No baby yet I really thought she'd be here by now! Anyway, I have been having a lot of contractions but they are really inconsistent. They are starting to get a bit painful, so I can only hope it is just a matter of days. I started losing my plug Wednesday as well and have been losing a bit at a time ever since. It just looks like a big glob of EWCM and is mostly clear. Kind of weird... Besides that, we finally have pretty much everything ready for baby, now we just need HER to be here! Hopefully she'll show up soon, we are dying to meet her!
Still preggo! Yesterday & Sunday, I was very grumpy because of it and didn't want anyone to say more than 2 words to me. Today I'm feeling okay about it besides the fact that we have to go to a family party on Thursday if she doesn't come before then & I'm dreading all the questioning from everyone. Oh well. Tomorrow morning is my 40 week appt/due date & we'll be setting an induction date. I was so anti-induction from even before I got my BFP, but at this point, I could not care less. I just want her to come out already!
Lots of contractions still, feet/legs swelling like rising dough, and serious insomnia. Boy oh boy, I wish I had delivered at 38 weeks when I still felt great.
I had a pretty awful appointment yesterday. First of all, my blood pressure is really high (first reading was 160/92, second was 150/96). Then I find out my cervix isn't making any progress still. So my OB tells me I need to come back in the next day (today) to get my BP rechecked and see if it has come down (this came with strict instructions to come home and basically lay around all afternoon). If not, we might be forced to start an induction despite my cervix not being ready & the increase risk of a c-section that brings. So I am really bummed out. I thought for sure I'd be able to go through with a vag delivery considering my little girl has been perfectly head down for over 10 weeks. Now all I can do is wait for my appointment today & see what my fate is.
I went to my appt on the 13th and we discovered my BP had gone up to 170/106. My OB says "Time to get this baby out." So he scheduled me to go in and get started on Cytotec that night to ripen my cervix, then I was to start Pitocin the next day. We arrived at 9 pm & they hooked me up to monitors to track contractions and monitor baby's HB. Once they watched my contraction monitor for a minute, it was clear that I had a decent contraction pattern going already, so the hospital called my doc & he decided to just have me start on pitocin right away & skip the Cytotec. So I got hooked up to that around 10 pm (also got checked & was still not really dilating and baby's head was low but not firmly engaged). They were also monitoring my blood pressure really closely since that was the reason behind my induction. Contractions gradually got more intense and painful, and by around 4 am they were bad enough that I was having to huff & puff through them (it doesn't help that I had a great view of the contraction monitor so I could see them building before I even felt it!). The nurse checked me again & I was more ripe, but only a 1. About a half hour later, the anesthesiologist came in and gave me my epi (which I've heard bad things about getting them in & I didn't think it was hardly painful at all). It was nice to get some relief...except that it only took on the left side of my body. He had me laying on my right side to try to get the drugs to spread, but I had a huge area that wasn't getting any medicine. Basically he said there's a chance there are damaged nerves in the area & they are having a difficult time going numb, so about an hour after getting the epi in, he gives me this huge straight dose of numbing "stuff" into my epi line. Still nothing. I am not in much pain though, definitely manageable, so I just figure hopefully it'll kick in soon.
Fast forward an hour and a half, and I'm having contractions that made me wish they would do a c-section and just knock me out (which is crazy since I was so avid about avoiding one). I was actually making whining sounds during each one and had tears rolling down my face...not to mention they were really close together & were very strong (thanks pitocin!) according to the monitor. So I tell my new nurse (shift change) & she says she'll get the anesthesiologist in and see what he can do. So then a new anesthesiologic comes in (also went through a shift change I guess) and he gave off the impression that he didn't believe I could be in that much pain since I have an epi; I'm sure he thought I was just one of those girls who thought a little pressure was pain. He ends up doing the same thing as the previous one & gave me the huge dose right into my line. Well that again didn't do a thing & at this point it seemed my whole epi was wearing off because my skin wasn't as numb and the area I can feel is 10x bigger than it started. But they made me wait it out 45 minutes to see if it would kick in before they would go talk to the anesthesiologist again. During all of this, my doc showed up & does a quick check and I'm between 3-4 cm dilated. He also broke my water which I guess was in a really thick sac and was super warm and weird coming out. The nurse finally sends the anesthesiologist back in & he says he'll pull my old epi out and put a new one in but "it probably won't work" since the first one didn't. I tell him I would still rather try, so he essentially rips out my first one & then I get the new one placed. Within 10 minutes, instant relief. This is about 7 or 8 am, and I finally got to close my eyes and relax a bit.
About 10 or so, I started feeling a ton of pressure down there (it felt a lot like the lovely pregnancy constipation pressure I've been having on and off the whole time). I wanted to get checked again, but decided to wait until a nurse came in to check on me (since they had been in a ton between baby's heartrate & my BP). Well, go figure, no one came in for about 30 minutes. When the nurse finally did come in, I told her about the pressure & she checked and was shocked that I was a full 9. So she's like, "We're going to have a baby here very soon!" so I made DH call our parents so they could head over since we'd told them an hour earlier it could be a while still. After the got the room prepped for delivery and informed the doc probably took 20 minutes), I got to start pushing which was a totally bizarre, out of body experience. Baby very slowly progressed down the birth canal until suddenly she stopped coming. She was coming down sort of sideways & they had me lay on my side to push for about 15-20 minutes and finally she budged and started inching her way out again. Finally she was right there & they called the doctor and told me to stop pushing but rather just leave pressure there to keep her from going backwards. Well the doc seemed to take forever (maybe 5-10 minutes) and when he got in, he's like "whoa, we're right there"...uh yeah! So he gets his gear on and tells me to do a few pushes then tells me that I need to push gently - I guess he was trying to help guide her head out with minimul damage to me. He decides he needs to do an episiotomy (which he had guessed before I started pushing for him), so on the next push he does that and within maybe 2 more pushes, her head was out (although I still tore a little bit beyond the cut he made). He sucks her out and has me push her shoulders out (which felt huge BTW) and then out she came almost 14 hours exactly from the start of my induction. She didn't cry right away and he had to suck her for a good 15 seconds before she made any noise, but as soon as she did, he put her on my stomach. Poor little conehead baby!! She grabbed my finger immediately and I couldn't believe that she'd just come out. DH was totally in awe and all emotional, it was cute. Anyway, they got her cleaned up & me stitched up, and got moved to the postpartum room where we got to start getting used to life as a family of 3.