We got home a little after 10 this morning, but with Patrick running around getting checked out for leave, picking up formula, going back up to the Naval Hospital to get the phone charger, getting the sheets washed that my water broke on, getting everything from the hospital put away... it's been a long day!
Here's the story of the past few days-and many thanks to dear Kas for updating thus far!
Wednesday morning (the MORNING AFTER the terribly depressing OB appointment) Patrick left for the gym and work at about 445... a little after that I woke up thinking I PEED myself. I seriously thought, oh GREAT, how am I going to explain this one to Patrick... I am almost 25 years old and I just peed myself in my sleep! So I threw a towel over the spot after I cleaned myself and changed and hopped over on his (dry) side of the bed... and I could feel it happening again, but I was half asleep so I didn't know if I was seriously losing my mind and bladder control or what. Then I went back to bed again... happened again. It seriously happened a good 4 times before I was like ok... this is NOT pee, my bladder doesn't even hold enough to go this much in a half hour... so I called the Naval Hospital, they said to come in, and after sitting in Lejeune traffic for an eternity I finally checked in a little after 8 and yup, sure enough, it was my water! We were both in complete shock-especially knowing that since my water had broken this baby would be here within the next day.
I was dilated only 1cm, not having any contractions noticeable to me or that were making any sort of normal pattern. They hooked me up to everything under the sun and sometime around 9 or 10 I started on a teensy bit of Pitocin, and that was enough to jumpstart my body into labor. By noon I was 3-4cm and in quite a bit of pain so I got my epidural, an hour later it was still not kicking in at all (only making them seem shorter, not taking the edge off) and so the anesthesiologist came in to give me more something but wanted me checked first-holy crap I was at 9cm and almost completely effaced, just a little ridge to go, and 15 minutes after that was pushing, and she popped out an hour and 15 minutes later! I didn't even KNOW she was out till they were talking about her arms and head! It really wasn't that bad at all... I know you folks who had long or hard labors will hate me, but gosh it really was quite simple... I know I'm lucky! I did tear though, 2nd degree, inside and out. That does hurt.
Patrick is wonderful and amazing. He held one of my legs and counted my pushing, he clipped the cord, he was right down there watching the progress (when he swore he wouldn't!) I catch him staring at her, tearing up a little sometimes... she's got him so wrapped around her finger already. He's an awesome, very very loving daddy, and it's going to break my heart even more now when he deploys in a couple months.
Evie has taken great to her so far! She was VERY excited to see me home-I went to greet her first, and she must have known that the baby was out of my belly because the FIRST thing she started to do when she saw me (I was kneiling on the floor) was kind of pile-drive her body across my belly-just rubbing herself all over it! It was pretty hilarious, and I'm interested in hearing the dog-philosophy behind that (Sue-any words from the dog genious?) But she was VERY good at being gentle with the baby, and not going too far when she was being changed or getting her jammies on. Patrick took a little hat of Maya's home the first night, so Evie has been familiarizing herself with Maya's scent. I have a feeling they'll be the best of friends... it's so funny though, Evie looks like a GIANT compared to the baby!
I love being a mommy of course-it's all been surreal till now, really, but now that we're home it's going to be a blast and I am so so very excited for it. I am looking forward to tomorrow when we've had a good sleep in our own beds (she is thankfully a CHAMP at sleeping) and I'll hopefully be a bit less sore. I'll post pictures tomorrow too :) Time to go cuddle up with Patrick and stare at our beautiful little girl till its time for bed!