Thanks for all the support and encouragement and waiting with me for our last June Babe to finally arrive--in July!
Not ready for the long birth story but here is the short version.
I will say it was super fast and far, far, FAR more painful than I expected. I do not know how people go drug free for labors lasting longer than 90 minutes. I was going out of my mind and there were screams and sounds and words coming out of this mouth that never have before. I totally underestimated the difference without the epi. Yikes. So thankful for how fast things went. He was born at 3:36pm and it was about 3:25 when I insisted, not so calmly, that I would not be continuing until I got an epidural, hahahaha.
I had to have cytotec (a pill they stick "up there", I had never heatd of it) because, like heather, they said my cervix was behind baby's head. That brought it forward and to 100% after four hours but I was STILL at 4. Broke my water at 2:00. Got a dose of IV meds at 2:15 and was told I could have more in an hour. It helped for the first 5 contractions before they became so intense it didn't matter. Made it to 3:15 for dose 2, which took the edge of two contractions! By 3:20 I wanted to push but my doc was in surgery and the on call wasn't there yet. They were telling me to try not to push and I was screaming "don't tell me what to do, he's coming out now, I don't care what you say!" Doc showed up and said I could push. One good push and his head came out. He had meconium so they cleaned his node and mouth extra carefully before he came out the rest of the way. After 2-3 minutes they said to give a small push and I didn't even have to, one good contraction threw him right on out at 3:36!
Recovery without an epidural is so different. So much easier! So much faster! It was horrible in the moment. Truly hellish. But worth it after the fact!!!!