Monday, May 14, 2012 - We arrived to the hospital at 7:45am. My induction was scheduled to start at 8am. We were immediately shown to the room where delivery would occur and there waiting to greet us were 2 nurses - 1 in training from another floor in the hospital and 1 nursing student. They gave us a quick tour around the room and instructed me to change into the ever so lovely hospital gown. They left the room, I changed, and got comfy on the couch while I waited for them to return. Once the nurses returned they hooked me up to the monitors where we got to listen to Austin's little heart softly beating.
Once the head nurse came in she asked if I would mind letting the student try to start my IV. Seeing as I don't typically have troubles with needles or IVs or blood, I told her that would be fine. It took her a few tries, but eventually she found my vein and successfully started my IV. Afterwards, she told me that's the first one she has ever been successful at! Good to know - after the fact!!
Anyway, they started my antibiotic immediately (I tested Group B Strep positive) and around 9am they started the Pitocin drip at a 2. The nurse checked me for dilation and said I was 2cm (same as I was at 36 weeks in the doctor's office). Every 45-60 minutes the nurse came in and upped the Pitocin by 2. It took about 3 hours for the contractions to get strong and regular, and around 12:30pm I asked for the epidural. At this point I was 6cm dilated.
While we waited for the anesthesiologist to arrive they gave me some pain meds in my IV. The only good that did was to make me super dizzy for about 10 minutes. Around 1pm the anesthesiologist arrived and inserted the epidural. Just like with my delivery of Aiden, the numbing only occurred on my right side. I informed the anesthesiologist of this and that we had this problem last time, so he adjusted the catheter in my back to flow more to the left and had me lay on my left side. At this time the contractions were non-stop, right on top of each other, and I couldn't stay in that position for long. The pain was truly unbearable. So I rolled onto my back and the pain eased a bit. The anesthesiologist told me he could remove the epidural catheter and start over, moving it a bit to the left. As tempting as this sounded, I couldn't imagine moving with the contractions coming so quickly, so I said forget it and I'll just suck it up.
By now it was about 1:45pm and the nurse decided to check me again for dilation. I was at an 8, so they started prepping the room for delivery. The doctor showed about around 1:55, sat down on the end of the bed, checked me, and I was at 10cm. She asked me to give a practice push, so I pushed for 5 seconds and she told me to stop. She asked me if I was okay with her delivering Austin on the end of my bed instead of breaking it down, because in 1 more push he'll be out. I said that was fine and she instructed me to push with all my might when I felt the next contraction. So when it came (about 60 seconds later) I pushed. After 5 seconds his head was out and 5 seconds later his whole body was out!
At first he wasn't crying, but Aiden did the same thing so we weren't alarmed. The nurses roughed him up a bit and he began crying a little, but he never did wail very good. As soon as the doctor placed him on my chest I said, "Hi Austin!" and he turned his head towards me and stared into my eyes. I will never forget the look in his face. It was as if he was placing my voice that he's been hearing for nearly 9 months with my face. It truly was beautiful.
After a few moments of bonding, the nurses took him to the cradle to be warmed and cleaned and dressed and weighed. My body had a bit of trouble delivering the placenta, but after about 15 minutes it was out. Then the doctor had some trouble getting my uterus to stop bleeding. After about 10 more minutes I finally stopped gushing blood and she was able to repair my tear (just 3 stitches was all I needed).
At that time, I asked if we could see the placenta and if she could point out where all the problems were that we had been dealing with. She showed us a spot on the placenta that was calcified and dead - it was pure white and about the size of a quarter. Then she showed us where the umbilical cord entered the placenta. It was far off from center and the cord itself was transparent and so thin she could practically stick her finger straight through. Just then the nurses announced that Austin weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces... we all knew then that we had a miracle on our hands, as the doctor said these issues should have prevented him from receiving proper nutrients from the placenta. But obviously, God took care of him as we knew He would and blessed us with a very healthy, very beautiful baby boy!
Austin Jeffrey Freeman - Monday, May 14, 2012 - 2:00pm - 7lbs 8oz and 21inches
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"what a wonderful story! So happy that he is here safely! He is such a cutie!" -- ANGIESEDMAK
"Congrats momma! What an absolutely beautiful story! So happy to hear that Austin has arrived safe and sound :)" -- KASONSMOMMA82
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