Walking with my bag of fluid
Nathan freaking out a little for the camera,
but he didn't let me see that he was nervous
Stopped for a contraction
After our thirty minute walk, she checked out baby's heart rate again, and it did something a little funny, so I couldn't leave the monitors now. I was still worried, but felt him moving around so was comforted by that.
Getting hooked up again to the monitors.
My nurse Cheryl had a student that day, which I was
fine with, I remember being in his shoes not
long ago. Pretty sure though he didn't like labor and delivery
much though, he was kind of awkward :/
Nathan was the best! Much to the contrast of the two previous times :) After getting an epidural with Jack, and being able to feel the injection site and that it felt as though there was a needle in my back if I twisted or did a pull-up or whatnot, I wanted to try to do this labor all natural. Nathan helped me so much with that! He told me to relax each muscle by starting at my head and moving down all the way to my toes during the contractions and that really would help labor progress, and he coached me to do that each contraction. We watched the Olympics downhill skiing that we had recorded on his phone, but the contractions were so hard I was afraid I'd drop his phone so I paused them for each contraction. I was worried once (it was during "transition") that I wouldn't be able to handle the pain any more, and he said "you don't have to commit to not having an epidural until the baby is born, you just have to commit until it's too late to get one". Apparently that worked for me, and I kept on without anything, not even a tylenol.
We made the bed into a sitting position to help the baby move down
This is during transition
After my walk I was then a 5-6, and every hour thereafter I was another centimeter dilated. At 8:30, and I was at an 8 then, my nurse told me Dr. Housel would be out of surgery and on his way to assess (he was at another hospital). At 9:16 (yes that exact, I looked at the clock on the way), he walks in and says "alright, let's break your water and see how that goes". "Whoa there, let's see if I'm at a 10 yet, I do not want to break my water before, that's what we did with Jack and then I couldn't handle the pain anymore and needed the epidural. And we don't even know if my isn't already broken, Cheryl said she couldn't tell if she was feeling his head or the bag". He said, "well if we don't break it then I have to go" ( he had another surgery scheduled for 9:30...I was supposed to start being induced at 9 remember). "Okay just you check me and let's see" I said. So he does and says "you are complete, let's break it". "Yeah right, you're just saying that so you can break my water" I say. "No really, there is no cervix, you are ready".
An hour before this a CNA had started setting up the room to receive the baby.
So Cheryl is at the computer charting, "click, click, click" on the computer. The CNA put my bed back into a bed from the sitting bed, and Dr. Housel uses the crochet hook thing to break my water, at 9:23. He puts the sheet back, and I immediately say "you guys, something's happening, check the sheet". Nathan says "it's okay, there's more pressure now, just relax like before, start at your head", I cut him off there "Nathan, shut up and check the sheet!!" Dr. Housel lifts the sheet and declares "oh boy, that's a head!" Now he's in stealth mode, turns quickly to put on gloves and his gown, and there is Cheryle still at the computer "click, click,click". He yelled "Cheryl do something!" She starts trying to call in the receiving nurse with the little call thing they all wear, then said "this is not working". I'm not sure but I think the student ran out and called for help. "Somethings happening!!!" I yell again. Then next contraction I felt the need to push, so I did, and luckily Dr. Housel had turned around because one push and pop! he was out! There wasn't time to get all those bucket things in place, so the room was a mess.
Moments after birth
I heard a nurse say, "Dr. you didn't wash" " I had gloves on!" was his response. From the time that he broke my water at 9:23 (the end of that minute) to the time he was out was 9:25 (the beginning of that minute). Cheryl said it was one minute in between time. Holy fast!!!
I delivered the afterbirth fine, had no tears or anything. Dr. Housel was only gone from the other hospital for 40 min, and that includes travel time, so that is crazy fast. He did say I was his fastest delivery so far.
My nurse Cheryl and Dr. Housel, smiles after such a fast delivery
Getting all checked out, APGAR scores were great,
a beautiful baby boy
Jonathan Carl Manwaring
February 25th, 2014 at 9:25am
6lbs 2.6oz and 19inches long
My biggest baby so far.
I realized after we had gotten home when I loved him.
It wasn't an instant love
like with James at his first cry, or
Jack with his first movement that I felt.
It was gradual, and I had started to love him even before I was pregnant.
We had wanted to add to our family, and it took a year to become pregnant,
then the nine months waiting for him to come.
It was during this this whole time that my love for my baby
Jonathan has Nathan's name in it, see how tricky we are :)
His middle name Carl is after Great Aunt Carol Berridge,
because after the third boy we didn't want to run out of kids before
we could use her name for her to have a name sake!
After delivery I still was bleeding quite a bit,
and the pitocin wasn't cutting it to make it stop,
so I also was given cytotec to help that out. I'm very
grateful for modern medicine.
I rested a bit while Nathan got to hold and bond with the little guy.
Daddy and Jonathan
Getting a bath in the room
All clean and ready to meet the brothers...
coming next post!