Saturday, April 5, 2014

Harper's birth story

Meg and I went into the hospital on Tuesday, April 1st to start the induction process. They inserted the cervadril same as they did with Avery. They came in around 7:30 the next morning. They took out the cervadril and broke Meg's water. She was about 3cm dilated at that point. 

Harper's heart rate was a little elevated and erratic. They gave Meg some IV fluids and waited for Harper to calm down before starting the pitocin.

Avery came to visit while all of this was taking place. She took a cat nap on me. 

My mom took Avery down to the cafeteria when Meg got her epidural. I don't know if you remember but the epidural process last time was a horrible experience. It took over 45 minutes. Meg kept screaming in pain because they continuously hit a nerve-apparently there were faulty kits. Fortunately, this experience was much different and relatively pain free. The whole thing took less than 15 minutes.

Back to the good stuff, Meg was 6cm shortly after Avery came back from the cafeteria. Within 45 minutes she was pushing. 

Ready for the really fun part? Meg went into labor so fast that the nurses weren't prepared and the doctor was not even in the hospital. 

Meg started nervously crying. She kept saying that she could feel Harper's head. She kept saying that she had to push. Everyone was running around trying to get ready that they couldn't assist her. Megan's mom grabbed her one hand and I grabbed the other. I tried to calm her down but watching them put a baby slip and slide under Meg's butt was terrifying. 

At the very last second, the house Ob ran in. She rushed to get her booties and gloves on. Hearing her voice and seeing her face gave Meg and I instant relief. It was our favorite doctor from our previous OB gyn practice (we had to switch because their hours weren't convenient this time around)

Meg's epidural didn't work as planned because she could feel pain and a burning feeling that I'll never understand. 

When they plopped Harper on her chest and we listened to her cry a huge sigh of relief was let out by everyone in the room.

Avery even cried in the hallway. (Because she heard Harper crying) 

Here is a picture of Megan seconds after they put Harper on her chest.

Our lifesaver and rescue doc

Harper :-)

It was a very stressful 45 minutes, but it makes for a good story. (Megan's total labor time was around 3 hours)


  1. Congratulations, just the post I have been waiting for :)
    She's scrumptious!
    Enjoy your first few days as a family of 4!

  2. Congratulations!!! Harper is beautiful!! xx

  3. Congratulations on your beautiful new addition! You all look so very happy. What a wonderful blessing. :)