It was a dark and stormy night.
Wait, no... it was Wednesday, March 11th at 5 pm.
I had an OB/GYN appointment earlier that day where they did an ultrasound,
and they didn't like the amount of fluid around little Lexi,
so they sent us in to be induced.
We were quickly checked in and assigned a room...
and then we waited.
At 9 pm they finally started inducing.
At 4:30 am on March 12th, my water broke.
(at which point they said the ultrasound technician obviously measured wrong,
and there had been plenty of liquid around Lexi)
Then... we waited,
Darren had brought along his laptop and some DVDs, so we watched those and dozed off...
They kept upping the Pitocin,
but every time we got to 5 (on a scale of 0 to I have no idea),
Lexi's little heartbeat would slow down dangerously...
so they had to stop the Pitocin and start all over again.
This. Took. Hours.
They did this three times.
My Epidural started to wear off on one side,
and the doctor said "You can't push that button that gives you more epidural juice, because you won't be able to push hard enough when it's time to push"
I pushed the button.
I also pushed hard enough to wedge Lexi in well enough to give them a tough time getting her out.
After 2 hours of pushing,
they decided Lexi wasn't coming out the natural way.
So yeah, ladies,
PUSH THE BUTTON.
At 3:30 am, Friday the 13th,
Here are some of the very first images
of her tiny life!
This was our very first view of Alexis...
we couldn't see her at all!
I guess she came out not breathing, and had to be jump-started.
Darren, when he saw they had her, asked "How much does she weigh?"
Because that was the first thing that came to mind,
and they told him, "First we need to get her to breathe, then we'll find that out."
They got her breathing quickly though,
and then had to suck the gunk out of her...
because evidently C-section babies are filled with gunk.
I feel like there's a joke to be made for this next picture...
Then they finally weighed her :)
What they don't tell you is that newborns have freaky colored hands and feet.
They put some goop in her eyes (she's not crying),
and then got her little footprints!!
They even gave Darren Lexi arm tats with the excess ink from her toes!
Then one of the nurses kindly took some pictures of our new little family!
Here's the first pic of Darren and Lexi together!
Here's one of all three of us!
(I was still being operated on! 0_0)
Yup, we all had fancy hats... important to look dapper for that first family portrait!
Happy Birthday, Lexi!