August 3, 2006
9:00am – D and I had our third appointment with Maternal Diagnostics to check on my amniotic fluid issues. We were pretty sure we would receive the same news as the prior visits, but for some reason we decided to pack our hospital bags in the car this time. Oooh, the foreshadowing…
10:00am – The Diagnostics nurse informed us that my fluid level was a 2.5 and to call my parents to make sure they were on their way. It was time. YEE HAW.
10:30am – Admitted to Labor and Delivery. Our room was pretty damn amazing and the view was beautiful even on a cloudy day. I got some ice chips to munch on- turns out I had ice chips for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and the next morning’s breakfast. Looking back, why did I only eat a piece of toast for breakfast? Total bullshit.
11:00am – Pitocin was started through my IV. Oh, have I mentioned that my Pregnancy Trinity of Phobias included Pitocin, Episiotomies and Cord Entanglement? Pitocin? Check.
1:00pm – La la la. I am bored. Contractions are for sissies. What’s that you say? Time to break my water? Okie dokie, artichokie. The nurse informed me that an OB was on the floor and he would break my water shortly. As most of you remember, I know all of the obstetricians who work at the hospital through my job. I looked at D and wondered whom the OB was going to be just as he sauntered through the door. Dr. Biggie Thick Man Hands at your service. Honestly, I joke about this man’s hands all the time at work. HUGE HANDS. HUGE FINGERS.
There are probably 50 obstetricians with privileges at this specific hospital and I had to get Dr. Biggie Thick Man Hands. This was probably one of the most uncomfortable moments of the day. I was only dilated 2 centimeters and he couldn’t get the water to break. Plus, he was trying to get the fetal scalp monitor on Wito’s scalp which involved biggie man hand manipulation to the tenth degree. OUCH.
1:30pm – GUSH. BIG GUSH. Now, this was interesting. Turns out I had plenty of amniotic fluid. It was just hiding out behind the baby, and the ultrasound tech couldn’t find it. I probably soaked through ten big towels…even the nurses were joking about the massive amount of fluid. Um, so now I had just realized that the induction WITH PITOCIN A WEEK EARLY was probably completely unnecessary. Sweet. Well, there was no stopping us now.
2:00pm – Lunchtime consisted of a cherry-flavored popsicle. I hate cherry popsicles, but hell, it was better than ice chips.
3:00pm – Okay, contractions aren’t for sissies. Ouch.
3:00pm – 6:00pm – Ouch. Breathe deep. Center yourself. Mother fucker.
6:30pm – Dr. Epidural arrives. Love, love, loved him.
7:00pm – Excuse me, aren’t I supposed to be able to wiggle my toes? Because I can’t wiggle my toes and my leg feels like it is gigantic swollen bratwurst.
7:00pm – 2:00am – Wow, those sure look like big contractions on the monitor. I bet those would hurt- lucky me I had Dr. Epidural. I want to lick you, Dr. Epidural!
August 4, 2006
2:00am – The nurse reminds me to get some sleep while she is putting a big, uncomfortable oxygen mask on my face. Lady, you try getting some sleep with a big plastic mask blowing residual oxygen in your eyeballs and a blood pressure cuff automatically squeezing your arm off every 30 minutes. Oooh, I’m SO relaxed and sleepy.
2:30am – The nurse arrives. She informs me that I have now been on Pitocin for nearly 16 hours and at the maximum dose for quite awhile. I am currently dilated to 3 centimeters. 3 SHITTY CENTIMETERS. She informs me that they are stopping the Pitocin for an hour, re-starting at half the dose at 4am, and if I don’t respond in a couple of hours, it’s C-section time. At this point, I was so ready to get the baby OUT. I figured a C-section would be in my near future.
4am – Pitocin break was over. Start it up again.
6am – I was dilated to 8 centimeters! THANK YOU SWEET JEBUS!
7am- 9 centimeters!
7:30am – Almost 10 centimeters, except for some damn cervical lip thingy that won’t budge. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, OPEN SESAME!!
8am – Time to push. The nurse promises me that I will have a baby in my arms by 9:00. Commence pushing.
9am – Still pushing. My brain feels like it is going to explode. I keep glancing at Wolf Blitzer on the television- does he have an identical twin? I am literally seeing double from the non-stop pushing. This is when the nurse makes the comment, “You have a such a small pelvis! Did your doctor mention this?”
10:00am – Still pushing. I was literally at the end of my rope- two solid hours of pushing and nothing. I could feel his little head, but apparently, it was stuck behind my pelvic bone.
