I can’t believe it, but Chloe is finally home with us. It’s still surreal that she was growing in my belly for 9 months just a week ago. I can stare at her for hours and hours, it’s really true what all mothers say about the love your child brings into your life – there are really no words that can describe it!
Chloe Love Kim was born on Sunday, March 8th at 11:36pm, weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long.
I was at 40 weeks and totally fine with no contractions so we scheduled an inducement for the following week. I reached 41 weeks and still no sign of our daughter. We arrived at the hospital Friday, March 6th for a cervidil induction – used to soften and prepare your cervix for labor and delivery. After 10 hours there were no changes and my cervix was still not dilated. We were worried because a c-section was the last thing we wanted to do. I was told that sometimes the first dose might not be effective and a second dose is needed. So, before we did the second dose of cervidil I ate a big meal and walked for about an hour.
A couple hours after my second dose of cervidil, I started getting contractions and dilated to 2cm. So, we took out the cervidil and was hoping my body would naturally go into labor. But, 6 hours later there was no change. The next option was inducing via the foley balloon method, which was the most painful thing ever – I literally cried because of the pain! I asked for medication and took a nap. After removing the foley balloon, my water broke and now I was 4cm. My labor was very slow and tiring …
Sunday morning I was still at 4cm so I ate a hearty breakfast and did some walking to prepare for my pitocin induction and epidural – I was in so much pain from the prior two induction methods that I was so relieved to get the epi. I started my pitocin at 9AM and around 8PM found out that I was dilated 10cm and ready to push! By this time, I was exhausted, anxious and hungry all at the same time. After 3 hours of pushing, our beautiful Chloe finally arrived into our arms.