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I suppose this is where we post birth stories. Right?
I remember it like it was yesterday.
I found out I was pregnant on March 22, 2007 at the doctors office. I had taken several HPT's and all were negative. I had a very rough pregnancy. I was sick for 24 weeks and had to take Zofran to stop the vomiting. I ended up in physical therapy for 12 weeks because my spine shifted. I woke up the morning of 11/26/07 and could not walk. I had to shuffle my feet across the floor to get anywhere. So I called my doctor and she asked that I come in to be checked. Come to find out the baby was engaged, I was about 4cm dilated and 80% effaced. I was scheduled for an elective induction for first thing on Tuesday 11/27/07.
We got up bright and early on Tuesday and I ate a light breakfast (granola bar and juice) then we headed to the hospital. As soon as we got to the hospital, I threw up. I guess it was nerves. We go in and I get all settled, fill out paper work, get hooked up to every contraption possible. My doctor comes in and breaks my water at 8:25 and then starts the pitocin. I labored for a while and visited the bathroom a few times.
My doctor came in on her morning break and checked me. She said I was like 6cm and doing well. I got my epidural at that point. Within moments of getting the epidural, we lost Alexis's heartbeat on the monitor. Everyone was rushed out of the room except for James (my husband) and I was pushed onto my side. Luckily, they found the heartbeat again and called my doctor to come put internal monitors in. Everything was going great. My epidural was working wonders.
My doctor came in on her lunch break and checked me. She goes "Oh my God you need to push NOW! Can't you feel that?" And I said "nope, I can't feel anything." She got me into position and told me to push. Then she told me to stop and that this was going to happened quickly. She ran out of the room and got changed. The nurses were throwing paper all over the floor and doing who knows what. My doctor comes back and we get ready to push again. I pushed 4 times and Alexis was born at 1:43pm. She was 6lbs, 9oz and 20 inches.
Labor was by far the best and easiest part of my pregnancy.