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I can't believe I'm about to write a birth story!
I was supposed to call the hospital Tuesday July 27th to see if they had a bed available for me, or if I'd have to wait...around 8pm they called me and let me know i'd be on standby and as soon as one opened they'd call. So I took a shower, made sure I had everything I'd need and tried to sleep a little. Just as I was falling asleep they called and an hour later my mom and I were at the hospital.
They started me with that gel that softens the cervix (I forget what its called) I got 2 of those and around 7am I was started on pitocin. I was offered and epidural not long after that and agreed, I wasn't in much pain at that moment but I figured better sooner than later. Well...the epidural was the worst idea I've ever had. The anesthesiologist was putting the catheter in and instead of it going into the epidural space, it went too far and I ended up essentially with a spinal block. Within a minute my legs were completely numb and within 5 I couldn't move at all and my hands were starting to get tingly. It was the scariest thing thats ever happened to me. My blood pressure had dropped dramatically, i was having trouble breathing and I couldnt swallow, but Holden was fine and his heart rate was normal the whole time. It started wearing off and I started feeling the contractions so we upped the dose on the epi but only a small amount. Usually your given 12mL/hour I was started at .7mL and eventually went up to 1.4mL.
So through all this I was progressing normally, about a cm a hour until about 4pm when I went from 8cm to 10cm in less than an hour. My doctor was called but apperently there was an emergency c-section at the same time I needed him so I started doing practice pushed with the nurse (sweetest lady EVER!) I'd push through a few contractions then I'd rest, I did that a few times and then it was go time. Honestly I have no idea what time things started happening but I pushed a bunch and at 6:22pm on July 28th Holden James was born. The nurse delivered him with my mom by her side, I'm so glad it turned out how it did. He was 8lbs 3oz and 20.5inches long. He had the cord wrapped around his neck twice but they got him unwrapped and he was fine.
He's the love of my life. I've gone through the whole experience over and over in my head and still can't believe its real, I can't believe he's here!
My doctor wanted me to stay until Friday because I had tore pretty badly, but later had said Thursday was fine. I was sooo exited to be able to go home, but Holdens newborn screen showed higher levels of billirubin so they kept him under the lights Thursday night and we were looking forward to going home Friday morning....that didn't happen. His levels hadn't changed but he was out of the high risk zone and into the low intermediate so his Dr. wanted to keep him another day. We finally got to go home on the 31st! Holden seems to be adjusting well, he's a really good baby so far, I couldn't be more happy!!