We got to the hospital an hour later and I was dilated to a 4 and having very active contractions. They quickly got me moved to an L&D room. I got my epidural (AMAZING- we'll talk about this in its own post soon) at a 6 and then my doctor broke my water. (Apparently at home, it had just leaked a pocket of fluid).
After he broke my water, labor started picking up even more and baby's head compressed the cord which caused the heartrate to drop. Within seconds, my room was a madhouse of nurses and doctors working to get baby stable. I thought I was paralyzed from the epidural until I was worried about my baby and suddenly I was able to turn from side to side, get on my hands and knees, etc. They actually gave me a shot of terbutaline to slow things down which worked and baby was good again.
I progressed to 10 cm and only pushed 12 minutes before introducing the most incredible baby ever into this world. I was in labor for 9 hours total which I consider VERY fortunate. It was the best (yet most painful) experience of my life and made all of our struggles worth it. She truly changed my whole life instantly and I am so in love with her.
Thought I'd post some pictures for now and tell more about her tomorrow since it's almost 1 a.m., my night owl is wide awake for the 3rd night in a row, and I'm currently breastfeeding her while typing with just 1 hand. Wow, I'm a mommy!!!!!
Our 7 pound, 9 ounce baby girl