our little daughter is finally here! charlotte was born on 11-02-2011 at 5:24pm. 7lb 10oz, 20 3/4" isn't she precious?
she is such a good baby, which is nice since her birth did not go quite as planned.
on 11-1, i went to my regular doctors appointment. my blood pressure was high and i had protein in my urine. they sent me straight to L&D to be monitored because of preeclampsia. when my blood pressure refused to go down, they suggested induction. i refused at first, and then was basically told that i didn't really have a choice, due to the risk of organ failure, seizure, and death. at 4:30pm, they gave me misoprostol, a drug that helps ripen the cervix. i got another dose at 8:30, and then the contractions started. they weren't too bad, but they definitely kept me awake all night. the next morning, i was only 2 cm dilated and so they decided to start the pitocin.
unfortunately, pitocin makes your contractions incredibly strong and painful - your body doesn't have a chance to gradually get used to them. because of this, i decided i needed an epidural. unfortunately, i am one of those rare people that doesn't respond to epidurals, which i figured out after getting 2 of them. at this point, i'm in extreme pain with no pain relief and i feel the urge to push. it's more than an urge - it's an involuntary reaction. oh and did i mention that she's posterior, so i'm having back labor? so i'm pushing and there's no progress. apparently she's stuck up there - every time she moves forward a little, she slips back in. the nurse tries to reposition her, but nothing is working. then they doubled my dose of pitocin to try to make the contractions even stronger. after 2 hours of pushing, i couldn't take it anymore. i begged the doctor to shut off the pitocin and told them i was ready for a c-section.
once that decision was made, things happened rather quickly and charlotte was born an hour later. while i was incredibly disappointed that the birth didn't go as planned, i made peace with it and was glad that the medical intervention was available since i needed it.
luckily, i have recovered quickly from the surgery. i think it is because i had the placenta encapsulated and have been taking them daily. nursing has been very easy, which is a relief because i thought i would have problems. i've also already lost all the baby weight (50 pounds in one week!! most of it was water retention), so that's been nice to not have to worry about.
and most importantly, charlotte is very healthy and the most perfect baby ever!! :)