We got there at 8 am and the doctor came in to check me before he put the Cytotec in. I was still at 1-2 cm which is what I had been on Monday when I was checked. I was kind of discouraged about that, but I wasn't leaving that hospital without a baby! A few hours after the Cytotec was put in, I started having some mild cramping and a few contractions, but nothing worse than what I had been having for the last few weeks. The doctor came back after 4 hours to see if I'd made any progress and put in another dose of Cytotec if necessary. I was barely at 3 cm so we settled in for another 4 hours of waiting for the Cytotec to kick in. Within a few hours, the contractions were getting worse, but still not anything too bad. They were pretty irregular and didn't seem to be getting me anywhere. Sure enough, when the doctor checked me again 4 hours later, I was only 4 cm. We'd been at the birth center for over 8 hours by this point and had been really hoping things would move a little bit faster than they were. The doctor decided to break my water to see if things would speed up. Before he broke it, he asked me if I was sure I wanted to do that as there would be no turning back after that. Ummmm, I was almost 2 weeks overdue and had been at the birth center all day with cramping and contractions. YES, I was ready!
About an hour after my water was broken, the contractions started to get pretty painful and the baby's heartbeat started to dip. I was started on a saline drip which got the baby's heartbeat right back up where it needed to be. I was checked again at around 8 pm and was still at 4 cm, but the contractions were becoming pretty unbearable and since I knew we still had a long way to go, I asked for an epidural. Around 9 pm, the doctor decided to start some Pitocin to see if that would work since nothing else was really getting things done. Thanks to the epidural, the Pitocin didn't make much of a difference in my pain level, but it finally did the trick! In less than 3 hours, I went from 4 cm to 10 and was finally ready to push.
The nurse called for the doctor and had me start pushing while we waited for him to get there, assuming I would be pushing for a while. During the second push, she suddenly told me I had to stop pushing and wait for the doctor. He ran in, threw his gloves and gown on (which seemed to take forever since all I wanted to do at that point was push) and caught the baby on the next push.
At this point, Hubby and I got what was probably the biggest surprise of our lives when the doctor announced that we had a baby girl as the ultrasound back in April had clearly showed a boy or so we thought!
While the baby was being cleaned up, I called the grandparents. I called my mom first and the first thing I said was "She's here!" to which my mom replied, "She?!?! No, it's a boy!" It took a minute to convince her that I wasn't pulling her leg. I asked her not to call my sister (who, being pregnant, had asked me to wait to call her until at least 7 am) because I wanted to be the one to talk to her myself in the morning. Next, I called Hubby's mom who was also completely surprised, but thrilled nonetheless!
About an hour after the baby was born, a nurse came in to give me the pneumoccocal vaccine which my doctor wanted me to get because of my severe asthma. She gave it to me in my leg several hours before the epidural wore off. By Saturday evening, the injection site was red, slightly swollen, and sore, but I wrote it off to not moving my leg around enough after the shot.
|5 days old|
The next morning, I was discharged and we packed everything up to go home. We were waiting for the pediatrician to come in and discharge the baby when all of a sudden, I was freezing, aching all over, and extremely tired. I climbed back into bed and tried to get warm, but was shivering so badly that the whole bed was shaking. The nurse called the doctor back in and he decided to start me on several antibiotics through an iv since my symptoms and high fever had come on so quickly. The nurse piled 6 extra blankets, including 2 warmed blankets on me, but I still couldn't get warm. By this time, my whole thigh where I had gotten the shot the day before was extremely painful, swollen, and bright red. After a day of sleeping and antibiotics, I felt a little better and my fever came down considerably. My leg was still so painful that I couldn't bear anything or anyone to touch it and I could barely walk.
|8 days old|
Monday morning, I spiked another fever and all my symptoms came back, although not as severely as the day before. The doctor decided to keep me one more night. During the night, the pain in my leg improved considerably to the point where I could move it around.
Two days after we were supposed to be discharged, we finally got to leave although I had another 7 days of oral antibiotics to take. The doctor came to the conclusion that somehow the injection had caused cellulitis in my leg. He said it was a good thing that it had happened while I was still in the hospital and not after I got home!
|8 days old|
So basically, the labor and delivery weren't that bad and I felt great afterwords, but one little shot is what did me in! It's been over a week since my symptoms started in my leg and although it's still a little swollen and sore if one of the kids kick me in the leg (which happens way more than I realized!), I'm feeling almost 100% again.
I think I've finally decided on a name to call Baby Girl on the blog! I'll introduce her in the next post. :)
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