Our newest little love has arrived. Charlee Danielle was born on March 9th at 2:57pm. She weighed 6 lbs 8.2 oz and was 19 1/4 in long. She is a petite little girl!
I didn't get to skip the appointments last Thursday like I had hoped, but I didn't get to go home from them either. The ultrasound was first. Towards the end I noticed the nurse was spending some time focusing the cord, which I hadn't recalled her doing so in the other ultrasounds. I didn't think much of it. The NST went great and showed some uterine activity but none that I could feel. When my OB came in the exam room she started with the good news that the baby looked great and passed the BPP and NST with flying colors then followed with the discovery that there was a knot in the cord. The cord was also a 2 vessel cord. Neither were a big deal but they each have their own concerns. Being that I was 38+2 at this point, she didn't want to risk the baby making one wrong move and the knot causing big problems, so off to the hospital we were sent. Like directly. She said do not pass go, just go over and I'll let them know you're coming. Before she sent us on our way,she checked me just so she could give the floor a starting point. I was 4cm and we suspect she swept my membranes because as soon as I stood up I started leaking.
If you remember from Tucker's birth story, Danny's sister works on the OB floor of the hospital. Luckily she was working and didn't have to come in. We got there at 9:36 and she got me all hooked up to pitocin so we could really get things going. She also kind of wanted to smack me since this was not the plan and I had to pee every time she came in to up the pitocin haha. My OB checked me around 12 and I was 5cm. She broke my water since it looked like I just had a leak earlier. Things progressed quickly. By about 1:30 I think, I had had enough and needed the epidural. Once it was set, history repeated itself. I was looking forward to some rest while I finished dilating, but once the epi was working I was already at 9.5 cm meaning there would be no nap.
After about 7 minutes of pushing I had to to stop so my doctor could make it over. Danny's sister said she would be mad if she got me to 38 weeks and missed the birth haha. Once she got over there I pushed a couple more times and Charlee made her debut! It was 5.5 hours from the time I was admitted to Charlee arriving.
I've said all along that if I could have a repeat experience of Tuckers birth then that would be ideal. This birth was just as easy and done in half the time. She is also almost the exact same size as Tucker. She weighed a little over 1 ounce more and was only 1/4 in shorter in length.
Big brother is obsessed!
I'm sure this is just a honeymoon phase and he'll start getting annoyed with her crying soon, but I'm going to enjoy the cuteness while it's here.
We've been home for a few days and things are going pretty well. She is nursing like a champ and naps pretty well. I *think* I've figured out how to get a couple good stretches out of her overnight but I'm not going to put much weight in that just yet.
We are all in love with our newest addition and couldn't be happier that she's here!