Went to the Dr last week Monday and I was still no further along. He was looking quite content high up in my body. I talked it over with Dr VF and she mentioned that she was really hoping to deliver him. (usually you just get whomever is on call if you go into labor naturally). I too mentioned that while it didn't matter so much that she didn't deliver J, that this time it seemed only right that she help this baby into the world. She was on call for Thursday and said that while they usually like moms to be further dilated, she would induce me on that morning anyway. Hooray!!!! An eviction day! It really took a load off of my shoulders. I could totally clear off my desk at work knowing I wasn't coming back. I was able to schedule people to take care of J and getting to the hospital etc...instead of winging it depending on day and peoples availability.
The induction went fine. They started the Pitocin around 7:45 and she tried to break my water around 8:30 but was unsuccessful (he was still too high up. Then I stood up to go for the recommended walking around the unit to help him drop and my water ended up breaking about 9:30. Holy buckets!!! So glad that didn't happen anywhere but at the hospital - I didn't realize it could be THAT much. After that contractions and back labor hit hard but once I got the epidural around lunch time, I took an amazing nap for a good part of the afternoon. The nap was a good thing cause it took just over 2 hours of pushing to get the "little" guy out! His head and my pubic bone had quite the argument. I did sorta quit at the end but my amazing Dr was there for me all the way. Coaching me and telling me that after all we have been through, now was not the time to quit so, get to it so we could meet him! Well, I couldn't quit then. Somehow he come out not cone shaped and boy did he look HUGE to me! Then the tears came, lots and lots of happy, overwhelmed, exhausted tears. I am so glad Dr VF was able to be there for us. Not just for the coaching, and understanding but she walked this walk with us since J was born and she understood the emotions and the specialness of the moment. She gave Husband and I both huge hugs before she left that night. She was truely excited and happy for us.
He is gorgeous and sweet and all that a baby should be. We are settling in and wow is this time different! No rest for the weary when you already have a 6 year old at home. Stuff just needs to get done you know. To save on child care when J is not in school, he is home with me which means drop off and pick up everyday. As long as we are dropping J off, we get up at almost our usual time and take Husband to work as well (we only have one vehicle). My hope is that this getting up routinely now, will help to schedule us and make going back to work in 5 more short weeks a little easier in the am.
Milestones: 3.5 hours sleep in one stretch last night. I can put my shoes on (got very puffy after delivery) again. I cant quite sleep on my tummy but sleeping is much more comfortable and ... I can zip up my coat!!! This is a good thing cause over the weekend it was positively frigid here in Wisconsin.
I have attached a few pics (wrong order but you get the idea!)
|First Packer game! A great brother snuggle!|
|Less than an hour old!|
|The next day - the Motley boys getting to know each other.|
|10 minutes after coming home. Look at the smile!!!|