I was scheduled to be induced on 12-4-06 @ 615 am. Of course I went to bed late sunday night cause I was exited . I woke up monday morning at 4 am. Once I got to the hospital I was started on pitocin at about 7 am. My midwife came in at 845 to check me and break my water but the baby was too high and she didn't want to risk cord prolapse so she kept increasing the dose of pitocin and would check back at lunch. As 12 pm rolled around I was having great contraction patterns about 2-3 minutes apart lasting about 1 to 2 minute long contractions although they did not hurt. the midwife checked me again and said i had not progressed and if i had not changed by 5 pm she would send me home . By this time i was fustrated and wanted to have my little girl. At about 430 pm they maxed out my pitocin and I finally was having strong contractions. My midwife checked me and i was finally 5cm and 80% effaced and she broke my water. Everything started moving pretty quickly after that. I recieved my epidural at about 630 pm(what a relief). I slept pretty much the next couple of hours on & off. My epidural started to wear off on the left side at about 10 pm and boy was i in pain. I called for the midwife and she came in like 5 minutes. I pushed with 2 contractions and she was born at 1055 pm. She weighed 7 lbs 10 oz 19.5 in. I'm so in love with her!!!
Tuesday, Nov 28th - I went into my 39 week appointment my doctor checked me and told me I was CLOSED! I was shocked because a week previous the L&D doctor told me I was dialated. Well, I went home and ate some fish and rice and some veggies at 9:37PM I felt my first real contraction. I told my BF to time it and write it down my contractions were 5-8 minutes apart and it stopped at 10:57PM. They were not painful, just uncomfortable. I told my boyfriend that I was tired and wanted to just go sleep and go home, so he took me home.
Wenesday, Nov 29th - I woke up at 3:32AM to a sharp cramp in my abdomin it was extremely painful. I was in cramping pain for 15-20 min I believe. But I went back to sleep still waking up to them, then finally slept peacefully. At about 8:30AM my boyfriend calls me and tells me that he missed my calls due to the fact he didnt hear his phone ring. I told him I called him early this morning at 3AM because my stomach pain. He said well baby lets go to the hospital -- I was very hesitant because I wasnt dilated and I knew I was gonna have this baby in DECEMBER. Well, we got our bags and left to the hosptial we got there at 9:44AM. I got checked in and was put on a monitor. My contraction were very regular every 4-7 min it was pretty darn bad. They checked me and I was at 1-2 centimeters and I they told me to go home and wait it out. I said NO! this is the real deal here, I am in PAIN. The cheif OB comes in and checked the monitors and said that my contractions were so close together and told me and BF to go walking. We went walking around the hospital and went to Mcdonalds across the way in ChinaTown. We walked for about an hour and a half and I was checked I was at 3 centimeters. It was a great relif because they admitted me. I got was taken to my room were I was to deliever it was a nice room -- very cozy. I had a bunch of nurses in there because I was the first patient to use computer information for them instead of using paper and they can monitor me from there desk instead of it printing out on paper. The nurses were learning the new system in my room. I got admitted close to 2PM and I got asked a bunch of question's and what not. After they were done asking me those thing's I tired to rest. The contraction were getting so painful that it took awhile for them to ask them because they would take a break with me to breath thur the contraction they gave me pitocin to help speed up things and they also broke my water which wasnt painful at all. At about 5PM boyfriend told me I was delirous I was singing "the wheels on the bus go round and round." and I was having conversation with myself. I was yelling at him to rub my back and he did and it got so intense I told him to stop. I know I was stressing him out, but it hurt like HELL! I asked myself how in the world do people go through this again? I hated being in pain. I got about a two min break between each contraction. I was tossing and turning I was misarble. I asked for the epidural, I got the epidural at 9PM. I WAS SO IN LOVE WITH IT! the epi answered my question on how people go through child birth again. After I recieved it my boyfriend mother and sister came to visit and gave me there love. After they left I went to sleep.
Thursday, Nov 30th - 12:30AM The nurses woke me up and checked me. Well, the baby's head was already out -- you could see it if you opened me. The doctor told me to push as if I was using the bathroom. I pushed, but it was so hard because I was still numb and didnt know how I was pushing. I pushed for about an hour and at 1:36AM John Eric is here! He came out crying. He is the most beautiful boy I could ever ask for. Daddy was being stingy holding him. He weighed 6lbs 3oz. When he put him on my chest he went straight to the breast sucking for dear life LOL. After being down there for an hour I was so hungry!!! the nurse brought me food it was okay. They wheeled us up to our suit on the 3rd floor. I fell straight to sleep.
