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Bethany Grace was born Thursday, July 31 at 6:20 pm. She weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 inches long. Here's her story:
We went to the weekly appointment on Wednesday morning. I knew that my BP had been up for the past week and was unsure of what they would say about that so I made sure to bring all of our hospital bags with us. We got there and has the NST and ultrasound and Bethany looked good as always but my BP was 140/99. So when the doctor came in she immediately told us we needed to go ahead and induce to avoid complications. She checked and I was still only 1 cm and 60% effaced- not favorable for induction. But she said she still thought it was best to go ahead (I was schedule for an induction on the 8th). So we headed to the hospital and they started me on Cytotec to try and get my cervix more ready. I was to have four doses and then start the induction at 3am. So we just hung out all day- I got to eat whatever I wanted so we had Olive Garden for lunch and Firehouse Subs for dinner. We just hung out and played cards and watched tv. The cytotec helped me progree to about 3 cm and 80% effaced so the nurse asked the doctor is we could stop the cytotec after just 2 doses since once it's in, it's in and can be hard to control. The doctor agreed and said to give me a sleeping pill and let me rest for the evening and they would induce at 4am unless I woke up earlier and was ready. So, thankfully I got a little bit of sleep.
I woke up at 2:45 am so we went ahead and got the ball rolling with Pitocin. I labored most of the morning with just some Tylenol. I wasn't in too much pain. I progressed very slowly so around lunchtime they decided to break my water. I got an epidural first which was not that bad. But then it caused my BP to drop dramatically and I got really sick throwing up. So they counteracted it with some other medicine and my BP stabilized. Then I flet great.
My contractions looked strong and they put in an internal contraction monitor in to make sure of their strength and they should have been working well. But by 5:30 pm I was still not making much progress. I was only 6cm and 80-90% effaced. The doctor then decided it was time for a c-section. At that point I was so tired I really didn't care. They came and gave me a stronger dose in my epidural, which again made me very sick. Then I went to the OR and got prepped which was the scariest part of the day. My DH couldn't come in with me for the prep part so I was alone and it was hard not to panic. But the nurses and all the other people in there were very nice and helpful. And soon my DH was in there and we got started. Less than ten minutes later Bethany arrived. It tooke her a few seconds to start breathing but she got an 8 and 9 on her Apgars.
Since then it's been a roller coaster. She had fluid in her lungs and had two episodes of turning blue from choking on spitup and she has a small heart murmur which we've had to see the cardiologist about. But now, she seems to be doing fine and we are adjusting to life as parents. Breastfeeding is hard but going relatively well. I am very emotional and hope that I will get used to all of this very soon. But overall, I could not be more in love with my new little one!!
Congrats!!! Did I ever tell you how much I love the name? I'm a bit partial to Bethany since it's my name You don't hear it often, good choice mama!
~Beth~ Wife to my Airman Chris, and mommy to: Anthony Nathaniel (8/31/04), Anastasia Fae (8/01/06), Baby C (lost on 10/12/07), David Cillian (7/31/08), Charles George (4/29/10), and Alan Christopher (2/22/12)