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It's been so crazy around here this week, but I really want to get Claire's birth story down before I forget allll the details.
At our last prenatal appt on the 23rd, our doc said that she'd put me on the hospital's schedule for induction on Monday the 27th (Memorial Day). She said that depending on how busy the delivery unit was, I'd get a call by 6 am from the hospital telling me to come down or not. I was 40 + 1 with gestational diabetes, and she didn't want me to go much beyond that (and she was going to be out of town the following weekend).
So of course I didn't get any sleep Sunday night...I kept waking up and checking to see what time it was. 6 am rolled around, and I still hadn't heard from the hospital, so I got up and hung out with the hubby just waiting. We finally got the call around 8:30, and headed into the hospital.
When we got there, the doc decided to start me on cytotec. We did one 4-hour dose, and then another. After the 2nd dose, I was around 2 cm dilated and 70% effaced, so doc decided to break my water. This whole time I had apparently been having contractions, but couldn't feel any of them. Once my water broke, that changed...I started to feel the contractions and they were picking up in intensity. My water was broken at 11 pm on Monday night, and I was asking for the epidural by 4 am.
After the epidural (heaven) I had a few hours of delightful numbness....then it started wearing off. Once I hit about 6 cm (I think it was around 11 Tuesday morning) I felt every contraction. Joy! I stayed that way, breathing through the contractions until it was time to push at about 4:15 Tuesday afternoon.
Pushing was...tough. After three hours, Claire was crowning, and had been crowning for about an hour, but wasn't descending any further. The doc gave me 3 options: keep pushing, try the vacuum, or go to c-section.
As I'd been laboring for about 22 hours at this point and was freaking exhausted, I pretty much begged for the c-section. So they jumped into action, and 30 minutes later was wheeled into the OR (trying to breathe through contractions for 30 minutes with a baby in the birth canal was kind of excruciating, not gonna lie).
The anesthesiologist asked me how my epidural was doing, and I let him know that it had worn off hours earlier. He kind of insisted I was wrong, because "if it had worn off, I'd be screaming at him by now". Oh, ok. Thanks for letting me know what I'm feeling, dude. He also said that if it wasn't working any longer, than the spinal block wouldn't work either and that they'd have to put me under general anesthesia. This FREAKED me out...I didn't want to miss the birth of my baby. So I just said ok, I must have been wrong about the epidural wearing off, and let's just go for it.
After he administered the spinal block, I could still feel cold sensation on the left side of my body. I told him this, so he pumped a ton more medicine into the block, which caused me to go numb up to my neck--at least, on one side of my body. This made it hard for me to push air into my lungs, so I started to panic that I couldn't breathe. They put me on oxygen, which helped calm me some.
They started the procedure, and I could pretty much feel everything on the left side of my body. It was definitely dulled, but I could feel it...this is beyond the pressure that everyone said was normal. I felt the incision, the staples--everything. But I was determined not to say anything and go under general, so I just stared at my husband and focused on the fact that our baby was coming.
Claire was pulled from me at 8:35 pm Tuesday, May 28th. 8 lbs, 1 oz, 20.5 inches long. Her first cry was the most amazing sound I've ever heard in my life. My hubby and I immediately broke down crying....it was so beautiful. She scored 8 and 9 on her Apgars.
We got to go home on Friday morning, and are now just trying to adjust to life with a baby!