I was obsessed with reading birth stories when i was pregnant. everyone has a different story on how the arrival of their little one entered the world. i thought i would blog about mine so that i will NEVER forget it... although, after my labor and delivery, i may want to forget it or Landon will be an only child. :)
On Monday morning, June 4th, I had an appointment with my OB... she wanted to schedule an induction date since i was eight days over my due date. we scheduled it for june 6th. she then sent me for another nonstress test for my baby. during the test, they discovered that landon's heart rate would decelerate every time i was having a contraction. i was immediately sent to the hospital to be induced that day. forget the june 6th induction.
the induction process began at 1:00 in the afternoon on June 4th. i was given cervadel, a drug used to thin out my cervix... i had to wait 12 hours to see if it would work... so we waited and during this time, i started having contractions... they were coming a minute apart for hours without a break. at about 3 in the morning on june 5th, the doctor came in and checked me... i still had a ways to go so i was given cervadel again and was told it would be another 12 hours. contractions came full force at a minute a part. my back was in such pain, all i could do was cry. i was exhausted since i had been up since 4 the previous morning and had no sleep in over 30 hours. i was given a pain medicine that knocked me out for 2 hours. when i awoke to use the bathroom, around 1:20 in the afteroon my WATER BROKE! i knew at this point, my baby would arrive in the next 24 hours and was getting super anxious and excited.
after my water broke, contractions became more intense but were 7-10 minutes apart... i was so relieved that they were no longer every minute. around 8 at night, my doctor came and it checked me... i was finally 3 centimeters! she ordered the epidural and began giving me pertocin... upping it every 15-20 minutes. by midnight, i was 10 centimeters. even though i had the epidural, i could feel every contraction in my back and butt... it was getting time to push.
i started to push around 12:15ish... i was told, first time moms can push up to 2 hours. well not this first time mom... i decided to be an overachiever and pushed for almost four hours. filled with exhaustion, i gave one final push and Baby Landon was born at 4:05 in the morning on June 6th. he had a rough start as he swallowed some fluid on the way out but within seconds he was breathing and crying... along with his parents who were crying with the surprise of a baby boy. a son.