What a great day! It's a good thing I didn't write in the blog this morning at 4:00AM like I was tempted to. Getting induced is awesome, but there are some pretty funky things going on in your mind the day before you get induced. For example, I could not get the Les Mis song "One Day More" out of my head, which wouldn't be such a big problem except for I only know those three words...annoying. Then of course there is the fact that we had to be at the hospital at 6:00AM, which meant leaving at 5:30, getting up at 4:30. You would think that would have inspired us to go to bed early. Nope, we stayed up late watching episodes of "House" which provoked horrible nightmares all night long that they would find a tapeworm in my brain or some other weird complication while I was here to deliver the baby. Between all this and the burglar that broke in to use the bathroom (it is really hard to remember that you have house guests at 2:00 AM, so much so that we scoured the house looking for bad guys before we realized it was just my mom visiting the ladies room. . ). Anyway, it was a L-O-N-G night.
That being said though. . . . what a terrific day! I was put on pitocin at about 6:30AM, I was already having mild contractions, but they got stronger and closer etc. I was sure to mention to the nurse that I was not opposed to getting an epidural as soon as I was eligible. At about 7:15 my doctor came and broke my water. I think I lost 10 lbs of just water, that was the weirdest thing-- it just kept coming. I had my epidural by about 8:30--just as the contractions were getting a more painful than what I liked :)
Our nurse Laura (pronounce like Lora) was so awesome! She just made the experience amazing. She took time to really answer our questions and go the extra mile discussing baby names, etc. I felt like she was really focused on us and she just made the experience so wonderful!
So I kept trying to sleep, Blaine kept sneaking off to eat (um, hello? He was so hungry he kept saying, but if I recall he at least got to eat Lucky Charms for breakfast, had a donut for a snack, ordered pizza AND a burger from the grill and still said he was hungry--- I didn't even get ice chips!), and the time passed.
By about noon I was at a 9 and Blaine decided to go get lunch. It was weird because right after he left things got kind of scary. The babies heart rate went down and fluctuated, they upped my fluids, had me roll from one side to another (have you ever tried to do that while completely numb- I felt like an idiot!, and finally put on an oxygen mask). Eventually things stabilized, so that's good!
Then all of the sudden I could feel pressure and contractions on the left side of my body. It was actually pretty cool. My epidural was wearing off-- but only half way-- sweet! So they called the doctor in and we started pushing. I was nervous for this because with Gwen I pushed for THREE hours. However, I must be more experienced or something because three pushing sessions (about five minutes) and we had our new baby boy! He weighed in at 8 lbs 13 oz, measured 19 1/2 inches and had some cute little black hair-- not as much as Gwen (that's good or else I would have to cut his hair tomorrow!). He was so sweet. Of course he cried for a few minutes, but then he was just gazing around checking stuff out (with only one eye mind you because the other was apparently too hard to open). All of this and he was a champ at eating-- what a difference that made!
It was amazing how different this delivery was. I have never complained about Gwenie's delivery, it was awesome but I think I was a little overwhelmed. She was born at 10PM, she looked all gross and I was terrified at the fact that my life was changing forever. This time though it was about two in the afternoon, I felt fantastic, and I couldn't wait to hold the little goober. He is so sweet. I actually haven't seen him in a couple of hours, he is pretty sleepy and needs help staying warm, but hopefully I will see him soon.
He still doesn't have a name. Just little brother, but that seems to fit him well. He looks so much like Gwen! Hopefully we can get some pictures on here tonight!
We are so blessed and we love this little guy so much! Blaine just called and is trying to lure Gwenie away from Dora long enough to come meet her brother. . . .hopefully she will meet him soon!