I can honestly say this moment was the most hopeless and helpless I have ever felt. Everyone had come to the realization that he wasn’t coming out by pushing alone. My doctor informed me I had two choices, C-section or vacuum assistance. I took one look at her and told her LIKE HELL I was going to have a C-section after 24 hours of labor (of course, in my very polite whoorl way). So, vacuum it was.
After 8 minutes of pushing and vacuum assistance, little Wito was born. Unfortunately, he had his cord wrapped tightly around his neck and every time the OB tried to suck him out, the cord pulled tighter and tighter. It was like a war between the cord and the vacuum and little Wito was the innocent bystander. Oh, and cord entanglement? Check.
The next couple of hours were a true blur…all I recall was not hearing him cry and wondering why, 10 people in my room standing around him talking in hushed tones and a neonatologist explaining the risks of a blood transfusion to me while I was being stitched up. Episiotomy? Hell no. TAKE THAT OH HOLY TRINITY OF PREGNANCY PHOBIAS! DENIED! BOOM SHAKALAKA!
Then a nurse brought him to me, let me kiss him on the cheek and whisked him away to the NICU. And that was that- I didn’t even get to look at his sweet face for more than 5 seconds.
The following hours were filled with a lot of crying and praying while waiting for the epidural to wear off so I could be wheeled up to the NICU to see him. Luckily, D was allowed to see him after an hour and called to let me know he was doing okay. Those five days in the NICU seemed to last forever, but Wito grew stronger every minute of every day.
And now he’s a champ.
nabbaliciousAugust 21, 2006 at 3:29 pm
Wow. You’re a champ, too, getting through all of that with so much humor! I’m glad everything worked out so well in the end. Anders is beautiful! Congratulations!
lisa_hAugust 21, 2006 at 3:58 pm
the fact that you managed to have a sense of humour (love the ‘peace’ photo – i think i would have been giving the camera a different finger salute)…makes you the champ! holy crap.
and i see that a tennis ball and Kiehl’s lip balm are necessary items to pack in my hospital bag? check. so glad everything turned out so beautifully – he’s absolutely perfect!
JaniceAugust 21, 2006 at 4:20 pm
I came across your blog through someones link.
Your birth story is hilarious! Congrats for surviving! and your baby is adorable!!
TinaAugust 21, 2006 at 4:26 pm
He is so precious! I love this age!
SAJAugust 21, 2006 at 4:35 pm
I love happy endings… and Shakala booms!
MaliavaleAugust 21, 2006 at 4:39 pm
Aw, man! You were a trooper, and so was he.
lissaAugust 21, 2006 at 5:05 pm
Oh my goodness he is so beautiful! Which obviously means he looks just like you!
Sereniy NowAugust 21, 2006 at 5:09 pm
I won’t lie to you Whoorl. I am disappointed that Anders wasn’t named Shamacus, this was the best birth story, and most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen. I’m so glad everything has gone so well after such a scary start.
(And totally kidding on the Shamacus thing.)
don't call me ma'amAugust 21, 2006 at 5:11 pm
Way to kick the trinity’s ass!
Thanks for sharing your story. It brought back such memories. Plus, you have such a great present from it all!
SaraAugust 21, 2006 at 5:18 pm
Thanks for sharing your story, you look great!
AmandaAugust 21, 2006 at 5:49 pm
A whoorl-tacular birth story! Not half-assed at all, if you ask me. I am so glad little Anders is OK and that you were able to dodge the c-section. He is beautiful and you did wonderfully. And I loved my Dr. Epidural too. For my next baby I plan to request the epidural when I am at 0.25 centimetres. Sweet bliss!
KimAugust 21, 2006 at 6:03 pm
Wow. Having kids really does change a person – Before I had my baby, sure I would have felt emotion at your sister but geeze – tears? I was a blubbering idiot by the end of your story! That never would have happened before. And with it being so fresh for me, the fear and uncertainty you must have felt would have been terrifying. I can’t even imagine. I am so glad everything worked out – what a little trooper. And you! My God – in labor for over a day and hours of pushing? You are a very strong woman. I’m so happy for you and your family!
KimAugust 21, 2006 at 6:05 pm
At your sister??? Thank God I can blame baby brain… emotion at your story – I don’t know where the hell “sister” came from.
LVGurlAugust 21, 2006 at 8:49 pm
Half-ass or not, your story brought a tear to my eye!
SarcomicalAugust 21, 2006 at 10:13 pm
prettiest pregnant chick ever.
he isn’t too bad, either. ;)