It’s been almost 24 hours now and it has been intense. Jude still isn’t here with us but we are confidant that he will be by the end of the day. Yesterday we checked and got admitted. Answered tons of questions and got hooked up to a fetal heart monitor and a contraction monitor. S got administered Cervidil around 6:45. She had been having contractions on and off all day and after the Cervidil kicked in they started coming harder. We tried really hard to sleep but it really just wasn’t happening. It was a long night and by about 2am the contractions were probably about 2-3 minutes apart and pretty intense.
Things continued like that for quite a while. The Cervidil came out on its own around 5am and we had to wait an hour before they could start the Pitocin. Poor S was in a lot of pain and labored on the birthing ball, in the bed, and standing but nothing could make her comfortable. By time they started the Pitocin around 6:30 she was dilated to a 2, so we were seeing some progress. Our doctor came in around 7:30 and tired to break her water but discovered that it had already broken, but we arn’t sure when that happened.
Around 9am one of the other doctors on call came in and put in an internal monitor for contractions because the external one wasn’t registering them regularly. It was rough getting that in place and it really hurt poor S a lot to get it done. I have to say, S has been amazingly strong through all of this. She has been in more pain that I have ever seen anyone be in and she has done it with an amazing grace and dignity.
She progressed slowly and by 1pm was at a 5. By 1:30 the pain was too much for her and she was so so so tired and decided to get an Epidural. That was such a relief and once it kicked in we both took a much much needed nap. I had no idea how exhausted we both were until I sat down for just a minute and immediately nodded off.
After some sleep they checked her again and now she is at a 7. Contractions are very strong at this point but the time between isn’t staying steady. They go from right on top of each other to 2-3 minutes apart. We are watching the Ellen show on TV and waiting for them to come adjust the Epidural a bit stronger. Hopefully this baby will be here in the next few hours.
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Can’t wait to give the final update!