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So, here is Johnathan Jarrett’s birth story
So, we were scheduled to be induced on Tuesday July 21 at 8am.
We were finally taken back and admitted by 10am. This was after the mieddwife tried to talk me out of the induction and scare me with c-section statistics and I reminded her that this was a medical induction. Ohhh yeah. Duh.
We started at 2-3cm’s, 80% effaced and -2 station. Pitocin was started at 11am on 2. All was well.
They upped me to 4, and then 6. 6 I had some nice contractions. They were not painful, just annoying. And they were in my back.
Around 12pm, the central monitors went down so that meant anyone who was on pitocin had to be bumped down to half their doses because the nurses couldn’t track all the patients and their babies.
By 2pm everything was working again. So we got me up to 8 for the rest of the night.
8 had me going with nice contractions. As I progressed through the night, the pain I was having was all in my lower back. Baby was posterior and I was having back labor. UGH! Eventually, I was bumped to 10 and was increasingly more uncomfortable, but, I just did 16 hours of labor without any pain meds.
By 3:30/4am, I was 7cm’s, 100% effaced and -1 station. We decided to get things moving more by breaking my water. Water broke, was a little trickle. I was told I’d eventually get a small gush. She felt that maybe there was a little meconium in the water, but not much. She said she would have the pediatrician in the room when the baby was born just in case.
All heck broke loose after that.
The VERY next contraction left me in excruciating pain. No faster then the midwife left, I was screaming for an epidural and in hysterics because of the pain. The pain was unbearable and almost made me feel like I was going to pass out, and I ended up throwing up instead, and the rest of my water came out and I swear, it had to have been 2 liters worth. The midwife and nurse were shocked at how much water was EVERYWHERE. The bed, the floor, everywhere! Next, I had to get through 6 contractions before the Epidural Lady came in. She was horrible and had an attitude. There I was in the worst pain ever and she expected me to be able to listen to her instructions of don’t make my back move. (like I can control that..your sticking a GIANT needle into my back!!!!!!) I stayed at still as I could and the stupid you-know-what missed the space and ended up in a vessel. She had to do it AGAIN. Once she got it, she gave a small test dose, and it was only taking on my left side. She hooked everything up, and taped me up with medical tape (which I told her not to do because I am allergic and now have blisters on my back) and I lied down. It took another 30 minutes before the right side went numb. I FINALLY got sleep after being awake for 25 hours. I managed 3 hours of sleep. By morning, I was comfortable and sick to my stomach, vomited again, got some Zofran, and was 9.5cm’s and +2 station. My midwife said there was just a small lip left, and she was gonna let me get rid of that lip. So I waited about 90 minutes before I called her back and said I was feeling a lot of rectal pressure.
I was checked and ready to go! I was SO concerned about not being able to feel pushing because I was so numb I couldn’t move my legs or my ab muscles.
So we started pushing.
Why doesn’t anyone explain how much that hurts even with an epidural? I was screaming and screaming because of the pain and burning.
35 minutes after I started pushing, J.J’s head was out! He was coming out on his SIDE! 1 more push and he was completely out.
J.J was born at 10:41am on July 22, 2009. 7lbs, 12ozs, 21 inches long, 13 inch head. Apgar was 9/9 both times, and the pediatrician was not even needed. He was born with a nice head of hair, BIG feet (I mean BIG feet)
We tried to breastfeed right away but J.J just wanted to cuddle with mommy and sleep. And make a massive poop on mommy too. (I mean MASSIVE)
I have a 1st degree tare that looks more like I was cut. It’s like a perfect straight line. I also managed to rip my labia in 2 places and those were stitched too.
How come no one mentions how SWOLLEN you are down there after birth? Holy crud! Never in my life……
DH went with J.J up to get cleaned and get his testing. He did fine with his Vit K shot (did not even cry!!!) and did not even flinch during his newborn screening heal sticks. J.J does not like diaper changes or baths thus far. He passed all his tests with flying colors.
So in the last 40 hours I’ve had 4 hours of sleep. J.J does not seem to like breastfeeding at all. The lactation consultant agrees but, will be back tomorrow to assist me some more. He just has a very very poor latch and pretty much refuses to latch and suck. I have my pump with me, so I pumped about 5cc’s of colostrum and got that to him. He seems to enjoy a bottle much better, but I told the LC that I really want to try to breastfeed.
J.J is a pretty easy baby so far. He only cries when he is hungry or needs to be changed. Sweet!
Even though I wanted to go epidural free, I am very proud of myself for making it 16 hours without an epidural and 5 hours with.
J.J also has DH's blood type O+. Very rare for baby to completely take on dad's blood type but he has! So tomorrow, i get Rhogam.
Last edited by Oriyan; July 22nd, 2009 at 06:58 PM.
Married 8/11/90 ~ Terry Bechor m/c'd 11/26/03, Thomas A. III m/c'd 7/15/04,
Sarah E. born 6/24/05, Tabitha Zipporah m/c'd 4/?/06, Theodore David m/c'd 8/27/06,
Taylor Lynn m/c'd 2/07/07, Benjamin E. born 3/25/08, Catherine A. born 6/03/09