The induction was scheduled to begin at 7 AM on June 2nd, 2016. However, due to beds being full, the appointment was pushed back an hour. Once it began, we had assumed that it wouldn’t be much past the afternoon for Nova to come. We would be quite wrong.
The first round of Cytotec (a cervical effacement and dilation medication) and Pitocin (oxytocin) wasn’t quite enough. While the contractions came on extremely strong by the late afternoon, Lyn wasn’t dilating enough. In fact, it seemed that her cervix went missing, since it was hard for the nurses to find. It took Dr. Johnson coming in after 6 o’clock to find it and break her water. After 5 more agonizing hours, the pain became so much that Lyn finally decided to go for an epidural. Really hoping for a natural birth, she reluctantly opted for the epidural to avoid stressing the baby, as the pain got way more intense at 4 cm dilation than any of her other 4 births were by completion.
Jeanne (Lyn’s Mom), Aja, and Nathan had to leave the room as only one person could stay behind other than the nurse and anesthesiologist. Being the father, it made sense that Rich was the one to stay.
It’s a really good thing that he did. Just as the doctor was preparing to numb the area for the epidural, Lyn had immense pressure. After an examination showing 7 cm dilation, the nurse and doctor felt there was plenty of time to finish the procedure. But then Lyn said there was way too much pressure for that to be the case.
Sure enough, she was already at 9 cm. So, the Dr was called (he was close by). Still, the nurse felt there was time for the epidural. Lyn again said there was intense pressure and the nurse said not to push until they determined 10 cm dilation. But Lyn knew Nova was coming and said so. She didn't push at all. However, the rest of the water broke all over Rich’s leg and Lyn said that her head was out.
Due to the shock of Nova’s sudden arrival, Rich wasn’t able to immediately notify Jeanne, the kids, or anyone else of what had happened. Dr. Johnson arrived and finished up the dirty parts. Rich got to cut the cord and Dr. Johnson saw that the placenta came out as well. Rich was worried that he’d be sickened by all the blood, but because Nova came out in front of everything else, she was relatively clean.
Not only does it seem that she’s perfectly healthy, but Nova is perhaps one of the calmest babies ever. She only cried at the very beginning, for her first shots, for the bath later, and when they take her temperature (just under her arm). She actually smiled for the first time when they were weighing her, and Rich got a great shot of it.
We were sad that the older two kids, Amber and Tia, weren't here for Nova's arrival. They had left on vacation that morning and couldn't change their plans. So they have to see it all in pictures.
Nova likes Nathan a lot, too. You can see him holding her for the first time here, too.
For the most part, Nova’s just been sleeping. But when she isn’t, she is extremely aware and smiles a lot. We’re just so happy to have her here with us now after nearly ten months of a crazy rough pregnancy. This is only the beginning of the Nova Skye Story. It got off to quite a dramatic start, with an insane pregnancy and traumatic (yet funny now) birth. Now it’s time to make some awesome memories!
All photos (c) Richard Rowell & Lyn Lomasi. All Rights Reserved.