OK, so pitocin, contractions, epidural, check check check. I went from 0 to 9 pretty quickly. By now everyone has gathered at the hospital - my parents, Kris's parents, my brother and his family. Everyone was in and out of the room, all is going as it should.
It was almost midnight when it was time to push. I pushed. And pushed. And pushed some more. I was beginning to think that the nurse thought I was some wimp and didn't know how to push. But believe me, I was giving it my all. Then it was determined that the baby's head was turned to the side. Yeah, that wasn't going to work.
As my luck would have it, my doctor had jury duty so wasn't on call. That was disappointing. But an older doctor (who we found out was one of the top dogs at the hospital) was there to help me out. Around 1:15 a.m., the doc said that our options were either a c-section or forceps. He was sure to add that "I'm really good with forceps.". Kris said - well, go get them! I guess I didn't have a say in the situation.
(Before all the pushing began, I made it clear that I didn't want the baby put on my chest right after he/she was born. I wanted him/her cleaned up before I held him/her. I know, where's my love, right?) There were about 23 people in the delivery room by this time. At least that's what it felt like to me. This doctor didn't know me. I didn't know him. It was not awkward at all. Forceps ready, one push, I hear Kris saying "oh my goodness, oh my goodness", and the baby was here!
I never wanted to know the sex of the baby. Ever. I've always wanted that exciting moment when the doctor announces - it's a boy! Or it's a girl! Well, this stranger who just delivered my baby didn't know that. I'm crying. Kris has left my side. They (all 23 of those people in my room) were working on me. After I calm down enough to audibly and clearly speak, I ask - what is it? And the doc replies all nonchalantly and matter of factly - it's a girl. Oh. Ok. So there's that anticlimactic moment I'd been waiting for all my life.
I quickly got over it, because...I had a girl! A baby! A child I'd been dreaming of all my life and prayed for for so many years. My precious, bruised, answered prayer, looks exactly like her daddy Sadie Anne.
And life has never been the same. What a joy!!