After 40w+1d, my little boy is finally here. Here's our story!
April 4th, 23:00 - After a day of wondering if our son would come on his due date, DH and I realized he probably wasn't going to come for awhile. However, we had to try some things anyhow to satisfy our curiosity - nipple stimulation and
April 5th, 01:00 - Woke up with horrible heartburn. Took a Zantac and went back to bed
02:00 - Woke up to pee, and saw blood... fresh red blood. Scared, so gently woke up DH to see what the conditions were to call the doctor. Sleepy DH tells me to call only when contractions are 30 min apart. Calmed down enough to sleep.
03:00 - Sudden urges to pee but no bladder signals otherwise. Started realizing those were contractions, 10-15 minutes apart. Took a shower and tried sleeping them off.
03:30 - Not sleeping, so walking through contractions.
04:00 - Contractions are closer now. Time to use the app on my phone to track them. um... 3-8 minutes apart. Not sure if I trust this app with this wide of a gap. LO is happily squirming inside me still.
05:00 - Contractions 3-5 minutes apart consistently. Woke up DH to call the on-call doctor. DH was groggy until I said "3-5 minutes apart"'. On-call doc heard 3-5 and sent us to the hospital. DH took a shower and away we went'
05:45 - Arrive at hospital only to forget how to get to L&D. No guard at info desk, so DH goes to ER for help. He tells them 3-5 and they move quickly to get us directions.
06:00 - Finally in triage at L&D. Hooked up to monitors. LO is just fine; contractions show 3-5 still. House officer comes in and checks me - station -1, 60% effaced, 5 cm dilated! Approved to move to a L&D room.
... 5-7cm and 7-9cm went quickly over the next few hours. DH and our nurse were simply amazing! Great cheerleaders for natural childbirth. OB made a round to check on me and also cheered me on. Contractions grew from sudden urges to pee to period-like cramps.
09:00 - Around 9cm and sounding like Xena the warrior princess. I made noises I didn't even know I could make. I was being cheered on and remembered saying a few things "On the scale of 1-10,this pain is 11!" "I can't do this. I feel constipated and like I'm going to rupture something." Soon into transition, my waters finally broke, which triggered my urges to push.
10:00 - Pushing, I feel another gush... while baby went over the bladder, the bladder emptied all of its contents onto the bed. Pushing, pushing... hated this constipated feeling. Started crowning quicker than expected. Nurses called OB to get her back in. Nurses asked if I wanted to see his head and a few pushes later, they asked if I want to touch his head I remember telling them that I felt constipated and needed to just get him out.
11:00 - Last push... I remember starting it. But the next 10 minutes are mostly blacked out. I remember feeling the whoosh of the baby, like a tiny human evacuating a water slide. Official time of birth is 11:01. Logan Po Liu D. is 6lb 15oz and 20" long. They supposedly put him on me for skin-to-skin time, from what DH told me. Eventually, they whisked him away for tests. He came back with a 9.9 Apgar score. He enjoyed an hour of skin-to-skin with DH while I got stitched by my OB - 2 vaginal tears, an episiotomy to get in to repair those tears, 2 labial tears. While I'm in a massive amount of pain, it's well worth it.
14:15 - Discharged from L&D to Postpartum. Stayed until 4/7.
I was thrilled to be home with Logan for Easter! Now for the long adventure ahead...
Congratulations what a gorgeous baby. I've attempted dtd with no effect so nipple stimulation is next. Do you mind me asking how long you continued. I've read 3 hours. GUEss if that's what it takes its worth it.
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