I always loved when people posted their birth stories, so here is mine
On Saturday, May 23rd, DH and I went to a friends house for lunch. The couples there both have young boys, so we were talking the whole time about going into labor, etc. I took 3 sips of DH's wine, toasting the hope of having a Memorial Day Weekend Baby.
Afterwards, DH and I took our dog on an hour long walk. We got home at 6pm, and LO was moving around inside like crazy. I started to have bloody show around 8:30pm. I took a shower, pleading with my body for my water to break, and went to bed around 10:30pm.
At midnight, I got up to go to the bathroom. I didn't realize until I was in the bathroom that my pajama pants were soaked (I was in such a deep sleep I guess). I woke up DH, letting him know that my water broke, but that I didn't want to go to the hospital just yet. I wasn?t feeling contractions, and wanted to wait it out as long as possible.
I started to feel contractions around 1am, and lasted at home until 3:30am. They were coming at 2-3 minutes apart, and were really low in my abdomen/pelvis. We live 5 minutes from the hospital, and were admitted by 3:45am.
I was at 2cm and 90% effaced at 5:30am. I was given some Stadol right away, and passed out for a few hours. When I woke up at 10am, I was at 4cm, 100% effaced, +1 Station. I asked for the epi, and received it at noon. IT WAS HEAVEN. I didn't feel another contraction after that. DH and I watched TV, napped, etc. At 2pm I was still only at 4.5cm, so they gave me some pitocin. By 3:30pm I was at 7cm. I was determined to have the baby by 5:30pm (I have no idea why, but that was the time I had in my head). My doctor was okay with this idea, and came back at 4:30pm to check on me. I was finally at 10cm!!!!
The baby was really low already, so I was pretty lucky. We discussed tearing/episiotomy, and the doctor was willing to work with me to avoid it all costs. We practiced pushing for a bit, and then started for real! It was so, so, so surreal. I had an awesome nurse, and DH was unbelievable. Everyone was cheering me on, and counting with me.
I ended up pushing for an hour in total, with no tears or cuts. Just a few superficial stitches when his shoulders were coming out.
We were on Team Green, and were so excited to find out that it was a boy!!! They layed him on my chest, and right away all the pain just melted away. I didn't feel the afterbirth or the few stitches I was receiving. DH cut the cord (which he didn?t think he was going to), and LO scored a 9/9 on his tests.
I can't even begin to explain the range of emotions that I have felt this week. It has been an absolutely amazing experience, one I would do again in a heartbeat. DH has been the best father/husband I could ask for, and I am terribly sad that he had to go back to work yesterday.
Sam is an amazing baby, and we feel so lucky to him