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Monday, June 15, 2009

So this is what love is all about....










Oh my goodness...what a day! Well, we started out by checking in last night to be induced. They started the IV and got me hooked up to all the monitors and began the citotech to start the process. Plans were to break my water and start the pitocin early morning. WELL, my body had other plans....sometime around 4am, my water broke and I was already dilated to a 5. So, we called the parents and told them that they may want to come on whenever they could get ready. Around 5am, I got my epidural....honestly, the sleep meds they had given me earlier had me drugged and I really don't remember a lot of anything that happened this morning until about 10am.
So, from this point, they really started to monitor my sugars and check me every hour. After reaching a 5 so quickly, I then went to a 6, 7, 8, and eventually a 9 more slowly. Around 1pm, we began talking about when to start pushing. We decided to wait until 2, get checked, and go from there. Well, Harper was down low, but not officially crowning or in the birth canal. So, they had given me several more doses of my epidural, and I was N-U-M-B!!! I thought, "this is great!" Well, around 2, I was fully ready to start pushing, BUT I was having a little bit of pain in my left side and hip. They said they hesitated to give anymore meds just yet.....WELL, needless to say, they finally concluded that I had hot spots on my left side and I DELIVERED THIS BABY WITHOUT ANY MEDICATION ON THE LEFT SIDE!!!!! Not a walk in the park to say the least. Oh my goodness...if it were not for my wonderful, loving, patient, and kind husband and mother, I would've had a c-section....seriously!!! I felt every single contraction on my left side and Harper must have been on a nerve. So anyway, after about an hour of pushing, they called for the doctor and I had about had all I could take at this point....but, eleven mintues later, the most wonderful blessing, God given gift was handed to me and it made it ALL worthwhile!
She is absolutely gorgeous (I know I'm not biased at all....lol) and she is healthy. The dr. guessed her at about 8 and 1/2 pounds and I was convinced she was at least 9....and she weighed 9 lbs. 3 oz. and was 2o and 3/4 in. long.....beautiful and healthy....I LOVE IT!!!!!
We have had lots of visitors and phone calls and we appreciate and love everyone more than they will ever know. I am sooooooooo thankful that I was able to have a healthy pregnancy and a pretty good delivery and now our family feels complete. We are blessed so much more than we deserve and I can't sleep just thinking about how happy I am and how complete I feel. As I finish this post at 12:25am, I am sitting in my hospital bed, holding my beautiful baby girl, and listening to my wonderful husband snore because he is so worn out from being by my side all day......what more could a girl ask for?

10 comments:

Natasha Vaughn, Cake Designer said...

With my first baby my legs were totally numb and dead weight but I felt my contractions from my lower belly up. Ouch!

I'm so glad that part is over for you and you can enjoy your beautiful family.

Again, congratulations.

WCMS Cheerleaders said...

She is so sweet. I will see you later today!

April said...

yay Kara! I hate that about the epidural not working...that is one of my fears for when we decide to have a baby naturally. But, like you said...it's so worth it! She is gorgeous! Congratulations! I can't believe you were commenting on our nursery while in the hospital..hahah!

Ashley said...

She is Beautiful Kara! Congratulations!!!

WCMS Cheerleaders said...

Everyone is looking good. Miss Harper is a sweet looking baby. I will see you later today.

Saylorsmom said...

She is beautiful! congrats!

Anonymous said...

hi kara we do not know each other but i just wanted to thank you for sharing. i enjoy reading your blog

Anonymous said...

p.s. she is beautiful! your are one blessed girl!

Beverly Bryan said...

Congratulations! You were on my mind off and one all day yesterday. I am so glad you are healthy and so is Miss Harper. I know your mom and dad are totally happy. Your dad looks so proud holding both of his granddaughters. Get some rest!
Beverly

Jennie said...

Congratulations, Kara and Brandon!

And I just love the picture of your daddy with his two beautiful granddaughters! Priceless!