On June 5th, at 6:26 am, our little bundle of perfection was born.
Joshua and I arrived at the hospital for our scheduled induction on June 4th at 8 pm. The nurses set us up in a labor and delivery room and we met our nurse that was going to be with us until her shift ended at 7 am - I know, like woah that's a long shift, right?
Around 9:30 pm I was given medicine that was supposed to take 12 hours to take effect - many moms that have also received an induction have told me that even though they felt odd once they were given the medicine, they were still able to sleep. The nurse told me that at 9:30 am the next morning, my medicine would be removed and I would be able to start Pitocin at 10:30 am.
Pretty soon after I received the medicine I started having contractions, although they were mild, and I was definitely uncomfortable. As we watched my contractions on the monitor, Joshua asked the nurse how often women go into labor with the medicine alone and our nurse said with a lackadaisical tone, "It's really rare. Usually it only happens to asian women." The nurse told us that my contractions would go away and that they were just a reaction to the medicine. And with that... we waited for my contractions to go away.
Around 11 PM, I was still having contractions + I was crying & shaking. Things had gotten worse, needless to say. Joshua called the nurse on her hotline and asked her about the increasing pain I was having with each contraction and she came into the room to give me a dose of mild pain medicine. I was going to take whatever I could get and so I took the pain medicine. She also gave me a sleeping pill and encouraged me to go to sleep.
Around 11:30, when I was still having contractions and was not able to go to sleep, the nurse checked my dilation. Then, the nurse said I was a centimeter and a half dilated - and I WAS going into labor!
Around 2 AM, I was having a contraction every 1 and a half minutes and in-between my screams and tears, I asked her when I could have an epidural. :) She said I could have one whenever I wanted - I told her that I wanted to wait a little bit longer, considering I couldn't move around after I got one. However, when she left the room I got another contraction and I made Josh call and tell her I wanted one now. :)
The anesthesiologist arrived at 2:30 AM and I finally received an epidural. Woo hoo! I was finally able to relax as the pain melted away. I was still seeing my contractions on the monitor but felt nothing but a mild pressure.
Around 3:20 AM I was checked again and was already 4 CM dilated. At 3:50 AM - I was 10 CM. It happened THAT FAST!
My water still hadn't broken yet and so the nurse told me she was going to call the doctor to break my water, however when she got ahold of her, she said she was about to deliver another baby. Right when she got off the phone, we all heard what sounded like a waterfall in the room, and I turned to Josh to say, "Um, my water just broke."
The doctor rushed in shortly after and said, "Let's start pushing!" And I had a panic attack. I had definitely just felt that last contraction... and I was not about to start pushing without more pain medicine. My doctor said that I could have more pain medicine and that we would do something called "laboring down" which basically allows me to rest and my contractions (that I can't feel :) push him down the birth canal, shortening my time to push immeasurably.
So, around 5 AM, I received heavier pain medicine through my epidural and rested for awhile. However, the nurse started coming in and out of our room around 5:30 AM telling us that Rhett's heartbeat is going down and up with each contraction. They gave me an oxygen mask and told me to continue to rest. About 5 minutes later the nurse said she was going to check where he was in the birth canal, saying that this usually happens when the baby is ready. One look from the nurse, and she said she could see his head! Ah! Time to start pushing, for sure.
My doctor came in immediately after, and we officially started pushing at 6:20 AM. 6 minutes later, as the sunrise creeped into our hospital room, Rhett was born. 7 pounds, 1 ounce. 21 inches long.
What an incredible experience. Joshua and I were amazed at how quickly the birth was and how beautiful he was when he was born!
On June 7, we were able to take him home and it has been a whirlwind ever since. On July 5, he turned 1 month old, and I can't believe how much time has ALREADY passed... but I know this is only the beginning.