Sunday, April 20, 2008

Rose's Life: Her Appearance

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Because of a change in protocol, I got an epidural not long after I got the pitocin -- and that made all the difference in the world! I didn't have to fight the pain, because I didn't feel it. And so I wasn't exhausted.

But, I did throw up. Which for me is a "high risk" situation, because I might pass out & that would shut down oxygen to the baby. So, I was half-expecting to go under the knife. But, at 11:55 a.m., my water broke. Dr. Fisher came in from seeing another patient (who had already been pushing for 2 1/2 hours -- poor thing), to check. And when I mentioned that I felt like it was time to push she jokingly asked if I could wait. I delayed just long enough for everybody to change into the appropriate clothing, elevate the bed, get the footrests up, etc. I pushed four times & Baby Rose was here.

She was born at 12:09 p.m. Which means that all three of my kids have been born within twenty minutes of each other. Cami was 11:52 a.m., Graham was 11:54 a.m. Funny, huh?

The Stats
Weight: 9 pounds 3 ounces (4 ounces heavier than Graham)
Length: 20 1/4 inches (2 1/4 inches shorter than Graham)
Head: 14 1/4 inches (2 inches less in circumference -- which is why I only had to push four times, he'd made that path wide & clear)
Chest: 13 3/4 (I don't remember, but still smaller than Graham)


Ellen said...

I love this picture!
And I am so glad this was a way easier delivery for you~


Tricia said...

I love birth stories. Thanks for sharing. Pitocin = epidural for me too. Isn't it funny that you still know when it is time to push?