I ended up throwing up a few times and each time I did it would push Charlotte further down but she did not react well at all to it. The first time I threw up we lost her heart beat on the monitor. All the nurses came running into the room and scared the hell out of me. They flipped me from side to side and put oxygen on me to get Charlotte's heart rate back up. Apparently the action of throwing up was causing Charlotte to shift and pinch her cord. Each time this happened she would bounced back once they repositioned me. As I would lay on one side my epidural wouldn't be effective on the other side so I would feel my contractions in half my body. I would ask to be repositioned but Charlotte was only liking me laying on one side. I kept hitting my button to get more of the epidural but it was only making the one side extra numb.
Around 2:00pm the nurse had me start pushing. I never felt that urge to push but once I started she was happy with my progress. I pushed for half and hour and Charlotte was born! The nurses kept telling me that I was an expert pusher...I'm sure they say that to all the ladies! My epidural had worn off enough that I could move my legs and feel a bit of what was going on. It was an amazing experience. They laid her on my chest when she came out an I was able to spend 10 minutes or so with her. Hubby got to cut the cord! Charlotte received an 8 and then a 9 on her apgar score and took to breast feeding immediately.
We were on cloud nine. All her grandparents were in the waiting room. They came in and got to meet our angel! Sorry this post is so choppy - I need sleep! More pictures soon!