Before the real thing got under way
Contractions started slowly on their own and I was given Cytotec to speed things up. I was only 1cm when admitted and I pictured a looong night ahead. (So, I had my friends bring me a McDonald's hamburger...) However, at about midnight contractions were one one top of the other (so not fun) and by 5:00 I was 5cm. As the pain got worse (I wasn't even able to get out of bed) I accepted a small dose of a narcotic and drifted off to sleep for a half hour. Once the half hour was up, however, the contractions were back in full force and, knowing the glorious job of pushing was ahead, I totally asked for the epidural. I received that at 7am (when I also got the news I was at 9cm...baby was almost there!). I was feeling so great from that point on and our families were able to come in and hang out (but just for a while). I started pushing at 8:45 and by 9:27 our not so little 8lb. 14oz. baby girl entered the world!
Snuggling with Mom
Getting dressed to go home...the U of O socks are for Grandpa Salber =)
Avila's first Mass outside the womb!
Our happy babe