Friday, April 27, 2012
For the few nights preceding the night I went to the hospital, I was awoken by timetable contractions. They weren't painful, but definitely uncomfortable. They started out the first night about 25 minutes apart, then the second night were about 15-20 minutes apart. The next day, which was Thursday, I had contractions that were 15 minutes apart for much of the day, but they were still mild and would get even more mild if I were resting.
Thursday night, I was awoken by contractions that were 10 minutes apart.
That next day, Friday, I had them throughout the whole day, but they were still mild that I'd have to sit to notice them. They gradually got closer together and were 7 minutes apart by the afternoon. In the evening they were 6 minutes apart, but still totally bearable. I was really confused at this point because I'd imagined contractions this close together to be unbearable where I knew we needed to get to the hospital. But mine were so mild that I didn't know if we should go in or not. We go to church with one of the labor and delivery nurses at the New Bern hospital, so I spoke with her that night. She told me that if they're consistently 5 minutes apart, even after drinking a big glass of water and resting, to go in, because I'd already been 3 cm dilated that Tuesday before. Once I laid down for that evening to go bed, they weren't noticeable.
I woke up on Saturday and laid in bed for a while to time what I was feeling. I was having on and off period-like back pain (which is what I mostly felt the precious days-all the pain was in my back) coming in 5-6 minute waves. Hunter had his very first soccer game that morning though and at this point, I wasn't going to miss it, even if it meant going to the hospital from the game!
The whole day, they continued at 5 minutes apart but I wanted the kids to get a nap and Greg had an errand to run. Even though I felt silly because they were no where near painful, after naps we packed the kids up, took them to the babysitters', and headed to the hospital.
After registration and all that hoopla, I was finally hooked up to a monitor just before 7. Since we arrived right at shift-change, we just waited for the new nurse while my contractions were monitored. She came in and said, although mild, it was picking up consistent contractions at 5 minutes apart. When she checked me, she said I was dilated to an easy 4, and 70% effaced. (I'd only been a 3 and 10% effaced on Tuesday.) She said they would probably keep me but the doctor had to make the final decision. When he came in and she told him my progress from Tuesday, he agreed to keep me! He said they would break my water and see how things went from then, and if needed, they'd use pitocin to speed things along.
My nurse knew I wasn't getting an epidural, and so I said I'd like to avoid pitocin because of that. She said she was fine with that, even if it took all night.
At about 8:30, the doctor finally broke my water. After that, I gradually felt the contractions grow in their intensity for the next couple hours. I just had to breathe through them and then I was fine in between.
About 10pm, I decided to get out of the bed and sit on the birthing ball which was way more comfortable and then Greg would push on the small of my back (where most of my pain was) to alleviate some of the pain during contractions.
At 11:30, I was only a 5 (yet in a LOT of pain) so I decided to walk to try to bring him down. When I had a contraction, I had to lean on Greg and I'd put my head on his stomach and just breathe through them. I tried the birthing ball for a bit more after walking got too painful. I even sat on the potty chair for a few contractions because I actually felt like that position was helping move him down.
At 1:00am, I was in too much pain and I decided to get an IV med. My nurse checked me and said I was about a 6 and gave me Nubain, but because it makes you loopy, she said I had to lay in bed. She warned that I might still be feeling it when it was time to push (because I'd said earlier that I didn't want to be loopy while pushing) but at that point I didn't care. If it was going to take the edge off of the contractions, I wanted it.
For the next half hour, I laid in the bed and had the weirdest, Nubain-induced thoughts in between contractions. Around 1:20 though I could feel that he was definitely getting close. I beared the next couple contractions, and then during one of them, I could feel him right there and I felt like I wanted to push. I managed to say "call her" to Greg and he pressed the call button. All he said to her was, "She just told me to call you!" Thankfully, my nurse had taken us seriously when we told her how fast Kylee came. She rushed in, checked me and said, "Are you ready to have a baby?" It was 1:31 at that time, and after 2 contractions, Gunnar was born at 1:38am on April 15th, weighing 8 lbs 2 oz and was 21 inches long.
