Well, it took me a little longer than usual to get this post here :) but better late than never, right!! Zoe’s birth was scheduled for Friday, June 27th, 2008; we induced labor by way of introducing a Pitocin drip into my IV. Barry and I left for the hospital around 5:20am and arrived at the hospital a little after 6am…
Once they got us in the Labor & Delivery room and got all the paperwork complete, I got set up on the monitors and got my IV going by about 8am. Barry had to go downstairs to do the paperwork while I sat in the room (trying to get the computer to connect to the wireless internet at the hospital, but it wouldn’t work so I had to connect through my cell phone LOL) They have to monitor the baby’s heartrate and everything for at least 30 minutes prior to starting the Pitocin drip to induce labor, so we waited a while longer – once the nurse introduced the medicine into my IV, my contractions began shortly after 9am.
My labor was pretty intense as my contractions got to where they were pretty much back to back and then seemed to overlap each other toward the end of my labor.
I think this is the first time I just seriously did not want anybody trying to comfort me because I was trying to concentrate on my breathing and contractions. Barry tried a couple of times to rub my leg and it did nothing but aggravate me so he stopped LOL I didn’t get the epidural so I went completely natural this time… I actually got them to bring in the papers I had to sign when I was about 4cm just in case I changed my mind, but by the time I finished signing them, I was 7cm; I immediately warned the nurse that I went from 7cm to 10cm with Avalyn within 3 minutes, so she quickly got the nursery to bring their equipment in and she called the other nurse and my doctor to inform them that it probably wouldn’t be long. Sure enough, by the time my doctor made it down the hall, I was completely dilated and was ready to push so we ended up not even having time to administer the epidural anesthesia even if I had decided I wanted it LOL I pushed twice and she was born (yeah pretty easy delivery haha); no episiotomy and no stitches (I’ve never had to have any stitches so I was really praying I wouldn’t this time LOL I’ve heard that is extremely uncomfortable, and I don’t want to find out!).
Zoe Ayana Robertson was born at 10:50am! (All those prayers for a quick delivery paid off thankfully!) Barry, of course, cut the cord… I guess after 5 babies, he’s gotten used to that (yuck) lol
We are so excited :) She’s very sweet!! She latched on without much effort and immediately began feeding HAHA Greedy butt… She was just a few hours old when they brought her back to me after cleaning her off and getting her body temperature back up but she was very alert, just like Avalyn was… Zoe just stares at me wide eyed while I talk to her and her eyes stay completely fixed on my face. Even the first day she was born, when Barry would speak to her, she turned her head toward his voice to find him!
I was 39 weeks along in my pregnancy when she was born so she was born a week before her due date and still weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces and was 21 inches long! She has a great appetite (haha) I think she dreams about eating!
Her APGAR (health rating) scores were 9 out of 10 at 1 minute after birth and 9 out of 10 at 5 minutes after birth, so she’s perfectly healthy, very chubby, and has a head FULL of hair. Here is my precious Zoe: