- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2010
The short version he was born on 11/26 and weighed 9.8lbs and was 20.5in long! Yes my little man is quite a big boy!
Ethan’s Birth Story
Since 37 to 38 weeks I began experiencing mild contractions and had dilated to 2cm and fully thinned out. My doctor thought that I would deliver by 39 weeks. At 38 weeks Ethan’s ultrasound guessed that he weighed 7.5lbs. Weeks 39 and 40 came and went with an increase to 2.5cm. My doctor scheduled us for induction at 41 weeks, Tuesday November 27th.
On Thanksgiving Day I began experiencing contractions every 30 minutes. I just knew that we would go into full active labor any minute. No such luck! No changes all weekend and I began to accept that I would be induced.
On Monday November 26th, I was still experiencing mild contractions/cramps. I couldn’t sleep so at 6:00am I go to clean the kitchen and do the dishes. Around 6:30 I ate a bowl of cereal and then went back to loading the dishwasher. While loading the dishwasher I felt a gush of fluid. I wasn’t sure if this was my bladder leakage problem I’d been experiencing or my water breaking. So I cleaned myself up put on fresh panties and liner. Went back to loading the dishwasher and had the same gush of fluid. Sure enough my water had indeed broken! I woke my husband up and he and I began packing and loading the car. I also took a shower to clean up and get ready for the hospital stay.
We arrived at the hospital at 7:45am. We were admitted to the labor and delivery triage. There they tested my fluid trickling to see if it was my water. It passed the test, so they then checked my dilation. I was now at 3cm. They went ahead and admitted me to labor and delivery. It took about 30 minutes to get into a room. Once there my labor nurse checked me again. Now I was at 4cm and the baby was at station1 in the birth canal.
I opted for the epidural so my labor nurse scheduled that. The doctor came in an hour after getting into the room and did an exam. I was at 5 cm, 100% effaced and baby was at station 2. I was given the epidural around 10am along with meds to assist contractions. They guessed I would take an hour a cm to finish dilating. My family came in at different times to keep me company. I didn’t feel any contractions and was able to somewhat nap.
At 5:30pm my labor nurse decided that we were ready to begin pushing. I had been at 10cm for a bit and the baby had traveled to station 2.5. We were waiting for the doctor to finish with a c-section. The nurse decided to go ahead and begin pushing because she thought that I would take a long time.
We pushed for an hour and the nurse decided that the baby was transverse. He was lying on his side looking towards my hips. To make things even more difficult he wasn’t laying center. His head was in the center in the birth canal, but his body was lying along the right side of my body. The nurse turned me on my side with my right leg over the table. During contractions she would push on my abdomen to try to make the baby line up down the center. It worked! One hurdle crossed!
The second hurdle to cross was getting over my anterior lip. The nurse had me push in different positions for an hour. He finally made it over the lip. At this point the nurse noticed how big he was and called for the doctor. They told me I had an hour left to push and then we would do a c-section. The doctor stayed to watch me push a few times and decided to do an episiotomy. I had a 3rd degree one but it worked!
Next the doctor manually flipped him to face down. Within 15 minutes he arrived on 11/26 at 8:06pm. He weighed 9.8 lbs and 20.5 in long! Yes almost 10 lbs!
We are home now trying to get used to each other. I’m in love of course!