Thanks for the congrats, everyone! Baby is settling in nicely over here. He's nursing like a champ. We just need to work a little bit on the sleeping thing. He can go a few hours during the day without a peep, but at night he's up just about every hour wanting to nurse. Hopefully that gets turned around soon before it catches up to me.
There really isn't too much to tell as far as the birth story goes. I was actually scheduled to be induced on Friday morning at 8am. Friday I woke up at 5am to go to the bathroom and as soon as I sat down to go, I felt a lot of pressure and a little bit of pain. I lost the rest of the mucus plug and got a small trickle as my water broke. I woke up smartycat, and our DS1 woke up as we were talking to each other. I told her that I didn't think I was going to need to be induced, but that I still wasn't exactly sure if this was 'it'. About 10 minutes later, I started having contractions. As soon as they started, I was timing them. They were coming 5-7 minutes apart and lasting 30 seconds. Within a half hour, they increased to every 3 minutes. I called my mom and told her we were coming over to drop off DS1 and head to the hospital. Around 6am we got to my parents' and we were at the intake at 6:30. Each bump was incredibly uncomfortable as we drove and I kept begging smartycat to hurry up, but not go over any bumps when I was contracting. At the hospital I was about to kill her when she was looking for a parking spot and going too slow in the parking garage...
We got checked into the room and they hooked me up to monitors and stuff, got my IV in and then it was just a waiting game. I think it was probably around 7:30 that everything was all set. I have to admit to being not very MDC at this point. I really wanted an epidural.
the nurse said I needed a full liter of fluids before they could do that. I said, OK, but I knew I was really getting close to the cut-off since my contractions were still every 3 minutes and getting more intense. She ended up checking me and was like, 'Oh man, you're already at 7. If you really want the meds we need to do this now!' So they came in and I got the epidural, which lessened the discomfort a lot. I could still feel when I was having contractions. I relaxed for a little bit and my OB came in to check on me. They started having me push at about 8:30. My water still hadn't broken completely, and when my OB checked for dilation and position while I was pushing, she must have poked the bag of water and it completely exploded. It was the most hilarious thing I had ever seen.
I mean, it was like being at the splash zone at Sea World. I started laughing which made it really hard to push.
I finally could feel him moving down into position to get ready to come out. Smartycat moved into position to help catch and my SIL came up to my side to help hold my leg. The OB was awesome and once the head was out, smartycat was able to guide him out the rest of the way.
He was born at 9:33am and placed on my chest immediately. They let me hold him for about 20 minutes before they took him to the warmer to get their measurements. It was great! Last time they took DS to the warmer right after I got to hold him for a second and then he was there for about an hour. This time, they gave him back right away after I was stitched up. I had a small tear. They seemed to work a little harder this time in stretching me out to minimize that. He nursed soon after he was given back to me.
We stayed in the hospital until Saturday afternoon. I just wanted to get out and get home. We had a rough first night at home with DS1, but things seem to be going better now.