Okay, not this baby. Not yet but let’s talk about my other babies. Jess is asking for birth stories as she eagerly awaits the arrival of her second daughter. I had planned to link up with her what I had already written but the entries weren’t very good. There weren’t any pictures! So, I’m rewriting their birth stories. I hope you enjoy!
Piglet: 20 November 2010
|Our first attempt to swaddle|
I was still full time Army at the time and been reduced to 4 hour work days but on this Friday, I decided not to go into work at all. The unit was deployed and I had really nothing to do so I made the decision to stay home. Hubs still went into work but my mom was home with me. Since it was nearly Christmas, we went to the mall. To buy stuff, to walk the baby out, whatever. We spent a good 2 hours just mall walking. On the way home, my mom accidentally ran over a curb and she commented “if you go into labor, just remember, I started it.”
We went into the house and hung out for a while, that night we were having dinner with our old next door neighbors (both kids were born in Kentucky, the same place I went to high school at, so we have a lot of of friends in the area). At around 4, I started getting weird pains, every 15 minutes, at the top of my stomach. I thought I was just tired from walking and didn’t want to ruin dinner so I didn’t say anything. We drove from our house to an Applebee’s right outside post (where the hospital is) and met our friends. We enjoyed a good meal, but my pains were increasing. The friend we were with is a nurse and kept asking if I was having contractions, she was very excited.
We got home around 7:30 that night and I was really starting to contract. My mom said we should wait until 8:30-9 to go to the hospital but as soon as I took my jeans off, the contractions were very regular – maybe 8-9 minutes apart. I said it was time to go. Hubs got our bags and we left. We would call my mom if I had been admitted so she could join us later.
We got to triage and I had to pee in a cup. Easier said than done but I managed it. In the triage room, I was evaluated at 3 centimeters but still in active labor. I immediately asked for some pain medicine. Before I could get it, I had to fill out a bunch of forms and sign waivers. “Yes, I know the risks of X medicine, etc.” I needed antibiotics because I was Strep B positive so after I got changed, I got an IV. Once I was settled in bed with the IV – but no meds – they did another check and I was at 6 centimeters! All in about 30 minutes. I begged for the epidural and luckily, there was already a lady in labor down the hall so the anesthesiologist was already on the floor. He came in and him and the nurse commented on how I would probably deliver before the other lady because I was progressing so fast. My mom arrived, my epidural kicked in, and we relaxed as much as possible.
At around 2:45 am, the nurse came in suddenly and started flipping me around. I guess Piglet’s heart rate was hard to find or track, I’m not sure, she didn’t really explain. I do know that despite being so dilated, my contractions were stopping and I need pitocin to keep them going. As she flipped me, she glanced at the computer, grabbed the call button and yelled “nurse, doc, I need you!” The doc came in and did a check and said it was time to push. I also needed to be given oxygen between pushes. The nurses assembled and we got down to businesses. After a couple pushes, the doc said he didn’t think Piglet would fit and I “may need an episiotomy and vacuum assist.” Before I even said okay, he had done it. One more push and the vacuum assisted him out.
His head was huge. And long. And he looked like an alien but he was my alien. They laid him on my chest for a minute or two before taking him away to clean and measure and check on that giant noggin. His APGAR score wasn’t very good and so we did skin-to-skin to help him out. We tried to nurse as we lay there and just basically cuddled. He was so tiny, 6 pounds, 11 ounces and 20 inches long and technically 4 days late!
Because of the vacuum, he got a huge bruise on his head and then developed jaundice. He spent the next 4 days under a billi blanket, we even had to take one home with us! But he started pooping a lot (the only cure really) and his jaundice cleared up. And his head rounded out too. 😉
Blueberry: 29 November 2012
With Piglet, I saw a midwife but when delivery day, she wasn’t on shift and I ended up with a doctor. Once I found out I was pregnant again, I went to see the same midwife. We discussed my previous labor and she was concerned that I needed assistance with such a small baby. When we got closer to my due date, we would discuss induction so I hopefully wouldn’t need another intervention.
Well, we decided on induction but it ended up being only 4 days prior to my actual due date since both kids were born very close to the Thanksgiving holiday. I went in on the 29th, ready for baby. My midwife had discussed getting a pill inserted so soften up my cervix and help labor along before starting pitocin but hey, what do you know, I was already in early labor. Contracting (weakly) every 2 minutes. We ditched the pill idea and started pitocin instead. I ate breakfast and just hung out. Around lunch, my contractions were steady but not getting more intense so we decided to break my water. My midwife’s shift ended at 5 and she wanted to deliver. With my water broken, I started contracting more. The anesthesiologist came in and gave me my epidural. Then the belly monitor stopped working so they had to insert a monitor on Blueberry’s head. That was weird but it tracked her heart a lot better. The midwife came back around 5:15 and checked me, still not ready to push, she had to go. I was kind of bummed because I didn’t know who was on call but what can you do?
At 7:30 that night, I asked Hubs to up the epidural. He pressed it once and then the nurse came in. She asked why we didn’t call her and I said “I don’t know, it was just more pressure.” She looked and sure enough, Blueberry was ready to come out. She paged for a doc and the only one available was the brand-new head of OB. He came in, looked around, and decided yes, let’s get ready. The nurses came in, everyone got dressed and I started to push. This doc was way cooler than the first, he didn’t rush me and Blueberry came out unassisted, weighing a half pound more! They put her on my chest and Hubs cut the umbilical chord, then he correctly guessed her weight, 7 pounds 2 ounces, again 20 inches long. Her head was perfectly round.
|perfectly predicted weight by Daddy|
So, there you have it. Two very different labors in the same room of the same hospital, almost exactly 2 years apart. This time around, I feel more prepared to fight for what I want. I really feel like I could have delivered Piglet no problem but it was past 3 am and the doc probably didn’t want to wait anymore. My midwife in Kentucky was amazing and so here in Hawaii, I sought out midwives again. At Tripler they have a certified midwife program with 8 midwives, 2 of which only work nights so you are almost guaranteed to deliver with a midwife. I’ve met several of them and I like them all. I’ll be in my third trimester next week and so the countdown really begins. I just hope I don’t have another quick labor because the hospital is at least 30 minutes away!