Joslyn Denise was born at 8:22pm on Monday, January 12, 2009. She was a very tiny baby, weighing in at 5 lbs 9 oz. She is 18 inches long and completely beautiful. She is entirely sweet and very alert. She loves to look around the room and listen to what everyone is saying. She is such a sweetheart and already has daddy's heart. Daddy loves holding her. She is going to be spoiled rotten.
Below is the story of the delivery and more pictures at the end.
Sleeping in her crib
In the carseat
Getting ready to leave the hospital
My water broke Saturday night and was slowly leaking since. I called the nurse on Sunday because I wasn't sure what it was since it was just a slow leak. I also wasn't sure if it was even amniotic fluid. Unfortunately, even after talking with the nurse on the phone, I still wasn't sure and probably should have gone to the hospital, but since I was still feeling her moving well I decided not to go.
Monday, I woke up at 5:30 with contractions coming every ten minutes. So, I decided to get up early and make sure that everything was taken care of for our return from the hospital. But after three hours, my contractions weren't progressing and they were becoming irregular.
Luckily, we had our regular appointment that afternoon. I told my doctor about the leaking fluid and he checked it and sure enough it was amniotic fluid. He told me that they were going to induce me because of the heightened risk of infection to the baby. They sent us directly to the hospital to get checked in.
Once they got me all checked in and the IV going and monitored my contractions, which now were coming 5 minutes apart, they decided to start the pitocen. Because I was progressing well with my own contractions they decided to give my half the normal dose to help them out.
Patrick gave me a blessing and then took the time to run home and get our hospital bags and eat some dinner.
While Patrick was gone, they started the pitocen. Almost immediately Joss's heart rate plummetted. They ran back in and stopped the drip, turned me to my side and put me on oxygen.
When poor Patrick arrived back at the hospital he found me with the oxygen mask and the doctor and nurses hovering over me, explaining our options. We decided to get the epidural done before the nurses changed shifts.
Right after the epidural, Joss's heart started dipping low a few times. My doctor said that he wasn't going to take anymore chances and that we would be doing a c-section. So, we went from a regular doctor's appointment to having a c-section in about 3.5 hours.
Everything went perfectly for the c-section. I will say it is the worst thing I've ever been through, but it brought me one of the best things ever. Maybe in a while I will forget the pain enough to have another one.
Patrick and I are so thankful for the doctor's and nurses that took such good care of us. They were so knowledgeable and helpful with our questions. We are especially grateful for our Heavenly Father and His watchful eye. He really helped us get through a hard situation and we have such wonderful blessings to show.
Before our appointment
Joslyn's first day
Happy family leaving the hospital