Her arrival was a little more involved this time too, since I had to get induced, which I was NOT looking forward to. The specialists all wanted me to have the baby between week 38 and 39 (full term can be at 37 weeks), because if not, I ran the risk of a still born. I was really hoping it was more like Luna's birth that came on its own in the middle of the night, complete with the whole driving fast to the birth center and running red lights like they do in the movies!
But it didn't, so my induction process started on May 22nd at my regular appointment at the birth center at 10am. My birth center doesn't do Pitocin, the regular induction drug, so the midwife (Cheri) inserted a balloon catheter on my cervix to help me dilate from a 2cm to a 5cm. As soon as it went it, the cramps started but then stopped by 12pm. I was a little sad, because I was hoping it would jump start labor.
So the next plan was to go back to the birth center the next day at 9am. She said I was now at a 5cm which is crazy because when I had Luna I was a 5 when I arrived at the birth center back then, and was about to deliver her! They told us to go downstairs and get situated in the birth room, and she would break my water soon. So I unpacked my suitcase, plugged in my iPod music, and put our food in the fridge.
Cheri then broke my water at 10:45am, contractions started at 11:15am and then she made me walk in the park next door for 20 minutes. Say what? I wanted to stay inside and deal with them, but she said if I walk through them, it will bring the baby down faster. So I was having full contractions every 2 minutes and here I was walking in a park with Baylor hospital staff having some party in the pavilion. I'm sure I was a sight, being a pregnant woman walking around and then gripping a tree or pole every time I had a contraction!
By 12:00 we were back inside and I climbed into the big tub. The hot water really helped me feel better but I'm not gonna lie, the contractions were still painful. Even more than with Luna. And when I was about to vomit, I got scared because when I got sick with Luna, I labored for 1.5 hours after that. This time, after I got sick, I didn't know if I could continue with the contractions because I thought it meant I had another hour of intense pain. I was practicing my breathing and hypnobirth breathing and it helped but it still hurt. Todd was great and helped massage my back during each contraction. But then my nurse came in and asked if I wanted to push. What? Already? Wow, I was impressed they sure know when the next phase will come, because sure enough, I all of a sudden felt that urge!
I had no idea it would happen this fast. I was ready to push. So I got out, got sick AGAIN, and had a contraction as I got out of the tub. How cruel that us women not only have to have contractions but also get sick during one? I can't think of 2 worse feelings, but I knew that it was all for the birth of my precious girl!! So I weathered through it and climbed into the bed. OH, and no water birth for me. I would have LOVED to have given birth in water, but it takes twice as long and I'm all about making the pain stop as soon as possible :) I love having a drug free birth, and it does hurt, but glad I did it drug free because it makes the babies come faster.
As soon I got up into bed, I only pushed through 2 contractions and our little Princess arrived!! I was so happy when Todd 'caught' her. Yep, he pulled our baby girl Belle out and placed her on my chest. We were so happy to have our little girl laying on me and breathing, healthy and happy! After everything we had been through with this pregnancy, I was over-joyed at finally having her in my arms!!
I can not believe that we walked into our appointment, they broke my water and 2 hours later we were holding our miracle baby! She was delivered almost in half the time as her big sister too. I labored for 1.5 hours at the birth center for Luna (with 1.5 at home) and then a total of 2 hours for Belle. If I had gone into labor with Belle at home, I don't even want to think how fast she would have come, we may have had her in the car!
We were able to bond with Belle the first hour and then I took a bath with her. Then our family came in to meet her! Then Heather brought Luna in and at first she started to cry as she saw me laying in bed all pale and sickly looking. But Todd was holding the baby so she wouldn't get too jealous and she climbed into bed with me and was happy to see 'the baby.' She gave her lots of hugs. We then went home 6 hours later. At first I didn't think I would be able to make it, but after a few hours, I was ready for my own bed.
We are so grateful to our family as well to help with Luna while I recovered at home on bed rest for 3 days!! And all of the help from my family with food, errands and housework, etc. Having 2 little ones at home and a mom who just gave birth is hard to manage and so glad we have family and friends to help out!
We are adjusting to life as a family of 4 and are so happy! Luna loves her little sister and gives her lots of hugs and kisses :)