On April 30th, 2007 at 2 in the morning I started having some really good contractions that woke me up. I was supposed to have a doctors appointment at 7:50 that morning and was holding off on going to the hospital as I was sure we'd be sent there any way. By 7am Matt convinced me to go to the hospital. I knew something was up as I really wanted to do my hair but just couldn't. We checked in at 7:30am and were admitted by 8 or so after finding out I was 4cm. The contractions were about 4 min apart and weren't too painful. I was more tired than anything after only having slept for 2 hours. The doctor came over around 10am and found I was 6cm by that time. At about 12:30 I decided to get an epidural so I could sleep. The contractions were still manageable but I needed some rest before pushing. By about 4pm I was 8cm but things stalled. The baby wouldn't drop into the birth canal. I was put on some pitocin to see if that would make her drop. Unfortunately by 7:30, there had been no change and the contractions were getting smaller and less intense. So after an 18 hour labor I underwent a C-section. Matt was amazing the whole time, such an encourager to me. We were both scared to have this major surgery done but I knew from the moment I found out I was pregnant that a C-secion would be possible. The doc found that she tried to come out lop sided! She is the most beautiful baby we have ever seen. Matt is absolutely smitten with her, as any dad should be but it is so sweet to watch them together. As soon as I was out of recovery I held her for the first time and she latched on right then and is eating really well. I had to stay in bed a whole extra day as the epidural didn't want to leave my right leg and I was still numb. Matt was awesome though, always getting up to change her and help me nurse her. We are all still adjusting but are doing fantastic. C-section recovery is going really well too. My staples were removed (19 of them!) before being discharged from the hospital and I'm up and about, have been since we got home. It feels better to be up walking around and doing things. Here are her stats and some pictures.
Mackenzie Joy Foster
7lbs 5oz 19.5in