I arrived at the hospital about 3:20pm and was taken to tirage. I was hooked up to another baby monitor and my mom arrived not too far behind me. After enough monitoring to make sure I was really in labor, they wheeled me to a labor delivery room. An IV of fluids was started and anesthesia came in with paperwork and a pen. Around 5:00pm, my epidural was ordered and administered.
About 6:30pm or 7:00pm my water was broken in a very controlled environment to prevent cord prolapse, and another heart monitor was attached to Charli's head. At about 9:00pm I still hadn't progressed past a 4, and pitocin was administered through an IV. I was still in shock that I would soon meet my baby girl, but it hadn't really sunk in completely. Nurses monitored Charli's heart beat along with my contractions and every time it dipped or she moved away from the monitor a nurse rushed in put me on oxygen and rolled me to my side. I napped on and off waiting for progression. At about 10:40pm, her heart rate dropped dramatically, and a nurse walked in with the doctor. They couldn't get Charli's heart rate back up and the doctor decided it was time to check me again. She determined I was completely dilated and introduced herself. (That's why she had come in my room to begin with.) She said something like, "I'm Dr. Lunsford and I'll be delivering your baby tonight. Sorry to meet you like this, but it's time for you to push!" She let me breathe (if that's even possible wearing an oxygen mask???) between contractions and made me push through them. I'm thankful for medicine and the amazing epidural I had, I felt NOTHING!!! After about 20 min of pushing every other contraction and a quick episiotomy, Charli finally made her debut at 11:04pm!!! I am one happy momma!!! <3 After she was swaddled and a hat put on her head, they let me hold her for a few minuets before they whisked her away to the N.I.C.U. for measurements and weight.
Soon after, I began shaking uncontrollably as the effects of the epidural wore off. I was extremely thirsty after having been deprived of water for 12 hours, I downed 2 cups of water, only to puke it all back up. I do not recommend throwing up after delivering a baby, it hurts!! I know I was brought food, but I didn't touch it. When I was able to stand again, I was taken to my postpartum room where they began 48 hours of antibiotics to fight off my fever. I wasn't able to see Charli till it went down, so I went to sleep soon after being moved to my new room. My mom and I went up to see Charli as soon as my fever was gone at 6:00am. My mom took a beautiful picture of me with Charli, and it's still one of my favorites.