|Emma Stiles Talley|
Born June 10, 2012
6 lbs 15 oz
For those wondering, my labor was ok. I say ok, because truly, I am forgetting some parts of it already. My water broke Saturday morning at 4:15am. I had no warning at all. I had not really had any other signs of coming close to delivery, so we were not really prepared. My bags were packed, but the nursery and house were not ready at all. Immediately, I showered and Brent did the dishes (I hate a dirty kitchen!) When we got to UNC, I was only 1cm dialated, so they stuck me in a room where we just waited it out:) Contractions started coming and they induced me around 2pm. By 4:30pm, I was asking for an epidural:) The lower back pain was awful. I could handle the contractions, but not the back pain. I was still only 2cm, so they increased the potosin (probably mis spelled that one). That night, Emma's heart rate started dropping rapidly after each contraction. A flood of nurses would rush in and tell me to move one way or the other, my blood pressure was dropping, and I was put on oxygen. Little E had a heart monitor put on her head as well. They mentioned c-section several times, and honestly, I was ready. The stress and fear of what we were both going through was awful. They took me off the potosin and gave me some drugs to help calm me down (aka...zonk me out). All I remember is waking up Sunday morning, and I was 6cm! It was the first positive step - especially given that my water had broken over 24 hours ago. They slowly started to induce me (which I was super worried about), and by noon, I was 9cm. The pushing itself was actually really easy (thanks to my awesome epidural), and within 2 hours, Emma was here! They used the mirror at the end of the bed, and although that sounds totally gross, it was the most helpful tool ever. I highly recommend it. There is nothing like a little motivation to help you through! It did take until Monday mid-morning for my epidural to wear off, and that was really tough. I had gone through almost a whole bag in 24 hours..so its now wonder I didnt feel anything:) So, all in all, I was in labor for 34 hours! And I am really proud of myself. I could NOT have done it without Brent though...wow...what an awesome husband and father he was throughout. I don't know what women do who have un-supportive husbands (or no husband at all).
Here is our week in photos...I have a TON, but right now Emma is sleeping and I am running out of time!
|Sunday was my one week birthday!|
|We went home Tuesday morning....very glad to leave the hospital, but had no idea what life would be like at home:)|
|Emma loves to sleep with her hand on her chin..I call this her "deep thoughts" pose.|
|We had our first bath! Of course, she screamed the whole time!|
|We've had three outings to the doctor. She is doing great. I love this picture...she is holding my hand:)|