During my 38 week checkup my Dr. said that I was already dilated to a 2 and that the head was really low and said that she could induce me at anytime because the baby was ready and my body was ready.. That took us by surprise! We wanted to wait as long as possible before having to be induced. A week later at my 39 week appointment I was at a 3 and 50% effaced, stage 0. Things were getting exciting and my Dr. told us that it could literally be any day now!! My mom was freaking out of course because she wasn't flying it till the night of my due date (September 12th). So she decided to play it safe and change her ticket to the 10th. Well, the 10th came and still no baby although I had been having cramps on and off for the last 2 weeks witch turns out to be minor contractions. When my mom arrived we started pulling out all the self-inducing tricks: walking the beach, bouncing on the stability ball, eating spicy food, eating pineapple, cater oil (bleh) and I even started full on running! I wanted this baby out! Nothing worked.
So my due date came and went with no luck. I spent the next few days spending quality time with my mom, Jessy and Abbey who flew out too!
Angels Shaved Ice
Sisters being sisters ;)
Pics on the beach
Now i'll give you a play by play :)
6:00pm- Arrived at Castles Medical Center
9:00pm- Started dripping pitocin in me (I was already cramping so I was contracting by myself, this just sped things up)
7:00am- Still not a lot of pain, just minor cramping. Still dilated to a 3
9:00am- Took me off pitocin to let my body try to take over and to let me eat something
11:00am- Back on pitocin
2:00pm- A fore-water bag broke
2:30pm- Dr. came in and decided to break my water...and thats where it got intense!
6:00-8:00pm- I slept like a baby
8:00pm- Woke up to some pains even with the epidural so I asked to be checked. I was at a full 10! And ready to push!!! They couldn't believe I went from a 4 to a 10 in 2 hours! I told Ka'i to run get my mom who was just told to expect a long night with little progress.
8:15pm-9:37pm- Intense pushing haha I turned so red that blood vessels popped on my face :-/. I was happy that the epi had started to wear off so I could actually feel the pushing which was important to me. Ka'i and my mom were helping me and I let Jessy and Abbey stand behind a curtain and watch. Poor baby was stuck in the birth canal for a good (bad) 20 minutes and at one point the doctor mentioned using the vacuum...NO WAY! I got really focused, I did not want them to vacuum my baby out! They kept telling me one more push, just one more...and when she didn't come out I yelled "Are you serious?! Come on Elsie!!". Ka'i, my mom and the doctor were so encouraging. I don't know what I would have done without them.
9:37pm- Elsie was finally born! The cord was wrapped around her neck and body so it took a little while for her to cry which made me cry. They laid her on me and the skin to skin worked wonders. She weighed 7.08lbs and was 20 inches long. The most beautiful baby I had ever seen with a ton of hair. We named her Elsie Anela o La'akea which in Hawaiian means "Angel of Sacred Light". It already suits her well. We have been calling her "Nela" every now and then as a nickname and we'll see if it sticks. Our little angel.
I am so thankful to have this precious daughter of God in my life:). She has brought such a sweet spirit into our home. She already has both daddy and I wrapped around her little finger.