We went to the hospital at 8pm and got checked into our room. The gown they gave me to wear was massive! I got hooked up to my antibiotics (because I have Group B Strep and have to have them) and my IV, and also two monitors- one to monitor my contractions, one to monitor Mason's heart rate. I didn't know those monitors were going to be hooked up, they were very uncomfortable and kept moving around when I'd try to get comfortable sleeping, and also because my belly was straight out in front and it was hard for things to stay in one place. My nurse's name was Suzannah and she was really nice. Very thorough with her explanations of what was happening and everything she was doing. Mom and Dad got to the room around 8:30pm and we just sat and talked in the room for a long time. It wasn't until 9:30pm that the nurse put the first pill thing in to soften my cervix. Each time she came in to check on me she would say "You're having contractions... can you feel anything?" and I hadn't felt a thing! I thought "Is this it?? Is this the hype of labor and I'm not even feeling it?!" (little did I know... keep reading) so since I had been contracting she checked me to see how dilated I was - still 1cm and 80% effaced (bummer). At 1:30am they put the second cervix pill in me to try and get me to dilate/efface more. At this point I'm still not feeling contractions or any pain really. Every once in awhile I'd feel a dull pain but it wasn't a big deal at all. She checked me again at 5:30am... 2 cm, and 80% effaced-still! So, because nothing had progressed naturally where it needed to be, they started Pitocin at a low dose (a 2). I knew going into labor that if I had Pitocin I was more likely to have an epidural because I knew the contractions were going to be more intense, but at this point I was still on the fence of epidural/natural delivery.
Once Pitocin started I felt the contractions get more and more intense as time passed. They still weren't crazy painful but I definitely felt a little pain. After I had been on Pitocin for a little bit, Suzannah checked me and I was at a 3.5cm so Dr. Lehnert came by at 6:30am and broke my water (that was painful and I just happened to have a contraction during the middle of the water-breaking, also unfortunate!) After he broke my water I still could feel pain getting more and more intense but still very tolerable. I practiced my yoga breathing to manage the pain, so when it got more painful I had a breathing pattern down. I got a new nurse at 7am named Kelly who was also really nice and great. Around 8:30am Tyler noticed that my IV had a kink in it and said "Oh let me help you with that" (famous last words)... since my IV had a kink in it, the Pitocin that I was supposed to be getting in doses was all backed up! Right after he undid my IV I had the MOST painful contraction (compared to the other ones of just dull pain), it caught me off guard and was intense. I threw up twice during it, it lasted a solid 4 minutes. Miserable! (THIS is the start of labor pain, I thought) Kelly was confused because the last time she checked on me I was content and had a pain level of 2 on a scale from 1-10. Then she walks in and I'm writhing, throwing up over the side of the bed and squeezing Tyler's hand/arm/leg/whatever I can grab. My mom just happened to show up at this time in the room and tried to make conversation with me, I responded with "I don't really want to talk right now."... so mom went in the corner but her phone was going off and I was "Put your phone on silent!" The atmosphere was intense to say the least, I was trying to cope with the contractions with everything I had. The nurse checked me after that big contraction and I had dilated to a 4cm. After she checked me I said I WANT AN EPIDURAL! My goodness, the contractions were not letting up and they were a minute to a minute and half apart, lasting about 30 seconds each. They kept getting more and more intense too. It took an HOUR AND 45 MINUTES for the anesthesiologist (Dr. Belk) to arrive with the epidural. Most painful 1:45 of my life, it seemed like I couldn't catch a breath before the next contraction started. I knew that I would have contractions during the actual insertion of the epidural because they were happening so close together. I ended up having 3 the whole time he was there. The nurse/doctor to tell you to stay still while the needle is being put in so the epidural is put in properly. That was so hard! It didn't take him long to put the epidural in but I had a contraction while it was happening anyway. He numbed my back first, so the epidural needle was painless.
|Ha! Right after I got the epidural. So happy to have a break from the pain!|
When they took him out he was so purple. He pooped on Dr. Lehnert. Tyler cut the cord. Mom was taking pictures. I thought I'd cry a lot but I was so overwhelmed with emotions that I only cried a little- I couldn't believe I had just delivered a baby out of my body!! It was amazing, hearing him cry (loudly) and seeing him for the first time. I loved him immediately. After they cleared his lungs, they put him on my chest with a blanket. He was crying and wiggling and it was the sweetest sound! He weighed 8 lbs, 13 oz, and measured 21 inches long. I couldn't believe all that baby was crammed in my belly!
We tried breastfeeding within the first hour and weren't very successful. We also had to stay in the delivery room until 2:55pm so they could make sure everything went ok. Kelly rolled me in a wheelchair to our post-labor room (Room 5125) and that's where we stayed until Friday afternoon.