Thursday, August 16, 2012
I ended up being induced in order to get Noah into the world. On Wednesday, July 25th, I had to report to the hospital at 7:30 pm to get started with the induction. The plan was to use this drug called Cervidil for 12 hours to help ripen my cervix and then start the Pitocin the following morning. Matt was going to stay home that night and I would just try to get some sleep at the hospital. The Cervidil was inserted at around 8:45 pm. Matt was going to hang around for a few hours to make sure all was ok and then head out. Well about a half hour later I started feeling intense pains and felt miserable. The medication brought on contractions and sent me into labor. Needless to say, Matt did not go home for sleep that night (neither of us got any sleep).
By midnight I think I was around 4 cm having gone into the hospital stuck at 2 cm for the past 3 weeks. My water broke on its own at around that time. After that things got miserable. My contractions were only a few minutes apart and extremely intense. I think at around 2 am I got the epidural and by 6 am I was at 9 cm. The plan was to start pushing at around 7 am. I started pushing and then the nurse realized that Noah was sunny side up (head facing out rather than in). I spent a few hours pushing and flipping from side to side in hopes of getting him to reverse back to the correct position.
Unfortunately we had no luck with that. At around 11 am my OB decided that we had tried enough and I would be having a c-section. I was extremely nervous at this point and just kind of lost track of time after that. I do remember hearing Noah cry for the first time and just crying my face off. Matt was amazing at trying to calm me down and shared the news with both of our moms who had been at the hospital all night and morning.
Noah is absolutely wonderful. He is now 9 pounds and just adorable. We had a busy couple weeks with family visiting and his Baptism on August 12th. Holding him and snuggling him makes all of the struggles worth while. He has stolen my heart and I treasure every moment I have with him.