After my water was broken the contractions started coming fast and regular I held out as long as I could before getting the epidural when the contractions started going one on top of the other. At about 12:30 the anesthesiologist came in and started the process. They had to try THREE times to get it installed - by the end of the second poke, I was ready to tell them that I would be fine - lets forget about the epidural altogether! The doctor was great though and having my father there to help me breathe through the pokes and all of a sudden the biting pain became just some abdominal pressure and I could relax a little. My mom and Josie arrived right after 12:30 right after the epi kicked in and the waiting game began.
A little bit after that though, my blood pressure started dropping (it bottomed out at 78 over 42 !!) and when my bp would go down Joseph's heart rate would go down as well. We rolled over, we changed positions and it still didn't do any good. Finally the nurse had an idea to go ahead and check Joe's progress and voila - the second I got on my back and a semi upright position he pushed down, totally effaced and his heart rate stabilized. It was time to push! The quote of the day goes to my mother who said that he brightened up because he "finally saw daylight!" All of a sudden, the room filled with nurses preparing things, draping tables, opening trays, warming up the lamps...and my heart was completely filled with love and joy for the baby that was coming soon. Josie read some of the posts that were left for me from all of my online sisters on HYWWP during the melee.
35 minutes of pushing later, Joseph Todd arrived in the world at 7lb 14 oz, 20 1/2 inches long and every bit of beautiful. I could not be happier, after everything that I have gone through over the past 40 weeks, I feel like I could burst with happiness that he is finally here and healthy and just beautiful. I can't believe that he is so little! I had geared myself up to have an 8.5 - 9 pound baby and here he is just so teeny and beautiful.
The internet here is super slow so if you would like to see pictures, there are some on my facebook profile as well as on Picasa: http://picasaweb.google.com/aremid129/StarredPhotos
Thank you so much to my friends and family for all of the prayers and support. I truly could not have done this without you. We are so incredibly blessed and we love you all!
Kris, Joseph and Jackson