I’m not exactly sure why it has taken me so long to write my sweet Eva’s, pronounced Eh-va, birth story. Oh! Wait! I know, I’m a mom of two now…no time…Ha! Ha! Ha! Well, today, I’m making time!
Here is Eva’s Birth Story!
I was due February 28, 2014. I was so thankful that this year was not a leap year…Ha! Well, a two weeks prior to this date, I had two of my doctors tell me that I should induce, because she may be as big or bigger than my son (he was 10 pounds 3 oz). Than I had another doctor tell me to wait it out at my appointment 2 days before my due date…but at that appointment, she said I could induce…I was so confused… I honestly didn’t know what to do. I’m 9 months preggos, huge, slightly uncomfortable, emotional because I want to meet my little girl, very happy (I love being pregnant), sad…as you can see a mix of all emotions. So, I went with it… I had to call ahead (24 hours) to see if there was a bed for me, I got a bed around 12pm on the 28th. So now I get all checked in, an awesome gown on, blood drawn, and then the doctor comes in. The doctor does an exam and says along these lines “You’re lucky that your cervix is pliable and a good candidate, otherwise I was going to read you a riot act!” my husband and I were sort of stunned…she then went into detail about waiting is the best option…yadda yadda yadda…and I was like yeah! That’s what I wanted, but I had two doctors say do it and one say no… I was torn. She apologized, and said “Sometimes that’s the hardest thing with having a large practice, we don’t always say the same thing, but having you be comfortable with all doctors helps…double edge sword” In my head I’m thinking if you know this than you should do something about it… but I kept that in my head and decided to head home and wait it out! I think my husband was more pissed than me!
So, I go to my appointment the following week and we now pushing week 41, the doctor that I saw apologized for the confusion again and then said, she’s a little uncomfortable waiting till 42 weeks. So this time I medically am having an induced labor.
So that whole calling in 24 hours before the day happens…Let’s say there were a lot of babies being born these two days that I had to do this. I finally got thru at 10:45am on March 7th and they said to come on in…We said goodbye to my parents, who were watching our son, and to Ethan. This was the last moment he would be an only child…We got to the Hospital and checked in at 11:30AM.
Now we just had to wait for the Pitocin…They drew some blood, put an IV in, hooked up all the monitors, got the blood pressure arm band on (my least favorite monitor-it hurts) Doctor, was the doctor that delivered my son and I was so happy it was her, came in and explained the whole process. Pitocin will be hooked to your IV, we start with a low dose and increase dosage as we progress and see how things go from there. She left saying “I’m ordering the Pitocin, Let’s have a Baby!” This was it! We were going from a family of 3 to 4 today! We were both excited!
At 1:00pm the pitocin drip began, I was 3 cm. Now it was time to just wait…playing games on my phone, facebooking, watching TV, eating an ice pop or two, maybe some ice chips, just trying to pass the time. I began to feel small period cramps… nothing special. Every time the nurse came in to check on me, she asked how I was and upped the dose. Around 3:00pm, I could feel mild cramps…not painful, just there. The nurse came in…checked me out, asked how I was, then upped the dose. Everything was all good, I was dilating nicely, and I was 5-6cm at this point.
At 5:30pm, the doctor came in to check me; I believe I was still 6cm or maybe 7cm. She asked how I was with pain, was astonished that I wasn’t more uncomfortable. I told her I’m fine, not uncomfortable, can feel the contractions, but they aren’t bad. The nurse was like “Hunny, you are one tough cookie…you are almost at max dose and your calm as a cucumber.” Then the doctor determined that it was time to break my water. She asked me what my pain plan was…I told her “I would like to go as long as I could without getting an epidural, but when the time comes I would want it.” She then explained to me that once my water breaks, things should pick up and it may get very uncomfortable…so I decided to have them call the anesthesiologist, and when they came if I wanted it I’d take it and if not, then I’d say come back…So that’s what we did…GOOD THING! Once my water broke (both of my waters never broke on their own), the contractions picked up like no other… Some of them off the chart paper they print on. It took the anesthesiologist about a half hour to get to me…this was a very very painful ½ hour. It was the same exact pain I felt when I got my epidural with my son, with him I was 8 cm when I got to the hospital.
