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Eli Michael's birth, June 14th (very long! I'm rambling!)


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June 18th, 2009, 12:25 AM
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So, it all started with a salad.

I'm totally joking!

When I went to my 37 week appointment last Tuesday, I was kinda disappointed. My cervix hadn't done ANYTHING since the week before. No dilation, only 30% effaced. I was sure after that appointment that I'd be going at least to my due date, if not beyond. Eli was still measuring big (around 8 pounds) which concerned my doctor and I, because I'm quite petite and he didn't know if I could have a vaginal delivery to a ten pound baby at term. But I decided I'd just take things one day at a time.

Ethan joked around with me that day that even though 37 weeks was "full term," I still wasn't allowed to have the baby until after Thursday, because he had very important work meetings until then. But he promised me that after his last Thursday work meeting he'd try to help me get the baby OUT. Which, in DH's world, means lots of intimate time... so really I think he just wanted an excuse to 'do it' a lot.

Thursday comes and we go out to dinner and eat the infamous maternity salad. I honestly think nothing of it, and I assume I'll be back eating the darn salad a few more times before labor starts. We come back and have a nice evening together.

Friday afternoon I started feeling really crappy. Just very crampy, and I felt like my stomach was doing flips on me. On Friday night, right before I went to bed, I noticed pinkish discharge in my underwear. I didn't think too much of it, since I'd lost chunks of my mucous plug a few weeks earlier. But then, the pink discharge kept coming allll night. I was up every hour, losing more pink mucous, feeling totally crampy and I had a horrible backache. I finally took a Tylenol and got about two hours of sleep at 6 am. But then I still couldn't sleep, so I just got up early that Saturday and started my day. We had a birthday party at 2, so I did some errands, and we went to the party. Later Saturday evening I'm still feeling crappy. Ethan and I are in bed, he's massaging my back to help with the cramps, and one thing leads to another... you get the picture. When that finished up we got a big surprise. Water broke! Everywhere! Ugh it was kinda gross! So we freaked out and stripped the sheets off the bed. I called the doctor to ask what I should do. The doc on call said to go into hospital, so off we went.

My water broke at around 8 pm, and we arrived at the hospital close to 10 pm. I still had no contractions. So, at 10:30 pm they started me on a pitocin drip to jump start labor. I was still barely a fingertip dilated, and only 50% effaced. I knew I was in for a long night.

The pitocin was fine until around 3am, and then the contractions really started to get painful. At that point I got an epidural. It was pretty hard to sit still during the contractions, but I had to be perfectly still for the needle. That was the most torturous part. Once the needle was in and the pain got better, I was able to sleep a little bit. At 6 am I had finally made progress and I was at 4 cm! So I was moved to the active labor room.

And then... I stayed at 4 cm for six more hours. It was very frustrating. My doctor kept coming in to check my progress, and NOTHING. He kept upping my pitocin, which led to me needing more epidural, but at 12:30 pm on Sunday I was still only at 4cm. I was sure I was destined for the c-section at that point.

My doctor said, well, the surgery room is occupied anyway because someone is getting a section in there at the moment, and it won't be free for another hour. So, as a last ditch effort, he ups my pitocin drip one last time and said he'll be back in an hour to make a decision.

And then... the most pain half hour of my life!

As soon as my doctor left, the contractions got much much worse. There were barely any intervals between them and they were getting more and more painful. I didn't have a chance to ask for more epidural, and despite the epidural already in my system, I could feel EVERYTHING. Thank god my mom was still in the room with me, and Ethan had paid attention during childbirth classes. They really helped during that half hour. For some reason, my doctor came back earlier than expected, checked my cervix, and told me I now was at 9.5 cm and I was ready to push!! I cried with relief, I had been in transition labor! And I still had a chance to deliver vaginally!

Then my doctor checks again and warns me I will be pushing for a long time to get the little guy out. Eli was still higher up than they would have liked... I later learned the reason was his head size. I pushed from around 1pm to 3:30 pm with few breaks. I got him down to station 4. He ALMOST crowned. I was soo tired by the end that the doctor offered help with a vacuum extraction, which I gladly accepted. We tried three times with the vacuum, and then my doctor called it quits. It seems that Eli's skull bone was catching my pelvic bone, and no amount of pushing or suction would get him past that without serious risk to one or both of us. I was a classic case of CPD (cephalo-pelvic disproportion). This was my fear all along, that I wouldn't be able to push out a big-headed baby. But at that moment I was so tired and I knew there was no other option.

I was prepped for the surgery, and at 4:13 pm, Eli Michael was born! I was unfortunately shaking so hard after the section from the anesthesia that I couldn't hold Eli until about 4 hours later. Eli also spent the first 24 hours in the observation nursery for breathing problems, which is a common problem for c-section babies. I also had developed a fever during labor and they wanted to make sure he didn't have an infection. Eli is perfectly healthy now, no breathing issues, and he has been rooming with us since that first night. The surgery incision is painful and I hope it gets better soon. We're breastfeeding but having latch problems, so beween that and recovering from surgery I have a lot on my plate right now!

Gosh, this was long. Thanks to anyone who read all the way through! We are finally going home tomorrow (Thursday). Can't wait to share more stories about my little man, and to hear about all of your labor and birth adventures!
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June 18th, 2009, 02:29 AM
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Wow what a time you had mama! great story though, with a happy ending Little Eli is adorable...cant wait to see more pictures of him when you get home. I hope you heal up quickly, and can enjoy your time with little man these first few weeks without too much pain!
Congratulations to you and Ethan again!!
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June 18th, 2009, 06:26 AM
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What a story!!! Thank you for sharing with us. I can't wait to see some more pics. CONGRATS MAMA!!
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June 18th, 2009, 07:25 AM
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June 18th, 2009, 07:54 AM
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June 18th, 2009, 08:19 AM
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I really enjoyed your story... every detail! and seriously in one more week I'm going to eat that salad and dtd with dh! those 2 things seemed to work for ya! cant wait to see pics of Eli at home!
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June 18th, 2009, 08:24 AM
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I loved your story! You really put in such a huge effort to get that baby out, what a great job!!!
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June 18th, 2009, 08:35 AM
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What a good story. Congrats on your little guy!
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June 18th, 2009, 10:15 AM
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Wow, that was quite a story, you are a trooper! Congratulations on Eli.
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June 18th, 2009, 10:55 AM
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Congrats!! I hope you have a speedy recovery!
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June 22nd, 2009, 03:31 PM
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Wow....I'm glad you and baby are fine!
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June 24th, 2009, 06:14 PM
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Thanks for sharing! Your story reminds me so much of my own with my last son, and it's funny because he was 8 lbs 1 oz. just like your son and I'm about the same size as you. I've been on the fence about pushing for a VBAC or not, but after reading your story I'm starting to think that I'm OK with a scheduled section. I'm glad I tried once, but after reading your post I know I don't want to try that again. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!!!
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June 26th, 2009, 10:22 PM
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July 4th, 2009, 11:51 AM
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Congrats on your little man.
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July 5th, 2009, 03:30 PM
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July 5th, 2009, 09:48 PM
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