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Old 01-24-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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They Say Roads Once Traveled...

Are much easier navigated the second time around. They aren't kidding.

Right, so, the entirety of last week sucked. I know I'd been in labor, a ridiculously drawn out labor. I even snuck back to the hospital to get checked after three hours of contractions at 5 minutes apart. And got sent home, for non-progression of my cervix. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? It's so frustrating to be in labor limbo and get no where.

Wednesday sucked,
Thursday REALLY sucked, as I posted. The doctor checked me, and I had zero change. I mentioned my contractions and how regular they were that day, and how tired I was after three days of nonstop contractions. He said he wished he could give me a timeline. Could be tonight, or next week, or at 42 weeks, he says. And then he offered to schedule an induction after next week's appointment, aiming for that Monday (So, the 30th? 31st?).
Passed my other dr, who told me to hurry up in Spanish. I told him the baby was never coming, and to leave me alone.
All day I moaned and ached, but they stayed 10 minutes apart.
DBF told me I was acting different, and thought I'd have the baby.
I told him I just wanted the contractions to do something.
I made him go get me Chinese food, as I had a craving for an eggroll so badly.
Doing the dishes hurt bad enough to make me cry.
All I could feel was contractions and pressure, always.

Around 6, they got stronger, but still 10 or so minutes apart.
After I ate, my muscles started to hurt. Like, when you're sick. My hips and back, especially.
So I, in my weary state, became absolutely convinced I had the flu. And went to bed.
And forced myself to sleep.
In hindsight, THANK GOD.
DBF woke me up about 11, in a hilarious moment where he showed me he had finally found pickle flavored chips. I have craved them this entire pregnancy. But I felt too "sick" to eat them. I went back to sleep.
Started waking up every hour or so in misery, my back and hips just ached and I couldn't shake it.
Around 2am, I got up and honestly considered taking one of my Unisoms, so I could rest.
Decided not to, and went back to sleep.
When I woke up at 4, I really had to pee and for some reason decided to check myself.
I could feel I was a little more dialated, and that my cervix had definitely moved forward.
About that time a contraction hit, and all at once I realised what was going on.
Yeah, that's right, kids.
I had myself so intensely convinced he was never coming that I completely ignored EVERY labor sign.
So anyway, hellacious contraction.
Two minutes later, another hits.
Holy....crap.

I grabbed my phone and called my sister and, leaning against my counter, burst into tears and could only say, "Sissy, I need you now."
She talked me through a few more contractions, and I got off the phone to wake Jack.
It's probably 7 after 4.
We throw things together, I walk through another contraction, moan about pain meds.
DBF tells me I'm strong.
We leave.
I get to the hospital, hooked up to monitors, and they check me at 4:15am.
I'm only 5, she says. I yelp.
Within 20 minutes, I went from 5 to 7. At 5, the nurse came in to start my IV after I rolled and breathed and moaned and finally announced, 'OKAY, get me DEMEROL."
The nurse blew one of my veins, and spent another 20 minutes digging for the other. The whole time I'm crying and begging for relief and rolling and then, the weirdest thing happened.
I could FEEL him slip down and turn.
Dr checked as soon as the IV was done, so now its...530? I was at 8, and he broke my water. Almost instantly, things got way more intense. As if that were possible?
So I'm shaking and bawling and "I can't do this"ing and in the back of my mind, it occurs to me I'm in transition, but I'm too focused on the pain.
And where the hell is my demerol?
And the dr says, "...Paula, you're almost done. I can't."
Almost done? What?
He walked out, and at 5 til 6, I scream out that I have to push.
Dr runs in, checks me, and says, okay, lets wait out this contraction, and then we'll go.
Baby's at +2, I bet you DO feel it.
I blink. How's he so low, so fast?
At 6 I started pushing. With ONE push, dr says, "I can see his hair!"
I distinctly recall leaning forward a bit, and going, "You're f***ing kidding me."
Three or four more pushes, and I can feel him move down and I pause to say, "Oh, this is going to hurt so bad."
And then scream as he crowned. And then screamed when I got told to not push.
BS. This kid is flying out. Deal with it.
At 6:10am, weighing 6lbs10oz, 20 inches long, Joshua Jackson quite literally demanded our attention.
The put him on my belly, and he was kind of blue. Apparently even he was startled by his quick exit, and had taken in some fluid. I remember rubbing his legs and arms and chest and crying and then I said, "Oh baby, please cry, baby.." And he did. And it was beautiful.
We had a shakey start, they took him from me and I didn't get him again til about 8 or so. They watched him close. But he transitioned alright, and is now deemed perfect in every way.

In a way I feel glad that I slept through a lot of the hard labor. In a way, I feel robbed because everything was so rushed and crazy. And I spent an entire day in a daze because I couldn't believe I had such a speedy delivery, and a completely med free one at that. I didn't even get numbed for the one superficial (and cosmetic) stitch I got.

Anyway,
He's here!

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Old 01-24-2011, 06:14 PM   #2
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You made me cry! (Happy tears of course) Congratulations!!!
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Congrats! I can't believe you slept through some of your hard labor w/o meds! I couldn't even sleep through my early labor, when it wasn't even painful yet.
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I'm crying too! What a wonderful story! Congratulations on your precious lil man, mama
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Congratulations Paula!

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Congrats! What a beautiful birth story!
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Congrats!!! I'm glad you were able to rest!
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Argh, I'll be on later to fix that picture.
Thanks ladies I'm still in awe.
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Congratulations (from another mama who denies labor until I am just about pushing).

Welcome to the world baby Joshua.
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