At 6:00pm, the anesthesiologist made it to my room. He asked my mom to leave, my hubby could stay. He then explained all the details of what he was going to do…yadda yadda yadda…and I was like now now now! I’m over the pain! Now, it was time for me to sit on the edge of the bed hug a pillow, hold the nurse and sit still…easier said than done when your uterus is squeezing and all you want to do is stretch out…So he cleaned the area did his thing and I hear him say “Nurse, do you need a blood sample?” He missed and hit a blood vessel…so he had to do it again, this meant I had to sit in this uncomfortable position longer…a big contraction hit me and I heard a splash on the floor! All of my water had not come out and it was coming out now… another splash, this time it coincided with the anesthesiologist attempting again, so I couldn’t move…and it got all over the nurse…I felt so bad, it looked like she wet her pants…I was so embarrassed…I kept apologizing to her…The nurse said “it’s ok, it happens, you’re fine!” Then we started to giggle. Talk about a water breaking… haha!
The anesthesiologist finally got it right, taped it to my back and I was able to lay down. He showed me my little dosage button…it was instant relief! Thank God for an epidural! I felt like I accomplished my pain goal once again. I made it as long as I could without meds.
So, now it was time to wait again! This time the nurse came in more often. I was 8cm doing well, but every time I had a contraction baby girl’s oxygen level dropped slightly, so I got to wear the oxygen mask (I was familiar with this thing… I had to with Ethan too…I think the mix of oxygen and epidural make you a bit loopy…I was saying “Luke, I am your father! Silly stuff!)
At 11:30pm, the surse was coming in to check me and at that same moment, I felt pressure on my butt like I have never felt before, she say’s “I’m just going to check you” I say, “ok, I just felt something move to my butt, never felt that before”(I quickly grab the epidural button and hit it once, twice, three times…just incase). She checks me and says “That was the baby, you are ready!” I said, “Really?! Already?” She said “Yup! We are going to get set up for practice pushes, I just called the doctor”… This was it!
Here we go! My mom had my left foot, my husband my right, and the nurse was watching the contraction meter! Nurse said “Ok, get ready, PUSH!” and I did! Three practice pushes ten seconds long…the nurse said “She’s crowning!” Just at that moment, the doctor walks in…”Wow! You are ready, let’s have this baby girl!” So, 2 more sets of three ten second pushes and one extra push baby Eva Viola was in the world at 11:43pm!!! I’m thinking in my head Holy crap! That was fast! The doctor along us, couldn’t wait to see how much she weighed…10 pounds 7 ounces…Bigger than Ethan! I was so happy! I did not have as much tearing or blood loss with Eva as I did with Ethan.
She was perfect! This time around, baby never left the room! All I could do was stare at her and my husband’s glowing face…while I was staring, my placenta was delivered and stitches were stiched… Then it was time to hold her…Skin to skin(I didn’t have that with my son). It was so amazing…I could feel myself and Eva calm…Incredible! I attempted to feed she got a little and then went back to her little table to get all her vitals, and sponge bath, all in the delivery room within an hour or so! I was starving and asked for food. I got a kind of crappy turkey and cheese sandwich, but at that time it was AMAZING!
We moved to our mother baby room and tried to hit the hay…of course having to do the whole bathroom thing…I drank two pitchers of water to make sure I proved I could pee… no catheter for me. I don’t even know what time it was when I tried to close my eyes. Then she awoke for a feeding…had another good one…During the night, she had to have her sugars tested because she was slightly on the large size…every time her sugars were good. They did some test, I think hearing, in the room and she got a little fussy so they said they would take her to the nursery to complete it and be right back. I said ok(I could barely keep my eyes open). Then I awoke in a panic, probably 10 minutes later, and made my husband find out where she was…something similar to this happened to my son and he wound up in the NICU for a week…so I panicked… Fortunately, they were just wrapping up the test and bringing her back…it was just changing of the nurse staff so we had to wait for that.
The rest of my hospital stay was perfect! It’s how I had envisioned my first time around, which didn’t happen. One of my favorite moments was when my mom brought big brother Ethan to meet his little sister… It was such a precious moment!
We went home two days later!
This is what my husband typed up for me on the day of, so I would remember…he’s so darn cute! I love him!
Eva’s birth timeline
3/7 1130 – arrived at hospital
3/7 1300 – patocin drip started
3/7 1500 – small contractions start
3/7 2030 – water broken by doctor
3/7 2100 – epidural
3/7 2343 – Eva born
*Disclaimer – my birth story is 100% what happened, based on my own personal opinions and beliefs. I am not one to judge any mom for the decisions they make for their own births nor do I encourage anyone to think my birth story as the way it always goes. I hope that you will educate yourselves so that you are effectively able to advocate for you and your baby.