Here it is, Blueberry’s birth story. It’s a simple story really. When I had Piglet, he needed a little assist to get out even though he was only 6 pounds so my OB didn’t want Blueberry to go to full-term or past-term for fear of a c-section.
I was scheduled for an induction on 29 November. That morning, I called at 5 am to see if a bed was available. They said to come in at 6:30. I tried to go back to sleep but I was far too excited.
We went in at 6:30 and got settled. It turned out that I was having regular contractions every 2 minutes even though I couldn’t feel anything. We started pitocin immediately.
At around 11, my contractions were still steady but I wasn’t dilating so we decided to break my water. It was so gross, I almost puked. After that, things started to get going. Then Blueberry was having trouble with her heart rate, so we stopped the pitocin which slowed my contractions down almost to a halt.
At around 5 pm, we restarted the pitocin. I was having strong but irregular contractions. In between, I was literally falling asleep. I was so tired from being awake for so long and not being able to eat since breakfast (once I got my epidural at noon, I couldn’t eat anymore).
The doctor came in around 7 and we started pushing. I was only at 9 cm but they thought I could “push through.” So, I started pushing.
Blueberry was born at 8:20 after pushing on-and-off since 7:00. Luckily, I didn’t have any tearing or anything like last time and was able to deliver her naturally.
Surprisingly, she weighed more than Piglet. They were both 20 inches long but while he was 6 pounds, 11 ounces; she weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces – which my husband correctly guesstimated before she was even on the scale!
I told the baby nurse I wanted to go kangaroo care when she came out. Last time, they placed Piglet on a towel immediately for me to see him, we cut the cord, and he went into the warmer to be cleaned off. This time, not so much. Blueberry was placed right on my chest, still gooey. It was both nice and gross. We waited a couple minutes to cut the cord and then after about 10 minutes, they went and cleaned her up (and me) and then brought her back.
Despite being scared about being induced, it was quite a pleasant experience. So relaxing in fact that the nurse woke me up when she came into the room to tell me it was time to push. If we have a third baby, I hope it’s as stress-free as this one.