I just discovered that the hospital has wireless, so I thought I'd update everyone about Baby E whose blog name will be Ema (not her real name). Several people commented that it was fast, and you are SO right! It was fast, scary, traumatic, terrifying, joyful...
We went in for a dr appt at 2:15 yesterday. I was SO glad that my midwife was back because we were discussing a possible c-section since they won't induce (since O was born by emergency c-section), and they would only let me go 2 weeks past my due date. I REALLY, REALLY wanted a VBAC and had the whole planned...O was going to stay in the room with us the whole time, and she and Elliott would cut the baby's cord together. This was my dream, and I was desperately hoping it would come true (especially after the trauma of being put under general anesthesia for a c-section with O after laboring to 9.5 cm naturally).
Unfortunately, my girls like to enter the world in an extremely dramatic fashion... My midwife decided to monitor Ema's heartrate for about 15 minutes before we left the office. 15 minutes turned into 1 hour when her heartrate rarely went above 120 and went to 0, 60s, and 80s on too many occasions. They did several things to try to get a response from her...I drank ice water, turned to my side, they buzzed my tummy...nothing worked. The dr. came in and said we needed to get her out now. I was terrified, and we went across the street to the hospital.
Luckily, although things were done quickly, it wasn't done as quickly as with O, and I was able to get a spinal and therefore be awake for my baby's birth. It was so terrifying that I almost wished that I was under general anesthesia! I can't describe the relief when we heard her cry for the first time, and they told us that she was perfect. So, I didn't get the birth I wanted, but I have a beautiful, healthy baby girl and that is all that matters :) O ADORES her baby sister, and she spent the day with us at the hospital today. She was quite upset that she had to go home without us, but hopefully we'll all go home together tomorrow.