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Location: Originally from Texas, In Delaware and moving to Alaska!
I was 1 week overdue when I went in for my NST on Monday, July 2nd. I had the test and my doctor told me that I hadn't had any change... that I was still a fingertip dilated, 75% effaced and the baby was at -1 station.
I told him that I wanted an induction asap and he said it could be several more days, depending on what the hospital has available. I started crying. I tried to hold it in but I was in so much pain every day. I could barely walk because my feet and legs were swollen to the point of barely being able to walk, my back was in continual pain and my tailbone had been bruised for the past month.
He really felt sorry for me and went to call the hospital. I got my cry out and he returned with good news!! He said they would admit me at 5 pm to begin the Cervadel.
I got there at 5, did all the fun stuff they have to do and by 6:20 pm, the inserted the Cervadel. That gave me contractions. I just suffered through them until about 10 pm and I knew I wouldn't get a wink of sleep and there was going to be a long labor for me up ahead. The nurse gave me the IV with the pain meds and sleepy stuff. I still didn't sleep though. I awoke every 5 minutes throughout the entire night in pain. Around 3 am I got a shot of another pain med in the hip to help. That enabled me to get a little sleep. The reason I was in constant pain is the nurse said I had the most odd contraction pattern. They don't stop. Ugh.
By 7 am on June 3rd, I was 2 cm and they had taken out the Cervadel and put me on pitocin. This made things worse. The non-stop pain got a lot worse. I got the epidural!!! lol
I had a WONDERFUL labor after that. They broke my water when I was about 3 or 4 cm (I lost my plug little by little)... Well, my labor was wonderful until I started pushing at 8:30 pm. This was for "practice" because I was NEARLY 10 cm. I had a little piece of pelvic bone in the way. My doctor secretly told the nurse to cut off my epi supply. He didn't understand that I have piggyback contractions! I started feeling this excruciating pain in my stomach (inside the hip area) and lower back on the right side. Then it spread... bad.
When I started pushing it felt like someone had stuck knives in the inside of my hip areas and were twisting them around. I was literally climbing the bed and crying. Not to mention the pain everywhere else. It NEVER let up. When I had a contraction the nurse would ask if I could tell and I said, "NO! My pain never eases... I have no idea." I was so angry. After about 15 minutes of pushing they left me for a 30 minute break.
They came back at 9:25 pm and I started pushing again. I pushed for a while and she left me for another break. During this time I was bawling. I told Josh that I couldn't do it and I felt like I was dying. He felt SO badly for me. He was right there doing whatever I asked. He was feeding me ice chips like there was no tomorrow lol.
They came back and it was time to finish the pushing. They called my doctor and he came in. They "coached" me but I hated them so badly that I was thinking of ways to kill them. That was the only thing that got me through I think. I thought my whole undercarriage would blow out. I nearly blacked out several times.
One nurse made me so mad. My DH was perfectly fine with being in there and supporting me but he didn't want to watch "down there" and I didn't want him to either. I wouldn't want to see it!
Well, she kept INSISTING that he did or that I reach down and feel all the hair they were seeing and I was about get off the bed and decapitate her! I said, "NO! I do not want to.. I just want this baby OUT!!!!!" Yeah, I was very mad.
Anyway, at 10:57 pm on June 3rd I finally got his head and out and when they told me that I wanted to cry. They told me a couple good quick pushes to get his shoulders out and when I did, fluid burst all over my doctor!! LOL I was so happy. I was THRILLED. Just a little payback.
When he told me it was a boy I couldn't even think. I didn't hear him cry and I was asking them over and over why wasn't he crying. The nurse said he had swallowed some fluid and they were sucking it out. Then he cried... the most beautiful sound ever and I felt relieved instantly.
All I could think about was how much I absolutely loved that head full of black hair that was on my belly... and the fact that he had a big conehead!
It registered and I looked at Josh and said, "We had a boy!" I was nearly in tears. I couldn't have been more ecstatic!
After they cut the cord, Josh ran over to take pictures while they stitched me up and got everything else out of there. He was watching the nurses like a hawk. Asking about every thing they did to him and put on him. He was being protective already.
When they put him on my stomach again I couldn't even cry. I was beyond that. I just stared at him. I couldn't get over how beautiful he was and how much I adored him already.
When they told me he was 9 lbs 7 oz I was like what??? I couldn't even fathom how he could be that big! My doctor told me even during labor that the baby would be 8-8.5 lbs. I'm glad I didn't know how much he was going to weigh!! LOL I would have been TERRIFIED.
After the room cleared I put him to my breast and did the first nursing attempt. He wasn't very good at it. The SAME annoying nurse started pushing the bottle on me!!! I was like WHAT?!
That's pretty rude to suggest that to a brand new mom who is trying to nurse for the first time.
Anyway, that was the most painful thing I've ever been through but with the most rewarding thing in return. I'm so in love with him. He is such a good baby. He is nursing so well now and he sleeps well at night and in his own bassinet! I can't imagine having another other baby.
The sweetest thing is when the room was clear and I was holding Jett, Josh was sitting on the couch thing and he looked at me and said, "Thank you for having my son." He had tears in his eyes and I about lost it. Just those few simple words meant more to me than anything.
He has said that a few more times since then and the other morning when I woke up I was rubbing his back and he told me that I was such a great mother. I teared up, of course.
It means the world to me that he is so supportive of breastfeeding and he is so interested in everything I do with Jett. He is making a great daddy already! I realized that I love Josh more now than I did before.
What a wonderful story! I'm sorry your doctor and nurse were not very sympathetic.. do they not understand that they can make such a huge difference in the way our labors go???
Anyway, I'm so glad that you have a beautiful healthy baby boy.
You way confused me cuz you put July 2nd at the top and then you started talking about June 3rd...lol...I kept looking back at the top to see if I was crazy...
Hope everything is just going wonderfully.