Thursday, August 16, 2012

Welcome Adalin Grace!

Adalin Grace Simmons
8 lbs 3 oz, 21 inches long
July 31, 2012 at 4:24pm

Hey everyone! Sorry this has taken so long for me to post. It's been a pretty crazy couple of weeks. Adalin is doing wonderfully and so am I. Finally, I have a few extra minutes to get on here and post the birth story. Where should I begin? 

I was admitted to be induced on the evening of the 30th. They were originally planning to use one drug to soften my cervix, then start pitocin about twelve hours later, but I ended up being induced via foley bulb. I managed not to pass out when they gave me the IV, and was even able to stop freaking out about it after 12 hours or so. I dilated to two pretty quickly, but it took a while to get to four. By the 31st around 10am I finally hit 4cm and was ready to start pitocin. Luckily I was able to take a shower and freshen up before they started it, so I was feeling good and ready to go. At 1pm I finally got the nerve to ask for the epidural because my back labor was so bad. It felt like my left hip was being run over by a truck. Within an hour I was already dilated to six cm. 
After that, it was smooth sailing. I took a nap for a few hours and woke up to all kinds of pelvic pressure. I called the doctors in and found out that I was already to 9.5 cm. They put a call in for the delivery staff to come, but 15 minutes later I had to call again because it was time to start pushing. They stopped the epidural so I could feel the contractions a little more and know when to push. I still didn't feel a whole lot though, the epidural worked far better than I imagined it would. I definitely don't regret getting it at all.
After pushing through six or seven contractions, our beautiful little girl arrived. The doctors took her right away to make sure she was able to breath on her own and that her heart was functioning properly. About 5 minutes after she was born I got to hold her. She is my whole world already.
The hospital she was delivered at doesn't take the babies to the nursery overnight, or really at all except to do check-ups and tests. I didn't think I would like having full responsibility right off the bat, but it definitely felt really strange when she wasn't in our room. I was surprised how quickly we became attached to her.
The next day they did an ultrasound on her heart, which came back completely normal! They also did an x-ray on her chest to look for the CCAM, and it didn't show up there. However, it did end up being visible on a CT scan so we're expecting her to have surgery at around 3-4 months. We meet with the surgeon next week for a follow up.
We left the hospital about 48 hours after she was born. The car ride home (over an hour) was really interesting. All she did was sleep, but I was so paranoid about every little bump and turn. I'm finally able to just let her be, sort of.
She's already a great sleeper. The past three nights she's only woken up once for feeding. She's been sleeping in a bassinet in our room, but she's quickly outgrowing it. She's now up to 8 pounds and 10 ounces, but still 21 inches long. She's already trying to hold herself up with her arms when she's placed on her stomach. The doctors said that she's advanced for being two weeks old. She's a smart little cookie, if I do say so myself.
My husband has become the best father I could imagine. He is so amazing with her, it's incredible. Especially the first week, I couldn't get her to burp to save my life. As soon as I hand her to him, she's burping up a storm. I swear he has magical powers. He really is amazing, even though I'm biased. I couldn't be happier with out little family. Oh, I can't forget about Mia. She's adjusting very well. She's extremely curious about her sister, that's for sure. She's super protective of her already. I was a little bit worried that we would have some jealousy issues, but so far she's doing amazing.
I'm going to try to post on here more often again. As I said before, the past few weeks have been incredibly crazy. Things are starting to slow down now, even though I start classes again on Monday! Wish me luck!
God Bless ♥ Vi