Hi all! Carter arrived 10 days early on Wed. He weighed 8lb. 9oz. and was 21.5 in. long. Anesthesiologist unavailable = au naturel. I was ok up to 7cm and then I was *hoping* to get some assistance. I'm actually glad though that I ended up natural. It wasn't all that bad!
Long story (kinda!) short...I started to get light contractions on Monday eve. and I had a Dr. appt on Tues. am so she checked to see how I was progressing. I was about 3cm and 80%. She said she thought it would happen soon but she was going on vacation soon so...she asked me if if didn't happen that day or Wed., how about being induced on Thurs am...sure!!! So I went home all happy that I'd be having him on Thursday!!
I had to go to work after my appt. because my last day was supposed to be Friday...but it would have to be the end of the day! YAY!! So I went and wrapped things up. Drove home after work and was having very strong contractions (I'd had them all afternoon but was too busy to pay attention to how close they were). On the car ride home though...I had a clock in from of my face...5 min, 4 min, 7 min, 9 min, 5 min, 3 min. Holy cow!! Went home, had dinner, called the hospital to see if I should come in. I didn't want to go there and be sent home. But the nurse said come ahead in whenever I was ready because we were getting a big storm soon and we'd be better off at the hospital. So we watched a movie, then decided to go and the storm was just starting. Could hardly see the lines on the road. Yikes!
So we arrived at the hospital at about 12:30am, and at about 4am I was having very strong contractions - 7cm, she broke my water. It's a small town hospital and it ends up that the drug doctor is on call at night and was at best 45 min away on a normal night. He wouldn't make it for an epidural (they had no plans of calling him, lol, but didn't say that in so many words!). So, at 6am she said we're ready to push and 32 minutes later, he arrived!! Without drugs! And it wasn't that bad!!!
Everyone is healthy and happy (aside from me dealing with an infection in my 3 stitches, ugh). He's so quiet (fingers crossed it stays that way!!), feeding well, and both daddy and I are completely in love!!http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f3...ofIMG_4296.jpg
Good luck to all the March mommas who are yet to deliver!!!