EASwimmer: Logan's Birth Story
Thursday, January 22, 2009 1:55 PM
"When the doctor broke my water, it was all green. The baby had already had a bowel movement while in-utero..."
I started having contractions on Sunday, September 21, 2008. I started timing them and they were anywhere from 3 to 6 minutes apart. It was a tightening feeling up towards the top of my abdomen, but they were not painful, just annoying. We went to Labor & Delivery around 11 a.m. I was checked and my cervix was still at 1 to 2 centimeters dilated and 30% effaced -- just like my last appointment. I was discharged from L&D at 12:30 p.m. and was told to come back once the contractions were stronger.
We went out to lunch and then had our meeting at our office later that night. The contractions were still constant but not getting any worse. We went home that night and my husband and I both went into nesting mode. We cleaned the whole house. We picked up the living room and dining room. Washed all the dishes, started the laundry, folded and put away all the laundry. We even vacuumed the house. Finally we went to bed.
I woke up around 3 a.m. because I started to have lower abdominal cramps. They felt like menstrual cramps -- again, not real painful but annoying. I started timing them and they were three minutes apart. I continued timing them for a hour and a half but they were still three minutes apart. They were, however, getting stronger. I woke up Jason at 5 a.m. and told him that I think I was in labor. He said give it another half hour and then we’ll drive in.
We left for L&D around 6 a.m. It was foggy outside that morning buy it finally started clearing up about 6:30 a.m. We got to L&D at 7a.m. and at 7:30 a.m., the doctor came in and checked me. I was at 3 cm and 75% effaced. He said that I was a keeper. I was admitted to the hospital at 8 a.m. and moved to my new room at 8:20 a.m. The nurse started the IV in my arm at 8:30 a.m.
At 9 a.m. I had to go to the bathroom. When I got back in bed, as soon as I sat down it felt like I had peed myself. The nurse tested me with a long Q-tip and it was amniotic fluid. The doctor came in and broke my water sac all the way. I was now at 3 ½ cm and 80% effaced. When the doctor broke my water, it was all green. He said that was because the baby had already had a bowel movement while in-utero. At 9:15 a.m. the doctor started me a small drip of Pitocin to help speed up the contractions.
Well, the Pitocin worked and at 11:30 a.m. I got the epidural. The contractions were starting to hurt and I did not want to be in pain anymore. I was very nice after that. The epidural did not hurt at all. I think because I was concentrating on having the contractions. At 12 p.m., I was checked again and I was at 4cm and 80% effaced. At that time I also had a catheter put in and an IV was inserted in my vagina to help flush out his bowel movement.
Me and Jason had a little bet to see who was the closest to his birth weight and length. My guess: 8 lbs. 7 oz. and 20 inches long. Jason’s guess: 8lbs 12oz. and 21in. long.
At 1 p.m. I was 5 to 6 cm dilated. By 1:30 p.m. I was already at 7 cm. They were worried about the baby’s heart rate. After each contraction that I had, his heartbeat would go down. So I had to lay on my left side, which helped. If I laid on my right side, it was a no go -- he did not like that at all! The doctor then inserted an internal monitor that was placed on his head to measure his heart rate more accurately. At this point I was finally able to get some rest.
By 2:30 p.m. I was checked once more and I was at 10 cm! I tried one round of pushing at this time with the nurse. I did a good job and was able to move the baby down some. They wanted to wait and let the contractions help move the baby down. This way I did not have to push for so long. This is called laboring down. Both Jason and I took a nap from 3 to 4 p.m. and at 4:15 p.m. the doctor came in and checked me. By 4:30, he wanted me to start pushing.
Well 4:30 rolled around and the nurse came in. I started pushing while the three of us were all talking. It was actually nice and relaxing not stressful at all. I think I did four or five rounds of pushing with the nurse. At 4:55 p.m. she left the room to get the doctor who came in and got dressed. I did one round of pushing with him and he told me on the next set of pushes that I should have the baby. The doctor then told me that I was starting to tear and I was going to get an episiotomy. I pushed for one more round and there he was out and crying.
Meeting baby Logan
Logan Everest was born at 5:05 p.m. on Monday, September 22, 2008! The doctor clamped the umbilical cord and asked Jason if he wanted to cut the cord. He quickly grabbed the scissors and cut the cord. They then took him over to the table to get cleaned up. The neonatal team was waiting for him. The doctor was worried that he might have of inhaled some of the feces in the womb. But everything was okay. The nurses took him to get weighted and measured. He came in at 7 lbs. 15 oz. and 19 in. long. Looking back at the bet, I was the closest.
They swaddled Logan up and gave him to Jason to hold. That is when I started to cry. I knew then that we were a family.
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