Saturday, September 14, 2013

....and baby makes 12

We had 2 reasons to induce labor this time around - gestational diabetes, and Akayla going to college (her move-in-date was Friday and I was induced Wednesday).

Because I have my babies with no pain medicine I don't think it's very fun to push out a 9 pound baby (I've done it, and it really isn't fun).

I was told to call the hospital at 4:45 a.m. to see if they had a room available. 
They told me to call back at 5:30.
At 5:30 they said they would call me when they were ready.
They finally called at 6:30 and said to be there by 7:00.

We got in and they set me up.
Unfortunately I wasn't dilated AT ALL, so my midwife wanted to start with pitocin.

After about 6 hours and contractions coming every 3-5 minutes I thought for sure I was dilated to at least a 3 or 4, but I still wasn't dilated at all.

My midwife was starting to get concerned because the doctor on call was starting to talk about c-section.  They said they'd give me a few more hours and then I would have to have a c-section if I still wasn't progressing at all.

My  midwife agreed to break my water even though I wasn't dilated, and luckily I immediately opened up a bit after that.

My nurse suggested I turn to my side and see if that would help anything.

Immediately my contractions were extremely painful.

After about a half hour I was dilated to a 7-8.

I was having tons of back labor, and I was so worried that I would have to experience those horrible painful contractions for a few more hours.  

I kept asking Dave to remind me why I don't like epidurals.

My nurse also suggested I try getting up on my hands and knees (bless her - she really was a great nurse!) to take some of the pressure off my back.

It really helped, and after just a few contractions I was ready to push.

Normally it takes me just a couple of pushes and baby is here, but this time was horrible.

I'll spare the gory details here, but finally Mason showed his face - sunny side up (posterior) and was in my arms.

That was not fun, and I'm so glad it's over.

And he was worth all the pain!

Mason Nicholas Ferrara
born September 11th, 2013
6:37 p.m.
7 lbs. 14 oz. 
20 in.

all the kids came to see us in the hospital

so alert
he has hair!!
good things:
soft baby skin
excited brothers & sisters
finally getting to eat


Erika said...

Ang! He's so handsome! I actually stopped and prayed for you in the mid-afternoon knowing you had been induced. I am SO sorryy you had to experience that!
You look great btw for just having a baby!!!

Andrea said...

He's darling! Congratulations on making it through all the labor pains. You look wonderful!

Amy Saville said...

Congratulations!! He is such a beautiful baby boy!!

Kassie said...

What a sweet little baby boy! So happy to hear the good news!