So I'm a little late at getting this wrote & posted...but better late then never right? LOL. I know my story actually begins from the day BEFORE he was born (and I was induced) so I will start it from there:
- June 14, 2012
: I had my regular weekly prenatal checkup at the doctor's office (my appt time was 3:15pm) and I was 38 weeks & 1 day pregnant on that day. Well ever since my 32 week appt & 3D ultrasound my baby boy has been measuring small (2 weeks behind to be exact) so the doctor has been having me come weekly for my appts and also having me get a BPP (Biophysical Profile) ultrasound done with each of my appointments. So I had a BPP ultrasound done at this appointment as well and after my ultrasound I went to the exam room to wait to talk to the nurse practitioner (since my doctor was not there that day due to being out of town). So the nurse comes in and she asks me if I'm ready to have my baby - and I look at her like what do you mean? She said that my ultrasound showed my amniotic fluids were really low and they wanted to admit me & induce me either later that night or early the next morning! I said well the doctor has been doing ultrasounds every week and he's never said anything about my fluids being low or showed any concerns about it...and she said that they've slowly been decreasing over the past few weeks, but this week they had decreased ALOT. So the nurse said they didn't want to take any chances on me going into labor on my own at home and it would be in the best interest for the baby to have him ASAP - because she said when your fluids are low like mine was, with each contraction that you have it puts stress on the baby...so she would rather me be at the hospital when I go into labor that way they can monitor me and keep a watch out on the baby's heart rate, etc. I asked if I was going to need a c-section or if I could still have him natural, and she said that they would try to induce me at first but if I didn't dilate/progress fast enough with my labor that I just might end up needing a c-section - but it all depends on how quick my labor went!
So after my doctor's appointment and getting the news that I was going to be having my baby either THAT night or early the next morning - I went to the bathroom and had a mild panic attack because it was all happening SO fast LOL! I mean here I was expecting to just have a normal/boring regular doctor visit and then next thing I know I'm getting told that I'm having my baby that night or the next morning! But after my panic attack (LOL) I went up to L&D and got admitted into the hospital, changed into my gown, and the nurse put me in the L&D room that I would be spending the night in - as well as be having my baby boy at when it comes time. Well the nurse checked me once I got settled and I was just 1 1/2 cm dilated and still pretty thick with my cervix (which is pretty much what I had been for the week or so before) and she talked with the OB/GYN on call and he said that he was planning on inducing me at 6:00am the next morning by giving me pictocin via IV fluids. So the rest of the night was pretty uneventful...I just laid in bed & watched TV and I did have some contractions on my own, but they were very random and wasn't enough to be considered 'active' labor.
Friday - June 15, 2012
: So at 6:00am the nurse came in with the stuff to get me started with my induction by giving me pictocin in the IV and she checked me before starting it (I was 2cm dilated she said)...and I started having some stronger, more frequent contractions after about 5 minutes of being on the pictocin - although they were still 'bearable' though and wasn't bad and I could still talk through them, etc. Well again, it was pretty uneventful from 6:00am up until around 10:30am which is when the doctor finally got there and he came in and broke my water as well as checked me (I was about 2 1/2-3cm he said) - and that is when the labor/contractions REALLY started picking up and got intense! I know the first few contractions after my water broke were pretty strong but I was still able to bear them...but after those first few, they just kept getting worse & worse and I got to where I was getting really uncomfortable! So the nurse went ahead and let the anesthesiologist know we would be needing him soon, and she got me started on the IV fluids I needed to have before I could get my epidural (which is a whole big bag full - but they pump it in you really fast) I know it was gone within 30 minutes. So by the time the anesthesiologist got there about 30 minutes to an hour after my water breaking I was in some MAJOR pain and was SO happy to see him LOL! Well it took him quite a bit to get my epidural in (IDK exactly what took him so long though) but he got it in and gave me the medicine and I sat there waiting for it to kick in cause I was in extreme pain by this point...but NOTHING, after 20-30 minutes of getting it I was STILL feeling all my contractions and they kept getting worse, and when the nurses would touch my legs, etc. to see if I felt it I did so it obviously did NOT take! I know there was another lady in labor who's epidural didn't take as well and the anesthesiologist had went to her room to fix her again and so I had to wait about 30 minutes before he came back to me - and let me tell you, those were 30 minutes of HELL! I was pretty much in tears from being in so much pain from the contractions, not to mention I had BACK LABOR which made it 10 times worse cause I have back problems anyways
