Is 4 months too ridiculous a time frame to post a birth story? Oh well, I'm gonna break the rules cuz I'm a big slacker and I'm not afraid to say so. Or maybe I'll just alter the post date on this one so that when I look back on it years from now, I'll be impressed with my prompt documentation skills.
Thus, I now bring you the thrilling conclusion to The Birth Story Part I: Waiting.
After checking onto the hospital and getting all settled in, the nurse came in and gave us a brief overview of their expected timeline:
9:00pm - Arrive and check-in at the hospital (CHECK, got that)
10:00pm - Settle into the room that will be the staging area for our baby boy's grand debut (CHECK)
11:00pm - Administer the miso pill to prepare the way for pitocin in the morning (is it wrong to refer to the miso pill as the John the Baptist of labor induction?)
11:30pm - Fall into a deep and restful sleep in order to be at my best 8 hours later for true labor
6:00am-8:00am - Begin pitocin and get this show on the road
??? - HAVE A BABY!
Here is a brief overview of Levi's self-authored timeline:
8:00pm - Jason and I snapped one last belly shot before heading to the hospital
9:05pm - Arrive and check-in at the hospital (yes, we were late to our own baby's birth... but hey, he was 11 days late himself, so in my book 5 minutes is hardly worth mentioning)
10:00pm - Settle into the room that will be the staging area for our baby boy's grand debut. Currently 3 cm dilated.
10:05pm - The nurse tells us that my contractions are coming steady and regular according to the monitors they've just hooked up, so the doctor would like to keep monitoring me and hold off on the miso pill for a while, just in case I'm already in natural labor. I inform the nurse that these are the same contractions I've been having for several weeks, but we agree to wait and monitor.
11:00pm - Still monitoring. Still 3 cm.
12:00am - Still monitoring. Still 3 cm.
1:00am - Still 3 cm. The doctor decides to go ahead and start the miso pill.
3:00am - Contractions become WAY more intense almost instantly.
3:30am - We buzz the nurse to ask if it's too early for an epidural.
4:00am - Epidural is administered and I am happy. Now 5 1/2 cm dilated.
5:00am - The contractions suddenly feel different, and I really really want to push. Buzz the nurse.
5:15am - The nurse looks up from her exam with a slightly surprised look and announces that I am 9 1/2 cm and it may be wise to buzz the doctor.
6:00am - All necessary parties are finally present and I am 10 cm. Woohoo!
6:00-8:10am - Push, push, push. (We had to skip about every other contraction due to the baby's heart beat dropping a bit too low for comfort while pushing)
July 9th, 2010; 8:10am - HAVE A BABY!
Levi Daniel Fosdick arrived all on his own before we even had the chance to start pitocin. I have no idea if the miso pill played into it, or if he was just ready to come on out. He was 6 lbs. 9 oz. and 20 inches long. He was pink and healthy and alert, and SO STINKIN' CUTE (in my opinion).