- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
At 4:28am on July 17th!) we welcomed baby Benjamin into the world. He was 8lbs. 3 oz and 19.75 in long. He was born 1 day before his due date.
On Friday, July 13th, I went into my 39 week appointment and was 3cm and 50% effaced. The doc thought I would respond well so she stripped my membranes and I went on my way. Saturday went by….nothing. Sunday morning I had my bloody show and had some tough Braxton hicks. I actually went into labor and delivery only to be sent home because they were not progressing into labor. I was very frustrated. Once I got into the car I cried to my hubby saying I just wish my water would break so I would be able to know when it’s the real deal or not. That Sunday afternoon and evening, I walked hill intervals on the treadmill, walked the neighborhood, and had some babymaking time with the hubby.
I slept really well that night and woke up to my water breaking at 8:30 Monday morning. YAY! It was nothing like you see in the movies. Just kinda felt like you had a bathroom accident. Of course I was wondering… is this it or in fact did I pee myself in all the loveliness of pregnancy? I was asked to go to the hospital quickly since I was positive for GBS so I would need antibiotics. Once we got into triage, they did a quick swab, very similar to the pregnancy test, to check for amniotic fluid. We got the exciting news of 2 lines and were admitted into labor and delivery. THIS WAS IT!
We got into our labor and delivery room around 10:30am. We had minimal monitoring at first so I was speed walking the hallways and rolling on the yoga ball to help get things going. By 3:00 I was still only 3.5 centimeters so they started me on Pitocin. Although I could not walk around, I continued to move around on the yoga ball. The baby was not reacting well to Pitocin, heart rate dropping after each contraction, so they made me stick to the bed for monitoring for the remainder of delivery. This really made the contractions more difficult to manage. I got checked and was sadly only 4 cm at 7pm. This is when I decided to get the epidural. My epidural was rather difficult. He had to do it a few times to get it just right. It was definitely worth it when I could see the big contractions on the monitor and I couldn’t feel them. J In a few hours I was check again and to our surprise I was 7cm. The doc thinks that the epidural helped me relax to let myself dilate. Around 12:30 I was fully dilated and ready to push. My doctor was going into an emergency c-section so I was asked to not push and hold it. Seriously?! Haha 2 hours later, around 2:30am, the doctor came into the room and I was able to start pushing. I asked them to turn off my epidural because I couldn’t feel anything to know what I was doing. Once that was off my pushes were much more productive. During the pushing process the baby got to a point where he was stuck and wouldn’t go any further. The doctor realized that he was in the posterior (sunny-side up) position and was stuck in the pelvis. After an hour and a half of difficult pushing the doctor suggested a vacuum assist and episiotomy due to his position. If he didn’t come out soon we would end up with a c-section. Thankfully the vacuum assist worked and after 2 hours of pushing Benjamin William arrived at 4:30 am.
I always thought I would bawl my eyes out when I first saw my child. This was not the case. After a 20 hour labor, it felt like an out of body experience. This beautiful child was placed on my chest and I just stared at him in amazement. Did he seriously just come out of me? Seriously? The only thing I managed to say for the first few minutes was “Is he still a boy?” . haha Hello exhaustion. After the initial shock wore off I had my moment of tears and am so blessed to have such a beautiful child and wonderful husband. Here is a picture of our precious boy Benjamin.