On Thursday Nov 30th I woke up w/ contractions about 8-10 minutes apart and pretty mild. I had a dr's appt that day and my dr. stripped my membranes as planned. When she checked me that day I was 3.5cm and 80% effaced. She said my cervix was getting much softer and shorter and she thought I would go into labor soon. I was instructed to walk,walk,walk do some squats and get some rest. When DH and I left my appt it was snowing really hard and the roads were getting really bad so DH decided to stay home from work (very good idea). We decided to go to the mall and walk this baby out of me! After we exhausted ourselves at the mall we went home and made sure things were prepared at home. At this point the contractions were getting closer together and much stronger. I was exhausted and decided to get some sleep. Just as I was getting tucked into bed DH suggested we place towels down in the bed just in case my water broke (very good thinking again). Not 5 minutes later... uh oh! Houston we have water ( and everywhere). So I got cleaned up and started gathering my things, off we headed to the hospital.
Once we got there and got checked in the nurses checked me and I was 4cm and still 80% my contractions were 4-6 minutes apart by now. DH and I decided to walk around the hospital as much as possible to get things going. We walked until 4 or 5 in the morning, by then we were both exhausted and had been up since the previous day. We went back to my room and tried to get some sleep. The nurses checked me again and I hadn't progressed anymore. My dr decided to start Pitocin to get things going, but they wanted to start it out really slow. They started it around 5 and by 7 a.m. nothing much was happening. At 7a.m. the day shift nurse had come on and wanted me to start walking again. By this point the contractions had no regular pattern and i wasn't progressing at all. They had really started cranking up the Pitocin,b/n 9:30 and 10 the contractions were picking up and getting much stronger and harder. i continued walking until 11:00 when I couldn't walk anymore because of the pain. By noon I was begging for pain meds. They gave me some Stadol (what a joke ) that stuff is horrible. It just made me really drunk. I was saying all kinds of weird and crazy things and it made me think weird thoughts. I finally decided the pain was getting to be too much and I was begging for the epidural. Of course as my luck would have it my IV went bad and the nurse had to start another one while I'm having contractions one on top of the other. Just then the epidural fairy flew into my room and gave me an epidural. Of course it didn't work and he had to re-do it two times, finally on the third try he was able to get it. Now my epidural was working too good and I couldn't feel a thing. Before the epidural fairy came I was 7.5cm and 90%effaced, once he was done w/ the epidural I was complete and Quentin was crowning. All of a sudden I felt a ton of pressure and the urge to push. I told my nurse i had to push and NOW! She looked down and said "crap your dr. is 30 minutes away". They closed my legs and told me not to push. Luckily, the epidural was really kicking in and i couldn't feel a thing so the urge to push went away. Finally my dr got there and I could start pushing. Only I couldn't feel the contractions so my dr would watch the monitor and tell me when to push. They backed off the epidural and I could kind of start to feel when I was having them. After less than 20 minutes of pushing, here came my little guy w/ one tiny kinda cry and there he was. They placed him on my chest and we both stared at each other in awe!!! It was the most amazing experience ever. I was so pleased w/ how everything went, it couldn't have gone any better. My DH was such a great support and really helped me stay focused and get through it!
My nurses were so awesome and took such good care of us. One thing that really helped me to push effectively was the nurse brought in a mirror and placed it at the end of my bed so i could see the baby each time I pushed and I was able to stay motivated!!!
Well sorry so long i hope you made it this far!!!
He wasn't due until Dec 17th, but on Dec 7th, I started noticing slightly painful contractions. The contractions continued well in to Dec 8th, and by 5:30 pm became consistent enough to time at 5 minutes apart, lasting for 1 minute. I headed in to the hospital at 11:30 pm, was told that I was 3 cm dilated. By midnight, I was 4 cm dilated, and the doula showed up at about 2 am.
