River's Birth Story
I hate the term "textbook delivery." I hate that there is generalization of what a delivery should be like - because I have never heard two of the same birth stories. Every woman is so dang different - and every body is so unique in itself.
River's pregnancy was so much more enjoyable than Riley's - maybe because I knew what to expect. Maybe because I never went into pre-term labor. Maybe because boys are just easier and the extra testosterone verse even more hormones was good for me. I have no idea, but it was so much easier! That being said, I'm not the biggest fan of being pregnant. I don't love seeing my body change, I don't love the aches and pains, I don't like he lack of good sleep, and once the temperature started to warm up I was really struggling.
Riley's delivery was so fast that they were worried I wouldn't make it to the hospital to deliver this time if my water broke at home so I was offered to schedule in induction at 39 weeks and it was the best decision we could have made!
Induction isn't for everyone, but I knew I wanted an epidural (if I had time for one, of course) and knowing I was able to pick the time and date helped tremendously with having everything squared away with Riley and our dog - I wouldn't have done it any other way if I had a choice!
I won't say my delivery was "textbook" - because it was so far from that. However, it was incredibly similar to Riley's delivery!
We arrived to the hospital at 6am for our scheduled induction. I felt great and we were so ready to meet the little man.
I started pitocin around 7am - we took a few laps around the hospital, but I knew I wanted to rest as much as possible at this point because we weren't sure how long until active labor would begin and I wanted to conserve my energy as much as possible since once you get the pitocin you aren't recommended to eat anything except ice chips.
I was 4cm when we arrived that morning and they told me from the beginning that once my water broke, it would go fast.
At 9am contractions were steady and uncomfortable (but I was still able to talk through them and still at 4cm) I decided to ask for the epidural then just incase it would take a little while to order it and have the anesthesiologist come up to do it. He got there around 9:30am and I was good to go.
My doctor came in at 1pm and told me they were going to break my water since I still hadn't dilated past 4cm (they were expecting I would have a baby that evening.) She looked at me and Tyler and said "ok I am in surgery from 1:30-2:30pm, so don't do anything until I get back!" and we nodded and said, "ok" as if we had any control over that ;)
It was 1:17pm (17 minutes after the doctor broke my water) and I told Tyler I thought the catheter had fallen out (when you have an epidural, you're catheterized since you are paralyzed and unable to get to the bathroom!) - I told him I was going to call the nurse and have her check and he looked at me and said "Well, they said that pressure is a good thing and that needs to happen in order for you to dilate past 4cm." I rolled my eyes, and pressed the CALL button on my remote.
It's not 1:20pm and the nurse came in to check me and let us know the pressure I was feeling, or what I thought was the catheter coming out, was actually my baby's head and that it was time to push. We were in shock.
She called the doctor in, who again, has to be in surgery in 10 minutes....and they put my legs up and with 3 pushes, at exactly 1:30pm our sweet River Hughes was born with a full head of blonde hair and the prettiest blue eyes. He nursed like a champ and makes motherhood seem so natural for me.
We love him to pieces and are so thrilled to call him ours!