My due date was December 15th, 2016. I knew due dates were sort of just a timeline and the baby could come at any time. The week after Thanksgiving 2016 I was 9 months pregnant and beyond tired. I decided to take my maternity leave from my job early because my body was just DONE. All I could think about was having this baby and work was the farthest thing from my mind–I was also convinced she was coming early aka any day. Boy was I wrong! I sat at home for another 3 weeks waiting on her to make an appearance having what I didn’t know were contractions. I did EVERYTHING I could to get labor started. Just Google it…there are so many things I tried. At my 40 week appointment (which was on a Friday) my doctor said I was 3 cm dilated, which I had been for weeks and swept my membranes for the 3rd time. I knew it wasn’t going to put me into labor because each time they did it NOTHING happened. I went home hoping it would push me closer into labor, but once again it did not. My doctor said she would not let me go past 41 weeks…mainly because it was the week before Christmas and she knew I was just exhausted and needed to have this baby. She told me if I didn’t go into labor over the weekend to come in the following Tuesday for an ultrasound to make sure everything was okay so that I could go ahead and schedule an induction. Everything checked out and she told me she was going to call the hospital and try to get me scheduled for the following day. She said she thought that they were completely booked, but she would see what she could do. About 10 minutes passed and she came back in the room and said it was a go and for me to be at the hospital the following day at noon to be induced. Another fabulous thing about it was that she was going to be going on call and she would be the one to deliver sweet Nola.
Then reality hit us BIG time. Curtis and I both left the appointment feeling like our lives were about to change forever. Of course we knew when I got pregnant that having a child changed your life, but I think in that moment it really became more real. We went to Chili’s and ate dinner because it was right beside the doctors office and we just sat there excited, but nervous at the same time. The next morning we woke up excited…I was more nervous than anything because I had no idea what to expect. We spent the morning making sure we had everything ready to go and around 11:30 am we headed to the hospital.
We got there and got checked in and taken to our room by the nurse where I was asked to put on a hospital gown and lie down on the bed and the nurse would be back shortly to get everything started. By the time I got settled in the bed it was around 12:30 and the nurse came back in to get everything set up. She set all the IV stuff up and then went over my medical background as well as asked if I wanted an epidural or not. I’m all for the least amount of pain possible! They finally got me started on the Pitocin around 1 pm and then we just began to wait…they said the doctor would be in shortly to check me. My actual doctor didn’t go on call until 6 pm so it was one of her colleagues that checked on me throughout the day. After being on the pitocin about an hour the doctor came in and checked me and said she would like to break my water to really kick start things. She then said I could get the epidural before she did it and called for the anesthesiologist to come up—I’ve heard horror stories of where it takes them hours to get to you to give you the epidural, but this wasn’t the case for me. He was up there in less than 10 minutes. Honestly the Epidural was one of the worst things about the experience. They tell you to sit still, but then while they are trying to find exactly where to put it aka sticking a large needle into your spine in different locations, it sends shocks through that side of your body and so of course you jerk! After that was all done, they broke my water, which I didn’t feel, and inserted a catheter and we waited. My family came and visited and we just hung out in the hospital room.
At about 6 pm my doctor and a new nurse(who I LOVED) came in and she checked me and said I was about 7 cm dilated and that she would come back after a while and check me. At that point my contractions were getting stronger, but they weren’t too bad. I honestly had no idea what a contraction felt like until being hooked up to the monitor at the hospital and seeing when I was having one. Even before they gave me the Epidural the nurse would look at the screen and be like “Wow that was a big one did you feel that?” and I would say “Yeah?” nonchalantly.
For me, since I have bad period cramps anyway it just felt like a normal cramp…nothing out of the ordinary. I had been having contractions for weeks and had no clue. At about 8 pm my doctor came back in and checked me and said that I was 10 cm dilated, but she was about to start delivering twins next door and for me to do what they called “laboring down” which you can read more about here. They said to let them know if I started feeling her head or got the urge to push. At this point Im pretty sure my epidural had worn off on my left side because the pain was becoming stronger and stronger–to the point where I was squeezing Curtis’ hand for dear life. At around 9 pm my doctor came in and said she had delivered one twin was there to deliver Nola before she had to go back and deliver the other twin. They rolled in this cart full of tools, the bed dropped down and I got in formation to push. She told me whenever I felt like I was going to have a contraction to just get ready and push. 20 minutes of pushing later our sweet Nola Grace was born. They put her on my chest and she of course pee’d on me and then began to cry. It really is one of the most surreal moments I have ever experienced and although I had an epidural I still felt like wonder woman!
I honestly loved being induced—I was so scared I was going to go into labor and not know it or get to the hospital too late and not be able to get the epidural. She may have been a week late, but she was well worth the wait! If you want to know all about my Postpartum Recovery supplies and Tips check out my YouTube video!
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