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March 8th, 2007, 06:24 PM
Ok, from start to finish: My Labor and Delivery of my little Gummy Bear!
On Monday, July 31 I started bloody show early in the morning. I had a couple contractions throughout the day...but I thought it would be a cpl days still. Around 4:15pm, Tami (my sil) stopped by and we were talking and I realized that the "pressure pains" I had been having all day were actually contractions and they were starting to come regular so I started timing them. They varied, but for the most part were around 10 minutes apart. Again, I thought that it would last a couple days. Josh and I layed down around 2am and I squeezed his shoulder during a contraction (he had yet to see me have one). He turned and looked at me with a worried look, realizing that this was it. He started timing them and they were 7 min apart and 45 sec long. We went for a walk and layed back down, but they started tapering off so at 4 am we went for another walk. We came back, layed down and Josh fell asleep. I then had three contractions 5 min apart that were more intense so I got in the bath. Once in, they slowed down..all of a sudden stuff started coming out of me...I thought it was my water, but was unsure. So, I got out and went and told Josh. I told him I was gonna call Suzanne in a cpl min if the contractions stayed at 5 min, and for him to go back to sleep. About 15 min later I phoned her and let her know what was going on. She said she would be right over. I called my mom and sis and they came over. My mom was so nervous/excited she had to pull the car over on her way over and throw up. LOL!! I felt bad they were rushing over, I felt like this wasn't it..so I didn't want them to have driven 30 min to my place to have to turn around. Well, my MW shows up and then my mom (she is crying lol). She checks me and I am 4cm (6 during contrac), but no water...it was probably just pee in the tub....(oops) lol. My sis shows up and then my stepdad. Mom is cooking eggs for me to eat for energy, Josh is at the store getting me snack food. We are all talking and playing around. I have to stop and breathe through contrax, but other than that I was acting as if I wasn'y in labor. It was really VERY easy and I was highly surprised. My mom and sis were amazed at my behavior. Suzanne had a 9am appt that she was going to go to and she asked if I wanted to be checked before she left. I didn't care, but my mom insisted. So, in we go to my bed and I'm a 7!!! So my MW laughs and decides it's a good idea NOT to go to her appt. My Mom jumps in my shower real quick to get ready and Josh says "Lets tell her that we are heading to the hospital NOW." I said no because she would probably puke again...LOL!! Everyone laughed at that.
So, I'm 7cm and I still feel great, a little guilty that I'm having such an easy labor actually. I'm playing with my neice, Alyssa, and just rolling around on my birth ball. Suzanne shows my mom and Josh some techniques to press on my pelvic bones to help with the pain/pressure. Suzanne does a GREAT job
My sister is a pharmacy tech so she started asking Suzanne what kind of meds I'm going to be on. Suzanne says "oh, she's GBS negative, so we don't have to get her meds."!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We all just stop and look at each other and I say "Suzanne...my heart murmur..." She then jumps up and says "Well, then looks like we'll be going to the hospital NOW." LOL!! My step dad had just asked when we were leaving which promted my sister to ask about the medecine. So, we get ready and go to the hospital. I'm doing just fine still, no problems at all. I wait inside the doors smiling and laughing while Josh parks the car.
We get into my room and hook me up to the monitors and start the I.V. (that nurse was ..not very nice). Josh was holding my hand while they took blood and placed the I.V. in, but he almost passed out so he had to go sit down sad.gif Poor thing...lol!! I'm finally able to get in the tub which is real nice
Everyone else is chillin on the couch in the room just laughing and w/e. My Mom and sister and Josh and Suzanne are all in and out of the bathroom to talk to me. The tub is cool...but it was narrow at the bottom making it kind of hard to sit...but the water DID help. Suzanne checks me and I'm an 8, then a 9 (it's like maybe around 3 or something). She wants me to go for a walk to get things going faster because contractions have started to slow down. Josh and her and I go walking and then get back in the tub. She checks me..I'm a 10, but I have a cervical lip in the front. We try different positions and everything...but we just couldn't get it to move.
