I'm finally posting this - DS is 4.5 weeks old!
First let me say I was terrified of being induced. We arrived at the hospital Tuesday night and I was given 1 dose of cervidil (when I arrived I was 1.5 cm dilated and 50% effaced), and about 30 minutes later, they noticed a few dips in baby's heart rate. They weren't overly concerned at this point because he was able to regulate/get it to come back up fairly quickly afterwards. The plan was to have the meds at 4 hour intervals, but around 11 pm my ob decided to not give me anymore of the meds due to their effect on baby and instead broke my water. This was not painful at all! I was 3 cm dilated. I started having contractions right away and baby had a few more heartbeat "dips." my ob decided to go ahead and give me the epidural in case an emergency C-section was needed later. If not, I would have had to be put under all the way and DH would not have been allowed back. This wasn't an option for us, so I had the epidural. The numbing needle was the worst part and only felt like a bee sting! I was amazed. After the epidural we tried to get some sleep (yeah RIGHT!).