At 8:50 first super duper light contraction. I didn't time it or anything. I did tel my friend and then had the time stamp later to know what it was. I was telling her that I wasn't sure if it was all in my head because I was HOPING I'd go into labor. I really wanted to avoid my Monday c-section appointment.
After a 2nd one, I figured it was not in my head but I still did not time it.
I started timing them at 9:30. I didn't feel like I needed to time them yet but I was worried about a fast labor and kept forgetting when they started so I started timing. They were 2 minutes long and 3 minutes apart then 1:30 long and 4-8 minutes apart.
At the check-in desk, I filled out the short form. After I filled it out I realized I wrote 170 for my weight instead of 176 so when we were in the room with the nurse I told her and she laughed that I was correcting it.
At 12:45 PM, the contractions became a lot more intense. I was just powering through them waiting for my epidural. They sure make me wait a long time for one!
I was so hungry. I'd go on instagram and facebook and skim between contractions and it seemed like everyone was posting pictures of food! Event he stuff I wouldn't normally go for looked so good.
At 1:35, I got the epidural.
Right after epidural, they put in the catheter and then checked dilation. I was at 8 cm. They never checked before that. The nurse described the head as "way way down."
At 2:14, the doctor broke my water. She asked if I wanted her to break it and I said OK. It wasn't really much of a discussion or explanation I just said OK.
At 3:13 my blood pressure was 109/92.
They tilted me on my side to try to have gravity help to have the right side be as numb as the left. They propped me up with some pillows.
At 4:18 after my 2nd practice push, she said she saw movement. The nurse commented I was pretty quick at catching on what to do for pushing. Even by the end I did not feel like I caught on enough. She described pushing as pushing down to your bottom but I never felt like I was doing that. I always just felt like it was pushing in my abs.
The nurse was checking and said she could tell that he was facing to the left.
I mostly pushed on my back but then at one point the nurse had me try pushing on my side. It was way more painful to me and I felt like I couldn't push as well. She said progress wasn't as good so she had me go back to my back.
Contractions were very intense and very close together. My legs were not like jello at all anymore. I could feel them. I could move them. I'm pretty sure I was still supposed to be numb based on questions asked and questions asked after the birth too.
I was pushing fine for awhile. I was even texting some updates to people between contractions. Then it just got really painful. I'm not sure of the time because it was so painful even between contractions that I could not type on my phone. The nurse even went to get the doctor and the anesthesiologist to give me a little more pain medicine in the epidural line. I just wanted to die. It hurt so bad right where the heart rate monitor was and also where my c-section scar was.
I was feeling the contractions. My legs were no longer number or like jello. I had full control over moving them myself.
The baby's heart rate was dropping at each contraction. You could see the doctor and nurses watching the monitor instead of watching me so I knew something was up. They didn't say the numbers or I didn't hear what they were saying. There was talk a few times of going to a c-section but I had come so far. Sometimes I thought the doctor and nurses were talking to each other about it and once I vaguely remember her asking me about it. I shook my head no.
My arms and legs started to get tingly so I knew passing out or being very light headed was coming. I figured that would not be good since pushing was in order. Right around this time the doctor asked if I wanted assistance to help get the baby's head out. She mentioned a vacuum and I said OK. They had to get that situated. Also right before this the anesthesiologist finally arrived to give me more pain medicine that would take 1-2 contractions worth to kick in and help provide pain relief. I didn't tell them I was lightheaded. Some how I figured they would definitely want to do the c-section then.
- 21.5 inches long
- 9 lb 0 oz
- 36 cm head circumference
- 100.4 initial body temp
- 9 9 on Apgar scale
At 8:26, they were preparing me to swap rooms.
When we moved rooms a nurse asked if I could shimmy from one bed to the other. She thought I might not be able to thinking my legs would still be like jello. They were perfectly fine. That was another time I realized the epidural wore off too early.
I forget what time it was that Dave's blood sugar was dropping and he needed snacks. He was sweating from it dropping. He went to go buy some snacks then the nurse offered him a sandwich. He said that helped a lot. This was before the pushing. I think closer to 3:30 but am not 100% sure. The cafeteria wouldn't open until 4:30 so that's why he couldn't go to that. Then after all the pushing and everything, Dave mentions how his back has had it and he needed to rest it.
Gio came for a few hours late at night. Then she was able to handle me things or do this or that. It was nice but then I got so tired. It was nice to be able to say parts of the birth story out loud without having to type them.
I wrote this over a few days with many interruptions so I hope it makes some sense. I finished adding the pictures at 12:40 AM and Ella is still awake! It's a wonder I had time to do this at all!Ella's Birth Story