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8:30 am - Billy and I arrived at the hospital. We got back to Labor and Delivery and I got hooked up to the monitors until we went for the ultrasound. Around 9am we were already called down to find our little one head down! So we went back to the room where the Dr. canceled the c-section and decided to start the induction.
10:00 am - We were moved to a labor room and they started me on pitocin. It was upped every half hour until 5 where we would evaluate where I was at the time. My contractions were coming about ever 1-4 minutes but they weren't happy with their regularity. I would have a couple on top of each other and then some and then a bunch at a time again.
5pm - Dr. Bushrod checked me and I was only 1 cm. So we cut off the pitocin and gave me a break to let me eat. At midnight I was put back on IV fluids and I started contracting on my own - nothing to serious but happy that I was at least doing that.
Friday, November 9
6am - Induction restarted! This time they were more aggressive with the pitocin and upping the dosage.
8am - Dr. Kane came in to check me where I was still 1 cm but baby had dropped to a -1 station. At this time they also broke my water and put internal monitors on. They put on the internals because baby enjoyed swimming away from the external ones.
9:15 am - I looked at the monitor to find that baby's heartbeat had dropped very low - a very dangerous low. Billy looked at me and saw me panicking - he asked if we should call the nurses. At the same time - people started rushing in. I was put on oxygen and kept getting rolled around. My Dr. and the on call Dr. came strolling in (they were calm in the middle of the storm of frantic nurses). The Drs. checked to make sure the cord wasn't any place it should have been. Billy held my hand the entire time and was absolutely wonderful - the calm for me. I remember a few people but was told later that everyone on the labor and delivery staff was in the room (we were the only patients that entire day!). Next thing I knew was the anthestsiologist was introducing himself and the nurses wanted to go in and get baby out. The Drs. however were more level headed. And her heartbeat got stablized. What happened was because of the aggressiveness of the pitocin and that my water had broken made for some fast, big contractions which she didn't handle well. Baby also managed to wiggle her hand up on top of her head (we think to feel the monitor on her head). Let me say I watched her heartbeat for the rest of the day!
10 am - They put the epidural catheter in! We got some special treatment because they don't give the epidural until the patient needs it but due to the little scare they put it in awhile just in case they should need to do an emergency c-section we would be ready to go. It was not fun but I did enjoy the epidural later!
Afternoon - I got to 3 cm and thinned out. Billy went out to get my nurse (who was the best nurse ever - she was truly wonderful!) and when he came back in he told me that everyone was staring at our monitors. When they watch babies they watch for variants in her heartbeat to note activity - however she didn't have much variant - it was pretty much a flat line. So everyone was making sure Baby was ok. Apparently there was a reason that we were the only ones there that day - we got excellent care.
6pm - My nurse kept checking me all afternoon to see my progress. She was good about preparing us for the fact that I wasn't progressing as I should and that we were looking at a c-section anyway. Dr. Bushrod did the final check and I only got to 4cm. She wasn't happy with the progress - they expect certain things to be happening and with me they weren't. So in everyone's best interest it was decided to do the c-section.
6:05 - I got prepped for the OR. They wheeled me down, numbed me up, got me on the table and got Billy in the room. Everything after that went fast. I felt some tugging and then I heard a little cry! At 6:43 our little Naomae was born! She did excellent and Billy went with her to the nursery and got to give her first bath. I got to recovery for an hour and then I finally got to hold her in my arms!