|not in labor yet induction selfie|
At 6 am I was up to 5 cm and -1 station. At this point I was not optimistic that I would even come near my 8 am delivery goal. Shift change came at 7 and for this change we had two nurses because one was finishing her orientation. I should also pause to say we had ridiculously stellar nurses the ENTIRE hospital experience--we had 7 or 8 total and we were totally floored by how amazing they all were. The last 2 nurses in the delivery room were older and the sweetest ladies ever. They checked me around 7:30 and I was at 7 cm (so transition). I asked how long it usually takes to get from 7 to 10 and they said they've seen it happen in a few contractions. Knowing my luck I didn't buy into a similar experience for myself but they started prepping the room anyway and I thought to myself that it was a bit premature. Then I started feeling a lot of pressure in my butt. They called my (male) doctor who happened to be in the hospital for grand rounds to tell him he should probably head over. By 8 am they checked again and I was complete and baby was engaged. I resisted the urge to push as my doctor made his way into the delivery room around 8:10. He had me do a practice push and said he would wait to gown up if it seemed like it would take a while. One push with my eyes closed and I heard a bustling of gowns so I knew we were close. Within four contractions, Edith was born at 8:18 am weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long. She nursed for about 45 minutes then Jon brought Elden back to meet her. He was ecstatic and asked to hold her right away.