Name: Brigitte Jane Beal
Birthday : Sunday July 27th 2008
Time: 3:25 pm
Weight: 7 pounds 3 ounces
Length: 19 1/2 inches
Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and made our way to St. Lukes Hospital for our 7 am induction. We took a final photo of my pregnant belly and were on our way. Once we got there they signed us in and put us in a waiting room for a whole hour. It was super annoying after we were so anxious to be on time and get things going! Anyway, at 8 they set us up in delivery and started my IV antibiotics and Pitocin. The penicillian was double strength and burned like the dickens! They turned it down, diluted it with another IV, and put ice on it. I swear to you, this was the worst most painful part of the whole delivery! Finally after an hour it was done. They unplugged me and checked to see if I was dilated at all and I was a 3. The nurse told me to let her know when I wanted the epidural because apparently my Dr in his infinite wisdom had given the ok for it anytime. I figured why wait for the contractions to get bad? I already knew I would end up having one because I was strapped to the bed with drugs and monitors anyway, so I went ahead and told her I would take it anytime! Within 10 minutes the anesthesiologist came in and very quickly placed what I now shall call the tube of fire up my spine. The numbing medicine he injected before threading in the catheter hadn't travelled all the way up yet, so I felt the last couple inches of him placing the tube in. It was almost as bad as the IV antibiotics! After that, at 9:50 exactly my water spontaneously broke! This was awesome because it meant things were moving right along and I was responding really well to the pitocin. Mom and Dad made it to the hospital right about then. We hung out reading magazines and talking for a while. It was all so relaxed and calm that I almost forgot what we were all doing there!
The nurse came and checked me around noon and I was a 5. Gabe and Dad ran to get some lunch, and after they got back my parents decided to go hang out for a couple hours so I could rest. After resting for a while I got checked (at 2:00) and was dilated to an 8-9! The nurse told me she would come back in 20 minutes or so and check me again. We were shocked to say the least! We called my parents and told them they better hurry back. I then remember clearly feeling that 'pressure' that you hear about on baby story...and realized that the babys head was well on its way! I buzzed the nurse and she announced I was complete and had me start pushing. I pushed with her for about 20 minutes ( in a variety of slightly humiliating positions!) and then my Doctor came in. It was all very surreal to me, and at one point I remember saying to my mom who was camcording off to the side that "THIS IS SO WEIRD!" My poor father couldnt stand to be in the room while I was pushing so he left (actually the nurse kicked him out after he threw out a couple 'oh my goshs, and what the...? And made me laugh during my contractions!) But he made it back to the delivery room just in time to see the actual birth.
So we had an agreement with our Dr that Gabe wanted to catch the baby, which he was fine with. After the head was out Gabe started to worry about his white J crew t shirt getting all bloody and gross, so I jokingly told him to take it off. Well, leave it to Gabe to take advantage of ANY opportunity to be in the near nude...so off it came! Everyone was cracking up, and the nurses were saying things like...in all my 15 years, Ive never seen anything like this! So yes, Gabe delivered our baby, half nude. He grabbed the baby under her arms and lifted her out - and we all cried out in shock when we realized IT WAS A GIRL and not the boy we all expected!
So our poor baby had the most GINORMOUS cone head! Considering she was head down my entire pregnancy, and I pushed for 4o minutes to deliver just her noggin, I guess its normal. Thankfully it has slowly taken on a more natural shape, although it still has a little way to go! It is no secret that I gave birth to Gabe Jr! No need for paternity testing here...
Her chin, nose, ears, and hair line are ALL GABE. All she got from me is my eyes, and you can only see the resemblance when they are open. And she never opens them for pictures!
Ok, so from start to finish our delivery took 6 1/2 hours! I couldnt believe how fast and uncomplicated everything was. After she was out and I delivered the placenta, we saw that it was abnormally small. My Dr worried that maybe everything hadnt come out, or that a piece of it had torn off, so he had to reach up (ALL the way up) and make sure nothing was left behind. Now let me tell ya - THAT was fun. Also my uterus apparently wasnt contracting back down, so I was bleeding quite a bit. They gave me a big shot of Methergine in my leg and 'massaged' my uterus profusely for 20 minutes. By this time my epidural was practically useless and I was writhing in pain. Still with everything considered I feel like I had the easiest labor and delivery and I would do it every day of the week over being pregnant again ANY DAY!
The first night with Brigitte in the hospital was a disaster. She had a really hard time latching on and I felt awful not being able to nurse her easily. We called her the "screamin eagle" and thought we were in for dealing with an inconsolable screaching baby. Luckily we found out (after finding puke on her blankets) that some stupid CNA had fed her a bottle of formula in the nursery and all her fussiness and refusal to nurse were a direct result. The hospital manager came in and apologized to us and gave me two movie passes - which really made me mad. Apparently she thought we could be bought for $16.00. I didnt make a big deal out of it, but it did tick me off that they fed her without asking us.
Nursing has been the most painful unnatural experience of my life!!! I never dreamed it would be so hard and uncomfortable. I am so paranoid about whether or not she is getting enough to eat. She wasnt peeing enough after we brought her home so we had to take her in to the pediatrician yesterday. Her weight was down to 6 lbs 11 oz (which was ok, considering she left the hospital at 6 lbs 12 oz) . The Dr wasnt worried, but just said to watch for signs of dehydration and to supplement with formula if I wanted to (which i didnt, due to the hospital experience!) I figured if worse came to worse, I could call my sister and demand some of Lilas runoff cream! Thankfully, my milk finally came in today which has made things a lot better, but its still a huge source of anxiety. I went and bought an electric pump so I could supplement her nursing and see how much she was getting. She tends to fall asleep mid meal and wake up hungry 10 minutes later. Anyway, being a milk cow is really not my thing. But I'm committed to sticking it out for a while and seeing if it gets any better.
Brigitte is a very sweet, calm, sleepy girl. She would probably sleep for a good 5 hours straight if I wasnt having to wake her up to feed her! She only cries when shes hungry or has an upset stomach, which sadly we have had to deal with due to the antibiotics they gave me. Other than that, shes perfectly content to be held by Gabe. She is a total daddys girl, and he is completely whipped! We are spoiling her rotten and I'm loving every minute of it! I have wanted her for so long and now that shes finally here I dont want to miss a single minute!