I know I would have been in tears & crying but I was too wore out/tired to cry (since I didn't sleep the night before from being too nervous/excited/scared, etc.). Well he FINALLY got back around to me to get my epidural fixed and he ended up having to redo it all over again, but thankfully this time it WORKED and I started feeling some relief after about 5-10 minutes...I know I was thanking God for letting it work and helping me! So after my epidural took needless to say I was able to kinda relax a little, I mean I was still feeling my contractions but mainly just the 'pressure' from them not the actual pain - cause they said the pressure feeling you will still feel and it doesn't go away. I know as soon as I got my epidural fixed and started feeling better a massage therapist came in to give me a massage & run my legs, etc. (I guess they do this for all pregnant women to try and help you relax) and even though I was numb from my epidural and really couldn't feel a thing it was still nice LOL! I know the lady hadn't been in there 5 minutes and only got to massage like part of one of my legs when I started feeling REALLY bad pressure 'down there' and like I needed to push/ and poop at the same time (sorry TMI) but that's the only way I know to explain it LOL. So the massage therapist called the nurse and told her what I said about me feeling pressure down there, and the nurse comes and checks me and says that I'm fully dilated and that it's time to have a baby (BTW this was around 11:30am). So all the nurses start prepping the room for when the baby is born and they get me in position with the stirrups, etc. and one of the nurses told me that when I had a contraction to go ahead and start pushing - but I was scared to because of the doctor not being there yet and I didn't want to have the baby before he got there, so I kept saying 'I don't want to...not until the doctor is here' LOL! But the nurse said she just wanted me to get a few 'practice pushes' in and so I did a few practice pushes and I guess I pushed a little too much cause with the last 'practice' push at the end of it the nurses started yelling 'okay! okay! stop pushing!'...I think they were afraid of the same thing I was with having the baby before the doctor gets there LOL! So the doctor finally gets into the room around 12:00pm and I am pretty sure that the baby was crowning already when he got there, so as soon as he gets in there he gets his gloves and everything on and then it's back to letting me push again. BTW, the whole time I had to wait for him to get there I had to literally FORCE myself to keep from pushing and I still couldn't really do it - I mean it was like my body was MAKING me push even when I didn't want to...it's like when I got that pressure feeling I HAD to push and I couldn't help it! But it only took about 3-4 good pushes on my end and my beautiful baby boy Micah Allen was born at 12:19pm - and might I say he came into the world kicking and screaming (he definitely has some lungs on him that's for sure) LOL!
So they got him all cleaned up and a diaper on him and then they brought him straight over to me and let me hold him for a good hour with skin to skin contact (him laying on my chest) before taking him off to the nursery. I know I started crying so bad once he was out and I saw him and heard him crying for the first time...that is a moment that I will never forget, it was love at first sight <3
***Here is some Pictures of My Labor Journey***
(Taken 6/14/12 at the Dr's Office in the Bathroom (The Day BEFORE I Had Him) - && This is Also Where I Had My Panic Attack LOL! This was My LAST Belly Picture Too, Taken @ 38 Weeks & 1 Day Preggo!)
(Taken Later On in the Night 6/14/12 - This is After I Got Admitted to the Hospital and I was Bored and Restless...I Couldn't Sleep for Being so Excited, Nervous, Scared, etc. About the Induction!)
(This is Obviously Taken After the Doctor Pulled My Baby Boy Out of Me...and He Immediately Laid Him on My Belly so I Could See Him! BTW, I Had to Crop Some of the Picture Out since it Had a Little More of My 'Private Area' in it Then I Would Like, LOL - God, I Looked ROUGH!)
(Another of Him - Right After He was Born!)
(Getting Him Cleaned Up!)
(Love Him SOO Much! <3)
(Sucking on His Thumb <3)
(Holding Him for the First Time!)
(My Beautiful Baby Boy - Micah Allen...He is My Little Miracle Baby <3)
(Absolutely PERFECT! <3)
(And One Last Picture of My Precious Baby Boy...)