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Ill start on thursday. I had my regular OB apt. everything looked wonderful with the baby. But since i was 41weeks and 4days at the time we set up an induction for monday morning. This was heartbreaking to me. I did NOT want to be induced. At that point i would be 42w1d..so i knew itd be time.
i was checked and was still 2cm but "thinned out and anterior".. I had been losing mucus plug for a long time and i knew my body was getting ready, but was just taking its sweet time.
I decided that the next day (friday) i would make a last ditch effort to help my labor along by taking the dreaded castor oil and see what would happen. So thursday night my DH and I DTD.. for the fun of it, but also formost in my mind was trying to ripen my cervix as much as i could for the coming event of castor oil! ha.
Friday morning at 11 am i almost chickened out but all i had to do was think about the coming dread of cytotec and cervidil and possibly PITOCIN contractions and i chugged it down!
12:30 i started to feel sick.. i went and layed down.
1:00 things started moving through my bowels... WOW
3:00 i started to really cramp and was having contractions as well... but for me the contractions were nothing new.. id been experiencing contractions in the evenings particularly, since about 37 weeks..
4:00 i noticed more contractions than normal, but was still thinking just the affects of castor oil and they will go away when i go to bed tonight.
4:30 the bowel affects of the castor oil was over with.. the cramping was gone but the contractions werent. I was still feeling fine through the contractions and feeling like they were just my normal contractions that i got..just more often..
5:00 the contractions were coming more often.. and i was starting to get pretty uncomfortable through them.. So i told DH, lets start timing these.. They were very weird and irregular! some were like 2 minutes apart.. others were 7 min apart.. But they were hurting. Not terrible.. but stronger than normal.
6:15ish i decided to call my mom and dad and told them to come "spend the evening with us" just in case this went somewhere and we had to leave for the hospital.
6:30ish i called them back and said, please come now! and texted my SIL who was going to come stay with the kids so my parents could come to the hospital ...
This is where exact times get really fuzzy for me... things were intensifying quickly!
7:00ish my folks arrived and we walked basically right out the door.. I kissed my girls goodbye..
got to the hospital 7:20ish? when i got into the room and hooked up to the monitors (not an IV i refused that).. i was checked and was at a 5! i was so happy and that made me fully believe that this was real.. haha.. as if i could really doubt it!
maybe at 8 she checked me again and i was at a 7.. and at that point the Dr. came in and was chatting.. and trying to get me to get an IV again (ha)... and then he checked me and i was an 8. So things were moving very quickly at this point.. He asked to break my water, which ive never had done before, but i was ready! so i said yes! He did... and with in a couple more contractions i wanted to push.
8:30ish, wanting to push.. i was checked and told i was basically complete but had a "lip" and to breath through a few more contractions.. I did. (complaining the whole time about hating breathing through contractions that i have to push with but knowing it was for the better!).. they checked again.. still a lip.. still breathing through contractions..
9ish they started periodically trying to push the lip aside and get me to push him past it.. This is what happened with my first.. i knew the drill, but the pushing didnt feel right to me, and i couldnt get him to move down very well.. I was laying there thinking "I really need to get up and walk or flip over onto all fours"... but i was in so much pain (hello! almost 10cm and needing to push!) that i didnt say anything and was just thinking to myself "it will eventually go away"....
10ish the OB came in and tried again to get me to push past the lip and i must have moved the baby down just enough that he felt and said "ok the baby is in the wrong position and that is why he wont move down, Flip over onto all fours and we will have a baby"... and so as uncomfortable as i was i flipped over and with in a couple contractions i FELT the difference and was like he is COMING... and THEN the OB wanted me to flip back over!! haha.. and i was literally yelling NOOOOO at the OB through my contraction while pushing. I knew i was gonna have to turn over , but i also knew i wanted to get the show on the road and this was the position to do it in.. so i just pushed and blocked everyone out until i could tell the head was just about out, then i flipped and as soon as i flipped it was a slow steady push and Zeke was on my chest looking around!
I got a small skid mark but nothing worth stitching up.. and Zeke weighed in at 7lbs 6.5oz and 20 inches long. He also proved to have a healthy set of lungs!
So over all it was a fast delivery! but it felt like it was a harder delivery than with my second DD (who was also a natural labor/delivery) becuz with her i went from 6-10 in like 5 minutes and pushed her out with in 3-4 contractions.. but had a much longer early labor stage... and with Zeke i was at a 10 but just couldnt moved him down for like 2 hours!
I love my little man!! sooooo thankful for being able to have a natural labor and delivery! and yes, he was worth the wait.. but being pregnant until 41w5d was NOT fun!
They said his skin is so peely becuz he was over cooked.. ha
My life and my heart!
~Em, Married to Matt since 7/3/04. Mommy to Layla 3/29/06, Eva 10/18/08 and Zeke 2/4/11