I was due on Monday, January 11th. By the time the 12th and 13th rolled around I was feeling awesome and was really wondering if the baby would ever come. It just didn't seem realistically possible. She seemed perfectly content to stay inside forever.
After contractions increased I finally told Kevin around 11pm that I was having contractions. Around 11:30 I started trying to find someone to come over to watch the kids. Around midnight my doctor told us to head to the hospital. My contractions were 4-5 minutes apart but nothing intense or painful and my water hadn't broken yet.
We arrived at the hospital at 12:30am and got checked in. I felt like going over paperwork took 2 hours. Contractions were still light but since I had Strep B they hooked me up to an IV for antibiotics and we got the epidural started right when contractions got more intense. I was at about a 4 when we arrived.
At around 6:30am the nurse came in and mentioned how intense my contractions were and she checked me and I was at a 10 and ready to have a baby! She told me to hold tight and she'd get the doctor.
My doctor (that delivered both Ryan & Catie) happened to be on call till 7am (hurray) so she arrived at 6:50, I pushed for a few minutes, and the baby was born at 6:59am! It was a very easy delivery, thank goodness!
We chatted about baby names and finally decided on the name Annabelle Elise Buskirk! Her middle name is after my twin sister Elise. I am lucky to have Elise as my best friend and couldn't think of a better person to have my little baby girl look up to and have as her namesake. The name Annabelle was inspired by Anna Kristine, one of Kevin's ancestors.
Later in the evening Elise brought me dessert from Cheesecake Factory that I INHALED and then Jessie and Ben came up to visit too!!
The night ended with a quick visit from Kevin and then a LONG night with just me and Annabelle at the hospital while she cried, ate, or was just wide awake all night. I was happy when the morning arrived!
All in all I think our first day with Annabelle was a success!! Can't believe we have 4 kids now! Crazy!