Thursday, August 28, 2008
Diana Mary Breton Enters the World!
Baby Diana was born on Sunday August 24th at 1:02pm at Winchester Hospital...she is the most beautiful little baby girl ever! It was a long and hard labor- 36 hours to be exact. After 3 hours of pushing, I was rushed in for a c section but as so many people have told me, it will all be worth it.
As soon as I looked at her, I found that to be so true. It was soooo worth it and worth the wait and the sleepless nights.
I have always known this baby...it is indescribable...she already breaks my heart! I am already so protective of her..guess that is an instinct.
The Series of Events:
On Thursday, as I posted already, I went through 8 hours of testing and thought I would be getting my induction date from Dr. Bose-no such luck.
We went to bed on Friday night..pretty exhausted and frustrated. Then I was woken up at 3am on Saturday by intense cramps. I thought, I wonder if those are contractions?! Well, I waited it out and didn't wake Rob until about 4. At that point, I said, I am taking a shower because I think I am having contractions and don't want to waste time. He said okay.
I got out of the shower and called the doctor- I told her my contractions were very painful and seemed to be 15-20 minutes apart. She suggested to head on in.
We arrived at Winchester at about 5am and I was immediately hooked up to monitors. I would have described it as hard labor but after two hours of testing, they told me I was only in early labor and they insisted I go home! I didn't know how I was going to make it at home, in all this pain. I was so frustrated and tired- I just started crying.
So we went home and got to sleep for a few hours and relax for most of the day. I was so disappointed because here I was again not making any progress BUT now experiencing major pain AND not going to be able to see my cousin Chris get married. I was devastated so I cried alot.
Well progress wasn't my problem...by 8pm, I was in so much pain and my contractions were about 5 minutes apart- this time, they said come on in. So we did- we were
back at Winchester by 9 pm and we were not going home this time!
By 2am, I got my epidural and that made a huge difference. It allowed us to sleep for about 3 hours and then all of a sudden a nurse was telling me to try pushing. Alot of the events are jumbled in my mind but I do know that my mom got there before I had to start pushing..I think that was around 7/8 am. At first we thought I was going to deliver this baby vaginally as everyone could start seeing her hair and they told me I was doing such a good job but after 3 hours, the doctor said she felt much better doing the c section..Diana was just getting stuck and not moving any further. She also had a bowel movement in uteran (I know gross) which posed another risk. They did not want her to cry right away..they would need to suction out her mouth and did not want me to freak if I didn't hear her cry.
Well I was crying when I found out I was being rushed in for a c section...it is not that I was dead set against this birthing method BUT I had worked so hard to deliver
the regular way...I felt that it was for nothing.
Like I wrote, however, when I saw her come out with her little mohawk hairdo and wailing cry and beautiful face, I forgot all the pain and work and just felt grateful that she was here.
We just got home today. We spent four days in the hospital and although, at first, I dreaded the thought of the stay, it was so relaxing and very pleasant and such a nice feeling to get such care for me and Diana. The nurses at Winchester are just the best.
We had so many visitors too...it was so fun looking forward to visiting hours each day...who would surprise us today? We saw our parents..(mine every day because my mom works in the hospital and she couldn't help herself- she came up during her coffee break and lunch and before and after work. My Dad is just SMITTEN...he is already attached to Diana..it is the most precious thing)...the kids came with Grammy and Papa on Sunday night and they were sooo excited! Papa also came back on Wednesday to feed Diana before a round of golf.
We also saw Bill and Steve from work, Cass and her Mom Cathy and Brother Jay who now also works with me, Kim from work, Donna P, Ann-Marie, Ish and Lucy Halliday, My Aunty Mar and Cousin Emily, some of my mom's friends from work, Rob's ex-wife Lisa, Keith "The Fois" Foise and Matt & Gina.
The visitors were a blast and everyone enjoyed holding Diana- some even got to feed her and observe a diaper change or two or three...well (she is already a chowhound!)
I am even more impressed with my wonderful hubby now...I knew he had the experience but he is just wonderful with Diana...he is a natural and he is a nice calming force for me.
Enjoy some of Diana's first pix!