She's here! Our little baby Sophie was born Friday night at 9:18 p.m. I went into Crittenton Hospital at about 10:00 to be induced, and they started Pitocin at about 11:30. My water broke on its own at about 3:30, and I had a very easy early labor until about 5:30. At 5:30 the contractions hit pretty strong at about 3 minutes apart. My doctor arrived shortly after that and checked me, and I was at about 4.5 cm dilated. From there things get a little blurry! The contractions really began coming fast and furious, and by about 7:00 they were almost right on top of each other. They gave me a little dose of Stadol, and it made me sleepy and groggy, but did nothing to ease contraction pain. Sometime between 7:00 and 8:00 I thought I was going to die, so I asked for an epidural. Brian was amazing and talked me through about an hour of really hard contractions, and no epidural (the epidural doctor was with another patient and couldn't get to me yet). Finally, realizing that this was getting intense, the nurse decided to check me. Well, no wonder I was in so much pain--I was at 9.5 cm. Way too late for an epidural! So, after about 3 more hard contractions, I was fully dilated and effaced and felt a pretty strong desire to push. So, as soon as that happened I felt better, actually. The contractions were not as painful, and pushing felt relieving. So, I began pushing at about 8:00, and Sophie was born at 9:18. My doctor put her on my belly right away and she looked great. Her color was awesome, and she let out the cutest little cries you've ever heard. I got to hold her there for about 5 minutes, and then they took her over to check her out. She was wonderful in every way. My doctor (who is amazing, by the way) got me all fixed up and I was able to feed Sophie about 30 minutes after she was born.
She has been an amazing little person so far. She is sleepy, but has kept us up most of this morning because she has been awake. She is feeding pretty well, and is just the cutest little girl ever! I'll update more later and post more pictures, but here is a picture for you to enjoy!