Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Labor & Delivery December 10, 2011

Labor & Delivery: 39 wks 2 days

.......Continued from last post..... We went to bed around 12:30am (DEC 10th) after the concert and after getting food at sonic.  Then just a few short hours later at 2:40am I woke up with a strong contraction. I got up to go pee thinking that would help lessen the contractions and then went back to bed. Then 10 min later I had another strong contraction  and had to pee again, and then 5 min later another contraction and 5 min later another, then after just a few contractions it progressed to 4 minutes apart then very quickly to 3 min.. I woke up Joe and said hey I think it is time!!!

This will be written rather bluntly and be some what detailed so if you don't want to know about that, then don't read any farther. But I am not one to sugar coat things and I don't see the point in hiding the gross or not so fun parts of pregnancy or labor, its like false advertising. So here it goes.... With every contraction the pressure would cause me to leak a little bit of fluid, which I thought was my water leaking. I also had to pee frequently and had loose stool which they say is a sign of labor. I literally had loose stool every few minutes as well so I kept going to the bathroom. Each time I went to the bathroom I noticed I was getting my bloody show on the toilet paper. (I had already lost my mucus plug during all the contractions I had during my early stage of labor the previous couple weeks when I was dilating and effacing) Most of my pain during my contractions was in my lower back, but I did have some in my lower abdomen and thighs as well. While getting contractions every 3 min I was trying to get dressed and throw a few last minute things in my hospital bag. Around 3:20am I called my mom and dad to let them know I was in labor, because my Mom wanted to be here for the delivery and she had a 4 hour drive to get down here. After that I went downstairs and called the hospital to let them know. They told me they would call the midwife and she would call me back. So in the mean time I wrote on my facebook around 4am, then got on skype to tell my sister and her hubby in Asia that it was time! I talked to them for about 15 min. While I was talking to them the mid wife called me. I told her I was having contractions 3-5 min apart for over an hour, I was having my bloody show, and leaking some fluid during contractions. Then I gave a little chuckle out of excitement and nervousness. The midwife says "uh oh your laughing, that's never a good sign, that usually means its not the real thing. well because you tested positive for Group B Strep come on in so we can check you just to be safe" I said ok and hung up, knowing full well this WAS in fact the REAL THING, even though I was still talking and laughing in between contractions. During contractions I was focusing on breathing and NOT talking.

On the way to the hospital I was sending some bulk texts to let people know and asked them to pray. I was also downing apple sauce because my midwife told me to drink juice for the calories because I would need them. I didn't have juice so i figured apple sauce would do. We got to the hospital around 5:15am (I thought it was 4:15am, but when I looked back at the time I skyped it was 4:41am) I was walking slow and holding my stomach which felt so very low and heavy :) They sent me back to this little check in place where a nurse asked what felt like a million questions and had me sign in and stuff. All the while still having contractions 3 min apart and I had to stop talking during them all, and she would expect me to answer her questions! Lady I am in labor, this is not false labor! ha ha ha. So then they sent me back to a room to check me and see if I was ACTUALLY in labor. Joe seemed nervous through all this but handled himself quite well. He remained calm and supportive for me :) The nurse hooked me up to a FHM and also monitored my contractions. They drew some blood too. They also said my blood pressure was high and asked me how my vision was. I said "fine" then promptly started seeing stars twinkling, lasted only a few seconds, but very strange.

Finally, the midwife came in and she took her time, still thinking I was not in actual labor! She checked me and her eyes got REAL big, she said "you are 7cm and 100% effaced!!! You are having a baby!" I thought duh! I knew that already! lol

