On Thursday, I went to my OB and had them drain some very painful underarm cysts. The pain was horrendous. I had others starting in my other arm as well. It is related to pregnancy hormones. To stop them from spreading, we decided to induce. This morning (11/13) we came in for an pitocin induction. It is her due date! I came in at 4 cm, 80% effaced, and -2. They started pitocin at 9am. I had mild contractions off and on. I had some painful ones but they didn't stick around. I wasn't in active labor. I was afraid it wouldn't work. Some contractions were 40 minutes apart! So, at 1:30pm I was checked. I was the same!!! Hours of pitocin (and them constantly upping the dose) did nothing for me at all. The Dr broke my water. Wow, that did it! Within minutes, I had the worst contractions one after another with no break. I started shaking and puking uncontrollably. It was terrible and I couldn't move because of the IV (pitocin, antibiotics for my arm, and water). I lost it and started bawling. The contractions continued to grow stronger and flow together. I went to go to the bathroom to see if I could pee and that was a struggle because of the pressure. I finally did and I went to wash my hands when I got hit by a super strong contraction and lots of pressure. I made it a few steps when the pressure to push became overwhelming. I called for help and within seconds, I had everyone there. They (my nurse, ob, resident, and student) all came and tried to help me onto the bed and into the stirrups. I wanted to fight and run away. The pain was so incredible and I felt like I couldn't move. They got my legs up and told me to push. It took only 3 pushes to get her out. I was so afraid of the pain but pushing did help. The sensation of her coming out was painful but relieving. She came out and let out a small cry. They cleared her lungs and handed her to me. She is soooo precious!!!! Then they checked me for tears (none!) and delivered the placenta. Despite heavy postpartum bleeding in the past, I didn't have a lot of bleeding and they said it was less then most. They then weighed and measured her and did all the typical procedures. She is absolutely perfect and nursing like a champ. She has a head full of dark hair and just a perfect face. She is an angel. I am so in love and can't describe it. This was not my dream birth or dream birth place but it was much better then I expected and I have been blessed with great staff. Induction sucks but I am glad it worked out. I couldn't ask for a better baby. She is my smallest baby by far and she seems so tiny to me (my others were 9 lb 15 and 23 inches and 9 lb 6 oz and 22 inches). My other daughters came and saw her and are in love as well. I am so blessed to have 3 perfect daughters! So, I am still at the hospital and hope to be released tomorrow morning (sunday), but it could be late Sunday.
So, here is my baby's stats - Juliet Elizabeth, 8 lb 2 oz and 20 inches long born at 3:30pm on 11/13