It was certainly painful with no epidural, but recovery (at least at the hospital) seemed to be much better. I was already up and showered the next morning, just 6 hours after giving birth. And I had no chance of crazy side-effects during the postpartum period. I had nerve damage from Kylee's epidural for months afterward. It's so nice to not have to worry about that.
I can't see myself getting another epidural with future labors. I did it once - why go back?
Monday, April 23, 2012
That's it for now. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us as we learn to adjust to being a family of 5.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
In the mean time, know that we're all home and doing well...just trying to adjust to being a family of 5! For now, here's some random pictures from the last few days.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
I've been having contractions on and off for about 3 days, but yesterday they started to be pretty consistent. They were 7 minutes apart yesterday but still bearable. This morning they were 6 minutes apart but I was determined to go to Hunter's first soccer game. After that, they were 5 minutes apart all day. We kept going about our day though because they were totally bearable. I wouldn't even say painful, just uncomfortable. But I spoke with a l&d nurse who said if they're 5 minutes apart even when I lay down to come in because I was already 3 cm at my last appt.
Even though I felt a bit silly, since it was mainly just like period back pain that came in 5 minute waves, we decided to come in. They monitored for a bit and saw the contractions that were 5 minutes apart, and when the nurse checked me, she said I was 4 cm and 70% effaced. The dr came in and was given the information and said they would keep me. I had my water broken about 8:30 and the contractions have been getting progressively more painful so I'm sure this is the last you'll hear from me before we have a sweet baby boy!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Well, there's only two photos to compare since I was induced before my due date with Kylee. I think it's safe to say that I was big everywhere with Hunter in comparison to this one. Yikes, I was huge! I was 25 lbs heavier at this point with Hunter. Thank goodness that's not the case this time!
And I'm still pregnant. And it's almost 10pm...so I'm thinking it's safe to say that he'll be overdue.
I had my regular doctor appointment yesterday. She said I was 3 cm dilated, but he's still at -2 station, and I'm only 10% effaced. But she said my cervix is soft, so hopefully it'll start to thin out too. I asked about induction since he's only getting bigger the longer he stays in there, and she said the dr won't even consider induction before 41 weeks, regardless of the fact that Hunter was 10lb 8 oz. She said statistics don't show correlation in size with siblings, and that statistics DO show a higher risk of emergency c-sections with inductions before the 41 week mark. I cried right there in the dr's office. I know it was silly, but my hormones got the best of me, I guess.
I left there really disappointed because I was really hoping for an induction date. But as the day went on, I became level-headed again and remembered that I told myself I didn't want induction with this one. So I have an appointment scheduled for Monday to talk about induction, but Lord willing, I won't make it that far and won't have to worry about it.
And this morning from about 5-7 am, I was awoken by multiple contractions, and then would fall back asleep in between them. I had them on and off during the morning too, but only about 2 an hour. This afternoon I'm not sure I noticed any except when I laid down for a bit. Then at church tonight, I noted 2 during the preaching. So I wonder if they're noticeable when I'm resting but when I'm up and busy, I just pass them off as Braxton Hicks. But when I do have one, I know it's real. It's definitely an actual contraction. So how we just need them to get stronger and closer together. I'm ready for my baby boy!
Here's this week's pic:
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
*Wash all newborn linens for baby boy. This includes sheets, blankets, clothes, diapers, etc. Success! Considering my due date is in 9 days, I'd be stupid to not have this done!
*Get dresser to put clothes in. Success! And if you missed my post about it, I actually got it for FREE from Freecycle! It's totally ready to go with all his clothes in it.
*Clean out our new truck. Success, although I can't take too much credit for this one! Greg did most of the work. He did all the wipe down with Armor All wipes. I did borrow a carpet cleaner from Jenny and I spot cleaned the carpets though. And I seriously LOVE our truck. Every time I drive it, I think that. The Lord is so good, and I love our new vehicle that has lots of room for lots more babies. ;)
*Memorize 2 more verses, and still remember the last 8. Success! I memorized Romans 12:14 and Ephesians 6:11 this month.
*Make at least 4 meals to freeze for after baby boy comes. Technically this is a fail, because I didn't do 4 meals. I did, however, do 3, so it will still be a help after he comes.
*Have a sweet baby boy with no epidural.
That is all. I'm looking forward to blogging that it went successfully next month! :)