It's a BOY!!
arrived on October 14th, 2008 at 6:45 pm
7 lbs 4 oz
21 1/2 inches
My Birth Story
Robert and I arrived at the hospital on October 13th at 11pm to begin Cervidil for my induction. Once in our birth room they started me on the Cervidil around midnight and gave me Ambien to sleep. I have to say that may have been the best sleep I have had in awhile. I really didn't want to take the Ambien and wasn't sure why they wanted me to, but now I realize they want you to have strength to push during labor. I am glad I took it since I slept so well! Poor Robert had his air mattress and no Ambien. The next morning around 8 am they started me on Pitocin. I was still not really dilated at this point. Around 10 am I was hurting a bit and they gave me Demerol. The Demerol made me very woozy and I very shortly got sick and up came the cranberrry juice I had earlier. I remember my nurse being worried that I was already in so much pain at only a 1 or 2 dilation. I felt okay at this point after the Demerol, however, it wasn't long before I was in a lot of pain once again and was begging for the epidural. I believe I had reached a 2 1/2 by 2 pm and when my doctor came in I asked for the epidural which he okayed. Yay! At 2:30 I received the epidural and almost passed out while they were giving it to me. Not because of any pain. It did not hurt, but possibly because of the Demoral. I am not sure. I just remember falling forward and the nurse being worried and telling me to stay still. I have to say I loved my nurse I had that day. She was so sweet and I am so thankful I had her. Within an hour or so I was in pain again. The pain was in my lower pelvic area and my contractions were spiking. I thought the epidural would cut out all pain, but for me it did not. I remember being in a lot of pain and getting very nauseous again. I dry heaved and they decided to give me more Demerol. This did not really help and I was begging for another epidural around 4pm. I finally got another one at 5 pm. It took the Anesthesiologist forever it seemed. At this point I was at a 5 dilation and I believe this might be when Dr. Suba broke my water. I can't remember because I didn't even know he did it. I was pretty out of it. At this point Dr. Suba had to leave and did not think I would deliver till 11 or 12 that night. Still in pain and feeling the contractions at 6 pm my nurse checked me and said, "Honey, you are at a 10 it's time to push!" I was like pretty surprised and could not believe I had gone from a 5 to a 10 in an hour, but thought okay let's get this show on the road. I pushed for approximately 30 minutes off and on and at 6:45 pm little Barrett was out. Robert took so many great pictures of the birth which I am so thankful for. It all went by so fast it is so wonderful to look back at those photos of little Barrett on my tummy screaming. :) After he was cleaned up and wrapped up like a little burrito Dr. Carrington (the on call doctor who delivered me) took a picture of all of us. We were in the hospital for 3 days and I know Robert was so ready to get out of there. He stayed every night and slept on the air mattress. He also went to EVERY SINGLE OB appointment. He did not miss one! What a great Daddy!
I was extremely nervous to give birth, but I had such a great experience. There was definitely pain, but not anything I couldn't do again. My episiotomy pain afterwards was worse than giving birth. I am so thankful for our healthy baby boy and thank God everyday for this blessing. We love him so much.