Well it's been almost 2 weeks and I'm just finding the time to get on the computer!
I was scheduled to have an induction on Oct 18 in the afternoon. I was dilated to a 2 and 80% effaced at my appt the previous week but no signs of any delivery. Oct 17th I was off from work but too antsy to stay at home, so I went back to work! I was exhausted and excited and knew I needed to get some sleep that night. I was too excited to sleep and around midnight finally got to bed. At 1 a.m., the contractions started! I figured it was the fake ones that had been teasing me for a month. These were stronger and 5 min. apart. So after an hour I woke up my husband and he didn't believe me either. He told me to go back to bed, and they stopped. Then they came back about 15 min. later so I decided to take a shower and get ready to go to the hospital. It was storming really bad and I was scared we would drive 100 miles to St Louis and they would turn me away and say "come back this afternoon". So now cx are 4 min. apart and I'm having bloody show. I call the Dr. on call and he says to come in and they will admit me.
At 4:30 am we get on the road and the weather is awful, I have had 1 hour of sleep, and cx are staying between 4 and 5 min apart. I haven't had anything to eat or drink in a long time and I am getting nauseous. We get to the hospital and they admit me into L&D. Cx are between 3 and 5 min. The nurse blew 2 veins trying to start an IV, the next nurse landed the spot but it was in a painful location. I get to the room at 8 a.m. and am dilated to a 3. They start me on pitocin and eventually I get some Stadol for pain. Contractions are pretty rough and I try the birthing ball but am really having to focus on breathing. DH was fantastic keeping me focused by counting through each and EVERY contraction. Eventually it's getting pretty rough and the contractions are right on top of each other. I decide it's time for the epidural. I wanted to wait until I was a 6 or later. In the classes, they told us how there are so many anesthesiologists and the wait is never more than 15 min. SO I wait as long as possible. I make my request between whimpers and am told it will be at least 30 minutes. I start to freak a little. Eventually they come and I had 3 contractions while they tried placing the epidural. I needed 2 boluses and a third shot of something to help the pain. Then they checked me, I was an 8! I was so relieved. I rested up until I was a 10 but the baby hadn't completely dropped so they let me rest longer before calling the dr.
During this time the nurse keeps having concerns over the baby's heart rate. They were unable to catch my contractions on the machine for some reason, so they went off my pain. Ends up the heart rate would drop AFTER each contraction. It was getting alarming. They had me do some practice pushes to see what would happen with the heart rate and nothing was consistent. The Dr. gets called and is doing a lecture at the university and isn't reachable. She finally shows up at 4 or 4:30 pm. They gown up and have me do some pushing and realize my bladder is full. I was cath'd and that seemed to help things along. I had pushed for 2 hours total when the Dr. said she had 2 options. The heart rate was bothering her so she needed to do a c-section or suction the baby out. I had one last chance to push the baby out on my own. My DH got in my face and told me to give it everything I had. 3rd push I heard the baby screaming! She was face up and the Dr. said it was shocking I was able to deliver her as a first-timer. The first words the Dr. says is "OH MY GOD! She's so little!" Not what I expected to hear. The umbilical cord was really small and pathetic and my baby was tiny at 40w4d.
They decided to send the placenta off for additional genetic testing. I quit growing at 36 weeks and I'm thinking the Dr. should have looked into this back then. Baby Allison was born 16 hours after contractions started and weighed 5 lb 14 oz and 20 1/4" long. She has LONG legs and arms and my HUGE feet. She wasn't thriving very well, as I was having problem with bf. At our first dr. appt it was advised I start pumping and supplementing with formula to help her weight loss. She was jaundice and I was terrified and had many emotional breakdowns. She is now eating fantastic, sleeping well during the night, and cutest little thing we've ever laid our eyes on. She loves to look around with her HUGE eyes and take it all in. I had a very pleasant birthing experience even though it was not what I expected. Some parts were worse, some parts were better. Overall it's all a blur and I can't wait to try again.
Also to note, 48 hours after I had Allison, my sister went into labor and gave birth to a healthy boy
Here are some pictures on facebook, including our newborn shoot: