So here's the story. Alex is currently learning the "baby bouncy walk" with the baby, who does NOT like to be off the boob for more than 10 minutes at a time :LOL
So I posted last night around 9, contractions were there, but not really doing much. Not very painful, not regular or patterned at all. We went to bed around 11, after I decided nothing was going on. Well, after I lay down, they started becoming pretty strong--I had to breathe through them in bed, and moved my birthing ball into the bedroom. They were still really far apart. The birthing ball wasn't really doing it for me, and I kept feeling like I had to pee, so I was in the bathroom half the night. The longer I sat on the toilet, the more mucus plug I lost, AND it actually felt good to be there--I was leaning back on this rack I have over the toilet, and I finally just shut the light off and sat there for a while trying to relax.
At this point, the contractions picked up to being between 3 & 4 minutes apart, and still being 10 minutes apart. So, I decided to check myself--at first, I couldn't tell---everything was mush. THEN, it occured to me that part of the "mush" was a bulging bag of water, and I found my cervix, and guessed around 4/5 cm.
I woke up Alex (who I left sleeping all this time, because I really wasn't in incredible pain & didn't need "help" yet) and told him what I thought, and told him I thought we should go to the hospital just in case. I was pretty sure I would end up going home, but we went anyway.
Alex called the midwife, I got in the shower. We left at 3:10, got there at 3:19. We parked in the hospital garage, and then couldn't get in--the two main entrances were locked. I was standing outside the hospital leaning against the door haviing contractions, while Alex buzzed, got no one, then called the hospital. We ended up walking around the hospital to go in the emergency room entrance :LOL
Got up to L&D, my midwife couldn't find my chart. She said she would go look, but based on my contractions, asked if she could check me & I said yes. I was *8* cm (!!!!!!!), 100% effaced and he was at +1. I asked if I was right about the bulging bag, she said yes.
I had to get monitored for 20 minutes, but I was able to move around, hands & knees, etc. Then, I got in the jacuzzi and MAN was that awesome. My midwife & the L&D nurse just hung out and let us do our thing. I was on the toilet again for a bit, and thought my water broke--so she was monitoring his heartrate every 15 minutes, but I didn't have to get out of the tub for it. Alex was AWESOME. We were kinda giddy that we were so, so close, and we were LAUGHING and cracking jokes between contractions. TRANSITION contractions!! He held me up in the pool, knew exactly how to rub my back, and even held up my head for me when I was hanging over the edge of the tub. He was absolutely amazing, and I couldn't have done it without him. He kept telling me how great I was doing, and how close we were. Some of the contractions were "breathable", and some of them had me kind of yelling and getting a little freaked out. I told them I needed to push, so got out and started pushing on the toilet. I kinda went back & forth between the toilet, squatting using the bathroom sink, and asked for the squat bar to be set up. I pushed for about 40 minutes, but nothing seemed to work. It didn't feel "right" in any of the spots I tried, so the midwife checked me again, and there was a "lip" that was starting to swell. He was also posterior
AND, the bag of water was still intact--it hadn' broken when I thought it had.
I kept saying I had to push, so she asked if she could "push back the lip" while I pushed, and I said yes. after about another 20 minutes or so of that, it still wasn't really working, so she had me lay on my left side and breathe through the contractions instead of pushing. Honestly, I didn't want to push at that point, but I did need to breathe really hard to get through them. After about three of those, she did a quick check and told me to push when I wanted--the lip was gone. So, I did! I kind of never got "coordinated" with the pushing, and was a little out of sorts with it, but I stayed on my left side (she thought he would spin better--my hands & knees weren't doing it for me). I held my leg up, and was LOUD. :LOL I really wanted him out--I remember pushing with Sam, but I had no idea how little sensation I had with pushing her out. I had the epi turned off with her, but I only remember a little pressure, NOTHING like this. I was grunting like crazy, and actually hurt my throat. My high point was yelling "I NEED TO GET HIM OUT OF ME NOW". Have to laugh now, but I was thoroughly unhappy.
