Mom flew in on April 3rd thinking that for sure we would have a baby within the week. Toward the end of her stay we knew that probably wasn't going to happen so we got her a one way ticket home for the 14th. (I'm so glad she didn't leave on the 10th!!!)
We woke up at 4 am on Friday, April 11th. Out the door by 4:30... the rest of the house was still asleep. I was nervous. Two weeks overdue and this was the day we had been waiting for. I had no idea what to expect. We got to the hospital just after 5 am and checked in.
6:30 am: IV was in and pitocin was started.
9 am: Dr. came to check on us and broke my water. Between 2 and 3 cm. 60% effaced.
It was a long 4 hours before the nurse check again.
1 pm: only at 4 cm!
1:30 pm: I hit the wall. The contractions were much different than when I went into labor naturally with the girls. Way more intense. I told Donald to go out and get the nurse to talk about an epidural. He turned green. The nurse came in and we talked...Donald came back in looking sick and I knew he wouldn't make it if he stayed so I sent him for Mom who was at home with the girls.
2:30 pm: The epidural was in and taking effect. Can't say how I feel about the whole lower half of my body going numb...I can tell you though how I reacted. My blood pressure dropped, almost passed out and then got sick. Yuck. On the upside, once it was fully in effect, I couldn't feel a thing. Couldn't even move my legs. Strange.
Mom showed up soon after that and we chatted...I slept...
4 pm: 7 cm! I couldn't believe it!
6:15 pm: Complete and ready to have a baby! She called the doctor and then we waited.
7 pm: Dr. showed up and everyone got ready. 6 pushes (give or take 1 or 2) and Oscar Dean was born at 7:13 pm.
- 11 lbs 3 oz
- 22 inches long
- Head: 14 1/4
- hospital shirt: too small
- Newborn diapers: too small
Nickname from the nurses: "Toddler Baby" :)
Although I was a little bit sad that Donald wasn't there with me, it was extra special to have Mom. I'm glad she was able to be there with me. Donald and the girls came to the hospital sometime after 8 pm to meet our "little" Oscar.
That night I was able to get a couple of hours of sleep when the nurse took Oscar to the nursery.
On Saturday, Mom, Donald and the girls came to visit again....caught a couple of hours of sleep...more visitors that evening. It was a pretty good day. :)
Saturday night was awesome. My nurse was awesome. She told me that the nursery was closed that night but she said she would take Oscar for 3 hours. I fed him and fell asleep. She brought him back after 3 hours...I fed him again...she whisked him away for another 3 hours. She brought him back at 6 am. Amazing.
Sunday morning was quiet...
Donald came after lunch and we checked out that afternoon.
Even though I was so set against being induced and even more against getting an epidural, I have no regrets. Oscar's arrival couldn't have been more perfect. I'm so happy that he's a big, healthy boy. He is named after my Grandpa Oscar and Donald's Grandpa Dean.
I am content. Our family is complete.
Thank you, Grandma. :)