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Caden Michael was born April 17, 2008 weighing 7lbs 7oz and 19.50 inches long.
I woke up Wednesday morning with some weird pains in my lower abdomen and lower back. I first thought I was just sore from sleeping, but noticed the pain was coming in 10 minute intervals. This went on most of the day, so DH and I decided to go to the mall to walk around and I had to return an outfit of Caden's. I ended up exhanging it for a really cute bathing suit.
The contractions continued and became closer together around 6pm. By 7pm they were about 5 minutes apart so we packed up the dog and headed to the kennel and then off to the hospital. By the time I got to the hospital and checked in my contractions were right on top of each other, but I was only dilated to 2.5cm. They gave me some pain relief which slowed down my labor. Around midnight I asked for the epidural, so they could break my water. I was only at 3cm by then. A couple hours after they broke my water I dilated to 5.5, but was standing still so the doctor requested a little bit of pitocin. I got to 8 cm and my labor slowed down again. This was now 5 or 6 am, so more pitocin was requested. I finally got to 10 cm and the nurses said Caden was laboring well and they would call for my doctor, but if I felt the urge to push to call the nurse right away.
I started feeling the urge to push, which I thought you would not be able to feel with the epidural. It hurt so bad and I was extremely exhausted. I had absolutely no energy left to push. My DH was so supportive and I could not have gone through this labor without him. He kept me going and pushing. I was so schocked that he actually watched the entire birth. I pushed and pushed with lots of crying for about 45-50 minutes and Caden was born.
Overall the labor was great except for the length of time it took. I had no complications and Caden was born as healthy as they come. I could not feel more blessed than I do right now.
Colleen I can't believe our labors and babies are sooo much alike. We first shared our due date and after reading your birth story we have even more in common. When we checked into labor and delivery we were both 2.5 centi, and the best part our babies weighed and were the EXACT same length. I can't believe it!!!!! I just wanted to wish you congratulations and hope you and baby are doing well!