How quickly a week goes by! I can''t believe Claire has been here for a week already. Her birth story was pretty uneventful. Wednesday night we went out to dinner with friends and I just had this weird feeling that something wasn''t right. Thursday morning I woke up around 4 AM having contractions. I started timing them out and they were pretty evenly spaced between 6 and 8 minutes apart. Dan pretty much slept through all of them until around 7. I was able to get back to sleep at 7:30 and Dan stayed home from work. Around noon I finally called the doctors office and they told me to head to the hospital. By the time I was checked at the hospital I was 3 cm dilated and they called my doctor who decided to admit me. I quickly dilated to 5 cm and the doctor broke my water and I got the epidural (who in their right mind would pass this up?)! I continued to progress with the dilation and the doctor went home to grab a nap. The nurse called him back around 9:30 PM and told him to head back to the hospital because I was ready to go. He checked me at 10:15 and decided I wasn''t quite ready to push so we waited another hour. Luckily I was still feeling nothing so I didn''t really mind. The pushing began at 11:15 PM and she was born at 1:43 on Friday morning - 7 lb 5 oz and 20 inches long.
Unfortunately, everything took a little longer than expected because Miss Claire was facing up and didn''t want to come out. After all was said and done, they ended up vacuum extracting her. I think they were anxious to get her out because she had a bowel movement inside, which apparently isn''t good. I got to hold her right away before they began suctioning her lungs. They worked on her in the room for a bit before they handed her off to Dan. Then she was sent back to the nursery for some more clearing of the lungs and respiratory PT. They wheeled me in to see her around 4 AM as we were heading to our room. I was so exhausted I couldn''t even keep my eyes open!
Friday morning Pipere and Grandma came back to hold Miss Claire for the first time. Friday afternoon Auntie Andrea got there and Friday night Auntie Kristin arrived. We had a nice stay in the hospital until we headed home early Sunday afternoon.
Now we are all settled in at home and have appreciated all the help we have had. Tonight, Dan and I got to go to dinner while Grandma babysat Claire. Claire has been an excellent sleeper and we hope this trend continues. I guess time will tell. Time that is passing way too quickly....