After reviewing my labor and delivery with Emerson, my doctor felt that an induction at 39 weeks would be the best way to avoid complications. The doctor that delivered Emerson recommended a c-section due to Emerson's delivery but my doctor felt that it wasn't necessary. I had reservations about an induction because I really wanted that experience of going into labor on my own. At the same time, I knew that my doctor had our best interests in mind and I completely trusted her judgement. We scheduled the induction for Thursday, January 16th (39 weeks, 1 day.) Up until that day I prayed and prayed to go into labor on my own. The night before I knew that it wasn't going to happen but I continued to pray for an easy delivery with very little intervention. Emerson required forceps and vacuum suction and I really didn't want to go through that again. Most of all I just prayed for a healthy baby!
On the morning of the 16th I woke up at 2:30 (after tossing and turning all night.) I was instructed to call the hospital at 4:00 to make sure my 5:00 AM induction was still a go. I felt like the time went SO slowly and I called the minute it turned 5:00. Unfortunately I got the bad news that they didn't have room for me at the moment. They told me that I would most likely be able to come in at 7:00 but that I had to call back at 6:00 to make sure. By this time I was already dressed and ready to go so I knew there was no way I would be able to go back to sleep. Jesse was up so we decided to get our stuff in the car and go have breakfast. I wanted to be well fueled in case we were in for a really long day. I called again at 6:00 and they said I was good to come in at 7:00. That's when it all became real! We would be meeting our baby girl that day. We had breakfast at IHOP and then headed over to the hospital.
7:30 am: We were shown to our room and met our nurse. I cannot even begin to say what a blessing she was. She's a fellow Christian and we clicked right away. She made the whole experience even better and I felt like my prayers had been answered. We went through a series of questions and she got my IV going. She checked me and I was about 3cm dilated and 80 percent effaced. I was also having some sporadic contractions at that point.
8:30- Pitocin was started and the wait began.
10:15: By this time I was having contractions but they were still irregular and not painful at all. The nurse knew that I wanted an epidural and said that the anesthesiologist was nearby if I was ready. Since I wasn't really feeling any pain yet I decided to hold off. She went ahead and increased the pitocin to see if we could get the contractions on a regular cycle.
10:45: My contractions were regular by this time and were about 2-3 minutes apart. I was still feeling pretty good. I would compare the contractions to regular menstrual cramps. Then during the middle of one I was telling Jesse how little they hurt and Adelyn gave me the biggest kick. At that point I feel like the contractions changed and I immediately felt the pain. I made it through about 3 more and realized that I really needed to go the bathroom. I was just getting ready to call my nurse when my water broke. The plan had been for my doctor to come in and break it sometime soon so I was pretty excited that it broke on it's own. From that point on the contractions became very intense and I told my nurse I was ready for the epidural.
11:15: I had three strong contractions while the epidural was being placed. I was so thankful that I had asked for it when I did.
After that I was feeling great!! :) My nurse checked me and I was 5 cm dilated. I was happy to be halfway there and I expected that we still had a long day ahead of us.
11:45- I had the perfect epidural because I could still feel the pressure of the contractions but not the pain. With Emerson I think my epidural was stronger because I felt absolutely nothing. This time my legs weren't completely numb and I could actually move them. It felt good to know exactly when I was having contractions. Right around this time I started shaking uncontrollably. The nurse said I was probably in transition and decided to check me. We were all shocked to learn that I was 10 cm and fully effaced!! It was time to push. I really could not believe that I had gone from a 5 to a 10 in about 30 minutes. What a different experience this was from Emerson's birth! I had hoped and prayed that things would move quickly for us but I never dreamed that they would move that fast.
My nurse paged my doctor and the wait began. While we waited I continued to feel the pressure from the contractions and a slight need to push. It wasn't too extreme but I knew I wouldn't be able to hold off for too long. Adelyn has also descend so far down that she was being squeezed with every contraction. Her heart rate dropped pretty low each time but my nurse assured me that she was fine. I was still really calm at this point and just so excited to get going. I was afraid that I would have to push forever like I did with E but I was hoping I wouldn't since A was already so low.
I'm not exactly sure what time my doctor arrived but once she did it was time to get down to business. The whole atmosphere of the room was calm and happy. I don't think I could have asked for a better team. I pushed through 4 rounds of contractions, with 3 pushes each time. In between each push we talked and laughed. It was just so relaxed and peaceful and I felt like I was in such good hands. They were all so encouraging! It was also amazing to have Jesse right there through it all. He was my biggest cheerleader and kept telling me what an awesome job I was doing. With each push they told me that we were getting so close to meeting our daughter. On the 4th round, I pushed a 4th time and our sweet girl was born. It was 1:05 pm. They immediately placed her on my chest. There are no words that can describe my feelings in that moment. Luckily we have all of these amazing pictures to tell the story. So I'll let them:
A while later they asked if I was ready to have her weighed and checked out. She seemed so tiny to me so I was anxious to find out her stats. They also had Jesse trim the cord.
I couldn't believe that she was such a little peanut. Emerson was 7 lbs 4 ozs so I just assumed that Adelyn would have similar stats.
After she was all cleaned up they placed her back on my chest for skin to skin and to try to nurse.
We stayed in LD room for another 45 minutes or so before they moved us to our room. I was so sad to say goodbye to my awesome nurses! They were the best and just made the whole experience so amazing! I prayed so much about the delivery and I feel like God really answered those prayers beyond what I ever could have imagined. I'm so thankful for the experience and, of course, for our perfectly healthy little girl. We are beyond blessed!