After checking into the hospital at 5:30, we were sent to Labor and Delivery Room #4. That is where I met Cricket, my awesome nurse! She was by my side the entire day and I feel like I owe her a million dollars for the care she gave me and Rose. I was 4 cm when they started the pitocin. At 9:30, Dr. Shields checked in and decided to break my water. I think I was about 6 cm at that point and just beginning to feel painful contractions so she ordered an epidural. 5 minutes later, Dr. Browning arrived. I was pleasantly surprised that the epidural didn't hurt at all! It just felt a little strange. We continued to wait and by 12:00, I was 10 cm. We started pushing around 1:00, and at 1:19, Rose entered the world. I was in absolute shock when Dr. Shields placed my precious angel on my tummy. I had tears streaming down my face and was speechless. I just couldn't get over her tiny little hands, perfect little fingers, sweet little cry, and plump pink lips. Clark captured the last 5 minutes of the delivery on camera and I am so glad he did! It is priceless.
Rose weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. She was perfect! Overall, our birth experience was way more than we ever imagined. I tried to prepare myself for that day, but I didn't realize what a life changing experience it would be. The miracle of birth is truly amazing and I can't wait to experience it again in a few years :)
Daddy and Rose