Went in for my induction due to low amniotic fluid on Monday. I was exactly 39 weeks pregnant. We got there at 8:30am and was checked to see if I was dilated/effaced at all. I was 2 cm and 50%. They put my IV in but didn't hook it up to anything until I needed it. Had my first round of Cytotec put in and kinda just waited around for four hours. Checked me again and I hadn't really made any progress so I had my second round of Cytotec. After having that, I was checked again and was still 2 cm but was now 75% effaced. They decided to do one round of Cervidil in hopes that I could get some sleep and be completely effaced in the morning to start Pitocin.
Well, that went fine for a while. I felt alright, was having a lot of contractions but they were more tight than painful. They were all over the place, some were 5 minutes apart and some were literally back to back.
I got to the point where I needed something to help me sleep. Wasn't in too much pain, just a little uncomfortable. They gave me Ambien. I ended up not being able to get to bed and got up, which was a mistake..the Ambien made me really loopy and unfortunately it made me forget a lot of what happened while I was in labor.
All I really know is that the Cervidil put me into labor. The doctors were really surprised that it did, and so quickly. I started to have severe contractions in my butt (I think around midnight?) The nurse was a little confused, so was I. I didn't have them very strong in my tummy or back, they were all in my butt and it hurt like hell. I don't remember a lot but my husband said I was in so much pain that I was just going crazy. I guess I was sobbing and freaking out during every contraction and they were extremely close together the whole time. Apparently I begged for something for the pain and the nurse tried two different drugs in my IV to try to help since she knew I didn't want an epidural. Those drugs just made me feel worse. I ended up begging for the epidural, which I don't really remember either. I am a little sad that I ended up getting it but my little guy is here and that's all that matters now. I feel proud that I made it to 6 cm, despite having those horrible contractions, without it.
After they gave me that, I finally was able to sleep. They woke me up once to put an oxygen mask on me and to turn me on my side. I closed my eyes and the next thing I know, I'm being woken up again. They told me I was 9 cm, that they broke my water, and that I was almost there! It was insane. I think I dozed off again once before they woke me up and told me I was 10 cm. I was on my side, waiting for the nurses/doctors to come in and I asked about the Pitocin. That's when they told me that I never got any; never needed it..just went into labor on my own with the help of the Cervidil.
Luckily, when they told me I could start doing some pushes, I kinda snapped out of it. I remember everything about the actual birth part; which I'm thankful for. They got me a mirror so I had a clear view of everything, which was amazing to see. I thought it'd freak me out but it just motivated me. I did some pushes that weren't that great at first but I got the hang of it pretty quick. I pushed for a little while and finally they got the bed taken apart and got ready for him. I pushed a few more times and when she said "You'll have a baby during this next contraction!" I just went for it. I pushed really hard once. His head was completely out. The cord was wrapped all over him but they took care of it. I pushed again and the rest of him was out. All I could do was cry and say "Oh my God!"...it was the absolute most amazing moment of my life. He came out crying nice and loud. My husband look and him, then me, and started crying too.
Kyran Joseph Xavier was born October 9th, 2012 at 8:48 am. He was 7 pounds and 10 ounces. 21 inches long. Lots of adorable hair! Scored 9's on his apgar tests. No sign of his cystic hygroma anywhere, just some loose skin on the back of his neck that I think is adorable. (:
We're home now, just got home a few hours ago. I love being a mom, it's the best thing that has ever happened to me. My husband is sooo happy to be a dad too! I love breastfeeding, it's the coolest. Kyran makes the cutest little faces and noises when he knows he's about to eat. He has jaundice and is low/intermediate risk so they are just checking up on it tomorrow. Hopefully everything goes good with that! I am recovering well but it is definitely harder than I expected. I can barely walk because of the pain in my tailbone. Fortunately I only tore a tiny bit so my stitches aren't too bad.
I just wanted to share what I remember during my labor/delivery...and of course some pictures! (: