Lucy's Birth Story
November 11th, 2013
7lbs 4oz, 19.5 inches long
I was scheduled for an induction on Wednesday the 13th. We pretty much assumed that would be the day we would meet Lucy because I had just been having the same random contractions that never got regular. I was pretty bummed because my mom had to leave the night of the 14th.
Sunday night I was having no symptoms of labor, just what I had been having lately. I was laying on the couch and then had to sit up because I had some uncomfortable back pain. We all went to bed. Alex and I just stayed up and spent time talking about how we met and when we were dating. We were laughing and reminiscing. Looking back it was the perfect night for him and I to share together before we grew our family. We chatted and laughed and joked about things we've done since we've dated and got married. We looked through old pictures and just enjoyed our time together. While laying in bed, my back started aching! I had to start practicing my breathing it hurt so bad. One came and then another came about 10 minutes later. Then I kept getting more and more. Alex started to time them and we realized they were about 4-6 minutes apart. I called the hospital and they said it sounded like labor, but to give it 30 more minutes. If it didn't stop, come on in. I was a little nervous since I had gone in a few weeks before for false labor. I turned on an Office episode and said I'd decide what to do by the end of the episode. I got 20 minutes in and couldn't take the contractions any more.
We got up, packed our bags, and woke up my mom. I walked in and said "Mom I think we need to get to the hospital." She said, "Really?! This is so exciting!" And out we went! We drove into Cedar and I was having contractions about every 2-3 minutes. While we were driving I said, "If they send me home they better give me drugs because I can't live like this." My dear goodness I have never felt a pain so intense. It hurt my back so bad that I wanted to cry but was in too much pain to cry.
Lucy's head was sitting on my pelvic bone for a while. The nurse said it's cause she was looking towards her Mama Jen. Apparently her head would come out during the pushing and then suck back in. I kept pushing for a while. At about 8:45 am the nurse had stepped out and told us to keep pushing during the contractions. I was pushing and Christina was watching. She said "Um guys there is a head coming out!" And Alex said, "Stop pushing! We need a doctor, we are amateurs!" Haha. I love him.
The nurse was came in and she called the doctor. I was pushing and she told me to stop. She was coming! The doctor was in at about 9am. The epidural started to wear off a bit so I was starting to feel some pain. We asked if I could push for more medicine and the nurse said Lucy would be born by the time it kicked in! I was so tired at this point. The doctor said push and I closed my eyes and just pushed with everything left in me. The doctor said to put my hand down there and feel her head! She had hair! Then we waited for one more contraction and again I pushed with everything I had. They told me to open my eyes and there she were! I couldn't believe it! 9:13 am. I started crying (happy tears!) because she were there. My baby girl came! She cried for a second and then they put her on my chest and she stopped crying.
They checked Lucy, cleaned out her mouth and nose, and let her just lay on my chest. I was all fixed up and I got to just hold you. After, they took her and bathed her. They did it in the room. Mama Jen and Grandma Evans watched her. Then everyone got to hold you!
They moved us to a room that we would stay in for the next 48 hours. We had a lot of visitors! Cami and Grandma were there right after delivery. Mama Jen and Christina hung out with us all day. Wendy and Nate stopped by during a break at school. Papa came and visited. Aunt Marie, Aunt Noreen, and Jamie came and visited. Cheryl and Ceci came and gave her loves. And she got to meet Lukey! He looks huge compared to Lucy. That night, her cousins Joshie and Tyler got to see you in the nursery and Jared came and held her too!
Labor and delivery was such an incredible process. I really didn't enjoy pregnancy much, but I didn't mind my labor or delivery. Maybe it's because I finally was able to meet my sweet girl.