Jul 26, 2016

Birth Story {Part Two}

You can read Part One here if you missed it.

Once we got home Jared and I quickly finished packing our bags. They were mostly ready to go already, but I added a couple more things and tossed in my last-minute items. I had planned on taking at least a few makeup basics with me to the hospital but in our rush I completely forgot those. Let's just say between zero makeup and the trauma I went through- there are no glamorous hospital photos ha!

I had asked the nurse if I could/should eat anything and she suggested something light, since I probably wouldn't be eating much for a long while. They pretty much were preparing me for a looong induction process so I knew I should try to have something before we left. I was only able to eat a piece of toast and a little applesauce, I was too nervous for anything else at that point. We called both of our moms to let them know what was going on. They were just as shocked as we were, but excited nonetheless. We told them not to come to the hospital anytime soon, we knew it would be a long time before any baby came so we said we'd just keep them posted as anything happened.

We finally checked back into the hospital around 9:00 pm and the same nurse we "knew" from earlier was there to take us back to our room. The doctor had originally told us they'd be using Cytotec to start the induction process but when she got into the room she had changed her mind. This is the same doctor who told us we "just need to have this baby" so when she told us she thought we'd try a foley bulb/balloon to induce, I couldn't help but feel like she chose that for fun. Do you know what I mean? Like hey, we haven't done an induction this way in awhile- let's give it a try. But I'm getting off topic now...
The couple of photos/snaps we took before moving rooms.

So the balloon and an IV of fluids started around midnight. Jared and I tried to just settle in and take everything in stride at that point. We knew we had a long road ahead of us so Jared pulled out the cot in the room and we found a movie to put on. Mean Girls was my choice ;) Something light I'd seen hundreds of times and would hopefully take my mind off what was actually going on. We didn't relax long before the nurse came back around 1 a.m. and told us we needed to move rooms. It was a little annoying to get up and haul over to a new room but the new room was much larger and nicer so it all worked out.

Once we settled into the new room, the nurse gave me a one-time "cocktail" of some medicine to help me relax, possibly sleep and overall just be comfortable overnight. They also started a tiny, low dose of Pitocin. They wouldn't up that until the balloon had done it's job and had come out. I was hating all the things that were happening- none of them are ever like I imagined, but at that point Jared and I were doing okay, just getting excited and knowing that our son was on his way into this world!

I dozed in and out all night. It's hard to get rest in the hospital and the nurses were in pretty much every half hour to check my blood pressure, change fluid bags or just see how we were doing. The night nurses were all really sweet though and I was thankful that they tried to be calming and comforting when they'd come in and could see I was half-asleep. We did have an annoying IV that malfunctioned quite a few times over night with a loud, obnoxious beep- so that was frustrating to have to call the nurse each time it happened. So much for a "relaxing" night.

Finally around 8:00 A.M. that dumb balloon was OUT and the doctor was ready to up my pitocin just a tiny bit more. I was so hungry and already tired at this point, but it was setting in that this was the day we were having a baby! Jared and I snapped a few photos, updated our parents as to what was happening (not a lot) and put on another movie. Inside Out was my choice this time- Disney for the win!

A new doctor from the practice was on duty by this point and she came in around 10 A.M. She was much nicer than the previous doctor although it was still a bummer that my actual doctor wasn't there. I know that's always a very real possibility when you go to a practice with multiple doctors, but I was hoping she'd be on-call at some point. Spoiler Alert- Of the FIVE days we were at the hospital, I never once saw/heard from my actual doctor. Instead, this doctor came in and checked me at this point. I was at 4cm which definitely made me feel like things were on the right track.

After the check the doctor decided it was time to break my water which she did... I'll spare the world those details.... but 1. Ouch and 2. Gross. The end.

I think our parents got to the hospital around noon and they came in to see how things were going. I was having contractions at this point but they weren't too painful so we were fine with having some company join us in the room for awhile. We all sat around chatting for a little bit, filling them on the previous night and what all was going on. The nurse brought me a cherry popsicle which was amazing. My body was so low on fuel at this point; I was only allowed sips of water and limited ice chips here and there.

Somewhere between 12:30-1:00 PM my contractions definitely started picking up. They weren't unbearable, but they were coming pretty close together. We timed them for a little bit and realized I was contracting every 2-3 minutes so I wasn't getting much time in between them to relax. The doctor checked me again in this time period and I'd progressed to 5cm. I was so excited that we were halfway there! Things were going how they should be going!

Soon after that check is when I felt the contractions get more painful so we had our parents head down to the waiting room for awhile. I brought up the epidural to Jared and his response was "Really!? You want it now??" He didn't mean it in a negative way, but he later told me he had no idea how much pain I was in at that point because I was handling it so well. Proud moment. Honestly, every contraction I had at that point I just closed my eyes, focused on breathing through it and got really quiet each time.

I figured I'd made it to a 5+ at that point, I'd get the epidural process started so I let our nurse know I was going to want one. She said she'd get the anesthesiologist as soon as they were done with another patient. Nothing about the epidural really scared me, to me it was just another step in the right direction of having this baby! The anesthesiologist came in around 2:30 P.M. and that process was pretty quick and painless. She was sweet and worked quickly to avoid sticking me with a giant needle right in the middle of a contraction. It started working pretty quickly and I got the weird itchy belly reaction and tingly legs/feet but I wasn't completely numb which I thought was a good thing.

