Hank arrived at 5:22 pm and weighed 7 lbs 5 oz. and he was 20.5 inches long. He is perfect and we're tickled pink that he's here. I am so happy to not be pregnant anymore! Here's the shortened version of the birth story: My water broke in the morning at 3 am (He came five days after my due date). Got to the hospital around 8 am. Having some contractions, but nothing consistent or serious. Put me on Pitocin to get contractions going. Was 4 cm dilated when I arrived and every couple hours I would get another cm along. I got an epidural around 3 pm. That was nice. Hank's heart rate was kinda going down at unusual times, but the doctor tried to remove more of my water sack and that seemed to resolve the issue. Then around 4 pm his heart rate was dropping quite a bit and the nurse started moving me around a lot to see if we could get it up, she put me on oxygen.
I found the deeper I breathed the higher his heart rate would go, so I did some intense breathing for an hour and a half. His heart rate was below 60 bpm. The nurse said if I wasn't fully dilated then a c-section might need to occur. I was doubtful that I had progressed from a 7 to a 10 in such a short period of time, but the nurse said I was! Yea! They called the doctor and prepped for delivery. I did a couple not-so-great pushes then a couple of good pushes. They used a vacuum to get him out more quickly. He had some bruising on his head and back from the quick delivery. A very helpful nurse the next morning said he looked a little yellow so we had his jaundice tested very early and it was in the high risk level. So he went on intensive light therapy for the rest of our stay at the hospital, but we were able to go home after 48 hours. That's the quickest I've ever left the hospital and I was so happy!