- 2 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
After a relatively easy pregnancy we were so ready to meet our little boy. We did EVERYTHING to induce labor naturally but our little guy wasn’t budging. We had a tentative induction date of August 29, but the midwife offered induction at our 41 week appointment so we jumped on it!
We went into the hospital at 5 pm on August 27. By 7 pm I had cervadil placed and my mom and sister came back to visit before visiting hours were over. Within 15 minutes of the cervadil being placed I started having contractions lasting 3-4 minutes with a minute or so break between. They were still mild but we were confident that progress was being made. Around 9 I started getting really uncomfortable with the contractions so I had DH go to sleep because I knew that I would need his support soon.
The nurse (who was amazing!) was in and out all night since there were 3 emergency c sections that required her help. When she came in to check me at 9 I told her that I thought my water had broken. She tested the fluid and decided that it might be leaking but wasn’t fully broken. She left the room again but told me that I could now move around. When I got up to pee I realized that my water was definitely broken and I was dilated enough that the cervadil had already fallen out even though it was supposed to stay in for 12 hours. When she came back she checked me and I was at 4 cm and 90% effaced. At that point I was left alone to labor naturally and told to call if I needed anything.
It was a long, hard, sleepless night for me as I was doing my best to labor along by myself. I finally woke my husband around 7 am because I couldn’t get through them on my own anymore. At 8 am the nurse came in and said the midwife would be in soon and that I should try to walk around for at least an hour. The contractions were so close together and intense that I couldn’t even stand up straight so I stayed squatting or on my hands and knees in the bed. When the midwife came in to check me I hadn’t made it past 5 cm, but she allowed me to keep up what I was doing.
It quickly got to the point that no matter what I did I just couldn’t relax through the contractions. I was in so much pain and because the baby was posterior I had no relief even during the short break between contractions. The midwife said that I was basically in transition level pain for 10 hours. At 10 am, after 15 hours of hard labor, I gave in and asked for the epidural. I felt like a complete failure, but at that point I knew that I just couldn’t make it without some help.
Right after I asked for the epi the baby started having some decels so they made me stay laying down on my side and flipping me every few minutes. I was put on oxygen and my poor husband was starting to really freak out. The epi finally arrived, but I couldn’t sit up so he could place it so I had to lay on my side completely still through contractions so he could try to put it in that way. Right in the middle of him putting in the needle I noticed that my husband wasn’t at my side anymore. Poor guy had just passed out. The only bright side of that was that it gave me something else to worry about through the painful part of the epidural!
It took about an hour to get the epi in and working but after 16 hours it was the most amazing feeling ever to not have any pain! I was immediately confident and cheerful again and ready to get the baby out! I couldn’t feel the contractions at all anymore, but I could still feel some of the pressure. The midwife came in and the baby had recovered beautifully so I finally got to sit up again! Turns out the baby had no time to recover between contractions because I couldn’t relax so he was fine after I wasn’t in so much pain.
They let me labor down pretty uneventfully, but I stalled around 7 cm. They started pitocin around 2 pm and slowly increased it. When it was apparent that we were both handling it well they jacked it up quicker and by the end I was up to a 16. At 4:30 they checked me and I just had a tiny lip left. Right after that I threw up and it apparently pushed the baby’s head past the lip and it was time to push!
I pushed 6 sets from 5 pm to when baby boy came into the world at 5:54 pm! Everyone was really surprised that I managed to push him out in under an hour! They put him on my chest while the midwife got to work repairing a second degree perineal tear. Unfortunately I got a “perfect epidural” where I couldn’t feel the contractions but I could feel EVERYTHING else. I felt the pain of pushing him out, and I sure as hell felt the stitches and the catheter placement after he was out! Even through that pain I was on top of the world because my little buddy was FINALLY here!
Without further ado: Trip, 8 lbs 10 oz, 20 in long