On Saturday February 23 at 1pm the contractions were between 4 and 5 minutes apart, lasting around a minute and quite uncomfortable, but I was able to breath through them. By 3pm they had picked up to the point where I was moaning and they were 3-4 minutes apart. I was trying to stay home as long as possible as I was hoping for a VBAC and here they put you on the clock as soon as you arrive, and expect 1cm an hour dilation, or you are labeled failure to progress, and then the interventions start.
I got in the tub -- that was great for awhile, but then it ramped up and I vomited a few times. At this point we decided to head in to the hospital because I was really starting to dread the drive if it got any worse.
We went into the hospital around 7pm, and up to triage, vomiting more on the way. Thank goodness for the foresight to bring ziplock bags and fact that you sort of just stop caring about what people think because I'm sure I looked a sight.
Got up to triage, and they checked me and I was only 1cm dilated. I would have cried if not for the fact that I was in pain, and 50% effaced, which I had read somewhere is also "work" that needs to be done. Remember, that every time I'd been checked prior to this, even after having contractions which were probably just false labour in hindsight, I'd been high and hard and closed tight. My OB even said irreverently,"if I was blindfolded, I'd think you were an unpregnant 16 year old."
But then they found that my waters were released, and there was meconium in them. Then, on the NST, every time I had a contraction baby's heartrate was going down to the 95 range, no matter what position they put me in.
All of this, coupled with the suspected big baby led to them strongly suggesting a section since I was only 1cm dilated, there was no telling how long the labour would be, and they feared he wouldn't be able to tolerate it for long.
So we consented to the section, and were rushed into the OR and he was delivered at 9:27pm. Cord wrapped around his neck, a bit of meconium aspirated, but suctioned out no issues and he's healthy and happy and gorgeous.
He weighed 10 lbs 1oz and was 22.5" long. I was home within 48 hours and am healing well.
He is eating well, and sleeps great when on me, but not so great in his cosleeper which is to be expected.
Even though I didn't get my VBAC I'm not too upset about it. I'm glad I went into labour at least this time :) He's healthy, and I feel that there was enough indication for a section, and not just the DR wanting to go home or something. I may have been able to deliver vaginally, but I wasn't prepared to risk it. It sucks that I can't do simple things like roll over in bed or drive or whatever, but that stuff will all resolve in short order.