In case you missed my post on the nest , our baby, Colin Matthew, was born on Sunday, August 23rd. We have been home since Tuesday and things are getting pretty settled.
Anyway, I thought my water broke early, early Sunday morning, just a little gush and not a bed wetting catastrophe (still gross, though). I hadn't had any contractions by the time we went to the hospital at 8 am, so I was fully prepared to be told I had suddenly turned incontinent and do the l&d walk of shame. Luckily for my pride, my water had indeed broken but I was still only 1.5 cm and 80% effaced. So, that pretty much settled the fact that I was getting induced, if you read my post from last week.
I have nothing to compare them to, but can attest that pitocin contractions do indeed suck hard and would not go out of my way to be induced next time. I wasn't even 3 cm and they were unbearable and coming every minute. Being on an i.v. and monitors, I couldn't use half of the coping techniques we'd learned in class (though I'm still really glad we took it). I got the epidural much sooner than I originally wanted, but it was sweet, sweet relief pure and simple. I was pretty comfortable until I started pushing. I only pushed for an hour even though I barely felt a thing - and I really credit prenatal yoga and Kegels for that. 2 small tears, but nothing too cringe worthy.
Colin did come out with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck not once but twice, but at the time I couldn't quite understand what they meant and thought I had twins or something so I was busy freaking out about that possibility.
Holy Cross was great. Some nurses were more helpful than others, but I'm sure it's like that anywhere. I felt like I was hit by a tractor trailer the next day, but was still able to walk the halls. I haven't had anything stronger than Tylenol since coming home. Bfing is coming along. We had two rough days where my supply was not meeting his demand, so our ped recommended supplementing a little after each feeding and everyone in the house is much happier for it.
So, there you go. And just because he's getting cuter by the day, here's another photo: