Sorry it's taken so long for me to give an update. I have been really tired and busy. Here's my birth story.
Last Monday night Matt and I went to the hospital so that I could be induced first thing Tuesday Morning. They asked me 101 questions, took my blood and put Cirvidil in, this is a drug used to "ripen" your cervix so that the induction will be more productive. Anyway, hope that you never have to get Cirvidil put in, it was not comfortable! They gave me an Ambien to help me sleep and it worked. Matt said that it made me snore loud and I slept through the nurses taking my temperature and blood pressure all night.
Tuesday morning at about 6:00 they woke me up so that I could take a shower before they gave me pitocin to start contractions. They held off giving me Pitocin for a while because I was already having contractions on my own, unfortunately after a couple hours they weren't progressing so they had to give me some Pitocin.
The Dr. checked me at around 8:30 and I was dilated 1 and he tried to break my water but the baby was up so high that he couldn't reach to break it so he said he'd try again later. I had contractions all morning, not too bad though. at about 2:00 the Dr. came in again and tried to break my water. I was only dilated to almost a 2 at this point (you should dilate one centimeter an hour) and he still couldn't reach my water to break it. (this was also extremely uncomfortable (uncomfortable is a major understatement)) I was kind of bummed out that I had not progressed more in 6 hours of labor. About 5 minutes after the Dr. left the room I had my first contraction from the depths of Hell. It was so painful, I can't even describe it so that you would understand what it felt like. When that contraction was over I had another one about 30 seconds later and they just kept getting more painful and closer together I was convinced that this was real labor then I felt water run out between my legs and I told the nurse that I think my water just broke. Matt was wonderful he helped me breath to get through the contractions and tried to help me the best that he could. I just kept having these contractions with sometimes only about 10 seconds to rest finally after about 40 minutes of this I told Matt that I wanted an epidural.
I told that nurse and wouldn't you know it someone else was getting one right then! I kept thinking that I needed it more than she did and that the anesthesiologist should come do mine first. The nurse said that I had to sign a release and I was like, I'll sign anything to make this pain go away! So finally about a half an hour later the anesthesiologist came in and I was laying there half naked because I was so hot and didn't care who saw me. He asked me a bunch of questions and told me all the risks and I did not care I just wanted the pain to go away. Finally after about an hour and a half of these contractions they were gone. I was so releved until the Dr. came in and checked me and I was dilated to a 2! All those painful contractions had done no good. The Dr said that he recommended a C-section. I asked him to give me a few minutes to talk about it with Matthew and His mother was in the room too. I wanted to go ahead and get the C-section and the nurse thought that it would be the best thing to do so that's what I did. Matt called my Mom and let her know that we decided to have a c-section and her and my Dad walked into my room right as they were wheeling me out to the delivery room.
He was born at 5:52 and he was beautiful and perfectly healthy Matthew saw him first and he cried when he saw him. His name is Henry Patrick Hawkins and I love him more than you can understand unless you have children.