On the 24th of March I was having regular contractions every 2 minutes, lasting a minute long. They felt like period cramps. I let this go on for a few hours then decided, why not take a trip to L&D! But, I was only 1 cm dilated and got sent home.
Then on the 26th at my appointment, my doctor checked me and said I was 2 cm!
On the 28th, I was still having regular contractions every 2 minutes (they never stopped) and they felt much stronger. I go to L&D again, and they tell me I'm 3 cm! I was so happy. But, they still felt I was not in active labor (which is 4 cm)
On the 30th, I go back again because they keep getting stronger and stronger and were always 2 minutes apart lasting a minute long. It was so strong I couldn't sleep and I had to breathe through them. I show up and the nurse tells me "You're still 3 cm, but I am convinced this is it for you." So she hooks me up to fluids to monitor me all night, to see if it stops my contractions. At about 1 am March 31st, I'm really in a lot of pain. I beg for pain relief (lol shitty pain tolerance) but there is nothing they can do for me because I was still 3 cm and not admitted.
At about 4 am, I ask if I can get in the tub because I'm screaming in pain. So I sat in it until 6 am, just screaming. I got out and got hooked back up to monitors. A nurse checks me and I am 4 cm! About time! Still couldn't have any pain relief until my doctor got there (he was on call this day) and at about 7:30 am he walks in the door!
He checks me and I am 6 cm. He said my fluids were leaking so he goes ahead and pops my bag of water. Instantly, the pain was excruciating. About 9 am, I get an epidural. Oh what a life saver lol! I highly recommend.
About 10 am, Alex's heart beat was dropping to the 70s/80s with every contraction, but the nurse wasn't concerned because it went back up when I was done contracting. Then at 10:30 am, she got concerned because it was still doing the same. So she checks me, and says "10 cm and 100% effaced, you're ready to push"
So my doctor comes in, tries stretching me out but couldn't enough to get Alex's head out with my first couple pushes, so I have an episiotomy (hurts like a bitch afterwards) then about 9 pushes later, Alexander is born at 10:47 am! 19 inches long and 6 pounds 1 ounce! I was 40 weeks + 4 days. He needed that extra cooking!
I'm so happy he is here, I love him to death. He sleeps great at night and is doing wonderful at breastfeeding! He is my world! He looks exactly like daddy
Here's a picture of him about an hour after birth, and I will add more pics later!
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