Unfortunately, things didn't move very fast after that. By 9 am the next morning after a night of very painful contractions, I was only 5 cm dilated, so the doctor broke the water (gosh, there was ALOT of water). Contractions came hard and fast after that, but still little progress (probably because I was too stressed?). By 11 am, I'd had enough of the pain and requested an epidural. After that, we made progress (slow, but still progress) and by 4 pm, I was ready to push.
The baby was big.... the doctor had to use a suction at one point to help move things along. In fact, the doctor even indicated an emergency caesarean might be necessary, at which point I got a bit grumpy. I didn't hang out for 24 hours, most of it in pain, to get to 10 cm dilation, only to get a c-section at the end of it all. So, after a few hard and desperate pushes, Zor was born at 6:22pm on December 8th! He weighed 8 lbs and 1.7 oz, measuring at 20 inches.
He's a healthy, gorgeous baby - pictures may follow if I manage to get around to it.
The first thing I did after he was born was eat sushi!
And here are some pictures of the baby:
Taken within an hour of birth...
And here's one a few days later with his eyes open... (He's still working on getting rid of the jaundice....)
December 11, 2006
We went to the doctor's office for my 40 week appointment. My doctor loves Georgia Pralines (it's a sugary pecan candy made in the south) and I happen to always make them around Christmas, so I brought him some. He was thrilled kidded me that I could pick my induction date just b/c of the pralines. After a good laugh and some complaining, he checked me and I was quite favorable but still only 1 to 2 cm. He said we should go ahead and plan for this week and he did in fact ask me what day I would like. Since the following day was her due date, I said anytime from tomorrrow to Thursday. He pipes up and says, well you want to go tomorrow? That turned my miserably pregnant self into the happiest woman alive!
December 12, 2006
We came in at 5:00 a.m. to start the induction. The suite was incredible and we stayed there for the entire process including post pardum.
After getting things started, Abby gave us a scare when they started pitocin b/c her heartrate went VERY low and they had to stop the pictocin. After things calmed down and Dr. Khater gave the okay, we started the process again at about 6:30. At 8:00 the doc broke my water and the contraction pains were immediate. The dosage of pitocin was very low and the doctor said that he didn't think I would need any more b/c my body responded so well to my water being broken. I had back labor in combination with feeling the contractions in my belly. I labored for 2 hours until the nurse asked me if I was ready for the epidural. That nurse was awesome b/c she knew that the "epidural lady" was down the hall. She came right in and they bragged at how I need to teach a course in how to sit for an epidural. I was in bliss until about 2:15 and I began to feel some serious pressure. The last check I was only at 3/4 cm and when the nurse came in she wasn't going to check me for a little while until I told her about all the pressure that felt like going to the bathroom. She said she'd check just in case and her eyes got huge and she said I was at a 9! Things started to get a little crazy. The nurse told me not to fight the urge and allow my body to push. The doctor barely made it and within 40 minutes of being told that I was at a 9 and with DH on my left side and my friend Tess on the left, I pushed Abby into the world at 3:27 p.m. She came out crying before she was even completly born.
I had an episiotomy and then they had to give me a shot of stadol b/c I could feel the needle when he was sewing me up. My DH was more of a support and trooper than I ever could have imagined and this tough guy had tears in his eyes when he saw just how much I had to go through to bring his daughter into the world.
Just 24 hours later I was going crazy sitting around and with the okay from the docs we elected to go home. Breast feeding is, of course, a challenge, but we're getting the hang of it.
We were scheduled for induction on Thursday December 14th. We got to the hospital at 6 AM and they started the pitocin. We were 2 cm dilated and his head was still -3. Labor was nothing until it was almost over. Around 6 PM we stopped dilating. I was 8 or 9 (depending on which nurse was talking..) and not moving. The pitocin was all the way up. They started talking c section because his head was still high. I gave in to the epidural when they said c section. I'm glad I did, too..it made me SO MAD that I made it so far without it and then gave in, but they ended up letting me labor until 10 PM so it was a good thing I got it. Contractions at 8-9 cm are NOT fun! At 10:02 Damian James was born via c section. I'm still kinda mad that I had to have an epidural and a c section, but he's here and healthy so thats all that matters.
