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April 20th, 2013, 04:53 PM
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Here goes nothing. I apologize in advance if I do this wrong.

After spending 9 days in the hospital for preeclampsia, being told Avery was measuring small then normal, and an early induction was expected I was anxious for my specialist appt on April 11th. That day is was decided I should deliver at 37-38 weeks and my OB had it scheduled for April 16th with cytotec to begin on April 15th.

I arrived to the hospital on Monday (15th) to get the show started. I can't really say I was nervous, but I was certainly anxious about what was to come and how my life would change. I spent my entire life saying how much I never wanted children, yet here I was about to give birth. The nurse started the Cytotec as ordered at 3pm and I was given a dose every 3 hours with the last one at midnight. They checked me each time and said my cervix was softening slightly, but there was never any dilation. At 4am on the 16th the Oxytocin drip was started. I was really concerned that it wouldn't work, especially after 2 hours when I still wasn't feeling contractions. The nurse checked on me and was amazed I wasn't feeling anything, saying I was having mild contractions every minute. I was shocked. The doctor came in to check me and break my water at 730. Again I was softening, but still barely 1cm. The water breaking definitely was uncomfortable, and honestly pretty gross feeling with the gush of fluid. After that is when I started noticing the contractions, and they were steadily getting worse and worse. I stayed in the bed changing positions for a while until I just couldn't stand to be still any longer. I walked the halls for a while also, doing anything I could to try to keep my mind off of the pain. It got to the point where walking was no longer an option. The nurse wanted me to time the contractions, which I did, and they were every 30 seconds, but I was STILL a 1! Around 11 I decided natural was not for me and asked for the epidural. The anesthetist was already doing one on another woman so I had to wait a little bit to get it. As I was waiting, I was secretly wishing in my head they would just section me and get her out so it would stop. She finally made it in and kept asking if the doc was sure about me getting the epidural so early since I wasn't dilating. My nurse had to tell her like 3 times that yes, I could have it. She was really nice though and after a couple of attempts she got it in. Let me tell you, it's not easy to lean over sticking out your back not moving while there's a human trying to come out of your body. She finished and I laid back down. While they're finishing up and positioning me the meds kicked in and I may or may not have offered to marry the lady. It was wonderful not hurting anymore. Being able to finally relax was amazing. It was a little after 1130 when it was done and in. My doctor came to check on me at 1230. Apparently getting the epidural helped me to progress and relax my cervix a lot better because I was already at 5 cm and 75%. Then around 1 the epidural started wearing off. The anesthetist was called to give more meds, and the contractions began to take my breath away. She came in with the meds, pushed them in, and my head started screaming. The ringing in my ears was intense and I felt like passing out. Lucky me the meds went the wrong way. No big deal, it just takes longer to travel down to where it needs to be, but in the meantime I'm in agony with the contractions. The ringing died down as the contraction continued. I was told to let her know when the contraction ended so she could medicate more. I must have been told that by her and my mom 3 times before I just finally cried out that it was one long contraction and it's not going away. So the nurse was called to check me again and go figure I was 9.5cm and fully effaced. She looked at me and said they could try to redo the epidural, or we could just go ahead and let her come. My response, get her out of me! My doc was called and was there in no time. First thing out of my nurse's mouth was "she's complete". Of all the pain I was feeling, I still loved hearing those words. There was a bunch of staff around and all of the family except my husband left the room. Then the pushing. DH was holding one of my legs, the nurse had the other, and doc was playing catcher. I was told to push during the contractions, which honestly was easy enough to do since that's what you want to do when you feel them anyway. It's easier said than done though. The more you push, the harder it gets to hold your breath long enough to do so. We pushed through 4 or 5 contractions and each time they kept saying "you're almost there, push push push, almost". Finally after hearing that so many times I told them they keep saying that and she's not out. Their response, "No this time we mean it". So you lied to me the other times?? This was it though. I took the biggest breath I could and refused to stop pushing until she popped out. It worked. She finally arrived and started crying and it was amazing. I don't even remember hurting from the second she was out. I wouldn't have cared if I did. My little angel was finally here. DH got to cut the umbilical cord and she was taken to the warmer right next to my bed to be suctioned and covered for me to see her.

A lot of what happened after that is a blur, because there were so many people moving so quickly all around me and so much going on. This is about the time the epidural decided to kick back in and the drugs previously given had started to work. Go figure. It only took a couple of hours to wear off though and I was free to move around and do what I wanted. Avery stayed in the room with us the whole time. I didn't want to let her out of my sight.

It still seems so crazy that I have a baby, and I still get choked up talking about her birth. She is such a little blessing and so perfect. I wouldn't have it any other way.

And she just woke up so I need to get off of here. Hope you enjoy this.
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April 20th, 2013, 05:06 PM
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Wow! Sounds like you were a champ! Thanks for sharing, I'm tearing up just thinking about how it must feel to meet baby for the first time! Just unimaginable for me right now!
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April 20th, 2013, 05:31 PM
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That sounds hardcore! You went through a lot, but you did it! Congrats!
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April 20th, 2013, 06:40 PM
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Our first detailed story and it was perfect!!!

Had me laughing a bit then the small tear session
Sounds like you had a good experience over all. You had a good staff with you.

Congrats on your daughter, enjoy her!! Youre very blessed to have her with you already.
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April 20th, 2013, 07:22 PM
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Exciting! You described it so well I almost felt like I was there! Well done!
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April 20th, 2013, 07:33 PM
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Great story! No way you could've told it "wrong"
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April 20th, 2013, 09:07 PM
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You are one tough momma! You did a fantastic job!
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April 20th, 2013, 09:17 PM
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Aw thanks so much for sharing! I love hearing birth stories. Sounds like it was pretty intense! I wonder what exactly happens with the meds going the "wrong way" with an epidural? I haven't heard of that before (though I'm sure it has happened before) and I wondered what that meant.
I bet you're just in love with your little lady! How awesome!
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April 21st, 2013, 03:39 AM
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Great birth story told beautifully. Again, congrats to you and your husband on Avery's birth.
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April 21st, 2013, 08:58 AM
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Aw thanks so much for sharing! I love hearing birth stories. Sounds like it was pretty intense! I wonder what exactly happens with the meds going the "wrong way" with an epidural? I haven't heard of that before (though I'm sure it has happened before) and I wondered what that meant.
I bet you're just in love with your little lady! How awesome!
Apparently the catheter they put the meds through can move around in the space it's in. I'm not 100% sure. She said something to the nurse about it may have come dislodged but my attention was focused elsewhere at the time so I'm not sure what all they meant. They were going to have to take it out and redo it though in order to use it. Which confuses me as to why they were waiting for the contraction to finish to give more meds. Girl all I know is it's over, she's healthy, and I'm in love.
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April 21st, 2013, 09:54 AM
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Interesting! I'm sorry you had that happen, it sounds like it wasn't fun--but like you said, it's over, she's out and she's here!
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April 22nd, 2013, 02:05 PM
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Misty, can you add her stats to the bottom of your story? Thanks!
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April 28th, 2013, 01:28 PM
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Congrats again mama. Beautiful story! I could relate to a lot of it!
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May 15th, 2013, 02:10 PM
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Cool story...I mean, not about the meds going wrong, but all the various emotions that go into the birth process. I love the part about "1 more push," it does seem like everyone wants to say that repeatedly. Don't they realize its frustrating in itself! Lol.
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