Well, it has been 2 weeks since the arrival of "Baby Avery" and we are all adjusting well. Here is the story of her birth and a few of her first pictures.
Avery's due date was Sunday May 15- which came and went uneventfully. I had a doctors appointment on the 18th and found out I was 3 cm dilated but not very effaced (for those of you who know what that means). Given our history of having large babies (Maddie was 9lbs 7oz and Cole was 9lbs 6oz) the doctor, Ben and I were all a little concerned that Avery would be at least that size since she was already 3 days late. The doctor asked if I'd be willing to get induced. I had, up until this point, not wanted to be induced because I had gone into labor naturally with Cole and it was very fast and kind of fun not having a planned birth- but I agreed because of the above reasons, not to mention not wanting to be pregnant anymore...
We arrived at the hospital at 3pm and got situated in our room. Our nurse (the wife of one of my coworkers) helped get us settled, started my IV and paperwork. She started Pitocin at 3:50pm. Around 5:00 the doctor came and broke my water. I was still 3cm and 75% effaced. Once my water was broken, the contractions became immediately more intense but still were not that bad. Ben's parents brought the kids for a quick visit around 5:30. Around 7pm I decided that I would try some IV pain medicine and to call the anesthesiologist for an epidural since I was only 4cm and figured it would be a while still (I should have known better). The anesthesiologist (another coworker of mine) got there just a few minutes later, I signed the consent and he got everything ready.
I sat up on the edge of the bed for the epidural and the contractions were coming almost continuously. The anesthesiologist was only able to get the local numbing medicine injected (not the actual epidural) before I started yelling at him to "stop touching me"... I feel bad about yelling at him. The nurse told me "that looks like the face of someone about to have a baby" She checked things and said "I don't feel any cervix"- and so I went from 4cm to fully dilated in about 10 minutes with Pitocin and NO epidural. Now despite whatever Ben says I would have much preferred the epidural but it was not to be... for the 2nd time!
Avery Abigail Mailloux made her entrance into the world (helped by her daddy) Wednesday May 18, 2011 at 7:44pm. She weighed a healthy 8lbs 9oz (much smaller than anticipated) and was 21 inches long.
Avery has been wonderful! She is a good sleeper and she loves to snuggle. I have needed to remind myself what life with a newborn is like. It takes longer to do anything, including get out of the house- someone is usually whining or crying by the time we get there. I need to remind myself to slow down a bit and be more patient with myself, Ben and the kids. Speaking of the kids- they all love Avery! They are (usually) very big helpers and love giving Avery hugs and kisses- now if I could only get them to do it one at a time!
That is our big news! Here are some of Avery's first pictures. I will try to post more regularly now that the little one is here so you can all see how she grows! Hope everyone is healthy and happy!