Saturday, May 8, 2010
Elisabeth Marie Sager Has Arrived!
So the Sager's are now officially a blogging family, mainly to keep everyone informed on the happenings of our newest family member. Here is the first part of her story (sorry it is rather detailed for some of my friends please don't get offended if it is TMI for you)...
May 4th, after timing my contractions for an hour (3-5 minutes apart) I called Kaiser, they told me to come in and I called Sam to come home. I loaded up the car and as soon as he was home we were off, after check (@12:00) in I saw the midwife she checked and was just about to say that I was only at 4cm and send me home. My body had other plans and my water broke, leading me to be admitted.
I was put in a Labor, Delivery, recovery room(@1:30). Wayne (Sam's dad, who works at Kaiser Fontana) had essentially taken off for the day so he hung out, next joined by Kathy (Sam's mom) and my parents. Everything was progressing nicely, I was 100% effaced when admitted and was dialating about 1cm an hour. After about 2 hours I was given an IV for pain, which only made me drowsy and feel drugged...I felt the contractions still too, so I opted for the epidural (@4:45).
It was a great distraction for me to have the family there as I was kept amused by there antics.
Once I was 9cm, the family left (@7:30) and I started pushing (@8:00). After 2 hours of pushing baby had decided she did not want to come out and had still not crowned and I was given 2 options, keep pushing or using the vacuum. I opted for the vacuum as I knew pushing would no longer be productive. The Dr. warned me that if the vacuum did not work I would have to go straight to the OR for a C-section. Luckily baby came out to be introduced without the need of the OR.
As the Dr. said "it's a girl" I was completely amazed, I had been so sure that it was going to be a boy, I wanted to ask if she was sure. Sam cut the cord and went with the nurse to make sure that everything was OK while I was stitched up (5 stitches-3rd degree tear for those moms out there). Once Ellie was checked out Sam and I got some uninterrupted time with her before the grandparents were able to come in. When we were ready for the grandparents to come meet her, Ellie got her shots and eye goop so she was set to be moved to our postpartum room.
Before Sam went out to tell the parents he sent a text that said "we have a baby" they were all dying to know if this was Elisabeth or Atticus. Once he went out to the waiting room he was almost attacked by all four grandparents, (Sam will add the rest of the story later).
There were many tears in the room as each grandparent was introduced to Ellie and held her for a while before they helped us move to our new room (@11:45)