Adalyn decided that she couldn't wait to meet us and came two weeks early. Both of my boys were 4 days late so to say that we were surprised would be an understatement. We had a long to do list left before we were expecting her to come, but we are so glad that she is here. So glad that she is here!
My water broke on Monday morning but I didn't have any contractions. I conveniently had a doctor's appointment that morning also so I just figured I would go in then and find out what to do. I ran around the house almost frantically trying to finish some things and clean up a bit. Dallin suggested that I pack a bag in case I might have to go straight to the hospital. I hadn't thought about that yet. I threw some things together and we headed out the door. I dropped the boys off at my sister's house and went to my appointment. I still wasn't having any contractions.
It was at my appointment that she confirmed I was going to be having a baby that day! It was still kind of surreal. I had to go straight over to the hospital because I tested positive for group B strep so they needed to start the antibiotics. Let me tell you, it was so weird walking into the hospital by myself, because Dallin had gone to work, being in no pain whatsoever and checking in to have a baby. Definitely not what I am used to.
My nurse was awesome. We chatted and laughed while I was being admitted and waited for Dallin to come. It had been about 5 hours since my water broke and I still wasn't having any contractions. My midwife suggested that I get started on some pitocin because the longer you wait the chances for the baby to get an infection is increased. She also pointed out that I would then be in labor during the day and not up all night. Good idea! They started the pitocin around 1 and the contractions started and stayed consistent around 3 or so. They started being painful around 4 and after an hour of that I decided it was time for an epidural. At 5 I was only at a 4 almost 5. Since it takes a while to get the epidural they gave me some fentinol which made it easier but also made me loopy!
At 5:45 I got the epidural. It take about 15-20 minutes for it to take full effect. I had one painless contraction and thought, this is nice. Now I might take a nap. That is what I did with Benton and Emmett. The next contraction came and it was a little more painful. Then the next there was a lot of pressure, a lot of pressure. I told the nurse and when she checked she said, "You're at a 10, she's ready to come." The nurse then said, "I can get the table set up in two contractions, don't push yet." Sure enough two contractions later the midwife was there and I started pushing. Five minutes later sweet baby Adalyn was born. Only 3 hours of labor and 5 minutes of pushing, I'll take it! I love you baby.
This time around we delivered at St. Vincent's hospital instead of Tuality. I really liked it there. When Adalyn was born they placed her on my chest and didn't touch her for an hour. It was awesome! They weighed her about an hour and a half after she was born, there was no rush for any of that. I just got to enjoy my new baby. Never once during our stay did she leave my sight. They came into the room to do any testing that they needed to do. It was nice. Since everything went so well baby and I were able to go home the following evening.