She finally came! Ruby was born on Monday, October 18th at 10:42 am! There really isn't much of a labor story since I was induced, but I'll go ahead and tell what happened...
I REALLY didn't want to be induced. I think it was the horror stories and the fact that being induced can increase your risk of getting a c-section. Plus, I really like letting my body do its job of going into labor by itself. Lyla was born a week early so I assumed Rub would come early as well. BUT I was obviously wrong. I was dilated to a 2, then a 3, then a 4 for about a month or two before my due date and my doctor was really surprised I hadn't had her yet. So finally when we hit my due date and still no baby, my doctor talked me into being induced. I really wasn't too opposed since we were scheduling the date for 5 days AFTER my due date. I was a little nervous and anxious as the date came closer but knew she had to come out some time! Anyway, the night before, Nate gave me a blessing and afterwards I felt really at peace with the whole thing.
SO, Monday morning we arrived at the hospital at 6:30am. They went through all the registration stuff and got me in my bed and all that before starting my IV. They checked me out and said I was dilated to a 5. Once they got my IV going, my doctor came in and just broke my water to get things going. This was at 8:15am. She wanted to see if that would do the trick before giving me pitocin (sp?) and she said she expected me to dilate about 2cm/hour. After about 10-15 minutes contractions finally started happening. I told them I wanted to wait as long as I could before getting an epidural. I feel like such a wimp because after about 20-30 minutes of strong contractions I was begging them for the drugs! After I got my epidural I felt SOO much better! Sometime before or after my epidural they checked me and I was at a 7. I wasn't completely numb but I was numb enough to relax. Nate and I were so tired by this point (we hardly slept the night before) that we decided to take a nap. Then, what seemed so suddenly, they came in and checked me and told me I was at a 10 and 100% effaced and they called my doctor to come for delivery. She was in the middle of a surgery so I thought that we had some time so I fell back asleep. Then all of a sudden my doctor comes in like 15 minutes later and said the surgery finished more quickly than usual. I told them I still wanted to nap and they just laughed. I don't think they knew I was serious. I think I just felt out of it and so tired and it really felt like I was dreaming. Anyway, they got me all positioned and told me to start pushing. After the first set of pushes, Ruby was already partially out. They had me wait until the next set of contractions to push again and when they came, I pushed and she was out! I can't believe how quickly it went. Ruby was delivered 2.5 hours after they broke my water and I pushed for less than 5 minutes! I seriously got lucky with such an easy labor! It made me really grateful that my water didn't break on its own because I'm pretty sure I would have been in trouble with getting to the hospital in time, especially with having to find someone to take Lyla at the drop of a hat! So, overall, my experience with delivering Rub was AWESOME!
We decided to name her Ruby Louise Wright. I really just love the name Ruby and I think it goes well with Lyla. Louise is after my grandma on my mom's side whom I'm really close to. Ruby already has a million nick names... Ru, Rub (pronounced Roob), Ruby Ruby Roo (said like Scooby Doo), Ruby Lou, and Nate's favorite... Ruby Cube (leave it to Nate to come up with that one :)).
Ruby is a DOLL! She has the sweetest cry... which I am sure I probably won't think that all the time. But compared to Lyla, her cry is just so soft! She is such a chill baby! She loves to be held and to just snuggle! She has a TON of hair! She is definitely a Wright baby and most of her features, if not all, are from Nate. We are just loving having her around and Lyla loves having a little sister!
Okay, here are some pics...
Waiting to deliver
Right after she was born
Rub and her daddy
So cute with all that hair!!
Lyla came to visit. She was concerned at first that I was in the hospital bed and was pretty nervous about it. But she warmed up pretty quickly.
Giving her sister some love!
First family shot! My husband's a hottie!
Ruby's first day home. Lyla LOVES to hold her, touch her face, play with her hair, give her kisses, etc.