He also ordered Pitocin to be started and I got ready for the contractions to begin getting harder.
Shortly after this Bridgette decided that I was in a perfect state for the fabulous epidural to be administered. Brandi, the anesthesiologist came in and did a wonderful job explaining to me every step that she was taking to get me started on my wonderful pain-free journey to motherhood. At this point the contractions were getting more intense and I was more than ready and willing to have that huge needle stuck in my back.
The epidural was amazing! I was soon feeling happy and having a good ole time goofing off with everyone who walked in the room.
My parents, sister, and niece arrived right about this time and I knew that I was perfectly ready to have this baby now that they had made it. I was flying high, feeling good, and ready to pop out a baby when the mood suddenly changed in the room.
Dr. Foley had came back into the room, and after discussing quietly with the nurses made the call that I wasn't progressing the way I should be and to keep the baby out of harm a c-section was definitely necessary.
You would have thought I had been given a death sentence.
I remember Landen getting all teary eyed.
My parents walked out of the room to talk amongst themselves.
My best friend Charly came in to reassure me that after two c-sections of her own she knew that I would be just fine.
Strangely, even though everyone else saw this as a negative thing,
I was completely calm.
I didn't realize that my blood pressure was dropping rapidly and that the babies heart-rate jumped from 140ish to 180ish.
I remember looking at Landen and saying "Hey, it's okay! Whatever it takes to get the baby out safely is what we need to do, and look at this way. We will get to see it sooner!"
I didn't realize how soon!
Within minutes of Dr. Foley making the call I was flanked by nurses. One nurse came at me with a catheter, another with a razor, the anesthesiologist was pumping me full of more epidural medicine. It was happening so fast. The next thing I know I am hugging my friends and family and being raced down the hallway into the operating room in true Grey's Anatomy style. (And yes, I did make a McDreamy comment to the nurses to which they replied "We wish someone looked that good that works here.")
It probably should have hit me at this point that something was indeed a "bigger deal" than I thought it was, but again, I was feeling pretty good.
When Landen came into the operating room (looking mighty fine in his operating garb by the way) I think it finally hit me that this was it. We were going to be having a baby, and very soon!
One of the nurses predicted that her time of birth would be 5:38. I looked at the clock and saw that it said 5:23 and I about flipped out.
As I'm laying there on the table, surrounded by people who are doing God knows what to my body, I couldn't stop thinking about the fact that this was all happening so fast. One minute we are in the delivery room waiting patiently for my labor to progress, the next minute I'm being strapped down and sliced open.
Landen stayed right by my side the entire time. It seemed like seconds until the Dr. was saying "Okay Daddy, come see what you have!"
Landen stood up, walked over, and I heard the precious words. "It's a little girl!"
I was so stinking excited!
My motherly instincts were right!
I knew it was a girl the whole time!
They brought her over to me for just a few moments and then Landen went over to take pictures and watch them assess her.
The hardest part of the entire process was having to stay strapped to that table while everyone else was admiring and loving on my little girl.
When they brought her back to me I was in awe at how beautiful she was. Olive complexion, dark hair, long skinny fingers and gigantic feet! Everything about her was so completely perfect. It's true, you don't know what love is until you have a child.
The rest of the day passed by quickly. We invited our families in to introduce them to Adeline SueAnn and I slowly began regaining feeling to my legs and started managing the pain that I was starting to feel.
Looking back, I can't believe that 2 weeks ago I was leaking fluid in a meeting, rushing to the hospital, getting an epidural, and having major abdominal surgery.
But when I look at the little girl laying next to me on the couch,
I realize something;
I would do it all over again, without pain medication, and have a hundred c-sections.
This little girl is totally worth it. We couldn't be more blessed.
Adeline SueAnn is perfect.