Welcome baby Everley Capri Edmonds! Although a tad belated… we are proud to officially introduce ya’ll to our gorgeous daughter! Yes, she is already 7 weeks old, but we got to it eventually, did we not?!
We recently had an in home photoshoot with our favorite photographer who traveled all the way from Boston to shoot our new little family. We are so glad to have met Katherine (www.kangellphotography.com) after connecting through an Instagram post and working on a few collaborative pieces last year (see this post, and this one). It was a pleasure having her in our home to shoot her nursery (within our current bedroom) and to capture some intimate moments shared with our little Evie!
It blows my mind just how much she’s grown and changed since being born, but for those of you who wanted details on the birth I have put together my labor timeline to give you an idea of what it was like.
Full disclosure… I will only share the “nutshell” version of the labor, seen as it took a good 24 hours, from start to finish. I thought that surely because I’d had such an “experience” during my pregnancy that my labor would be kind to me. But I was wrong. My aim was to do the delivery naturally, but I wanted to be offered the pain medication options as they were available in case I felt like I couldn’t do it. So here we go…
LABOR BEGINS – 7:30am I woke up feeling mild contractions about 5 minutes apart, and what I thought was my waters breaking (but it wasn’t, it seems I just lost my mucus plug). I had a shower, and then called the doctor’s office to let them know it was “time”! They told me to head to the hospital once I was ready and that it certainly sounded like I was in labor.
HOSPITAL – 9:00am we headed to the hospital (which was across the road from our apartment, so very easy to get to). Once there, they took us to our delivery room to get comfortable. I wanted to eat something as I hadn’t had breakfast or anything to eat since the night before. They said so long as I was checked into the hospital they wouldn’t allow me to consume food. I suggested perhaps I go home to eat, and labor at home for a bit until my contractions were closer together. So we did.
HOME – 11:00am til 2:30pm I labored at home. I ate until I was full and felt as though I had enough sustenance to get me through a potentially long labor. I went to the gym and watched Rohan work out while I bounced on the fitness ball. I then went back upstairs to lie down and get as much rest as I could between contractions. Contractions were then only 2 minutes apart, so we headed back to the hospital.
HOSPITAL – 2:30pm I was checked for dilation and was at 2-3cm and was set up in our delivery room again. Where a nurse came in to assist me with my labor as naturally as possible.
HOSPITAL – 9pm dilation check showed me at 4cm. After almost 7 hours of handling labor without any pain relief, I was so far past my pain threshold I was tossing up whether I could even do it, knowing that the epidural would still take another hour or more before providing any relief. So I gave in and asked for the epidural, and took Stadol in the meantime to alleviate some pain while waiting to administer the epidural.
STADOL – Apparently I was on a hilarious Stadol high, and said a lot of things I do not recall. I was really messed around by the Stadol. But it came in very useful pain relief wise between contractions. Not so much with the contractions themselves, but for resting and even full-on sleeping in between.
EPIDURAL – 10pm I was ready for the epidural. I was extremely nervous for this, knowing how “bad” I am with needles, the idea of one being jabbed into my spine freaked the living daylights out of me. This was the one time I wasn’t allowed to have any support people in the room with me. I was a nervous wreck. At this point, my contractions were less than 2 minutes apart, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to stay as still as they needed me to, to correctly and successfully insert the needle. I thought for sure I’d be paralyzed. It didn’t seem to take long before the epidural started to take effect, my legs felt as though they had pins and needles the whole time the epidural was working.
CATHETER – 11pm dilation was checked and I was at 5cm. At this point they inserted the catheter (much to my relief, as I did not feel a thing, and this was one of my greatest fears). I continued to labor for a few more hours, but in much more relief, as I was actually able to nod off a little here and there, and apparently I was a much more calm, sane person (like night and day).
WATER SAC – 1am check showed I was at 9cm dilated, but was still at -1 station, 90% effaced. I could feel that something was lowering inside me, thinking it was her head. But it was actually my fully-intact water sac presenting itself. The baby’s head was still very high up, and not ready for pushing. The doctor was coming and going sporadically, to check on my progress and at one point he decided to bring in a few nurses and interns to “show” them this “cool” intact water sac (much to my embarrassment). But the idea of perhaps delivering her inside her waters was very cool and would make for a good story.
FINAL CHECK – 3am I was finally at 10cm dilation. However, pushing did not start until 5am.
BIRTH – 5am pushing started as she was slowly crowning (exposing her head back and forth). Contractions were about 2-3 minutes apart, consisting of 3 (sometimes 4) big pushes with each contraction. After about 2 hours of actively pushing, the doctor performed an episiotomy to avoid tearing. And roughly 30 minutes after the procedure, our beautiful baby girl was born.
EVERLEY CAPRI EDMONDS
7:07am on 14th March 2017
19.5 inches long
Katherine Brackman (www.kangellphotography.com)
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