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|Thu, 08-12-2010 - 7:51pm|
Avery Anne surprised us by arriving at 35 weeks! She arrived on August 7 weighing in at 5 lbs, 15 oz, and 18.25 inches long. She's doing fabulously for being early, and although she's been in the NICU from the beginning for jaundice, we get to come home tomorrow! It will be SUCH a relief to get home, although we've been staying down the hall from her this whole week.
So, not only did she come early, but she came blazing into the world. I got my natural birth, but I wouldn't have really had another option. My water broke around 4:30 pm and she arrived at 7:09 pm. Contractions started quickly after my water broke and they went from "Wow, I'm having contractions" to "Oh my God, this is ridiculous" in a hurry. They were coming steadily anywhere from 2.5 minutes to 4 minutes apart from the beginning and lasting from 30 seconds to 1.5 minutes each time. We called my doula, who kind of had a wait and see approach. We packed a bag, and then when I realized this was no joke, we called the doctor who told us to get to the hospital.
We headed out to the car at probably 6 or 6:15 and it took every bit of my willpower to get in because I was already feeling the urge to push. DH coaxed me to get in while I tried not to let on that I wanted to push. Ha. The ride to the hospital was awful and when we were two stoplights away, I told Alan that I felt like I had to push. He was like "Don't push! Pull!" LOL. We got to the hospital entrance, ran out of the car and he supported me as I walked in. We got to L&D and I said "I feel like I need to push (groan)" and the nurses looked up like "WTF?!", said "Last name?" and told us to get to room 7. I made it to the room and was freaking stripping off my clothes and running to the bed. My main concern was "Please God, let me be fully dilated because if I'm not there is no way I can do this for 12 more hours" so I was SO THANKFUL when they said I was ready to push. After all of that, it was such a relief to push. I pushed for probably 30 minutes or so and she came flying into the world.
It was really surreal. My doula (who showed up after the birth) told me not to feel like I got off easy with such a quick labor because it's honestly a little traumatic to go so quickly--your brain doesn't have time to even process what's happening. My DH and I are honestly both still reeling a little, especially considering the NICU stay. DH has been amazing and so helpful and I am so thankful for him.
Little Avery is an angel and has the craziest crop of blonde hair. (Turns out the heartburn/hair connection rang true for me!) She's breastfeeding like a champ, although it's tough in the NICU b/c they're so focused on numbers and weight and everything. Once we get home I think it'll be so much easier because I can follow her cues rather than doing every 3 hours regardless of whether she's interested.
So that's the story. Take home message: Despite what they tell you in childbirth classes and books, it CAN be like a movie and go really quickly so get thee to a hospital should your contractions start out less than 4 minutes apart. :)