It was an awkward night of sleep in the hospital as I was given something to soften the cervix around 9 pm and again at 1:30 am. I was hooked up to a machine to monitor the baby's heartbeat as well as having a blood pressure cuff around my arm which went off every so often to check my blood pressure. so sleep was a bit difficult. By 4 am I started to feel some contractions and when the nurse checked me at 6 am I was dilated 4 cm. My body had started to go into labor on it's own without any more assistance so I was happy with that.
The contractions continued throughout the day and by 10 am I was at 8 cm. At that point the contractions were getting stronger and more painful so I asked for an epidural. Once that took effect things felt much better. The Doctor broke my water around 11:30 and I started to push a little around 12:30. By 1:47 pm our little MacchiOTTo arrived.
The doctor allowed Ott, E to call out what it was since we had decided to keep the gender of the baby a surprise. He looked down at our baby (half shocked with what had just happened and trying to decipher the umbilical cord from the rest of the baby) and said, "Uhhh.... I think it's a girl." The Doctor said yes it's a girl and handed him scissors to cut the umbilical cord.
She weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and measured 20 inches long. She also had a head circumference of 14.5 centimeters. (Only a mother would mention that stat.) She passed all her test and is perfectly healthy in every way. We got to bring her home on the 10th and the past week has been a blessing of getting to know her and she getting to figure us out. She eats and sleeps a lot and we have changed a lot of diapers. She is a gift and we are truly blessed to have her in our lives.