Our baby girl was born on June 17, 2019 at 8:02 pm. 7lbs 1 oz and 18 inches long. I am completely in love with our little bundle 🙂
Induction started at around 8 am Monday morning when the nurse started my IV Pitocin. The overnight cervical ripening had me dilated to 3 cm, so we were on a roll. Not long after, my OB came in to break my water so that we could really get this labor going.
That part was CRAZY!
I had no idea what to expect with my water breaking and, now that I know what it’s like, I am SO glad this didn’t happen somewhere in public and it was in a controlled environment, especially since I had extra fluid than normal. It was honestly like I was suddenly sitting in a warm pool and the water just would. not. stop.
Once my water was broken, the contractions started getting painful. I had told the nurse that I would probably want an epidural at some point, but I kept putting it off out of fear. I suffered for a few hours and finally couldn’t handle it anymore. I was so afraid, but it actually wasn’t that bad. The anesthesiologist was really nice, told me what to expect, and it was over before I knew it. All I felt was a pinch and slight burn from the Lidocaine. I didn’t even feel any pressure when he was placing the catheter and I cried with relief when it was done. I learned a valuable lesson that day…
Epidurals are awesome.
The nurse came in about half an hour after the epidural was done, looked at the monitor next to me, and asked if I had felt the last big contraction.
“The what now?” Omg, that epidural was magic.
Around 7 p.m., my OB came back into the room and announced that I was probably 8 or 9 cm dilated by then and we would start pushing soon. She checked me and I saw a weird look come across her face.
4 cm dilated. I had only dilated 1 cm ALL day…
Next thing I knew, I was being given more epidural medicine in preparation for a c-section. I was freaking out. I asked the OB if a c-section was medically necessary and she told me that she didn’t want baby going any longer without any amniotic fluid, especially since we had no idea when I would start dilating again. I was terrified, especially of hemorrhage or other complications, but my OB was very nice and did a good job of reassuring me that I would be ok.
The actual procedure was a blur, but I remember sobbing through most of it. Not because I was in pain (again, epidurals are magic) or even because I was nervous; I just could not wait to have my daughter. All I could think about was her first cry, and it was the most amazing sound I’ve ever heard.