Hi ladies! I can't believe my sweet boy is a week old today. I wanted to share his birth story, hopefully it doesn't get too long
I went in to be induced at 1:00am on May 22nd, my doctor had some concerns over rising BP amd swelling and he also believed we had a big baby coming (he had no idea how right he was!). We checked in, and as I had posted in my labor updates, the nurse who tried to get my IV in blew two veins, which then caused me to get very faint and almost pass out and I ended up needing some oxygen. They gave me a bit of a break and then another nurse tried for my IV again and got it on the first try. I was checked and was at 2.5cm and 70% effaced, so I was started on pitocin at around 2:30am. DH and I then tried to rest for a bit until my mom came to the hospital around 7:00am. Around 7:30, my doctor came in and checked me, I was at 4cm and he went ahead and broke my water.
I waited a bit b/c I was still handling the contractions pretty well, and then I asked for the epidural around 8:45 since I knew they would only get worse. The nurse checked me right before the epidural and I was at 5.5cm. While waiting for the anesthesiologist to get there, the contractions really ramped up and got super painful so I was thankful I had already gotten the ball rolling. The guy that did my epidural boasted that he had been doing this for 30 years and prided himself on getting them "perfect" so I was gladly going to help him prove that right....however, he had a very hard time placing mine and had to try multiple times. He gave numbing shots but he was messing with things so much that I still felt a good bit of pain. After he finally got it placed, things were better for a bit, but then I got the shakes pretty bad and super nauseated and had to be given Zofran. After that, I noticed that I was feeling quite a bit of pain from the contractions but only on my right side, so the anesthesiologist had to readjust my epidural AGAIN. Happy to say though that once that was done, I was finally on to smooth sailing for the rest of labor. Once the epidural was fixed, I was checked again and was at 7.5cm, this was right at about noon.
I started feeling pressure around 1:00 pm and asked the nurse to check and I was fully dilated and ready to push! We did a couple practice pushes and she said he was ready, so they called my doctor. He got there and I started pushing at 1:15, and Lucas was officially born at 1:34pm! I couldn't believe how quickly the pushing process was this time! Now, once his head was out, I noticed my doctor was kind of twisting and tugging and I thought that was a little odd...but apparently since Lucas was so big, he needed to do that to get him all the way out. As soon as Lucas was out, my doctor said "this baby is at least 9 pounds", and I honestly thought he was joking. Sure enough, my big boy was 9 lbs 9 oz and 21.5" long with a 15" head circumference.
I ended up having an episiotomy and was pretty sore up until yesterday, and now today I feel almost back to normal. My sweet boy has lost a little bit of weight, he was 8lbs 14oz yesterday at his weight check, but he is doing so well. He is eating wonderfully, and he isn't jaundiced which has been a huge relief since DS1 was and it was a very unpleasant experience. Overall, even with some of the issues that I dealt with during labor, I still feel it went very well and this baby boy was well worth it. I am so, so in love with him, and so thankful that he is finally here. DS1 is absolutely smitten with him and is the biggest helper. I feel so grateful that I now have two rainbows.
Lastly, a shout-out: I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you ladies on here as well as TTCAL who helped me get through this entire process from beginning to end. Your love, support, and encouragement have been so appreciated and I can't really say thank you enough.
BFP # 1 - 12/19/09 EDD 08/27/10 - D&C 1/26/10 @ 9w5d
BFP # 2 - 06/05/10 EDD 02/17/11, DS1 born on 2/14/11
BFP # 3 - 04/10/13 EDD 12/21/13 - D&C 05/15/13 @ 8w4d
BFP # 4 - 07/27/13 EDD 04/08/14 - CP 07/29/13
BFP # 5 - 09/14/13 EDD 05/28/14, DS2 born on 5/22/14