I had been having annoying start and stop labor since Monday evening. It would start, contractions 5 minutess apart and then they would just piddle out after a couple of hours. My cervix was doing absolutely nothing. I was miserable, not sleeping, upset stomach the whole bit.
On Friday at about noon, they picked up again. They got pretty strong and I felt the need to tell Craig to make some back up plans for work JUUUUST in case. I felt silly doing it, knowing full well that he'd come home from work at 11pm to nothing happening. True to form, they stopped cold at 3pm. I was beyond frustrated.
At 5pm they picked up again, 10 minutes apart. I decided I was just going to simply ignore them, I was exhausting myself with the "what if". Through the next few hours they very gradually became closer together, albeit not really any stronger. I started having some panicky thoughts and felt the need to make sure all the bags were in order . . . figured it was just wishful thinking.
At 9pm they were down to 7 minutes apart and I decided to just go to bed; I figured that like other times if I laid down they would piddle out and I was beyond done with it. Instead, when I laid down I started getting them more frequently and they were hurting just a titch in my back . . . hmmmmm. I laid there for about 30 minutes and realized that this could well be "it"! I got up and called Craig and told him I thought we should go in and get checked out, just to be on the safe side since we live an hour from the hospital. My mom came over and we left. I didn't call the midwife until we were almost there because I was just THAT certain everything would stop again before we got there. I was pleasantly surprised when they were every 5 minutes like clockwork!
We got to the hospital and were booked into a triage room. They hooked me up and sure enough, there were those contractions every 2-5 minutes lasting over a minute. After a few minutes they checked and I was only dilated to 2 so she got me up to walk for a half hour. After we walked she checked again and stretched my cervix to 3 and told me to walk some more and she'd get me set up in a regular room. We still weren't sure I was staying but it was a step in the right direction!
When we got back from walking she again stretched my cervix to 4 and we decided since it was late to get some rest. I was still contracting frequently and she told me whenever I wanted my epidural to let her know. I waited about an hour and asked for it, figuring if I could get it early I would be able to get some sleep. They put that in and we tried to sleep. A few hours later I was still only dilated to 4 but the midwife broke my bag of water to try to get things going. This was it! We were definitely having a baby!
A couple hours went by and I dilated to 6. That's when my labor just simply STOPPED. My contractions spaced out to about 7 minutes apart and my cervix stopped changing so we made the decision to start pitocin; it was at that time my epidural pump ran out and it took over an hour to get anesthesia up to refill it because they were doing brain surgery. I started feeling every strong pitocin induced contraction and they finally refilled it but it didn't work anymore!
Things went rather quickly after that. At 11:30 I asked to be checked and was dilated to 8. Within 2 contractions I was complete and feeling the need to push. I was so definitely ready! I pushed like no tomorrow and had him out within the space of one contraction, screaming and pink! He is perfectly healthy and Craig and I both cried the day we got to leave the hospital with our baby, as it should be. The memories of Alex's birth still haunt us and I'm sure they will forever but Nathan is truly a gift from God and his big brother that we will cherish forever.
We've been just in awe of this gift we've been given. He has been difficult to nurse and developed some jaundice but that is resolving thank goodness.
Thank you all for following this pregnancy with me. It has been a roller coaster of emotion to say the least.
January 20, 2007 at 11:49am
6 lbs 4 oz, 18.5 inches long