I'll try and keep my birth story short (my computer is still dead, need a whole new one, so I'm updating from the work computer ans nursing at the same time, lol)
Lyra June was born October 24 (her due date), 7 pounds, 9 ounces, 20.5" long by unplanned but non-emergency c-section
we were watching Grey's Anatomy (when I realized my PJs were wet. I figured I had peed a bit when I sneezed (don't laugh, i had a few episodes of pregnancy related stress incontinence), so i got up and changed and put a pad in my undies. ten minutes later i was wet again, so i took a look, thw fluid was clear and it didnt smell like pee.
So i called the grey nun's and asked if i should come in. because the clinic i went to didnt deliver there (I wanted to give birth at the grey nuns) I couldn't because of a bed shortage.
so i called the royal alex and they told me to come in, even though i wasn't in labor yet, because my membranes had ruptured and i had to be monitored for infection. I wasnt stoked, because i was planning a natural birth and wanted to labor at home. So i took my time getting all my things together, packing meals and snacks for my husband and I.
my water had broken around 10 pm, and the contractions started about an hour later. right from the get go they were 5 minutes apart and 1 minute long.
I was admittedf to the hospital around 4 am Friday morning. i was hooked up to th monitor to check my contractions and they did a nitrizine test to make sure it actually was my water. because i was still in very early labor, i wasnt admitted to l&d, and i had to go to antepartum, which sucks because there's no private rooms so visiting hours apply. so my husband had to leave unti 8 am. I didn't want to be alone with the ;ady I was sharing a room with- she was there for preterm labor, so we sat in the closed food court for 3 hours until he could come back to my room.
I was avble to sleep between contractions, but not through them, so I barely had any rest and I was getting pretty tired. My mom showed up to the hospital at 10 am to take Chris home to feed the dogs and cats and bring me a burger (My last craving was an A&W veggie burger, LOL)
When they got back a couple hours later, we walked around the hospital. At about 3 PM, they checked me and I was only 1 cm dilated. I felt pretty disappointed but I knew itr would take a while. by 5 pm, I still wasnt in active labor and i had a time limit since i was ruptured.
I agreed to a pitocin drip, even though it wasnt what i wanted, because I knew it was best for my baby. that was put in about 6:30 and i was moved to l&d. the contractions started coming hard- on top of each other, no rest.. I was checked again at 11pm. 2 cm. At that point I was in a lot of pain and no progression. I got really upset. I hadnt slept and the pit-contractions were awful.
i broke down and asked for morphine. how disappointing! morphine doesnt make anything less painful- it just made me stupid and forget, LOL. We have a 5 minute video of me talking about how beautiful the ceiling tiles were!
At 2 am, i was checked again, and I was 2 cm still. i had also spiked a fever of 102*, so my care was transferred to the on call OB. (my drs were gp's and dont do surgical birth). they called in the anesthetist to put in an epidural. they had 3 emergency sections to do before mine. so they cranked the pitocin to the maximum safe dose to get me to dilate in hopes that i could deliver vaginally.
At 10 to 5 am Staurday, I was 2.5 cm dilated. After nearly 31 hours of labor. My body had failed me.
I was wheeled into the OR, and Lyra was delivered at 5:22 am.
Because of my fever, they had to assume that I had an infection, and as such she needed to be treated as well, so after her cord was cut and she was cleaned up, they showed her to me (I couldn't even hold her because I was still being put back together and my arms were strapped to a board like some sick effigy of a crucifixion.)
She had to go to the NICU. I was devastated. Mu husband was allowed to show her to our parents who were waiting, but then she had to go upstairs
I didn't get to hold her until About 3pm. I got to waddle up there with my dysfuctional IV pole and catheter hanging out.
it broke my heart to see her in a plastic box with wires attached to her and ivs in her hand.
luckily she picked up on nursing very easily. she was released from the nicu the next afternoon. we got out of the hospital that monday night.
she had her well baby visit thisfriday at a day short of 4 weeks old and she weighed in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces- almost a full pound over birth weight!!!