Thank you everyone for the huge outpouring of love and support you have shown. I was keeping up with Facebook early in the induction process then stopped when things really got going. After the birth, I of course gave Naomi my undivided attention, which means I now have 186 Facebook notifications to catch up on (eventually! And I think it may be more as I just realized Facebook keeps resetting the count). So know that while I do appreciate everyone reaching out, it will be some time before I see it all, and there won't be many individual replies from me.
I plan on writing out the full birth story soon, but the brief version is that the induction was very smooth and easy. I got one dose of misoprostol at around 9:30AM. That got things going enough that I did not get any other induction interventions. My water spontaneously broke at 2:23PM which is when I would say real labor began, and Naomi entered this world at 6:46PM. As far as labor and delivery goes, it was physically easier by far than either of my other births and I feel fortunate in how well that worked out.
As planned, Naomi went immediately to my chest for skin-to-skin contact after she was born. She did not appear to be breathing and was limp and lethargic. I asked if she was alive and was told the cord was not pulsing, so she appeared to have been born still. After laying on me for a bit she surprised us all with a large gasp for air, then was still again. She then let out a second gasp, after which I asked them to check her heartbeat. It was beating! Brian and I both took turns listening to that beautiful sound via stethoscope. Naomi then started slowly breathing more regularly and pinking up. She was covered in a thick layer of vernix so stayed against my chest as her skin eventually soaked it in.
The hospital had a private waiting area for our family that was right next door to my room. After the placenta was delivered and things cleaned up a bit, grandparents and my sister and BIL were able to come in and meet Naomi. The hospital chaplain also came and Naomi Grace was baptized. Big sister and big brother came in to meet her and the entire family stayed and celebrated with us until late into the night.
Naomi was a fighter as despite her dropping oxygen saturation levels and struggling to maintain her breathing, her heart continued beating. We stayed up until probably around 5AM, thinking she was going to leave us soon, until we finally laid down for some sleep. Naomi slept in my arms and the nurse agreed to check on her frequently for us so that we could relax more. We still woke several times before getting up around 8AM. Right before 10AM the nurse checked on us again, including checking Naomi's heart rate. Naomi was in my arms and suddenly something seemed different about her. I could not feel a heartbeat so asked Brian to check. The nurse popped back in for something she had forgotten, so was right there to listen again with her stethoscope and confirmed that her heartbeat had stopped. It was a very peaceful passing, and Brian and I are both relieved and grateful that she did not appear to be in any pain during her final moments. We had another 8 hours with her before saying goodbye at 6PM.
We are planning a funeral service for 5-7PM EST on Monday, March 4th. All friends and family are invited to join us if they wish to, and there will be pictures and video shared of her lifetime. The burial service will be held the next day, on Tuesday the 5th, and will be private for family only. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Shepherd's Crook Ministries, designated in memory of Naomi Grace. http://theshepherdscrook.org/donate/now/ We cannot do anything to bring our baby girl back, but funds donated will help another baby get home to his or her family.