The doctor said my contractions were "beautiful" and she didn't feel the need to up my pitocin anymore at that point- yay! Pitocin was never something I wanted so the less of it I needed, the better. The only concern at this point was that Tyler's head wasn't quite in the right position. He was head down, but it was turned just enough that it would affect delivery. They had me lay on my side with a giant "peanut ball" between my legs and said to stay there until the next check to see if we could get him to move.

As uncomfortable as that was, I complied and we found Jurassic World on the TV to try to distract us a little longer. I texted a couple friends to let them know how things were going, Jared updated our family in the waiting room and we just tried to continue to be patient. My mom actually brought me a magazine from the gift shop because I'd told her I was bored. It had been a long, slow process so far and I honestly thought we still had a long night ahead of us. Let's just say, I didn't get to read that magazine...

24 comments:

  1. Ahhhh leaving off on a cliffhanger!!! I am glad you got a nicer doctor this day and had great nurses through the night. I don't know how they expect anyone to sleep when you are at the hospital to get induced?!?! Even if you're tired I would imagine your mind is going a million miles an hour.

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  2. I was about to ask where your regular doctor was during all this but now I get it - and you'd think that they'd want to be there since they are the ones taking care of you the entire time up until giving birth. Can't wait to read the next installment :)

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  3. You are so good at telling stories!!! Can't wait for the rest!

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  4. That's where you are stopping? RUDE. I need more.
    Also, you and your mom are twins. For real! I am really glad the next doctor was nicer, but I cannot believe your doctor didn't come in and say hi or check on you at all! I feel like that's kind of ridiculous. My doctor didn't deliver R because she wasn't the one on call, but the next morning she popped in in-between births to say hi, which I thought was super nice of her.

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  5. I can't believe how long you were in labor, and it sounds like you really were taking it like champ! You're really leaving us on a cliffhanger though, and hopefully we'll get to find out the rest of the story tomorrow :)

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  6. I mean, what with that ending?!?!!?!? You are a great writer and now I want moooooore! BTW, the ouch and gross had me laughing so hard, haha.

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  7. LOVE the pictures y'all were able to get, even though it was a crazy and unplanned time. Also, I completely agree with Jen lol you are really good at telling stories. I am so glad y'all got a nicer doctor and nurses. I can't wait to read the rest!!!!

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  8. Gah, another cliff hanger! Good thing I know the eventual ending is your sweet baby boy.

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  9. My goodness - it definitely seemed quick! I would've been like you, just trying to figure things out as they came. I'm eager to read the 3rd part!

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  10. You are way too good and leaving us in suspense! Ha, I know the ending turns out well with a healthy baby, and that you aren't telling this live, but I keep wanting to say praying for you! Goodness Erin, what a story already.

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  11. Ahh the dreaded cliffhanger!!!! Can't wait to read part 3!

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  12. Ahh girl I feel like we had such similar experiences so far in your story. Between the blood pressure and foley bulb and everything else. It feels like I'm reliving my experience reading yours! I can't wait to read the rest!

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  13. What a cliffhanger to the story! I am so glad the second dr was nicer than the first, and that you made the decision to go home before checking-in. I don't think I could have checked-in alone or without my stuff, either.

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  14. I'm dying to read the rest!! The balloon was how I was supposed to be induce, and it sounded frightening to me. Props to you for dealing with it. I seriously can't believe your doctor never checked on you! That's inexcusable.

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  15. I love birth stories! And... If that is you without makeup, you look beautiful! I wish I looked like that WITH makeup, AND you were having contractions- goodness, lady, you got some good genes! :)

    Congrats on the birth of your baby boy!

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  16. Ugh yes, the water breaking is gross! I had to get up and pee after mine was done and still leaking. Nothing like walking to the bathroom hooked up to an IV with my rear end hanging out of the hospital gown and holding a wad of towels between my legs haha. That cliff hanger though!

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  17. Ahh you're leaving me hanging!!

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  18. Oh sweet friend. I hate that the experience was less than ideal. It's so scary to have to go through something so blindly and not have the support and guidance you deserve from the experienced people.

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  19. To Be Continued...

    Sounds like a long hard day for you, girlie. Ugh. I am glad that new doctor had a little better bedside manner than the last. So, that's a plus! :)

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  20. Still can't believe your doctor didn't reach out while you were there! So crazy to me. But I'm thankful this one Doctor was nicer than the first crazy lady!

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  21. Pitocin was THE WORST. I'm happy your anesthesiologist was great, mine had zerrrrro bedside manner. The nurses were complaining about him and apologizing that I would have to deal with him lol. I'm sorry they wouldn't let you eat anything :( I discussed that with one of the 5 midwives I had and they said I could have whatever I was comfortable with. Though I didn't actually eat much, the option was nice to have. I can't imagine how hard it must have been to keep your energy up!

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  22. Cliffhanger master of the universe! I love your choices of movies. So great. Aren't beeping IV machines the worst? My mom loses her mind with frustration whenever she has an overnight hospital stay. So happy I waited to read part two until part three was here!

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  23. oh goodness, 5 days?! i am so happy to hear the next doctor was at least better than the horrible first one :(

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