Friday night I wasn't sure if I was leaking fluid ~ I decided I wasn't as it appears to be "normal" discharge based on what I am reading. I think I have it in my head that my water will break since my dr said my water bag is "bulging".... I hope if it does break, it is obvious - I don't want to second guess myself.
It's also been really hot out here which equates to major swelling!!! Yesterday my feet and fingers were huge! They're still sore, but I haven't been outside yet....I'm sure they will swell up again.
DH and I went to some stores - trying to stay active and keep on moving (hoping that will trigger some contractions)...but nothing major since last week. Yesterday afternoon, I started to feel one come on, but it disappeared in a matter of seconds (or so it seemed).
We'll see! I can't believe my due date is 3 days away!!!!!!!!!!!
My miracle baby has arrived!!!!!! He is perfect and I am so in love!!!!
Sunday June 22nd
10:45 pm - I started to feel "pain". Not knowing whether or not they were contractions, I chose to shower, hoping to alleviate the pain. The pain was constant and didn't stop. DH had to come help me out of the shower. DH then ran for the computer as we determined I was contracting. Well per contractionmaster.com, I was contracting every 1-3 minutes and they were lasting 1+ minutes. After 30 minutes, we called L&D. They said to come in right away.
Monday June 23, 2008 - 39 weeks 5 days
12:00 am - We arrived at the hospital. The drive was painful (thankfully there is no traffic that late at night!). The nurses were very nice and check in was easy. They took me to a room to monitor my contractions. Sure enough I was contracting hard every 1-2 minutes. And then when the nurse went to do an internal, I felt like I leaked discharge. Sure enough, my water broke. Once this was confirmed, I was told that I will obviously be admitted to the hospital. I was in a lot of pain and had told DH that I would take the epi if I was not dilated more than 4 cm. Sure enough I was still 3+ cm and said I would take the epi. I was quickly sent to a LDR room.
1:00 am - I received the epi around this time and it kicked in immediately. I felt so much better and felt I could conserve my energy for the pushing part of labor. At this time, the contractions were consistently 1 minute apart and very strong. We weren't sure how long labor would last, but thought it would be quick if the contractions continued they way they were.
DH and I tried to rest in between checks but were too excited. Each internal after the epi indicated I was progressing very fast. It was exciting to hear that I was 5-6 and then 7-8, and then 9+. When I was told I was fully dilated, I was in disbelief. I was so excited. Early in the morning, I was told that my OB was on duty that day and that she would be in around 7. She came and checked me and before I knew it, I was told, "it's time to push".
8:30 am - I officially started to push. It was calm and relatively easy due to the epi. Just prior I was experiencing more pain, so they released more meds which numbed my legs. DH and the nurse had to help with my legs as I had no feeling. Well, a few hours into pushing, my contractions went from 1 minute part to 7 minutes apart. As we approached the 3rd hour, my OB said we may have to consider a C section. Instead, I was given a dose of "3" of pitocin to get things moving again (she said they use a "20" for an induction, so this was a small amount). It worked. I pushed more and more. I was then told that my little one was having trouble getting through the birth canal. The dr was prepping to use a vacuum. Just as she was ordering the staff to set up the vacuum, she decided to allow one more series of pushes .... it worked. The next thing I remember, my little one was placed on my lap and I started to cry. It was 12:34 pm.
He is absolutely perfect. Strong cry, great color - apgars of 8/9. He weighed 7lbs 9oz and was 20 inches in length. He is also a very alert baby. I couldn't be happier.
We stayed in the hospital until Wednesday morning. We are BFing - which is hard but going well. We feed on average every 3 hours for 30 minutes. He's been circumcised (done in the hospital) and he's had 2 ped appts - gaining weight appropriately.
All I can say is miracles do happen - I am holding mine right now. He is just perfect.