|Violet Rachel Kramer is Born! blog
Well, after every single attempt to get her to come out on her own failed...we luckily had everything set up for her induction Monday morning. Monday was rushed...we had to get through traffic, get the boys to daycare and stop by Chik-fil-a for a last "mommy's craving" breakfast.
The induction was set for 8:30am. We got to the hospital a little late and got to registration. The pre-registration form that gives all my information was nowhere to be found. We had to sit until 9am going through the muddled process of too much paperwork. When we finally got checked in, we were sent to room 102. The room was larger than either room we had at Eastside!
We were one of only two pregnant women in the L&D that morning so we got alot of attention! We had one primary nurse, one floating nurse, one intern nurse and one patient tech. The intern nurse tried to start an IV on me twice unsuccessfully. Wow, it hurt! Finally with an IV in, they started my Pitocin on a slow drip at 9:45am. I could barely feel anything at all at first and then they slowly built. It was a much better experience than the other two times I was started on a fast drip.
I came into the hospital at 2.5 cms dilated, cervix high and posterior, baby high.
10:35am: quiet room, sound of Vi's heartbeat on the monitor, Kristien sleeping in a chair.
11am: feeling contractions now. Kristien told me that they were 2 minutes apart but they felt further apart than that....at first. Then, as the Pitocin was turned up every 30 minutes, I started feeling them harder and stronger. I got more and more uncomfortable and was struggling through each contraction. I tried to breathe through them but the contractions came on top of one another. I wanted the energy to push later, so at 2pm, I was 3.5/4 cms dilated and 80% effaced, I got the epidural. The anesthiseologist was a woman this time. She was quick (didn't wait for a contraction to put the needle in so it hurt!) but I can definitely say that it was the best epidural I have ever had. It was just enough medicine to numb the contractions...but I could still wiggle my toes and move my left leg. My right leg got too much medicine and I lost all feeling. I could still feel pressure with every contraction.
At 3pm, I was 4.5 cms dilated. My midwife came in, checked me and broke my bag of water. After that, I felt lots of pressure.
At 4:45, I was 7cms but baby was still high. I was in "transition" mode and felt nauseous. I remember saying that they probably wouldn't come back to check on me for awhile, but I was wrong! Within a few minutes, I started to feel like I was peeing myself. The nurse checked me and said that baby was pushing down on the remaining bag of water. She was low!
Not long after that, I was fully dilated. I could feel her come down further in the birth canal with each contraction, so I pushed along with the pressure....and it made all the difference this time around. Finally, I could feel her head as if it was outside of me and just pushed nonstop until she was out. At 6pm (on the dot), Violet Rachel Kramer was born! She was gray and purple but cried with vigor. I got to hold her on my belly and K got to cut the cord after it stopped pulsing. They went and gave her a bath and did all the tests on her. She weighed in at 7lbs, 8 oz. They gave her back to me wrapped up and almost immediately, I heard a rumble in her voice. Sounded like Isaac all over again. They took her, got nurses and cleaned out her throat. She was fine after a few minutes and I got to hold her. Absolute bliss. From beginning to end, her birth took 8 hours....much less than the boys. It was a great experience and I am glad that with her being our last, we got to end on such a high note. I just love my little girl.