Friday, the 25th, started out like any other day. I woke up, made breakfast for Payton and I, then began cleaning our house. I cleaned every single surface in the kitchen. I did the dishes, mopped the floors and cleaned the counters high and low. Then I moved on to the living room, picking up toys and such... vacuuming. I stopped to rest briefly, then continued on through the house making up beds and other random things. About 2:30 in the afternoon I sat down on the couch and noticed I had a really big contraction... I thought I had over-done it and decided it'd be best to lie down. I went and lied down and timed contractions. I had two that were 4 minutes apart, then I felt a trickle. My mother was there and I said to her, I think my water just broke. I sat up and had a huge gush - Avery was on her way. I was 37 weeks 5 days. I couldn't believe she was coming. Adrenaline took hold of the other members of the house and everyone began rushing around getting things ready for me to go the hospital.
About 3pm we arrived at the hospital, I was triaged. I was at 2-3cm. I was moved to Labor and Delivery room where I was told to lay almost completely on my stomach on my left side, as it aids in labor. After 5 tries, the nurses got an IV started for antibiotics since I'd just been tested the day before for Group B Strep and they weren't sure if I had it or not. An hour or so later I was checked and was still at a 3, maybe 4. About 8 I got really uncomfortable and asked for an epidural. The anesthesiologist was having trouble with his lines and the process took about 15-20 minutes to complete. Before he started the IV I was checked again and was about a 5. After the line had been placed, and I was able to lie down again, I felt extreme pressure, had the nurse check me, and I was complete. Complete panic set in.
The nurse was running around my room telling my mother to press the nurse call button on my bed, on the remote, and to also run out the door and holler for someone to come help her. She had my mother hand her gloves to put on, and she told me to push once. When she did, Avery was there. The doctor had no time to make it before Avery was delivered. Avery was welcomed to the world at 9:43pm to the surprise of the hospital staff. My nurse said that Avery was the first unassisted delivery she'd ever done.
Luckily she and I were fine and after a couple of minutes waiting on the doctor to finish things up, I got to hold my precious baby girl. I got to hold a sweet living baby that I'd been longing 18 months for. It was priceless. I could only stare at her and think how unbelievably happy I was to have her with me safe and sound. <3 I was and still am extremely blessed.
Payton, Jacob and Avery's big brother is absolutely 250% in love with this precious girl. Avery has brought joy back to my life, like I haven't had in such a long time. I have gladly taken the sleepless nights alone with her. I rejoice in every single moment I spend with her. I am happy to hear her wake up and cry. I grin ear to ear every single time this baby girl smiles at me, and love hearing this sweet baby laugh in her sleep. Really, she does it a lot. :) I Love It! This baby girl has my heart. Thank you all so much for the prayers for a safe pregnancy and delivery. I know so many mommies are denied that, and I am so very thankful that everything went so smoothly. Oh how I wish Jacob could've met his baby sister here on earth. I know he'd be in love just as much as we are.