I am excited to link up with Becoming a Besnett today for Mama Monday! This month’s link up is all about the day our little ones joined our family. Today I will be featuring Madeleine Elizabeth’s birth story. You can read about Alexandra’s birth here.
Dr. H was beginning to become concerned that you were going to be a big baby and suggested that we induce during the 39th week. So on January 17, 2012 Mommy and Daddy tucked Alexandra into bed and headed off to the hospital. When we checked in at 8:00pm we requested the same room that Alexandra was born in since we had happy memories from that room and we thought it would be special to have you born in the same space (plus IMO it had the best view of all the delivery rooms). Unfortunately, that room was already occupied so we were given a rather noisy room directly across from the nurses station. After getting hooked up to all the monitors and completing all the paperwork, I sent Daddy home to get some rest promising to call if there were any changes. No need for us both to have a sleepless night in the hospital. Around midnight the nurse gave me some medicine to help soften my cervix and prepare for your arrival. The medicine also helped get some contractions going, but they were very mild. I tried to sleep, but it was difficult since I had to use the bathroom every 30 minutes or so…the IV fluids were running though me. I read a little, listened to the nurses and doctors chat away at the desk outside my room, and watched a little bit of ER. I started watching ER when I was about 10 weeks pregnant with you and had just broken my ankle…9 months later I was still watching (15 seasons, you know).
Around 5:00am the nurse started the pitocin to get my contractions going. Daddy’s plan was to be back at the hospital by 6:30am, but he had to wait for Granny and Grandpa to come over to relieve him because Alexandra was still asleep in her bed. Around this same time Dr. H stopped by my room to check on my progress and break my water. Once he did that my contractions really got started. Daddy arrived at the hospital around 7:30am ready to meet his newest little princess. Mimi and Bepa arrived around 8:00am with Starbucks in hand so excited to finally meet you. Around 9:30am my contractions were getting more and more uncomfortable so I decided to request an epidural. It was smooth sailing from then on. Daddy emailed all of the family asking for them to weigh in on your arrival time, height, and weight. A little after 11:00 the nurse came in to ask how I was doing and I replied “fine, don’t think much is going on”. She said it had been awhile since she last checked me so she wanted to see how I was progressing…to my surprise she announced it was baby time. Everyone but Daddy left the room and in came a frenzy of people setting everything up for your arrival. Everything was ready but we were waiting on Dr. H. The nurse called him again and he said he was in transit. She told me not to push because she didn’t want to be the one to deliver the baby. A few minutes later Dr. H came in and quickly put on his gear. Two short pushes later at 11:59am you entered the world weighing a whopping 9lbs 5oz and were 21 inches long. The only person, medical staff, included that thought you would be a 9lb baby was your Uncle Charlie! Everyone thought he was crazy with his guess…who knew he would be right?
Because you were a big baby the nurses had to check your blood sugar levels to make sure they were stable. You were perfect! While the nurses cleaned you up Mommy and Daddy stressed out about finalizing your name. We decided on Madeleine Elizabeth (Madeleine after St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and Elizabeth after your Godmother, Auntie Lizzie).
Everyone was so excited to meet you. You were greeted by Mimi, Bepa, Granny, Grandpa, and many of your Aunts and Uncles.
The next day, Daddy picked up Alexandra from Mimi and Bepa’s and brought her to the hospital to meet you. She thought you were pretty neat. It was a big day for Alexandra too…she started walking at the hospital! Guess she realized Mommy was going to have a hard time carrying you both around all the time!
Hope you enjoyed reading about Madeleine’s debut. Next month we will be sharing our bedtime routines!