Friday, January 21, 2011
The Birth of Baby Lindsay
First of all, we are so THRILLED beyond words that this little baby is here!! She is absolutely beautiful and an absolute sweetheart! Getting her here was a little more difficult than I had anticipated but she is definitely worth it!!
Contractions began around 1:00 am but they were about an hour apart. By 7:00am they were constantly 12 minutes apart and stayed that way until about noon. Around 1:00 I went to my sister Heather’s house for some lunch and a walk. That walk did it!! By 2:30 I was having strong contractions 5-6 minutes apart! I called Darin to come home from work. He picked me up at 3:00 and we went home to grab our things. I was going to take a shower but by the time I got home my contractions were about 3 minutes apart.
We hurried to the hospital and when I got to the frong desk I said calmly, "hi, I'm in labor." I don't know why but Darin and I couldn't stop laughing about that. When they checked me I was dilated to an 8 almost a 9. They told me that I was close enough that I should just go natural…my answer…NO WAY!! Well, I guess when you wait too long you don’t get much say in the matter. The anesthesiologist attempted to give me the epidural THREE times but the contractions were just too close together and it was time to push!
Lindsay was still really high even though everything else was ready so Dr. Ward broke my water hoping she would come down quickly. He wanted to wait for 10 minutes but I was in so much pain that he wanted to get the baby out sooner. She was turned the wrong way so Dr. Ward turned her (painful!!) then used the vacuum THREE times (also painful), then finally he gave me an episiotomy and used the forceps then she was out! I have a lot of friends and family that are pro natural birth--my hat off to you!! I NEVER EVER want to do it that way again!! I am definately a fan of having minimal pain!
At 6:08pm Lindsay Gunnerson was born at 7 lbs 14 oz and 20 inches long! She was absolutely gorgeous!! Everyone thinks that she looks just like Matthew but with dark hair! Matthew has had some GREAT moments with her, and a few less than great moments with her, but I think that he is doing pretty good! When we got home he wanted to show her every single one of his toys. It was really cute! He also kept saying “I wanna hold it.” Now he refers to her as Lindsay instead of “it.”
Thanks for all the help, thoughts, and prayers of our wonderful family and friends!! We love you all so much!!