Maternity Monday All! I
finally have time to write up a blog entry on Mason’s birth.
Thursday morning I went to my doctor’s appointment to get my ultrasound and the non-stress test. The ultrasound showed that he was facing my back, which is good for delivery, and he was roughly 6.5 lbs. When the doctor came in to examine me he said I had not progressed at all, but my blood pressure was not too bad. He said that he wanted to try induction again. I asked if I could go home for a little while before I went to the hospital. I wanted to get things ready and I wanted to let Tim work the full day at work. I know that sounds weird, but he does not get a lot of time off and I wanted him to save the time for when Mason was here.
Tim’s mom, Judy, came over and sat with me until it was time to go to the hospital. She took me and sat with me until Tim could get there. I got to the hospital around 4:00 pm and got the first pill inserted for induction at 5:30 pm.This time I had more of a reaction to the medication. I started feeling small contractions after the second pill. I sent Tim home to sleep that night thinking that it would be the same as before and nothing would happen until morning… I was wrong!
I want into labor around 1:15 am - decided to call Tim at 2:30 because the pain was getting to me and I wanted someone there with me. Tim arrived and the pain got worse. I got a few meds that helped with pain and one that made me loopy. I slept in between contractions (they were 3-5 minutes apart at that point- the loopy meds helped) I could not believe I was able to sleep for 3-5 minute intervals. I convinced Tim to unfold the chair into a bed and get some rest so we both were ready for the potential long day ahead.
Around 9 am I was able to get the epidural. What a great medication that is!!! I felt great after, I ended up getting a boost in the dose because I was feeling contractions after an hour. The extra boost was crazy. I could not feel my legs and it was a weird feeling. I could not even lift my hips.
I was 9cm at 11:30 and then around noon I was just about 10 cm. My mom showed up at noon and I had her come in for a minute to talk to me. I told her it was almost time and she went to the waiting room. (She brought coconut cream pie for Tim & I after – Yum!)
After 2.5 hours of pushing Mason finally made his appearance at 1504 :) I do not know how women do that without the epidural. The pushing was a lot of work by itself; I could not imagine doing it with the pain. What an amazing feeling when they put the baby on you. He came out and he was placed on the blanket on my stomach. It was amazing to see this little one that was growing inside me for the last nine months. Tim could not take his eyes off him. He stood by me rubbing my shoulder and comforting me while they finished up, but he just kept staring at this little guy as they cleaned him and weighed him.
My poor mom was getting worried. Tim did not go out to get her until 4:30 or so. She sat there for almost 5 hours waiting. My aunt did sit with her for a while and was there when Tim went to get her.
What an amazing experience! Here are some of the photos from the few days in the hospital and some Nikki took when she came to meet Mason. He already has his own photographer.