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I really thought Layton would come earlier than he did because I had contractions all weekend and was losing my plug but we got to show up at the hospital on November 2nd for our scheduled induction.
I started out at 2 cm and long...boo!!! One of the OBs from my practice was on call that day so it was nice to have a familiar face around. He started me on Pitocin around 9 am to get things moving. He came in around 11:30 and I was 3 cm and he was able to break my water. It was uncomfortable but didn't hurt like I thought it would. When it broke, that was the WEIRDEST feeling ever...haha. It just kept on coming, I must have lost 2 lbs right there in water weight. Once my water broke, the contractions really started to pick up along with the increase in pitocin. After a bad experience in waiting for the epi with Addison, I requested it when I was around 4 cm dilated. We had to wait a while to get the needed fluids in me so they gave me a shot of Stadol to help me relax through the contractions. I could still feel them but didn't feel the pain anymore. I got my epidural at about 2 pm and after that was doing good. I could still feel the pressure from the contractions but I could feel and move my legs and was able to move around. I call my legs the dentist legs because they feel the way your cheeks feel after the dentist gives you shots in them.
I got checked again around 6 and there was still no action. They could see where my bladder was full so I got a foley catheter since we didn't know how long I would be in labor. The doctor also inserted an internal catheter to monitor the intensity of my contractions since I wasn't seeming to progress with the contractions I had. I guess they were doing something because they didn't increase my Pitocin. At this point, we sent my mom to be with Addison because we didn't know how much longer the labor would last, if I would stall and need a c-section, etc.
The nurse and doctors come in around 7:30 to check me again and I'm at 8 cm and completely effaced...yay!!! I asked the nurse how long it would take to get to 10 and she said your body usually dialtes 1 cm an hour so I'm thinking we'll have a baby around 10:30. About 30 minutes later, everything changed and the pressure I was feeling from contractions moved into my bottom. I also started to shiver uncontrollably which I had heard was a sign of transition. I waited about 10 minutes and then called the nurse to come in. She comes in with the doctor and what do you know, my body went from 8-10 in about 20 minutes. He said to start practice pushes so we were able to practice with my contractions. I was able to bring his head down pretty fast. The doctor came in after about 30 minutes and we were ready to have a baby! Once the dr came in, it took about 4 pushes and Layton Thomas was born at 8:48 pm, 19 3/4 inches, 7 lb 3 oz. DH cut the cord and they put him on my chest. I was able to just talk to him and touch him for a few minutes. This was so different from delivering my daughter who had swallowed meconium so it took forever for me to be able to see her. I delivered the placenta after about 2 minutes and then had to have a few stitches for a small tear. I was able to walk after about 30 minutes and get moved to the post partum room.
It really was such a different delivery from my daughter and I'm so glad it was more relaxing. It was kind of funny because there were a ton of student nurses rotating through so I had two different students in there through out the day. I figure you lose all modesty when you have a kid anyways so who cares who sees what at that point
What an awesome story! I had student nurses in my room with DD.. and I kept them the entire process because they were in pairs and everyone kept throwing out the one male student nurse. Poor guy, I felt bad for him. You do totally lose all modesty though!