Connor Joseph's Birth StoryMy water broke that morning at 8:53am at home. I was told to go to L&D and get checked out. They confirmed that my waters did indeed break and I was 2 cm at that moment. Within a few hours I was 8/9 cm and in a LOT of pain. The nurse and doctor were shocked at how fast I was dilated. But I also knew I couldn't go further without an epidural, that's how much pain I was in. Problem was they weren't sure there would be time. I was so close I thought he was going to come right then. The pain was so bad and I suddenly couldn't stop pushing...but the doctor wasn't available and they were worried about me pushing before I was ready. They checked my blood levels and thankfully I was off the Lovenox shots long enough to get the epidural. Phew. They could only do it within a 3 minute window when I wasn't having a contraction. I did get it and felt like I was in heaven. Only problem was...it slowed down the progress and they had to give me Pitocin to keep him coming. Contractions felt like nothing once I had the epidural.
We started pushing at about 7:30pm and he came out with assistance of vacuum extraction at 10:07pm. The doctor only used the vacuum as a guide for him...but I did all the work...I was exhausted after that! Sadly I did come down with an infection in the amniotic fluid during the pushing and I was absolutely freezing. Also I had a 2nd degree tear. So sadly I am still feeling very uncomfortable.
After the delivery they put me and Connor on antibiotics. Sadly Connor had to go to the NICU. And as they were giving him the antibiotics they also learned his sugar levels were really low. The first night I had to give him a bottle of formula to help get his sugar levels up because they were very low. But after that my colostrum was enough to keep his levels at a comfortable level. I had to breastfeed him every 2 hours while we were at the hospital.
We were discharged 2 hours after the circumcision On March 3rd in the evening.