Its day 3 now and we are home. Recovery from a c section isn't something I ever want to do again! But he's worth every minute of it
My baby boy was born on Dec, 14
He was 6lbs and 9oz
and 19 & 3/4 long
We named him William Alexander Flar III
He was born healthy and strong
I was in labor for 7 1/2hrs
It wasn't too bad
We came home Saturday afternoon
and we are both doing great!!
I am a little sore but it gets better each day...
I am just so happy he is already here!
Here are a few photos:
One Day Old
We were 3 now we're 4
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Around 7:30 p.m., I started feeling some cramping pain. I felt pain for about a ½ hour before DH noticed me breathing harder and asked me if I was having contrax. We went upstairs and I took a shower and we began timing the pain in earnest. By this time, it was clear that the pain was starting in my back and moving to the front with each wave. I had also noticed that I appeared to be losing my mucous plug – a few drips of blood and a slippery discharge. For the next half hour, we timed the pains at 30-50 seconds each, every 2 minutes or so. Being 40 minutes from the hospital, we decided to call the doctor for instructions. The doctor hadn’t called back after 20 minutes, so we decided to call the hospital. By the time we called the hospital, I had begun leaking a clear fluid and suspected that maybe my water was breaking.
We arrived at the hospital around 10:00 p.m. The contractions were definitely showing up on the monitor about 2 minutes apart. The nurse checked me and I was hard and closed!! No effacement, no dilation. She confirmed that my water had ruptured, but wasn’t sure whether she was seeing meconium in the fluid. So now my body would have to catch up and efface. I was in for a long night.
The nurse checked me again around 1:00 p.m. and I was 80% effaced but not dilated. She offered me pain meds and said that the meds might be good to relax me and help move labor along. I would need the rest the Nubain would provide, so she thought it might be a good idea. She gave me the Nubain and it definitely helped with the pain level and allowed me a little rest, but it also slowed down the contractions. At 3:30 a.m., she came in saying the doctor wanted to start pitocin. They didn’t want the labor to go “backwards” – they wanted to maintain my 2 minute apart contractions. I was sooooo tired!!
The pitocin made the contraction pain far worse and my back was killing me. DH and my mom had been putting ice on my back, which had helped quite a bit, but I was in a lot of pain. I was counting down the time until the next check because if was dilated, they might let me have the epidural earlier than usual in light of my back pain. When she finally checked me at 6:00 a.m., I was 100% effaced, but only a fingertip dilated. The nurse said I could have another dose of Nubain, but no epidural yet. I was so disappointed. The Nubain pretty much did nothing this time. I was in so much pain, I was moaning through every contraction. I couldn’t imagine how much longer I would have to endure this. And then Judy, the day shift nurse, came into my room around 7:30 a.m. She was like a mother hen. She said as far as she was concerned, there was no reason for me to suffer like this. She could see the agony in my face and was trying to help me breathe through each contraction. Judy said I could have the epidural whenever I wanted. I said, “I want it now.” She said, “I’ll call the anesthesiologist.” By 8:00, I had my epidural. It was soooooooo great. By about 8:10 or so, I was no longer in pain!!
Judy didn’t want to check me until we had a reason to since I my water had ruptured. No need to introduce the opportunity for infection unnecessarily. After the epidural was in, she checked me and I was 1.5 cm – after she massaged my cervix through some contractions!! It was going so slowly.
I slept for a few hours and she checked me again at about 12:45 p.m. I was now 4 cm, but again, only after she massaged my cervix through some contractions. It was going to be a while still, but at least I wasn’t feeling any pain! Christian’s parents came to visit and my mom and sister were there.
I was sucking on butterscotch lifesavers and ice chips, but I was hungry!! I started feeling a little pressure so Judy, who had just arrived to put some internal monitors in to measure the strength of the contractions, decided to check me again. It was about 1:35 and I was 8 cm!! I had dilated 4 cm in 40 minutes!! She said I’d likely start pushing in an hour and chucked the internals. She set up the room for delivery. By 2:30, I was pushing! She said the average time was 2 hours for first time moms. I pushed for 33 minutes in total! She called the doctor and he arrived just in time to catch our little man. Judy said I was one of the best pushers she’d ever had.
Jacob Thomas weighed in at 6 lb. 14 oz. and 20 inches in length. He had the biggest feet! They barely fit in the box for his footprint! He is adorable.