So, as he came down and started to crown, my midwife broke my water, and it was about 10 minutes before he was out. HELLO ring of fire!
He was put on my belly right away (I mentioned how slippery he was) and he was so little compared to what I thought he was--7 lbs 7 oz (we found out later). After about 20/30 minutes, we cut the cord, and the rest is baby bliss.
No GBS issues--they had to actually draw blood, so I consented to the vitamin K, he was with us for 2 hours before the bath & all that stuff.
Problem was--the hospital was knee deep in babies that day. They had NO postpartum rooms. We were in the L&D room until noon (he was born at 6:12 am, with AC/DC "It's a Long Way to the Top if You Wanna Rock & Roll playing on the stereo :LOL), and then they moved us to a freaking antepartum TESTING room (where I had the non-stress on thursday!) It was terrible--no bathroom, tv/radio, small, stuff...just awful.
A nurse was keeping us updated, and said something about going home--which I didn't think was an option--and we jumped at it. We got his hearing test done, and were out of there at 4:30! I felt GREAT. Honestly, it was so easy (except for pushing), I kept saying I felt like I had "cheated".
He is adorable, we're in love, you know how it goes
He nurses like a champ, and is very sleepy today. He barely cried after birth. His apgars were 9,10.
Pictures tomorrow! It's so good to be home--but absolutely surreal that I gave birth 14 hours ago :LOL
That is just an amazing birth story, Emmy. I can't believe how well you did arriving at the hospital at 8 cm. It actually happened very similarly to how you envisioned it would (not sure if you realized that yet!).
The pushing part sounded very tough, though.
It sucks about the recovery room mess but turned out well because you got to leave so early--I was wondering if you went AMA but apparently not!
Not much sleep last night--he's still very mucusy and it REALLY ticks him off. Teaching him to nurse laying down. Oh, and his hands?? ALWAYS in his mouth :LOL
So much for being "overdue"...he looks just right to me, ped even said maybe a bit *early*.
Forgot--two tiny stitches for one small labial tear--I had to on each side, she said if it were just one, she wouldn't bother with stitches, but since they were opposite each other she recommended stitching one of them, so I said ok.
Don't really even notice them--I'm taking motrin for the *incredible* cramping I get when nursing, but that's it!
Just waiting for milk now.
Wow! Amazing story. And how interesting that he was like 3 pounds less than your daughter. Were they both born around the same gestation? (still obsessed with that subject).
I'm interested in this ring of fire thing. I had my son with no drugs, however didn't feel a ring of fire. To this day I think my ob numbed me somehow; I remember seeing a syringe in her hand shortly before he crowned and was born but you'd think I'd feel something like that regardless. Who knows!
Everyone should be so lucky to be kicked out of the hospital
How zen was it to be in the bathroom on your own doing what you needed to do until you felt you needed to go to the hospital? That must have been pretty cool.
Congrats to you and your family!!!
Awesome birth!! I"m so glad you were able to stay home all that time! Sounds like a good overall hosp. experience, as far as being able to use different positions, jacuzzi, not monitored constantly- very encouraging! Except for the not getting a room part of it- but that let you go home earlier so hooray!! He is so tiny and cute
Karen--Cullen was supposedly 8 days late (due June 3), Sam was 10 days late. Sam was just enormous compared to Cullen--and she had more signs of being overdue (meconium, retaining water, NO vernix....Cullen had none of those, and had vernix in his neck still).
EMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm SOOO excited for you! I took a break from being online for a couple of days b/c I'm really feeling crabby about still being pregnant, but reading your story TOTALLY lifted my spirits. I was picturing you trying to get into the locked up hospital and LOL. Cullen is beautiful, and I love his name; it reminds me of the poet Countee Cullen.
Anyway, I hope I'll be posting a story in the next few days. It's hard not to feel like everything is going to go wrong and they'll have to induce me, but I remember you were dealing with the same feelings not too long ago, and now you are holding your little angel...