Mikey&Amie: Taylor's Long Delivery
Monday, March 30, 2009 11:34 AM
"At first I felt as if I was going to blow my brains out with the
pushing from the pressure. Eventually I
realized I needed to relax..."
Heading to the hospital
On Tuesday, June 3, we went to the hospital to be induced, due to my high blood pressure. I was an emotional wreck all day, going from one extreme to another. I was so excited to meet my baby girl, but so worried of a failed induction, which could have possibly led to a c-section. I was really scared of the unknown. I spent the day relaxing, laying at the pool, and getting a pedicure, before I finally arrived at the hospital that night at 7 p.m.
As soon as we got there, my nurse got started. She was so sweet and comforting, and made me feel so much more at ease. As my husband Michael got comfy on the couch with the Rangers baseball game, she began the process. We started that evening with Cervidil, which is used to soften the cervix to prepare for labor. It wasn't very comfortable; however once we got started it wasn’t so bad. On and off all night, I experienced some mild contractions, which we were able to see by looking at the monitors. I didn’t sleep a whole lot, as there was a machine taking my blood pressure, every 15 minutes! By morning, my doctor came to check me. My cervix was softer, so the Cervidil had done its job.
By the next day, June 4, my doctor was ready to start the induction. I received an IV (that took three times to get into place!) and a catheter. Once those were ready, we were set to start the Pitocin. My doctor warned me that the Pitocin would make my contractions come on strong and definitely more painful. I noticed it right away. After an hour or so, I was given some Demerol to take the edge off. It helped a little, but not a great deal. The worst part was that it made me so nauseous, so I ended up dry-heaving.
Eventually, around 11a.m., my doctor broke my water. What a gross warm gushing feeling! The contractions got pretty painful and I was ready for the epidural. The worst part of the epidural was the first shot they give you to numb your back. It stings and burns, and eventually your back turns numb. Once it was time for the epidural needle, I really couldn’t feel a whole lot, just a lot of pressure. As I waited, I again began to feel nauseous and started dry heaving again. Luckily it soon passed, and I started to feel better, and numb. Especially on my left side, I couldn’t feel anything, or even lift my legs. It was such a strange feeling! My doctor came back to check me, and at this point I was about 2.5 cm dilated.
My room in Labor & Delivery was huge and so nice, so we had friends and family there all day. I was basically hanging out in bed all numbed out, and we just had a good time. It took several hours to get to 6 cm, which finally happened around 4:45 p.m. It had been a long day and I was really tired due to not sleeping much the night before. Finally, my doctor came back, and kicked everyone out so she could check me again. Everyone was about to leave to get something to eat since it appeared it would still be several hours, but when my doctor checked me she said, “Wow, you’re 9 cm dilated” (What?!) We were shocked! Next thing I know, Michael is darting out of the room to catch everyone.
Ready to deliver!
It took another 45 minutes or so to get to 10 cm, but finally I was there. My doctor was away assisting on a c-section, so I began to push with the nurses. At first I felt as if I was going to blow my brains out with the pushing. I could feel the pressure in my head and face. Eventually I realized I needed to relax my face, and concentrate on pushing down low. After each push, the nurses said how great I was doing. Of course, I assumed they say this to everyone, to keep them going. I figured I had a ways to go, especially since they said many first time moms push for up to 3 hours!
Finally after a few more pushes, one of the nurses said “You’re going to need to stop pushing now and breathe between contractions” What!? I needed to push so badly. I kept thinking, Holy cow, the baby is coming! By the time my doctor got back, I was SO ready to push. After the first push, the doctor asked Michael if he wanted to see (he had planned on not looking at all!) and he said, "Yes!" The next thing I heard out of his mouth was "Oh My God!" So I looked down to see what was going on.. On the second push, her head was out, and one more push, she was here!
Becoming a family
As I was getting stitched up, I caught a glimpse of Michael holding our sweet baby girl. He looked at her and said, “You.are.perfect.” That still brings tears to my eyes. She was and still is perfect.
I cannot describe the overwhelming emotions I felt at that moment, seeing the life that Michael and I created together. WOW, what an experience. We instantly fell in love, and I still have a hard time believing she’s here (except at 2 a.m. in the morning!). I was so happy with the birth and that I was able to deliver vaginally. At one point based on my measurements, we thought she was a big, big baby, but after our last “growth” ultrasound, we found she was right on track. I’m so thankful for that, for sure!
Giving birth was the most amazing, overwhelming, exhausting but completely rewarding experience EVER. People tell you that you will never know the love that you will have for your child – and it’s true. I love her with everything I have. She’s my world, my heart, and my soul. I am so thankful for my husband and our new precious life we have created. Now we are complete; a family.
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