- Contractions all night, easy to ignore. I assumed they were prodromal again and just ignored them, but was very restless & emotional and ended up being up nearly all night.
- Just before 7 a.m., while nursing DS, my water breaks.
- Hour 1: Uh, this is definitely labour. And it’s moving FAST. DH calls MW and asks her to come to our place rather than meeting us at hospital. While she is on her way, hello, transition. Aaaand here we go with involuntary pushing.
- Hour 2: Primary MW arrives with student, I am fully dilated with a bit of a lip. She again recommends hospital, I reply that I am very sorry, I cannot even imagine moving, and we prepare for a possible precipitous, unplanned home birth. Doula, second MW and another MW who lives in area arrive in quick succession.
- Hour 3: I am in tub we had rented in case I laboured at home. It does not help, but is at least differently painful. Still trying to remove lip, as pushing with it is excruciating. Finally get it out of the way.
- Hour 4: Pushing without lip also excruciating. Screaming. Taking a long time, I am getting exhausted. We know baby is big and big baby + slow pushing + diabetes = high risk for shoulder dystocia, so MW again recommends we head to hospital. I agree now, MW calls 911. Ambulance arrives. I attempt to leave house and walk to ambulance naked, but am intercepted and wrapped in a sheet by EMT. (Thanks for keeping me from shocking the hell out of the neighbours and off YouTube, EMT!) Wild ambulance ride, I am keenly disappointed that they do not have drugs for me. Contractions very hard to take in ambulance.
- Hour 5: Arrive at hospital, they rush to set up. I am begging for pain meds, specifically general. Desperately want to be put out. Am told it’s too late to get narcotics or epidural, and they are not going to give me general, but I can have a little gas if desired. Uh, YES, desired. Line of the day: Nurse is trying to get me to turn so she can put in IV; I cannot fathom turning while in this much pain. Me to nurse, “Get me the entonox, and then we’ll talk.” A few whiffs of gas help take the edge off for about 10-15 minutes, they get IV in and everything set up, and then they tell me I have to push. I really, really don’t want to. I want a nap. Preferably one outside my body. MW tells me that baby is starting to show signs of tiring, and I need to get him out. So the only way out is through. I start pushing hard, multiple times with every contraction. 20 incredibly painful minutes later and after some shoulder dystocia resolved quickly with McRoberts, baby is born!
Baby stats: 4400 g (9 lbs 11 oz) and 58 cm (23 inches) long. Is an expert at nursing already, and has sailed through blood sugar checks. Very alert! Not named yet.
Me: Second degree tear and some back pain from pushing in weird positions, but OVER THE MOON about having avoided a c/s and welcoming this gorgeous little guy, who is now sleeping in my other arm as I type. Got everything I wanted out of this birth, including getting to hold and cuddle him immediately.
DH and DS thrilled as well. DS wants baby to be with him at all times because he is, “so interesting.”
professor & maman de DS1 (6) & DS2 (1)
Hooray, ~pi!!!! What an awesome birth story!!!!!! So glad to hear!
Mama to Gabriel (1-10-2009) and newborn Helena (10-9-2011) with DP Julio. ...cloth diapering, attachment parenting, infant EC-ing, etc.
Congratulations!!! What a fun way to read a birth story. :) What a wonderfully big little baby!
Have fun picking a name, too! :D
SAHM to Melinda (Oct '03), Jacob (Aug '05), Alex (Apr '08), and Malcolm (Sept 29, '11)
Btw - I laughed out loud at your rendition of the event. Wow - good for you! The image of the labouring, naked pregnant lady walking out to the ambulance - priceless!
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
It is 3am and I would like to fill the screen with jumping little joy fellas!!!! but they will probably drive us both nuts.....lol
mom to ds '07 first day of a new year, dd '09 in the caul, and ds '11 at home Oct 24th
YOU HAVE A BABY!!!!!
What an incredible, wild birth!!! I guess all of those days of prodromal hell were doing some work after all!
So happy for you - can't wait for a name and some pictures!
Beth . wife to DH and Mama to DD1 (May 1-09) and DD2 (Nov 2-11)
Congratulations, ~pi!!! What an awesome story, it had me laughing out loud and gave me chills at the same time. Great job on your VBAC! Looking forward to pictures of your boy, and finding out if you guys managed to decide on a name. Good luck, hun! So glad your painful annoying prodromal crap is over at last and your babe is here.
~Iris~ Catholic mama to DD1 11/15/05 * DD2 04/28/08 * 06/23/2010 * and our little rainbow DS 10/07/11
Pi! I am so happy for your family! Welcome little one! You told your story with such self-awareness and humor--I really loved reading this. So very happy for you.
Making a March 9th sandwich with a Halloween filling.
Hallelujah for great and fabulous news and a healthy baby and healthy mama and so sugar worries! Way to go, ~pi! You rock, woman!
Welcome to the world, little one!
SAHM to Abraham (9) Gillian (5) Adrienne (3) and baby boy coming in October!
Always missing our Gianna, lost during fullterm labor (8/23/04)
Sticking together through the good and the bad with dh of 10 yrs!