My parents finished moving from Missouri the day before, perfect timing :). Billy & I spent our Saturday getting last minute things for her nursery. We left at noon & didn't get home till almost midnight because we helped my parents move & celebrated my brother's birthday which he now shares with Tatum :). I was planning on cleaning, doing laundry & ironing Sunday while Billy finished her nursery, but she had other plans.
I started feeling bad around 6 p.m. Saturday. She was moving a ton & I was feeling nauseous and sore. After my water broke, I finished packing our bags and Billy picked up the house for me whole I got ready.
I started getting contractions every 4-5 minutes 15 minutes after my water broke. We got to the hospital at 10 & checked in to triage. They did a blue strip teat to check if my water broke & it wasn't as blue as they hoped so I had to lay back flat for 20 min to let the fluid increase & they were going to do another test. The contractions were every 3 min & were uncomfortable because she was in my rubs & laying flat didn't allow my body to work with the contractions. They tested me again & it was for sure my water that had broke. They checked me at 10 & I was at. A 1 & 50% effaced, which I had been for 2 weeks. We got a room & literally had friends & family in our room up to an hour before I delivered. I really wanted a natural birth & I must say that the company kept my mind off the contractions. I'd be talking, breathe through a contraction and start visiting again. At one point we had 10 people in our room.
They checked me against 2:00 & I was at a 6, 90% effaced! I couldn't believe it because my contractions weren't hurting that bad. They checked me again an hour later, I was a 9.5 & 100% effaced. The transition phase(goin from 8-10) is known to be the hardest part of labor but is the shortest. My transition phase felt like all my other contractions until the last 3 before I felt the urge to push & those hurt. When the nurse checked me & said I was 9.5 dilated, she said she come back in 15 min & I'd start pushing. As soon as she walked out of the room, I had a huge urge to push. I pushed for 30 minutes & sweet Tatum was born at 3:39 p.m., weighing 6 lbs 11 oz, 19 1/4 inches.
She swallowed a lot of amniotic fluid before she came out so they gave her a little oxygen & i had to wait 20 min before i could nurse her.
Tatum had a lot of spit up issues because of the fluid she swallowed so I was only able to nurse her 3 times in the hospital. At one point she spit up blood so they did an X-ray but everything looked good. We stayed in the hospital an extra because of her spitting up & I wasnt able to feed her.
Tatum is a week & 3 days and is a bundle of joy! She has only fussed one time since she came home from the hospital. She eats every 2-3 hrs & has a 4 hour stretch at night. She is sleeping in her crib & loves to be swaddled. She is extremely alert & will look around for hours. Billy & I are treasuring every second with our sweet baby girl!!
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