|Me and MK|
|R and MK|
We have FINALLY completed the Babcock Birthday Week with the birth of our newest addition on August 5th. She came in at 7 lbs 8 oz and 19 inches long. She is definitely smaller than her brothers who were 8 lbs 4 oz and 8 lbs 6 oz. R and I look at her like she's SO tiny because the boys were never that small.
I was induced with this one, just like with S, to control the labor and make sure I made it to the hospital on time. I had a new doctor with this one who wanted to play it very safe and started me with a VERY low dose of pitocin....so low that after 3 hours, there was absolutely NO progress. I was getting frustrated because with S, he was born after only 2-3/4 hours! They finally started to up the dosage and once they did, the family genes kicked in and I progessed REAL fast. Phew. After 4 hours, I was telling R that I was done. I hear stories of 24+ hours of labor and don't know how they do it. As with the boys, just pushed through 3-4 contractions, and we had a little girl. I had to cringe when my nurse told me that usually, on average, most women have to push for 2 hours. Ouch. All in all, the labor was 6 hours, a lot longer than we anticipated and pretty long for my family. Poor R! We expected to be done by lunch time, so we didn't bring any snacks for him. He was starving!
MK had to be taken to the NICU because she couldn't breathe properly. She had a lot of fluid in her lungs. They were able to clear out her lungs and send her back to me. Thankfully, she only spent a couple hours there. She's doing great, and we're very glad to be home.