Thursday, October 19, 2006

A lot to cover...

I can't believe it's been a week already! So much has happened in the last week, I don't even know where to begin. Let's see, I guess the birth story would be a good place...

We went in to the hospital Wednesday evening at 7:30 to be induced. I received my first dose of the medicine to start contractions at about 8:45, and it started working pretty quickly. The contractions weren't bad at that point, just kind of uncomfortable. As the night wore on, they became more intense and I asked for something to help me sleep so they brought me some Ambien. Well, that didn't really work. At some point I asked for something for the pain and they brough me some Stadol. Now that's powerful stuff! I was in a completely different world after that. They checked me sometime later and I had only dilated to 1 1/2 centimeters, I still had a LONG way to go. I don't remember what time they gave me the Pitocin to make the contractions stronger, but it worked by golly. Sometime in the afternoon they checked me again and I had progressed to 4 centimeters. I could have an epidural now! Unfortunately, the epidural only worked for about 2 hours. The doctors were saying that something was wrong with the pump, and I should still be getting the medicine, but I obviously wasn't. I have never felt pain like that in my life. Thank God for Chris. I never would have made it through without him. He was definitely my rock throughout the entire ordeal. At about 8 o'clock the nurse checked me again & said I was at about 5-6. They were going to up the Pitocin, and if I didn't make any progress by 9:00 they would start talking about a c-section. I was so glad to hear those words at that point. I had been laboring for nearly 24 hours, most of those without any pain medication, and I was completely worn out. At 9:00 she checked again and I had progressed to about a 7. The doctor said he wanted to wait another hour and I lost it. The only word I can think of to describe how I was feeling is desperation. I was in so much pain, and was so tired. Then it hit me that I was going to have to push out a nearly 9 pound baby with no pain help. I was so scared. I asked her to check me again at around 9:30, and she thought I'd progressed a little, but she called Dr. Doris in to check on me. He thought I had made a little progress too, but also said that I had been progressing very slowly. He said we could really go either way, keep trying the way we were or move on to a c-section and he left it up to me. I immediately said "C-section". It's amazing how quickly things happened after that. The anesthesiologist was in trying to get the epidural to work, because if they didn't, they'd have to put me to sleep & Chris wouldn't be able to be in there with me. Unfortunately, that's the way it worked out. They pumped me with so much medication, but I could still feel it when they'd pinch my right side. Obviously they weren't going to cut me open when I could feel it. So, off to sleep I went. And when I woke up, I had a son! It's kind of sad, because I don't really remember seeing Jonathan the first time because I was so drugged up, and I can't get those moments back. But I know that we did what we had to do. It turns out that he probably wouldn't have come out the "conventional" way after all, he was face up & trying to come out with his head cocked to one side. We made the right decision, and I'm happy about that.

Wow. That was a long story! I was going to post some more, but I think I'll just put a few pictures up & come back later for more. Here's my little man.



Have you ever seen such an adorable face?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

OH MY HEART! He is precious! He is NOT the MILKMAN's Baby! He looks a lot like your husband! How very lucky you two are!

Kimberly

Anonymous said...

That is one good looking Porter!

Auntie Haley said...

EL BABY!!!!!!

Kimberly said...

OKAY, we need an update MISTI....I am sure your new little man in your life has changed a great deal in almost two weeks of LIFE on this earth. CATCH US UP!

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