Our baby was born on Wednesday afternoon, we've been so busy I haven't been on the nest until tonight!
water broke on Tuesday night at 7:40 while we were home watching tv. We
called the hospital and were told to take our time but to come in.
checked in, got hooked up to all of the monitors, and settled in for
the night. My contractions were 7-10 minutes apart and didn't hurt at
all, so my husband and I watched Caddy Shack in our room.
midnight the contractions were picking up, 5-7 minutes apart, and I was
getting uncomfortable. I tried the jaccuzzi, but it really only helped
in between contractions, the contractions themselves were still painful.
2am I was nearly vomiting in between contractions so we called for the
epidural. All I can say is that the epi was BLISS. I have never felt so
wonderful in all my life. I was so comfortable that I slept through the
night, and when I woke up at 7am I was fully dialated and ready to go.
this point I was thinking that labor was a breeze. But our luck didn't
hold. Another woman came into the hospital who was practically crowning
already, so we labored down for 2 hours while she was delivered first.
9am we started pushing. The doctor put me on pitocin because my
contractions were still really unpredictable (they never did get into a
solid rythem) and headed out to do his morning appointments. The nurse
and my husband were there to help me keep pushing until he needed to
At 11am I still was no further ahead, but getting really
tired and the doctor came back. We pushed for another 30 minutes or so
and then he suggested using the vaccuum to help. I don't remember how
long that went on, I was on oxygen between contractions at this point
but I remember him talking about a c-section.
The rest is really
blurry, but after a LOT more pushing and help with the vaccuum our baby
was born at 12:29 in the afternoon. I was in a lot of pain so I really
didn't appreciate him being placed on my chest, but hopefully those
memories of the pain will fade and I'll only remember what a miracle he
I am still pretty uncomfortable but there's no time to
worry about yourself once you have a newborn to worry about. He's doing
good, the top of his head is all blistered over from the suction and
he's very jaundiced, but it's all worth it. I honestly never
appreciated how lucky we were to be pregnant until now. What a gift!