Jun 27, 2010

A Family of Three


London Yvonne Cenedella finally made her debut into the world in the wee morning hours of Thursday June 10, 2010. This was after a long day of ups and downs during the labor process. Contractions began around 10 AM June 9, 10 minutes apart and lasting up to 20 seconds. They quickly progressed to every 3 to 4 minutes and 40 second durations. We checked into the hospital around 1 PM and at 3:30 PM I received an epidural. I quickly progress from 5 to 8 cm in about 2 hours. We were sure London would be arriving on June 9 and before 9 PM.

That's when we learned that London was sunny side up and needed to turn before I could push. I spent the next several hours laying in weird positions in hopes of turning her. At 11 PM I was 10 CM but London was still in the wrong position and after a boost in the epidural medication I was completely numb and couldn't feel the contractions at all. The medication was quickly turned down. At midnight the nurse said London had turned and it was time to push. Of course, it was at this time that my contractions slowed to 10 minutes apart. After some pitocin, the complete loss of any epidural affects, and 3 hours of pushing, London was still stuck at station +2. That's when my doctor came in and declared I would need to deliver via c-section. Boy was I ready - I'd said I was done 45 minutes earlier and ready of a c-section than but the nurses talked me into trying a few more pushing positions. I was quickly drugged up again and wheeled into the OR.

Thankfully my dad had come into town and was allowed to be in the OR with Cameron and me for the delivery. I wanted him there to check on London and let me know she was A-OK when she came out. According to Cameron and my dad she came out bright-eyed and ready. My dad also thinks she had never actually turned from the sunny side position and that's why she was stuck at station +2. London weighed in at 8 lbs and measured 19 inches. She also scored very well on her apgar scores (initial vital signs score at 1 and 5 minutes after birth) - scoring an 8, than a 9. She also showed no signs of Jaundice.

We spent the next few days in the hospital adjusting to being a family of 3. We finally came home on Monday, June 14. London has been wonderful, albeit a few fussy days, but we're learning to read her cries to know when she's hungry, wet or just in need of some cuddles. She is quite the cuddler. We were very lucky to have my mom stay with us for the last two weeks to help with the adjustments. It was so nice to hand London off to my mom in the morning so we could sneak in a few more hours of sleep. Sadly, she headed home this last Thursday and we had since been adjusting to a little less sleep than before.

London is already growing by leaps and bounds. Her first pediatrician visit was on Monday, June 21. She weighed in at 9 lbs 2 oz and was accurately measured at 21 1/2 inches. She's so healthy that Dr. Grant doesn't need to see her until she's 6 weeks old! It's hard to believe she's already over 2 weeks old, and yet in some ways, it seems like we've had her here for much longer. She came out strong and already has quite a bit of control of her neck. My dad said I gave birth to a 1 week old, not a newborn - which makes sense since she was exactly 1 week late. She had probably even lost a little weight in the womb from being late as in the last two weeks of the pregnancy I lost 3 lbs. My weight loss has already began too. I'd topped out at gaining 40 lbs in the pregnancy and have already lost 26 lbs! Look to the side of the blog, as I'll be creating a Picasa album for all photos London and will update it as we take and load more. And we'll definitely keep you posted on her with blog updates.

Tootles,
Sarah