We checked in at midnight on Wednesday night/Thursday morning putting me at 39 weeks and 1 day. My nurse was awesome. Softball player who played the same position that I did and we share the same birthday. She also played college ball with a girl I played high school ball with. Small world. Needless to say she and I got along really well which was nice. She got me on my IV and my doctor came in to check if both boys were still head down. I thought that Baby B had flipped but he hadn't. When I was checked I hadn't progressed from my 36 week check-up - I was still 1 cm dilated and soft but not effaced. Who knows how long these boys would have stayed in!
I was started on Pitocin by 1:30 a.m. so I'll count that as the start of my labor.
I did try to sleep but really couldn't with everyone in and out of the room checking monitors because the boys wouldn't stay on and the contractions getting increasingly uncomfortable. By about 5 a.m. I had progressed to 3 cm and was given the epidural. I realize now how much I don't remember about my first delivery with Olivia because of the Stadol I was given before my epidural that time around. Everything is much more vivid this time around and the epidural, while still not a big deal, wasn't as easy as it was last time.
Between the epidural and being checked again around 6:30 a.m. (by my new nurse - also awesome) I went from 3 to 7 cm. Cool. Going well. Around 8 a.m. I was 7-8 cm but not effacing like they wanted me to. They put me on oxygen and put a birthing ball that was shaped like a bean under my right leg and had me roll a little to my left side. Within about 20-30 minutes I was feeling a ton of pressure and when they checked I was complete and baby A had come way down.
So off to the OR.
After prepping for a while I was finally able to push. It was highly uncomfortable just laying there with a baby ready to come out. At least I had had the epidural and it wasn't too painful.
Once everything was finally ready to go, two contractions and 6 pushes later Jacob Ryan was born at 9:15 a.m. weighing 7'15" and measuring 21" in length. This is where things got tricky.
What they explained to me at that point was that B's heart rate had been going down with every contraction and wasn't going back up to a level they wanted so they kept me on oxygen to help him out and gave me a few more contractions to see if he'd move down far enough to be able to push him out quickly and maybe with the help of the vacuum.
Unfortunately he didn't move down far enough for their liking and his heart rate didn't come up high enough either so my doctor recommended a C-section to get him out. I consented (and had already signed the form in L&D so they prepped me really quickly and in less than 5 minutes Zachary Thomas entered the world at 9:48 a.m. at 7'3" and 20.5" in length. John told me that he was blue when he came out and that they had to use oxygen on him. It took him about 30 seconds to start crying but once he did he pinked right up and hasn't had a problem since.
I was closed and cleaned up and out of the OR by 10:20 a.m. Both boys came straight to recovery with me with no time in NICU. Only a slight amount of jaundice in both of them was noticed but nothing to warrant any special treatment.
|Jake (left) & Zach (right)|
The boys were circumcised on Monday and have recovered well from that. At their post-circ check-up Jake weighed in at 9'3.5" and Zach was 8'2" so I have a couple of loads on my hands. Eating is not a problem for them though it can be a little rough on mom!
|Pretty typical - Zach chilled out and Jake upset|
|Zach (l) and Jake (r)|
|Zach (l) and Jake (r)|
|Love the Double Snap N Go|