Finally, I am taking the time to update my blog and let everyone hear about our sweet little Morgan. Who knew that one tiny little girl could take so much of my time?!
On October 19th I woke up at 1 a.m. feeling very uncomfortable. At 2:45 I had my first contraction, though I didn't even trust that it was really starting. I let Nate sleep in and handled my first contractions downstairs with Mama and Boog. For those who don't know, Boog is my crazy dog, and when I had a contraction, he would sit next to me and let me pet him. How cute is he!
At 8:00 that morning Nate and I headed over to the hospital. I was so worried that they would send me home, but when they checked me I was 3.5cm. Yea, progress at last. Contractions continued pretty consistently and I was handling them well. Around 1 p.m. the doctor checked me again and I was at 6 cm, so it was time to break my water. I was nervous for this part, but it didn't hurt at all. However, the contractions after that were crazy! I had to lay flat on my back so they could monitor the baby's heart rate better. It was dropping sometimes during contractions. So when the contraction started I couldn't move around or do anything to help me through it, and they were coming about every 2 minutes. Finally, I was able to sit up and move again, but my whole body was tensed up and my thoughts of having a non-medicated childbirth were drifting away fast. After about an hour and fifteen minutes I asked the nurse for the epidural. They actually had to do it twice, but oh, such relief!
Well, the afternoon went by quickly after that (and almost painlessly!). When the doctor came in again we were hoping I had made it to an 8, and to our surprise, I was a 10 and ready to push. I started pushing at about 5:30, and almost 3 hours later, I watched little Morgan's head come into the world. That's right, I had a mirror and watched her birth!
I know everyone says your life changes in an instant, but you really have to experience it to understand that concept. There are no words to explain the spiritual life-changing experience of bringing a new spirit into the world and giving that spirit a body. I feel so blessed and loved by my Heavenly Father that He would allow me to help with that process, that He has entrusted me with this beautiful little spirit daughter of His.
Morgan Elizabeth Powell, October 19th at 8:19 pm
6 lbs 14 oz; 18.5 inches long