They say every pregnancy is different, and I can testify that every labor and delivery is different too! With Sawyer, I was induced, never had Braxton Hicks or even real contractions until I was in the LDR room. This time around however, things were a lot crazier!
I had been having some light cramping before bed on the nights of December 15 and 16. On the morning of December 17th, I woke up still having the cramps. I was 39 weeks 4 days along, and got up early to make it to my 39 week prenatal appointment. I was excited because I was feeling uncomfortable, and was hoping for good news that things were progressing.
When I got to my appointment, the nurse commented on the amount of blood in my urine sample. I was a little freaked out by that, as I hadn’t had any bleeding in either of my pregnancies. She assured me it was normal, and it was likely one of the first signs that he would be coming soon. The doctor confirmed what the nurse said. I was only at 2 cm dilated and about 70% effaced though, so I still had a little bit to go. She told me the cramping was more than likely Braxton Hicks contractions.
We scheduled another appointment for Friday, which was my due date. She went ahead and scheduled an induction at the hospital for December 23 – by then he would be 3 days past due. I came home from my appointment and the cramping steadily increased in intensity throughout the day.
By 4pm, I was really hurting, especially every 10-15 minutes when what felt like a wave of cramps would crash through my back. James got home from work a little after 5pm and I couldn’t do anything but lay in bed. I was panting for breath and crying in pain by the time dinner was ready, so I only took three bites before giving up. Around 6:30pm I told him we were going to the hospital, so we got our things together, called my mom (who had Sawyer) and we were on our way.
They called in the doctor, who was the one I had seen earlier in the day at my appointment. By then, the pains were coming on every 4-6 minutes and I really hoped they weren’t just BH contractions anymore. Luckily, they weren’t! The doctor confirmed that I was 3 1/2 cm dilated and was in labor. I was moved to a Labor & Delivery room. Though I had went naturally with no pain medications with Sawyer, the back labor was excruciating this time around. I begged for an epidural and it was put in around 9pm.
Labor seriously slowed down at that point, but since I was group B strep positive, I needed time to get two rounds of antibiotics in me anyway. Those were finished around 2am, and my doctor started a small dose of Pitocin in my IV to start labor back up. By 3am, I was dilated to 9 cm. She asked me to do a “trial push” five minutes later, and she could see the top of his head afterward.
She quickly got things ready for delivery and called the family members that would be present into the room. Two more pushes and Dawson Thomas was born at 3:23am on December 18, 2013! At birth, he weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.