors! She also did great on her hearing test. The only thing they are worried about at this point is her weight. She has now lost 11% of body weight when most newborns only lost 7% so we are doing our best to feed this little girl whenever she wants- and lots of it! Nursing is hard and definitely something to work at but it’s getting better. We were able to come home yesterday (New Year’s Day) and couldn’t be happier to have this little girl at our home with us.
As you can see she was very alert after birth! We love her big dark eyes and especially all that hair!! We love her so much and are excited for all that lies ahead!