Go figure, I went into labor the evening of my last blog post, where I was complaining about labor not progressing!
So here is the birth story of our beautiful princess, Willow Skye Oliver! We also have changed her middle name by adding an “e” at the end. DH wants it to be unique haha.
Tuesday the 21st I was a bit crampy on and off. Since I had been having contractions on and off for weeks, I didn’t think much of it. That evening I noticed that the cramps were coming in waves and not the regular randomness I was used to. Still I wasn’t going to get my hopes up; just 2 weeks ago I was in the hospital with contractions 3 minutes apart that didn’t lead to anything.
So Nathan, Dakota, and I go on our planned grocery shopping trip to Super Walmart around 7pm. By the time we got home it was 8:30 pm and at around 9pm the cramping had def turned into contractions that I felt a lot in my back and they were coming close together, some 2 minutes apart anywhere to 5 minutes apart. At 10:15pm I called the doctor and he said it was time for me to come in. So we grabbed Dakota, dropped her off at family friends and headed to the hospital.
When I got there at 11:15pm I was 2-3cm dilated and 50 percent effaced. He wanted to watch me a bit to see what progress I was making. The contractions were registering close together and strong but at 12:30am my cervix was still the same.
He gave me the choice of going home and keep laboring although he didn’t recommend because I like so far away from the hospital and I was in pain, or he could help me along with pitocin. I chose the pitocin because I had to have it with my daughter due to my contractions not making much progress, I have a feeling my body might have some issues when it comes to regulating contractions and making them more effective.
At around 1:30am or so I got an epidural and then they started a very very slow drip of pitocin into my IV. I started getting sick to my stomach and unfortunately didn’t sleep at all due to feeling like I was going to throw up every 10 minutes. At around 3:15am I was checked and I was still just about 3cm, no further effacement and baby still floating way up high at -2 station. So doc decided to break my water and see how things went.
At 6:45am I was still 3cm but 95 percent effaced and baby had moved down to a -1 station. Little progress but I was happy it was at least something! Doc came in again at 7:15am and I was almost 4cm! Talk about progressing slow!! At this time I also started throwing up pretty bad, it wasn’t fun at all.
Around 9:30am doc came in and I was a full 4cm. I was starting to feel a lot of pressure and they paged for a top off on my epi. Once I got that it made very little difference and the pressure had become unbearable..
I was in tears with the pressure being so bad, I remember the pressure I felt when I had to push with Dakota and this was much worse. He came in and checked me at 10am and I was 6cm. The pressure was just getting worse and the nurse checked me at 10:15am to find I was 9cm! I started pushing at 10:35am and in 4 minutes – pushed Willow into this world! No tearing or any problems! I did throw up a few times after delivery, they gave me some meds for that and felt great afterwards.
So Willow Skye Oliver was born on July 22nd, 2009 at 10:39am. She was 7lbs 6oz and 20 inches long! I will update pictures when I can!