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I went in Sunday evening, October 30, to be induced with cervidil. I ended up having a really aweful night because they needed to monitor Daniel with the external monitors, and they could only hear his heartbeat when I was laying flat on my back. I was sooooooo uncomfortable, my butt hurt so badly, I ended up getting basically no sleep at all. Anyway, the cervidil did put me into slight labor, and I dialated to 2 cm. Since I wasn't sleeping anyway, the nurse let me get up at 4:00 in the morning (Monday) to shower and eat a light breakfast.
At 7:00, my day nurse came in to start the pitocin, antibiotics, and insulin through my IV. The pitocin wasn't bad, I was dialating pretty slowly. They continued to have problems monitoring Daniel with the external monitors, so they were just waiting for me to get to 4 cm so they could break my water and get an internal monitor going. Finally, I started having more intense labor, they checked me, and I was at 4 cm, so my doc came over and broke my water. They got the internal monitor in, and right away they told me I had to lay down on my side and I couldn't sit up anymore (I wanted to sit up everytime I'd have a contraction). That must have been around 2:30 or 3:00. I ended up falling asleep, and when I woke up a little later, my doc and the nurse were sitting in the corner looking really concerned, looking at the monitor strips, I noticed my IV was off. Anyway, my doc said that everytime I had a contraction that his heartrate would drop, but they hadn't been able to p[ick it up with the external monitors. He told me he had called in an OB to consult with, and she showed up a couple minutes later. I was kind of drifting in and out of sleep, but they were kind of going over my history such as Kaitlyn having a broken clavicle at birth, her birth weight, the stillbirth, etc. so the OB doc comes over to the bedside and tells me she recommends that I have a c-section due to my history and Daniel not tolerating labor. Now, you all know, a c-section was the last thing I wanted! I asked her how long I'd have to be off work if I have a c-section, and she said 4-6 weeks. I said if I could be back at work in 4 weeks, I would do it.
So, a few minutes later, they wheeled me into the c-section room, and he was born at 3:40. It all happened so fast, it's kind of surreal, and I don't remember a lot of the details, but that is pretty much Daniel's birth story. He weighed 9 lbs. 9 oz. and was 21 inches long. The nurses kept telling me that they were amazed at how well I was getting around and all, that I was doing better than a lot of women who give birth vaginally do, so I guess that's a good sign that I should be ready to go back to work in 4 weeks.
Congratulations again Tonya! I'm sorry you had to have a c-section but it sounds like it was best for Daniel! I'm so glad that you are home and both doing well! Take good care of yourself and get plenty of rest! I can't wait to see more pictures of Daniel.