Brynna Rose Geegan
20 1/2 inches
Sunday night at 7:30 I went into the hospital to be induced. They put Cervidil in my cervix at 8:30 and that was kept in until about 6:30. Around 4:30 in the morning, I started having contractions. Around 7 they started me on Pitocin....ouch! The contractions started and OH MY GOD did they hurt. The doc broke my bag of water around 7:30 and we learned that there was meconium in it which meant she had pooped in the uterus which posed a potential problem. The doc was afraid that because of that she might have swallowed some of it. The contractions went from bad to worse. TThe frequency was 90-120secs and the duration was 50-70 seconds and the worst part was they weren't doing anything to help progress the labor. Around 8 I asked for pain medication, but since I haded progressed at all, the doc said no. Finally around 10 I had gone to 2 centimeters...and I was given something called Diolate (sp?). Basically it knocked me out and I only felt the contractions a little. Around 1:30 it wore off and it was NOT a slow letdown. The contractions immediately started kicking my *** again so I begged for more drugs. They checked me and realized I was already 7 centimeters so I was allowed to get the epidural. What a relief! Around 4:00 they checked again and realized I was already at 10 centimeters. I had no idea because I couldn't feel anything. I was ready to push, but I had to wait for the neonatal specialist because they wanted to make sure that when she came out they could check her throat and lungs for traces of the meconium. Needless to say I had to wait another 20 minutes, but then the nurse finally decided that I should push anyway. So, I did...for another two hours. The funny part is that it was just the nurse and DH working with me. My doc and the neonatal doc didn't even show up until about 5:50. She seemed to be stuck so I pushed and pushed and pushed.....
6:14 she came out! She was immediately swept to the warmer in the room to clear her throat and lungs and luckily she seemed to be okay. To be on the safe side they said they were going to take her to the NICU. I got to hold her for about 5 min and then they took her away. I tore a little so they stitched me up while I got to hold her..probably to take my mind off the uncomfortableness of it. About two hours later, she was fine and in my arms. It's still a little fuzzy so the time frame on all this might be a little off, but all I know is pushing for two hours was exhausting. The epidural wore off somewhat by the end and I pushed so hard that I popped blood vessels in my face so it kind of looked like I had been punched in the eyes.
All in all, I'm so glad to have her out and she is just the cutest thing.
Sophie Adriana has arrived...
Born: December 18th
Time: 10:48 am
Weight: 8 pounds 4 oz
Length: 20.5 inches
I got home from the hospital Tuesday night, but I have been too busy to post! Anyway, here is the birth story for Sophie...
I was told at my appointment on Thursday, dec. 14th that I was easily 3 centimeters dialated and 70% effaced. My doc said that if I didn't go into labor over the weekend that he would be willing to induce me Monday morning. I agreed to this as I was anxious to meet my new little girl and get her home for Christmas.
I arrived at the hospital at 6:00 am Monday, dec 18th for the induction. I spent the first hour and a half just being monitored. Then at 7:40 am they started me on some pitocin and said that I could go walk in the halls to try and get things started. Not a whole lot happened. I felt maybe 3 extremely light contractions over the next hour. At 8:30 am my doctor arrived and said that he would break my water to get things going. So, he checked me... I was still 3 centimeters dialated, and broke my water at 8:40 am. Within one minute after my water was broke I felt my first painful contraction. I told the nurse I wanted to get in the tub. I got in the tub and I very quickly realized that I needed more then water to deal with the contractions. I got an epidural soon after. I then felt MUCH better (after an initial episode where my bp crashed, but that was quickly resolved). At 10:20 am (just a little over an hour and a half after my water was broke) I told the nurse that I felt a lot of presure. She checked me and her eyes got big. She said the baby's head was crowning. My doc was called and at about 10:30 am I started pushing. The baby's head was buldging the entire time, and I gently pushed. With dd I was giving a HUGE episiotomy by that doc, but this time the doc just gently let me push. It BURNED so bad, but after about 20 minutes of pushing Sophie Adriana was born! Only a three hour labor!!
I got to help pull Sophie out and then they helped me lay her on my belly. She was there for the next three hours before they took her off of me to do ANY procedures. She latched on about 10 minutes after she was born and breastfed for 2 straight hours! She is a nursing champ and my milk came in about 46 hours after she was born.
Getting ready to go home