3 weeks late but here it is!
I’m sorry that I have pretty much been off the grid. It’s been a crazy few weeks as I’m sure you can imagine, and I’ll be going into all of that later but this is about L&D and I want to get this story out before I start to forget things. (Although I’m sure I already have, as it is just the nature of the event.)
If you have been following my pregnancy you know that we decided to go with a scheduled induction at 39 weeks 1 day. It was the best choice for us. I was induced with Parker so I knew what I was going to go through and I’m so glad that we chose to do it again. I’d make the same decision again in a heartbeat. I had a pretty awesome induction though.
We checked into the hospital at 7am on Monday April 23rd (2012). I was already dilated to “a good” 2 cm and was about 80% effaced. With not needing a cervix softener, which they will traditionally administer the night before, we were a morning check-in.
By the time they got me to the room, gowned up, strapped in with the fetal monitors, started my IV and pitocin (aka: Devils Spit) it was 8 am. I then spent the next 5ish hours going between the bed and birthing ball and passing the time by playing Word with Friends and Draw Something on the iPad.
My OB wanted me to contract awhile and hopefully dilate a bit more before breaking my waters. I wanted her to wait until after lunch so I could eat something before the contractions became really intense (priorities people!) At that point the contractions were uncomfortable but they weren’t painful. It ended up being about 1 pm by the time she broke my waters and I had only dialated to a 3.
Quick note: Charlotte never dropped into my pelvis. She continued to “float” up until she came out. This can be bad, because her head wasn’t blocking the exit, they had to keep checking to make sure her cord wasn’t coming out before her. The good part of her floating? She didn’t get the classic cone head that can really freak a new parent out. 😉
Over the next few hours, contractions (obviously) became much stronger. I lost track of time around this point so just hang with me.
I’m going to take a quick sideline though, and talk about my actual contractions as I know one of ladies biggest concerns about pitocin is that the contractions are so much worse. Now, I don’t have any comparison because I have never gone into labor on my own, but yes, they are awful. I usually hear that they are longer, stronger, and more frequent than natural contractions. For me, my contractions were coming about every 2-3 minutes and lasting about 30 seconds, which is actually a short contraction as they commonly run 1 – 1 1/2 minutes. When things started to get really intense and I decided it was time for my epidural, I was incredibly thankful that they were so short.
I got my epi around 4 pm I believe, and it was by far the worse part of the whole experience. (I was 5 cm and still 80%) After the initial “pinch” to get the needle in they then have to thread the catheter into the right spot.
Mine didn’t go into the right spot.
It didn’t go into the right spot 4 times.
You know they missed when it effing hurts on one side or the other. It felt like she hit the top of my left hip bone. (No the catheter doesn’t go down that far, it just felt like it.) If this happens to you make sure your say something! Placing an epi like that will only numb half your body. She unfortunately had to re-thread it 5 times. On the last shot I was about to say eff it, it isn’t worth it but praise the Lord she got it right the last time. I’m guessing we had more difficulty this time because of scar tissue from my last one which was why I was apprehensive about getting one to begin with. Once it was in and working things were great and I got to go back to Word with Friends for the next couple of hours. 😉
At about 6 pm is when they started asking me if I was feeling pressure with my contractions… um, Maybe? Hello, I have a working epi! So after concentrating on it, yes, definite pressure.
So my OB came in to check me and found that I was at a 9, so she had me push a little to see if I could dilate myself the rest of the way. Success! Then she had me do a “practice push” with the next contraction to see if she should gown up, or come back later after I pushed with the nurse a bit as Charlotte was still floating.
She gowned up. 😉
I pushed through the next two contractions and Charlotte was born at 7:05 pm screaming and perfect.
I was so shocked and just kept saying “That was it??”
With my son, I pushed for hour and a half and he ended up with shoulder dystocia. So this was way too easy. I didn’t have any tearing so I didn’t need stitches. It didn’t feel like I just had a baby. It felt like I had just packed and moved my whole house, but it didn’t feel like I just had a baby.
Start to finish was 11 hours. Even with the issues with my epi, I think I had the perfect labor and delivery, and recovery has been a breeze compared to with my son.
Now, on to the fun stuff. PICTURES!
Meet Little Miss Charlotte Victoria born April 23rd, 2012 at 7:05 pm
7 lbs 15 oz & 19 inches long