Finally, the update everyone had been waiting for – the arrival of our miracle! A lot of you had been following along our journey and story closely. Some of you even expressed how much you can relate, or anticipate the outcome. I literally poured my heart out on all my updates and made sure to document as well as celebrate every milestone.
If this is your first time on my blog or is relatively new to our pregnancy/infertility story, we welcomed our little one last November 9th, 2017. The week started off a whirlwind. On my 38th week, I was due for an OBGYN appointment that Monday (Nov. 6th) and found out that my cervix was “only” ½ a CM open and it is “just” starting to soften/ripen. The doctor then informed us that it is very much possible that I go over my 40-week mark. If that happens, I will be induced by the 41-week.
Here’s the thing – during this time frame, I have already been experiencing on and off Braxton Hicks … so when I had them a tad bit stronger than usual (Nov. 7th), I couldn’t tell if they were “true labor” contraction. It was on and off. Nothing consistent. But it sure got me worn out as it kept happening for a couple of hours. So came Wednesday (Nov. 8th) it felt like I couldn’t empty my bladder completely. I called it in and was asked to go to the E.R. to be evaluated. They wanted to rule out any infection.
We went, and I was still ½ a CM around 6pm but having contractions for sure. All along I kept telling hubby that we will get sent home afterward while he insists that “this is it!” that our baby is finally coming. By 8pm that ½ CM progressed to 2 ½ and they kept me for another 2 hours to see if it will continue. Guess what? At 10:30pm it went to 3 ½ closer to 4 CM! Before you know it, the doc informed hubby that “I’m a keeper” we’re no longer going home. That IT IS HAPPENING!!! That’s when Derek jokingly exclaimed that we’re not ready yet — so we will come back tomorrow for it. I couldn’t help but giggle a little.
Past midnight we got moved to the labor room. Around 2am I was around 6CM. The doc decided I will be given Pitocin to speed up the process, but I will also get an epidural beforehand. I was terrified! Terrified of the pain, and even more for the process (because I watched a video online how an epidural is done). It was a breeze. Hubby and my nurse held me tight and in place. The procedure was done swiftly. Once I reached 8 CM, they ruptured my amniotic sac. The epidural worked so well that I didn’t feel the rest of the contractions – just a few pressure here and there.
By 8:50am they had me push for the first time. I could barely feel my contractions, so I wasn’t pushing properly. The doctor had the OR booked for possible emergency C-section. I kept trying, and they said they’ll give me more time to see if things will get better once the baby descends a little bit more. 45 minutes later they came back. No changes. I was still pushing incorrectly because I was lifting my bottom from the bed. The doc didn’t like that so she had the OR prepared because she is giving me one last try with my epidural off my system, if that doesn’t work out as well then I will be given a C-section. Baby is fine but his heart rate is dropping, and they don’t want to put him under unnecessary stress.
I didn’t expect the contraction that hit me once the epidural wore off. I was in agony. I kept screaming and wailing out in pain. I am only coherent every minute that the contractions would stop. Hubby is such a trooper that he coached me and helped me every time I would stiffen up. They wanted me to “relax” and let the contractions push the baby, but whenever the pain hits I would shut down and forget everything else. Around 9:55am, the nurses heard my screams and helped me push. When they started seeing his hair, they called the doctor back in. The doc said I am still pushing “wrong” with my bottom lifting up. My nurse simply said “She is pushing better. I didn’t want to stop something that is working just because she is lifting her bottom a little”. Doc is still insisting on c-section, but I pushed and pushed, despite seeing my vision go dark (close to blacking out or losing consciousness). At 10:28am the 9th of November when Josiah King Bethea made his official arrival!
While hubby watched over our little one, I was screaming and crying in the background as I get stitched up for my 2nd-degree tear and perineal lacerations. I am looking at 6 weeks of healing time, but that’s now close to nothing compared to how long it took for us to get to this point of our lives. Plus add the high-risk pregnancy, constant acid reflux, and morning sickness, plus gestational diabetes – it sure makes 6 weeks less grueling to deal with. Plus the fact that there’s NOTHING more beautiful, rewarding, and fulfilling when it comes to becoming a mom! We’re now parents!!! So surreal and yet so magical.
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