It’s Alex! Oh. My. Lord. Ya’ll. These past couple of weeks have been something else! I’ll start with the weeks leading up to my daughter’s birth. I would ask coworkers constantly how/what labor felt like. They were definitely right when they said it was indescribable. The pain. The joy. Everything, really.
Yes, I tried to wait out the epidural as long as I could, but I only lasted about two to three hours. Let me tell you something about epidurals- they are AMAZING. I’m not here to sway anyone to get an epidural, this was just the route I chose. Moving on now!
During my 39 week appointment with my OB, I expressed the pain I had been feeling (menstrual-like cramps) and just overall inability to get sleep at night because of the pain, etc. She then scheduled me for my induction, for the very next day. I immediately called my mom and let her know. She left her place right away to be with my husband and I. My mother is truly awesome. She had decided to stay with us for about two weeks after my daughter arrived. My husband and I have been so grateful for this, truly!
So, the day of my induction, I woke up around 4:00 am and of course, I didn’t eat or drink anything that morning just so that I didn’t have a lot of tummy issues during labor. At this point, I was so ready to meet my precious baby girl and was just, like I said, READY. We get to the hospital a little before 6:00 am and I was then admitted. This is when I began to get a tad nervous, but nothing I couldn’t handle. After I settled into my hospital bed- IV started and gown on- I was suddenly very relaxed. Not because of anything I was given through my IV, but because I was so happy that I would get to meet my baby that day. The first nurse that took care of me was coming off of night shift and told me that she was almost sure that my baby would arrive around 7:00 pm. I was a little surprised, mostly because I had a feeling it would be sooner than that! The next nurse that cared for me was the one that was with me through my labor. She was an angel!
Right after they started my Pitocin (basically, drug used for inducing labor) I began to walk around with my mom in the hallway (while eating a popsicle 😊) while the Pitocin was running. After upping my Pitocin several times, I could no longer walk around. Labor pain began, full throttle around 8:00 am and my contractions were about 2 minutes apart. At around 11:00 I finally asked for pain medication (epidural). The nurse then checked my cervix and I was about 3-4 cm dilated. About 5 minutes later, she came in with a peanut ball (smaller yoga ball shaped like a peanut) and placed it in between my legs while laying on my right side. After my epidural, each contraction just felt like a bit of pressure, almost like a bowel movement (sorry, TMI). I was so grateful to have Zach and my mother in the labor and delivery room with me, they kept me sane and comforted.
At around 12:00 pm, the nurse checked to see if I had dilated more. Ya’ll. I went from 4 cm to 10 cm so fast! I was ready to push! My nurse then called my OBGYN and she came up at around 12:20 pm. I pushed for exactly an hour with my husband and my mother by my side, cheering me on the entire time. I had our beautiful daughter at 1:20 pm. My husband and I were over the moon to see her for the first time, and we are just so in love with her 😊. We truly cherish every moment with her and are so grateful to have her here with us. I am so in love with our little family. I can’t wait to share more! God bless!