Here is the thing: Once I started getting to a 9, I started panicking. Not outwardly, but inside I was fighting myself. I realized I was terrified of pushing and tearing and being able to feel it, so I was shutting my body down from progressing any further. After about an hour, she checked me again and I now had lip in the back. I was in extreme pain by now because my body was fighting itself and working backwards and the contractions were working twice as hard. I was in this state for probably about 2 hours, and I don't remember it really except for pain and Josh. He was wonderful...I just kept crying and breathing real hard and whimpering. My face was burried into his neck for a long time and I was hanging onto him for dear life. I remember looking up at his face after I heard him sniffling, and seeing tears. I made a note of this to help myself calm down for HIM. Suzanne then came into the room (I was on the bed right now) and she said that she needed to put in an internal monitor to check and see if my contractions were strong enought to move the lip. I agreed, knowing something had to be done because I was still fighting myself.I get a shot of nubain while the internal monitor was put on but it only lasted about 20 min. She put it in and about 20 min later she came back and said that the contractions are not strong enough, that they keep slowing down more and more. She then said she needed to hook me up to pitocin, because I'm not moving the lip on my own. I then focus to think straight about what was best for me and Kailey. Josh was out of the room so it was left up for me to decide what to do. I figured that if my body wasn't going to progress anymore (I knew I was holding myself back, but I was just too scared) then I would end up with a Csection~~and that would require an epidural. So..I might as well go ahead and get the epidural with the pitocin and avoid the csection. I told Suzanne that if she had to give me pitocin I would need something stronger than nubain, so I agreed to the epidural that she offered. I was a little upset that I was holding myself back, but I was very ok with my decision. I was terrified of the epidural and I let everyone know haha...They all reassured me many times that it would be ok, that I wouldn't be paralyzed. Josh came in and was shocked to hear I agreed to the epidural, but when he heard of the whole situation, he understood that there wasn't any other choice. If she started pitocin without stronger meds, I knew I would not be able to handle it and I'd order a csection.
Josh held me while I was getting the epidural. I jerked JUST like I was terrified I would, but it was when they were giving me the numbing medecine, not the actual epidural thingy. THANK GOD. I started getting a contraction and I just held onto Josh for dear life and whimpered and breathed through it. I didn't feel the epidural go in. It took about 5-10 minutes for it to kick in, and when it did, I was so happy. I knew that things were going to be ok, and I knew I was going to be able to relax enough to open my cervix back up
I was exhausted at this point. I dozed for about 40 minutes while Suzanne let the pitocin work on me. She checked me after 40 minutes and told me that I was complete, that the pitocin and epidural did it's job. I was proud of myself! My mom and sister and Josh were all telling me how strong I was for getting to 10, and then making the right choice of the epidural. They told me that I was doing a great job, and I felt like I was too. I was getting excited about pushing now because I knew that I wasn't going to feel pain during it, and that if I tore, I wouldn't feel it!! But, I knew I had worn my body out real bad, so I asked to sleep for about 30 more minutes to save up some energy for the pushing. Suzanne said that was a great idea. I tried to doze, but I was just too excited about starting pushing and finally getting to see my baby!
It became time to push. My sister got the video camera out and Josh was up by my head. My Mom and Suzanne were sitting at the end of the bed, each holding a leg and pushing against them as I had a contraction. I had feeling in my legs, I just couldn't move them. A nurse was telling me when I was having a contraction and Suzanne directed me on my pushing. On my first push Suzanne was very impressed at how much I was able to push her down. She said Kailey was right there and that my pushing was excellent. Throughout the pushing I started feeling more and more down there, especially as her head entered the canal. It didn't hurt, but I was so thankful I was able to feel her, and eventually, I was able to tell when I was having a contraction on my own too, and the pushing became something I controlled. Her heartbeat was dropping very low during contractions, so I wasn't allowed to talk, I had to breathe VERY deep for her to get enough oxygen. I was breathing so deep my mom was afraid I was going to hyperventilate, but I didn't want Kailey to be without air! I kept asking if she had hair every time she moved down, and finally I got my answer and wish. She did! I pushed and pushed, I felt her head come out and it was soooo cool feeling! I knew you are supposed to stop after the head is out and wait for the next contraction for the body, but Suzanne kept saying "keep pushing", so I just kept going and out plopped her body. She summersaulted on the bed, my Mom and Suzanne actually helped pull her out. My mom was very happy about being able to help deliver Kailey, she was bawling. Kailey was brought to my stomach and I said "Hello Pretty" and smiled and held her hand.
I then heard Suzanne who was cutting the cord, which my mom did, and then Suzanne said they were taking her to get her oxygen. I said "Yes please, she is turning purple." It wasn't until maybe 30 minutes later that I realized we didn't wait for the cord to stop pulsing to cut it....Kailey was losing oxygen, thus her purple color when she was out of me, and also why Suzanne made me push her out in one go. This caused me to tear in 3 ways, but I was ok, because Kailey was out and getting the air she needed. Her first apgar was a score of 6. Josh was crying and smiling and I was just soooooo happy and relieved. It was wonderful!!!
Josh brought her over to me after she got her pink color. As soon as he handed her to me she went in search of her Daddy. She was craning her neck to find Josh, it was adorable. I was so in love and so happy
7:36pm August 1, 2006
17 1/4 inches long
Apgars: 6, 9, 9
Overall, I was VERY proud of myself for getting to a 10 on my own. It was not painful at all until I started working against my body. Even with the small complication, I still consider it a very easy labor/birth and I loved every minute of it.
Oh, and she WAS posterior. I knew it! Little bugger turned while I was in labor...and her head was a little cockeyed as well. The pushing lasted a whole 40-50 minutes.