Hi Everyone! And congratulations Coco and DP!!!!
Baby Girl T was born at 5:43 am yesterday! 6lbs, 9oz, 19 inches.
Warning: harrowing birth story. (Short version)
My water broke at 9am on Friday, but labor didn't start. I was given Cervidil at about 7pm, but it didn't do much. I was started on Pitocin around 4pm on Saturday. Contractions on Pit are awful, and Nubain didn't help at all. I quickly went to an epidural.
For the next 12 hours, they kept turning up the Pitocin and trying to help me dilate, which was slow going. They said that my water broke before my body was ready. The epi "wore off" a few times and had to be turned up a number of times. I have never, ever, experienced so much pain. Ladies, I don't want to scare anyone, and do recognize that this was not a typical birth, but the pain was excrutiating. If you end up needing Pitocin, don't wait on the epidural!!!
By around midnight on Saturday I was pushing. I pushed for nearly 4 hours, and then got the worst news: the baby had turned up and couldn't make it past my pubic bone. After being head down and in "perfect birth position" since 27 weeks, she turns up at the last minute!!! In that position, the widest part of her head was trying to pass through the most narrow part of my pelvis, and it just wouldn't happen. We tried pushing in a number of different positions (even with my numb legs) but nothing changed. After 4 hours of pushing, many hours of Pit, and nearly 48 hours after my water breaking, I had to have a C-section.
Now, when we first checked in, the first thing I told the OB was "no matter what, I don't want a C-section." But there was no alternative. At that point, I was in so much pain and so exhausted that I was afraid I wouldn't even bond with the baby. But when they took her out and she started to cry, we both started to cry and I absolutely did love her and bond with her instantly.
Now she's doing great and, thankfully, nursing pretty well. I can't believe she's only a day old! I love her like she's always been a part of me.
I'm recovering well at this point, and the nurses at this birth center are fantastic!!! What a blessing to have them.
I'm trying to attach a pic - hopefully it works! And I hope I didn't scare anyone too much. Please know that this is not a typical birth story and that things might have gone a whole lot easier for me if I didn't insist on avoiding a C for so long.
Thanks so much for all your ELVs (LOL) and good thoughts and warm wishes! Lots of love to everyone!