Memphis - Days 1 & 2
Here we are, leaving for the hospital around 7:30am on Friday morning, April 11. Little did we know it would be over 36 hours until we would get to meet our little guy.
And man did I have clue what a big boy was hiding out in there!
Obviously, I'm still feeling pretty good. I think this was around 1 or 2pm or so, my last meal for 30 hours.
Well, we didn't take many pictures, because now it is the next day, sometime Saturday morning. I'd gotten the epidural at 1:45 am after having pretty intense contractions since 5pm that were often only a minute apart, but lasting a couple minutes, and yet after all that I was still only dilated 3cm. Then we slept for a few hours. At some point though they had to give the the oxygen when the baby's heartrate dropped some. I had it for the rest of the labor and delivery.
Getting tired and discouraged from the lack of progress.
Around 8am I was dilated to 7cm, and we thought we'd have the baby by noon. Nope not so much. The last 3cm came very slow. Finally at 10cm around 3pm, and started pushing. At this point, the epidural had mostly worn off so I felt the pressure and some pain. This increased as the hours went on. After 3 hours of pushing, they said we had to talk about other options, as they didn't like to have women push more than 3 hours with an epidural. They had been talking c-section, and we didn't like that idea. They mentioned the vacuum as an option, and we decided to go for it, as he was so close. You get 3 tries with the vacuum, then it's pretty much a c-secion. He came with the first contraction, within 5 or so pushes. I could feel that he was coming so just kept going. What an incredible wonder it is to feel that head come out, and then the relief of him sliding out. I was in such shock that he'd actually finally come, that I didn't even hear Aaron say it was a boy. I can't really remember when I figured out what he was.
Here he is, seconds after coming out.
Now we're on his 2nd day, Sunday, hanging out in our postpartum room, we were so lucky to get a private room. We'd been there so long, I think everyone felt bad for us.