Finally I'm writing the birth story of our sweet baby girl. At 38 wks 3 days (above pics) I went in for my 38 week doctor appointment and Doctor Katsuyama was a little concerned about baby being big. He stripped my membranes and I was measuring at 3 cm dilated but only about 30% effaced and baby girl was still sitting pretty high up. He got me into an ultrasound appointment right away that afternoon so they could measure baby girl and make a better estimated guess on the size. At this point I was totally excited to see baby girl again and sort of hoping the doc would say lets go ahead and get this baby out! Well baby was measuring at 8 lbs. 14 oz. (WOAH! ) (give or take a pound they said) and results were sent over to my doc. He said the soonest he could induce me was 39 weeks so the date was set for induction on August 28th at midnight. Four days away!!! I had lots and lots of false labor those days leading up to the induction and I thought for sure baby girl would come sooner. But I wasn't that lucky. Thursday evening finally came and Mark and I made preparations for the kids to go to Aunt Kristin's house for the night and we put them to bed there and went home to take a quick nap before heading to the hospital at midnight. Grandma Stacy drove in that evening and came to join us at the hospital for the exciting induction, with hopes that baby girl would arrive before 5am when Grandma had to drive back to work.
This whole induction thing was new to me and it was kind of fun walking into the hospital not in any pain and just being checked into a room and hooked up. I look way too excited in these pics! Doc wanted me hooked up on IV and antibiotics for Strep B so there was no chance of a repeat of what happened with Lilly's birth. Then the Pitocin got started around 3am and the contractions started rolling. I decided to ask for the epidural once the pain was getting a little more intense but by that point the anesthesiologists were all busy and wouldn't be available for at least a half an hour!!! WHAT?!!? NOOOO!!! I was dilated to a 4+ and hurting through terrible contractions and ended up waiting an HOUR before they got me the epidural. Worst pain of my LIFE!! Then, Epidural was in and life was good. It was about 4:30 am. At this point Kristin and April had come to the hospital (that's their normal wakeup time anyways) and I was soo excited to have them there!! Mark doesn't do well with needles and epidurals so it was nice to have Kristin there to help support me through that while Mark and Linda and April walked the halls. So now I was happy and ready to get this baby out. Linda decided she wasn't going to make it to work on time if she stayed til baby came so she left around 4 or 4:30. My doctor came in and checked me and broke my water (A LOT of water came out). He left and we just let my body do the rest of the work. Pain free!! I love medicine.
Emmeline Grace Stacy born August 28, 2015 at 7:36 am, weighing in at 8 lbs 12 oz. and 20.5 inches long. She is beautiful with tons of dark hair and already has a Stacy stamp. She is definitely one of ours. <3
(Thank you Kristin for these amazing pictures that will be forever cherished!)