Kai was born September 8 at 3:15 pm after 36 hours of labor! What started off as a UC turned into a hospital birth after 30 hours. Nothing was wrong, but he was posterior and I was unable to get into any position except standing (mostly in the shower with hot water on my back) the ENTIRE time. I think I knew I was going to need some help, and after 6 more hours of the same in the hospital I asked to be checked...something I had refused all through out the pregnancy and labor, hoping for a motivational ” 8!”, and was only at 5cm. At that point I asked for the epidural to get some rest, and managed to sleep and dialate to ten in 2 hours. Pushed Kai out in about 30 minutes. We were stuck in the hospital for 48 hours because I refused IV abx in labor for GBS, but otherwise the hospital was remarkably easygoing. Intermittent monitoring was every three hours, no heplock was started, and they basically left me until I asked for them.
Breastfeeding has been a challenge. My nipples are pretty injured but heading, and I am so in love with Kai. He was 7 lbs even and 19.5 inches long. Strong, full head of long black hair, and looks EXACTLY like his daddy!
This has been an extraordinary lesson in surrender, and I have gained an unbelievable new respect for my clients and moms everywhere.