Eli Kenneth was born at 5:16 a.m. on 7/15/13 after a failed
VBAC induction after my water broke spontaneously with meconium the morning
The morning started with DS #1 and I going for a short walk. I showered and was sitting doing my makeup when I felt a small gush. I thought maybe I just peed since it wasn't the insanity I had imagined. I called for my husband and told him I either peed in my pants or my water was breaking. When I got to the bathroom I was startled because the fluid wasn't clear- that's when I realized that my water definitely was breaking and we were going to have to move things along faster than we thought. I never did have a gigantic "gush" but I did have continual leaking as I moved around.
My water broke at 9:45, by 11:00 we had dropped off DS #1
and checked into the hospital.
Since I wasn't contracting, they started me on pitocin and the induction
began. Anyone who chooses an
induction is NUTS, both of my c-sections AND recoveries were not as bad as
those pitocin contractions. I got
the epidural as soon as they would let me. Unfortunately, baby would only tolerate me laying on my
right side, which meant that overtime my epidural only covered my right side-
I labored all day and night. At 2:00 a.m. the next morning I was complete enough to start
pushing (still only on my right side).
The baby didn't seem to make any progress (and I thoroughly un-enjoyed
the nurse's hand "helping" me through each push).
Because my water had been broken for so long, I wound up with
a fever and they started me on antibiotics. They also told me that LO would need to go to the Special
Care nursery (NICU) for at least 48 hours after birth for antibiotics
preventively and possibly up to 7 days.
I think this is where I was just "done". I continued to labor and push, but the baby didn't make
progress. When the doctor came to
check me, the baby had heart decelerations. She also determined he was face up and "stuck" under my
pelvic bone. She determined that
we needed an "urgent" c-section.
Everything moved very fast compared to my first scheduled c-section for
DS #1. I was VERY out of it in the
OR, but at that point I was so glad to be out of pain and knowing that we would
have a resolution that I didn't even care.
The c-section went very well. Eli came out crying which wasn't really a good thing because
of the meconium, but he seemed to do well. They finished me up and my DH went with Eli to Special
Care. I went back to recovery for
a couple hours and then they rolled my bed into Special Care for some skin
time. It was so sad to see his
little arm all bandaged up with his IV.
Eli stayed in Special Care for 48 hours. His labs all came back negative- thank goodness. I think my recovery has been better than with my first c-section. I needed to be able to get up and moving to go visit in Special Care to see Eli so I think that motivation helped. We all came home yesterday and are adjusting to life as a family of four.
Here are some photos (hopefully!) Good luck to all those mommas with inside babies still!