David and I had our 6th child this monday. She was born at 3:23 am. She was 20 inches long and weighed 7 lbs 2 oz. We have decided to call her, Abigail Shayla Foley. We are so happy to have her here.
This was different from my other labors, but they have all been different, so I guess I should have expected it to be. Friday and Saturday night, I had hard contractions for about 2-3 hours, but they never got closer than 10 minutes apart. Sunday night I was still contracting, but it was random. So, I went to bed and at 1:00 am, I woke up with a really painful contraction. I was going to time them for a while before I went to the hospital, but they hurt too bad, and I didn't want David to deliver in the car. So we called our neighbor, Donna Putich, and she came right over. We pulled over every 4 minutes to have David help me through a contraction. He would push on my knees, something my brother Joseph and his wife Jenn had shown us. It helped a lot.
We got to the hospital at 1:30 am. They got me right in, and honestly, I have never been more pleased with the nurses. They were amazing. They were so considerate each time I had a contraction, they would stop what they were doing, let David just focus on helping me, and let me focus on getting through another contration. I was able to move when I needed. The doctor that was on call, Dr. Heath, was also very good to work with. He ask what we wanted. I wanted a natural birth.
About an hour after we got there, the contractions were getting harder. They were mainly in my back, which was a little different than I remember with my previous labor. Finally, I had a hard contraction that broke my water and I ask that the doctor get in here. When we got to the hospital I was dilated to a five, then an hour later, we were at a six. The water broke about 45 minutes later, and we were at a nine. The doctor came in, and said to push. We have decided she was faced the wrong direction, because although it only took one contraction to get her out, I have never had such a hard time pushing the baby out. She was also pretty bruised around her face, and David said she came out kind of side ways. So, that was also a hard part of this experience. David was amazing through it all, he helped when I needed it, and it was wonderful for him to help me.
The doctor wanted to give me pitocin to help deliver the placenta and stop the bleeding, but I told him no. That stuff hurts, and unless there was a problem, I didn't want it. He said he really recommends it, but I was firm that I didn't want it. So, I delivered the placenta and he says, "Wow, theres not much blood, glad we held off on the pitocin." Me too. I was able to nurse the baby right away, and after we were ready, we moved to the recovery room.
So, here are our wonderful six children. I picked this picture because this is Bekah's face pretty much all the time. She thinks this is her baby, and if she is not within a few feet of Abigail, she is asking where she is and running to her as fast as she can. Rachel and Katie decorated the house and room for her, and we are all just grateful she is here and all is well.