We got to the hospital, checked in, and went to the area where they check to see if you are in fact in labor. I was thinking if they say I'm not far enough dilated, it's going to be really disappointing because these contractions were not feeling good. Luckily, I was already dilated to 6 cm and she said my water was right there ready to break. Good thing it hadn't already! The nurse had to draw my blood to check my platelet levels because they had gotten below normal. This would determine if I could get an epidural. Thankfully, they came back higher than they had been throughout my pregnancy, and were in the normal range. I also tested positive for GBS, so they had to start antibiotics right away. I guess they like to get four hours worth of antibiotics, but the nurse said she didn't think that was going to happen with how far into labor I was. I think I ended up with two hours worth of it though.
So they took us right back to a labor room after all that. The contractions were definitely getting stronger, and I was hoping I could get the epidural soon. The anesthesiologist came right away to do the epidural, and I was already dilated to 8 cm by then. The doctor decided to break my water even though I hadn't had the four hours of antibiotic because she felt it wouldn't benefit the baby to stay in this far into labor. All of this happened very quickly. During this time Tony had left to meet my Mom and Cole, and came back to find out that a lot had happened. We visited with my Mom and Cole for about an hour. Then around 7 PM, we told them they should go get something to eat because we didn't know how long it was going to be. I guess right after they left the room, Cole was very adamant about not leaving the hospital. So they found some vending machine food to hold them over. Right after they left, I told Tony I didn't feel very good and he went to get the nurse. When she came in, she checked to see how much I had dilated because sometimes you can feel different when it's time. She sounded very surprised, when she said...it's time to have this baby! So all the activity started, getting the room ready, and doctors and nurses there. I pushed through three contractions, and she was born at 7:39 PM! She weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces and was 21 1/4 inches long. The time at the hospital had flown by because we stayed at home for so long! The timing could not have been better, and our minds were at ease because Cole was taken care of.
My Mom and Cole could not believe that in the time they were gone, we were having the baby already! So, they were able to come in once everything was all settled and meet Cate. Cole also got a few big brother presents. He was a big fan of all of those that he kept getting!
Here's the sweetest thing...Cole holding Cate for the first time. He is so sweet with her and loves to give her kisses.
We knew we were going to be able to go home on Monday, but weren't sure if we would have to stay the full 48 hours, which would mean until 7:45 or so, or if we could go earlier. It all depended on what the pediatrician said. All of Cate's test for GBS and other things came back perfect, so we were able to leave earlier than expected. It was about 1 PM by the time we finally got everything together and ready to go. We were so ready to get home!
Cole helped push Cate to the nursery one last time for check out.