They then moved me into my own delivery room, and my contractions picked up! The nurse again had a million questions to ask me... ugh! I was having a hard time getting comfortable by this point. I needed to change positions with every contraction but with the IV and the 2 monitors, and the oversized gown I had a hard time moving fast enough before the contraction would be there full force! I tried the labor ball and I tried standing and I tried leaning on the bed and the "slow dance position" and things like that. It was best if I stood during a contraction because there was so much pressure I couldn't sit. However, having only 2 hours of sleep the night before, my legs were quite weak and shaky when I would try to stand. Oh and the contractions gave me the shakes REAL bad, it was weird, because I could NOT control it at ALL. I also got sudden waves of nausea during labor which made me throw up my apple sauce, twice. Thankfully the nausea would go away after I threw up. I also drank water and ate ice chips. Another annoying thing was that as the contractions intensified I also had to keep going to the bathroom to pee and have loose stool. I know it is God's way of naturally cleansing the body which is good for when you get to the pushing stage, if you catch my drift. When the contractions got to their worst, I felt like I no longer had a break in between each one. I was no longer talking and I was breathing VERY heavy and trying to breath out slow and long. My contractions were right on top of each other! I remember as soon as I thought the contraction might start to lessen another would be there strong as ever. At some point though I remember when the pain lessened in my back and intensified in my lower abdomen and thighs, this was when he turned to face backward like we had been praying for. I remember praying to myself "God please let Owen come soon, please don't let this be hours longer!" I didn't want an epidural, but wasn't sure if I could go for 8-12 more hours or something ridiculous! At this point it was about 8am and I decided to get into the jacuzzi tub. My mom also arrived around 8am and then a few minutes later my mother in law arrived too. I could hear my mom and mom in law and sister all talking while Joe sat by me while I was in the jacuzzi. I remember having a hard time trying to stay relaxed because by this point the pain just didn't stop! The jacuzzi really didn't help any, but at least I didn't have to wear that stupid gown while I was in there. Oh... but on a funny note, the nurses couldn't believe how well I was doing! They kept telling me I was doing an excellent job. You could hear it in their voices that they were amazed at how I stayed calm and breathed through each contraction. That encouraged me a great deal :) The one nurse would periodically bow to me with her arms outstretched in front of her as she would say "Wow!  great job! hail to you" kind of thing it was funny. The last hour before my water broke was the worst, that was as I said the time when the contractions felt like they NEVER stopped! This was also the time I was praying it would be over soon. ha ha ha. I was in the jacuzzi with one hand holding the bar and my other holding Joe's hand. I was in the tub for about 40 min when at 8:41am I had a super hard contraction and felt a great deal of pressure when my water BROKE. I thought at first that it was Owen coming because it felt like his head, but when I looked down I realized oh that was just my water breaking! I then JUMPED out the tub and called for the nurses to "please hurry!!!!! PLEASE HURRY!" They helped me walk back to the bed and I was already having a HUGE strong urge to push and I was telling them "I have to push, I have to push!!!!" They responded with "not yet honey, we need to wait for the midwife" I said "OHHH I have to push, please hurry, I have to, I have to!!! Oh I have to!" They said "just grunt, you can grunt if you have to" I was thinking you don't get it GRUNT!!! How is grunting going to help when my body is taking over and I can't stop him from coming! Finally, the midwife came (a different one from the one that checked me when I got there, because the shifts changed) it felt like forever, but it was only several minutes. She checked me and said "yep its time" I said "can I push?!?!?!" she said "yes" so I started pushing and ALL the pain STOPPED with that first push, it was great! The pain just disappeared! They told me to push with each contraction, but the problem was I couldn't feel the contraction anymore. ha ha. So the nurses would feel my stomach and tell me when. I said "can I push again?" they said "sure if you can keep pushing, then just do it" So I pushed and they said with stunned looks on their faces, "EXCELLENT job!!" Then Owen was crowning and the "ring of fire" started as the birthing class instructor had informed us about in our class a few weeks prior. Just another couple pushes and Owen was born at 9:03am only 22 min after my water broke. I only pushed for maybe 10-15 min of that time I think. Owen was healthy and doing great! 7lbs 1oz, 19.5in long. I had some pretty bad tearing and had to get a lot of stitches, which hurt bad, but they let me hold Owen skin to skin while they stitched me. I even got to nurse Owen within the first hour after his birth :) When Owen was born, I got emotional and cried a little as I said "we did it!" and gave Joe a kiss. I just kept saying "We did it! I did it! It's over! I did it!" Joe cried a little too. It was the most beautiful moment of our lives! God has truly blessed us! God helped me get through it naturally, He gave me the strength and determination and calmness that I needed! I love how great my delivery was, even though I am not ready to do it all again yet! But it went just as I hoped and prayed! Joe did great encouraging me and helping me stay calm as well!

After a fabulous quick and relatively "easy" delivery, we were shocked just a couple hours later during his routine vital checks, to find out they were worried about a heart problem! Read next post to know more.

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