A very long and eventful labor that you may be interested in. This is how L came into the world:
Tues Jan 11 @ 2:00PM: contractions start every 10-15 minutes for two and a half hours, then
@8:00PM: contractions back, every 20 minutes and continued through the night into Wednesday
Wed Jan 12 @ 10:00AM: Arrived at the hospital to be checked. Still only 3cm, so we walked and walked and walked. Until 12PM. Then they sent us home because there was no change :(
@7:00PM: contractions started to become more frequent, 15 min apart, to 10 min apart, to finally 5 min apart !
@10:00PM: arrived at hospital AGAIN. 4cm dilated now, so we walked for 30 minutes
@11:30PM: admitted to the birthing center. 5cm dilated
Thurs Jan 13 @ 1:00AM: received epidural when hip pains became too much and I was beyond exhausted. 6 cm now.
@3:00AM: 8 cm dilated (but then L started to become very stubborn)
@5:45AM: still not progressing all the way to 10cm so pitocin was given
I was also running a fever of 99.7 so they gave me antibiotics as well.
@6:15AM: finally things have progressed and we are ready to push
L was trying to come out face up, so Dr Roberts had a "wrestling" match with her to get her to turn around
THURSDAY JANUARY 13 @6:29AM (after 30+hours of labor)SHE ARRIVED!!! After just 5 pushes and 15 minutes. 9lbs 6oz and 21 inches :)
And her story doesn't end here, we met more difficulties in the days to come but that will be in another post....