Madison Clover Murphy was born at 1:27am on July 30,2011 weighing 6lbs 13oz and 17 & 3/4 inches long!
July 24th, my due date, came and went. For the next three days I was in and out of labor and delivery with strong regular contractions. My cervix was stuck at 3cm though, so I kept getting sent home. My induction was scheduled for Saturday July 30th, and I finally came to accept the fact that I wasn't going to get my "it's time!" moment.
Friday (July 29th), I had one last ultrasound to check my fluid levels because I was overdue. Everything looked fine, so we went to check out. As we walked up to the counter, (1:25pm) I felt a warm sensation in my pants.... I looked down and I was definitely wet. I told my mom something was wrong and the lady at the other counter was like "come here!" I told her no! My pants were wet and I wasn't going out in the lobby with everyone. They took me back towards the bathroom and with every step, more came out. I remember saying "I swear I'm not peeing!". Then a nurse came and brought me into the ultrasound room (I wasn't at a hospital or doctors office, this place was only for ultrasounds). She had me take my pants off and get on the table. It was still trickling out... She did an exam using a speculum and used a special cotton swab that confirmed it was amniotic fluid. As she pulled the speculum out, I heard a splash! So much came out!! I kept apologizing, I was so embarrassed. I was so shocked when she told me I needed to go to the hospital! And my water just kept coming out! They gave me a sheet to wrap around my bottom half, two chucks to lay down on my seat so it didn't get wet,*and then they told us that they would call the hospital and tell us we were on our way!! As we were leaving my mom kept looking at people and saying "we're having a baby!!!!" I was so embarrassed lol. She called Eric (who was on his way to work for the night) and he was like "WHAT?! Her water broke?!?!" and told us he'd call his work. We got in the car and my mom was freaking out calling EVERYONE! I had to yell at her to stop and concentrate on driving! I had that nervous feeling in my tummy, like you get before the first day of school. While we were on our way, Eric text me and said "you got your 'its time' moment" that made me so happy, I almost cried.
We finally got to the hospital, and they already knew we were coming. We didn't have to go to triage or anything, they took us straight back to a labor & delivery room! I got undressed, and took my wet clothes off. Another huge gush got all over the bathroom floor, but by this time I didn't even care! I got in the bed and it seemed like forever until they finally checked me. I was 3cm STILL! They told me that they were going to start me on pitocin. I was waiting for so long...the first part went so slow. A nurse got my IV started and a little while later they started my pitocin. My contractions hit me like a truck, and that is the only way I could explain them. I had three strong ones and I was begging for drugs It was time for a shift change and I had a new, mean nurse! She came in and was like "you need to relax. Just breathe." She checked me and I was still 3cm so she said I couldn't get an epidural. I begged for something to take the pain away. She gave me IV drugs around 6 (I think), and I immediately felt relaxed. I could still feel pain, but I was able to relax and breathe through them. The drugs made my nose so itchy!!! At this point, breathing "hee hee hoo hoo" was all I could do. I got a really really nice nurse named Carolyn. She was seriously AMAZING!!!!! She was my nurse for the rest of the time, and she made my experience so much better.
Anyway, by 7:30 the drugs completely wore off and I was in so much pain. I was crying so hard and my contractions were so close! Some were 45 seconds apart! I asked her to check me and I was 4 1/2 almost 5cm! She went to get the anesthesiologist, and he couldn't get there fast enough. It probably wasn't long, but it felt like hours before he came. I sat on the edge of the bed and Carolyn held my hands through my contractions. I got my epidural around 8:30 (didn't hurt at all) and I sat and waited for it to kick in. My toes got tingly, and before I knew it my left side was numb. I could feel my contractions a little on my right side, but not bad at all.
Within the hour, I was 8 1/2cm! I got checked again around 10:15 and I was 10cm. We pushed through 2 contractions, but I couldn't feel a thing. We waited a little while for my contractions to move her down and before I knew it, I was pushing! It wasn't until the doctor came in that I realized this was the real deal, not just practice pushes. I was pushing so hard trying to get her out! They brought over a mirror and I cried when I saw her head.
Towards the very end, everyone started to yell at me to push as hard as I could and the doctor started pulling my baby and two nurses got on top of me and were pushing so hard on my belly. It all happened so fast and I didn't know what was going on. They didn't even ask Eric to cut the cord, they just pulled my baby out and put her on my belly for like 3 seconds then they took her away to start sucking her mouth. They stuck a tube down her throat and I started crying so hard. I kept asking if she was okay, they said she was fine, but it didn't look like it. I just wanted to hold her.
To make things worse, the doctor had to go into the other room as soon as Madison was out because the lady in there was having complications. So I was just laying there with my feet in stirrups, Carolyn delivered my placenta. She told me I tore pretty bad, and since the doctor was gone I had to wait with my legs up until she was done in there and could come sew me up. It took forever for her to come back, and even longer to get my stitches.
I later found out that she came out with her hand in her face and I tore up and down really bad. They were stretching my perineum the whole time and commented on how good it was stretching. If it wasn't for her hand being there, I wouldn't have torn. She also put my catheter back in and there was like a gallon of pee! I was scared to get it in again, but nothing mattered after because they handed me my little girl
I immediately fell in love! She is so perfect. The nurses left once they handed her to me, and I started breastfeeding. She latched on right away and the nurses were shocked when they came back. Carolyn came to check and see if she was latched on correctly and she was so surprised when she was! She kept telling me how great I was doing and that I was a pro at labor and breastfeeding. She may have just been saying that, but it made me feel good
I'll leave the rest of the little details out. I will add that peeing afterwards was absolutely terrifying. Im still in pain down there and it hurts to sit down.
Madison was a little jaundiced, but she is a perfect baby. The first couple of nights were a blur, but last night she only woke up by herself once! I had to keep waking her up so she could eat, it scared me that she slept for so long!!!
I'm sure I left a bunch out, but I'm doing all this with a baby attached to my boob lol. If I missed anything too important, I'll add it later. I will also add pictures later on tonight
UPDATE: These were all taken while we were still in the hospital. A photographer came in and took them right on our bed!
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