I was scheduled for an induction on November 16th at 39 weeks. I called at 5:00 AM to find out what time to come in. I was told to be there at 7:00. So I set an alarm and tried to get a few more minutes of sleep before getting ready to go.
We arrived at 7:00 and got checked in and were shown to our room. I changed into my gown and we waited for about 40 minutes for them to get things entered into their computer. I got my IV at about 7:45 and the OB came in at 10 after 8:00 to break my waters. This was so painful. I have had my waters broken by a doctor two other times and it has never been more uncomfortable than just a cervical check. She tried constantly for about 3-4 minutes while the nurse mashed on the top of my uterus. OUCH. She said I was 4 cm dilated. Once that was done, they started the Pitocin.
It took about 45 minutes for the contractions to become mildly uncomfortable. I unhooked myself from the monitors at least 3-4 times to go to the bathroom within an hour and a half. At 10:30 the contractions were hurting (a little over 2 hours from when Pit was started). I stayed out of bed because I could handle them better standing up. I went ahead and asked for my epidural at this point because the anesthesiologist had a c-section at noon.
Epidural was in at 11:15. He had a patient come in already complete at this time, so he ran out to help her and said he'd come back to hook up the button thing that you can press for more meds. I started to feel tingly and numb in my abdomen and legs. The nurse checked me at 11:25 and I was 5 cm. I told her that with my last birth I dilated 5 cm in an hour and a half after getting the epidural. So she went ahead and called for the baby warmer and delivery set up.
The anesthesiologist came back at 12:15 and set up my pump and pressed the button for me for some more pain relief. I was pain free in my abdomen, but felt lots of pressure and pain through the cervical area with every contraction.
No one had been in to check me at that point and I was getting VERY uncomfortable. I told DH to call her in here to check me and that I was feeling like I was at 10. Apparently my nurse had gone to lunch and it took a bit to get someone else to come in. I remember tearing up at this point because I felt like I should have been pushing and nobody would believe me and get in there to help me. I told him to be prepared to catch the baby and I was serious. Once another nurse came in, she was irritatingly slow while I was lying there in pain feeling like I should be pushing. She was asking me questions I can't remember now. Then my nurse came in right after and they discussed who should check me since she was back. I was just like, somebody get over here! This baby is going to fall out! (in my thoughts). The fill-in nurse checked and said I was complete (No kidding!).
I did some light pushes on my own to take the edge off while we waited for my doctor. It was about 12:45 at this point. The epidural did not do anything in the nether regions. My legs weren't even numb-just tingly. The nurse came over and started putting her fingers under the baby's head to help guide her while I was lightly pushing. It hurt SO bad.
Finally my OB came in at 12:52. I pretty much forgot all about how they teach you to push and I was just screaming and using all my breath with the pushes. Then my doc said to take a deep breath and push for 10 seconds while she counted, and I thought, "oh yeah, I remember this!" So I did that one time and felt her head come out. RELIEF! I thought it was over and she would just slide out. But it started hurting again, so I gave it one more agonizing push and she was born at 12:55pm, 3 minutes after my doctor walked in the door.
They laid her on my chest and she cried. It was really emotional because it was such a relief physically and I had been scared that the nurse and doctor weren't going to be there in time. She got to lay on me for a few minutes while they rubbed all the "cheese" off her and DH cut the cord.
They cleaned her up a bit and got her apgar scores (8 and 9), then gave her to me all swaddled up and I was able to nurse her and we had her to ourselves with no interruption for an hour. After that the baby nurse came in and took her vitals and gave her a bath.
DH ordered me some lunch and I ate. Shortly after eating I asked DH if he thought I looked pale. He said yes and the baby nurse agreed. I told them I didn't feel well and that I was really weak. I looked under me and saw a lot of blood and it didn't seem right. My nurse came in and said she was going to call my doctor. She said sometimes the uterus gets lazy when you've had more babies and mine wasn't contracting well enough, so it was causing me to lose blood to quickly. She gave me another bag of Pit and palpated my uterus. It was incredibly painful! The doctor ordered an injection of something I can't remember the name of. I started feeling better shortly after that. They also took some blood to check my hemoglobin level. Even after I was feeling better, she wouldn't allow me out of bed. I really needed to use the bathroom so she got me a bedpan. The most humiliating experience ever. lol
My parents and DH's brought all the kids in to see us and meet their new baby sister. The older two were so excited and said she was cute. It was great to have all of us together for the first time. They left so the kids could go to bed.
Finally, almost 7 hours after she was born I was able to get up. It felt great to walk around!
Piper is a great baby. She sleeps 3-4 hours at night and is a great nurser. She hardly ever spits up, which is a complete change from my last two babies. I really feel like our family is complete now and it makes me so happy to have everyone here.
November 16, 2012
8 lbs 5 oz
20.5 inches long