Soon we were on our way to the hospital. At my doctor's appointment on Monday I was 100% effaced but not dilated at all, so at the hospital I began to doubt myself just a little bit as the nurses checked me in and I told them I thought my water had broken. I was not having regular contractions and only about 10% of women have their water break. After what seemed like forever the nurse confirmed that I was leaking amniotic fluid, but was only dilated to a 1! I was checked into a labor and delivery room where we were going to wait 30 minutes to see if I would progress any further, if not, they would start pitocin.
Unfortunately the drug only lasted 20 minutes. Thankfully when my nurse came back to check me I was dilated to a 3 and could get the epidural! I was terrified when the anesthesiologist was inserting the catheter into my spine because my contractions were about 30 seconds - 1 minute apart and I was having a hard time holding still! I would let him know when one was coming on and he was patient enough to wait for me to get through them. I could feel automatic relief on the right side of my body but nothing on my left. They had me lay back down but for another 15 minutes I could feel everything on my left side, I was so scared I would feel delivery! Thankfully it kicked in and Andrew and I could relax for the next little while.
Or so I thought. As it turned out I had lost a lot of amniotic fluid from my water breaking and our baby was a little stressed. I could tell the nurses were more worried than they were letting me know. They inserted an internal fetal monitor and decided to put more fluid into the sac. That was quite uncomfortable but our little girl perked up once it was there.
Before we knew it the nurse told me I was dilated to a 10 and I would start pushing in 15 minutes! She called the doctor to have him come down and I began pushing. After 3 pushes Andrew could see her head! After a few more rounds of pushes she had me stop pushing so the doctor could make it in! Within just 11 hours of labor and 45 minutes of pushing I had a screaming, tiny little girl placed on my chest. It was amazing to say the least. I could not believe she was finally here!
Charlotte Ruth Wilcox
6 lbs 14 oz
|first bath from daddy|