Baby bliss

How I ever lived without this little guy is beyond me. I can’t even remember what life was like without him, and it’s only been 5 days!

On Monday after my appointment, I felt crappy. Lots of painful, irregular contractions, lots of cramps, and I was pretty much just exhausted. I managed to fall asleep around 10,  and then around 2 was woken up by contractions.  For about two hours, they were 4 -5 minutes apart. Then they slowed down a little bit, spaced out to 7 – 10 minutes apart. Frustrating! I fell asleep again, and then woke up around 7 and they were strong again, 3 minutes apart. I called my OB and she told me to head to L&D. Yay!

We arrived around 9 am and I was put in a temporary room so they could monitor my contractions.  I had quite a few nice, strong contractions, but my cervix hadn’t changed at all from the day before. The OB on call told the nurse to have me get up and walk around for awhile, so we did that for about 40 minutes. I had lots of contractions while walking, but once I got back to the room and hooked up to the monitor, they slowed down again. I was getting worried that they would send me home. The nurse came back in and said the OB said it was ok to break my water and get this show on the road. I was so relieved! Until the nurse couldn’t manage to break my water. She dug around in there, OW, but couldn’t manage to get it, which made her think that maybe I just wasn’t ready. I almost started crying. She told me to hang out for a few minutes while she tried to track down my OB, who told her to move me to a birthing room and start me on a very small dose of pitocin. YAY!

We moved to our room, and I started having a lot of intense contractions again. The nurse’s exam had stirred things up.  We got my IV started, and the pitocin drip, and the contractions started coming every 2 minutes or so. My OB came in and broke my water with no problem. At that point it was almost 12:30 and I was at a 5. Ready for my epidural!  Around ten to 2, I started feeling a lot of pressure, so the nurse checked me and I was at a 9 — just about ready to go! I started pushing at 2:02, and 9 minutes later, at 2:11, Miles made his debut.

I am so in love. He’s amazing. He’s nursing really well, he sleeps a 5-hour stretch during the night, and I have already cried at the thought of having to go back to work.

Pictures here:

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Ugh.

Well, I’m still here. Obviously the membrane strip didn’t work. Thursday night I had some really intense contractions, but then they stopped. Had bloody show Friday all day, then it stopped. Yesterday I was so violently ill that I wanted to die. Throwing up, on the toilet every 5 minutes, someone please kill me. Finally started feeling better around 8:00 last night. So the 48 hours has passed, and baby still isn’t here. Induction is scheduled for November 29th and I fully believe I’ll make it there and have to be induced.

I am a very crabby person these past few days. I am bored, I am uncomfortable, and I cry at the drop of a hat. I don’t like this version of me!

Waiting game

Any day now! I’m so nervous!

I’m 80% effaced and 3 centimeters dilated, which is great, so she went ahead and stripped my membranes. If  it’s going to work, it’ll be within 48 hours she said, so we’ll see what happens! I’m already feeling really crampy, but I’m going to try to put it out of my head and just get as much rest as possible.

Ahhhh I’m gonna meet my little guy soon!

38 weeks and still here!

On Sunday, the contractions stopped.

Yep, you read right. STOPPED. After 7 weeks of bedrest, of worrying that he was going to be born early, the damn contractions stopped.

Nothing Sunday, nothing Monday. Tuesday, went for a long walk with my mother-in-law and had a few strong contractions when I got home, but nothing more.

Last night, I starting having a lot again. Very uncomfortable. Lasted a couple hours, then I fell asleep and obviously, labor did not start. I’m very sore today and quite crampy, so we’ll see what she has to say at my appointment this afternoon. I’m hoping she’ll strip my membranes and get this show on the road!

Waiting game.

The good news is, all these nasty contractions are actually doing some good! I’m dilated to 2 now, and my cervix is now anterior, which is a good sign. She said it’s thinning out really nicely, and it could happen any time. Of course, it could also NOT happen at any time, so basically, we just wait. She said his head is nice and low and she can feel it easily, so that coupled with the contractions should cause some nice progression. SHOULD being the operative word.  She told me that if, for some reason, we had to induce labor right now, it would go really smoothly based on the position and condition of my cervix right now, so that makes me feel better, because induction with Maddie SUCKED.

So anyway, that’s that! She said, “I’ll see you next week, unless you go into labor!” I”m hoping I do. I really want him here for Thanksgiving!

Here he is, his face all squished up. Doesn’t he look like a little grump? He’s running out of room!