I was so anxious and excited about being a mom and not being a whale anymore! Luckily I had only gained around 25 pounds but I started out at 120 and it was a big change for me. My little girl was due on November 3, 2006, but we were induced on October 27 since we lived three hours from our family and we wanted them to be with us for the delivery.
The night before I was impressively calm! My parents, my husband and I went out to dinner at Olive Garden and then we went to bed around 10 PM. I got up at 5 AM and took a shower and got our things together to leave. We drove to the hospital, and not a word was spoken on the 45-minute drive. I had nine months to plan for this but I don’t think it really set in. Then I checked in at the hospital and that’s when it sank in on how the baby was supposed to come out. Of course, I knew, but I never really focused on it.
The day kind of started off rough when my nurse could not get the IV into my arm. Blood was squirting out and I ended up getting nauseous and throwing up in a hospital cup. The nurse was too upset to try again so another nurse tried and got it in my hand on the first try. The doctor checked me and since I was not progressing, he broke my water and upped the Pitocin.
Things picked up then, and I started to feel some pain but I was really scared of the epidural so I held out. I thought, “Hey this isn’t so bad! Maybe I don’t need the epidural.” Boy was I wrong! Around 3:30 it really started to hurt and all it took was me shedding one tear and my husband called the doctor for me to ask for something! They gave me a narcotic and it knocked the edge off and made me feel really drunk. I opted for the epidural and everything was pie after that.
About 6 PM they told me I could push and I could feel my legs but no pressure and no pain. I think my husband was pushing harder than I was! I popped out my little baby girl, Hannah Marie, who was six pounds, eight ounces, and 20½ inches long! I am now six months pregnant with another little girl and I am due on January 25, 2009. I am hoping to be induced again since that seems way easier than possibly not having a doctor around when the baby comes! Oh, and I don’t want to ever go without my best friend the epidural!
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