Just getting to the hospital, last day being preggo
My water broke at 1 a.m. Monday morning. We checked in around 2 am. and pretty much hung out with very little progress. I stayed around 1-2 cm and 80% effaced, but never really had consistent contractions. They started Pitocin around 2 p.m. and of course that got things going! It was not really super intense until transition and that's when I started to say that I couldn't do it anymore. My goal had been to VBAC and to have a drug free natural delivery. By God's strength, I was able to achieve both of my desires. Luckily transition didn't last too long. I went from 4 cm to 8 in like an hour or so and then 8 to 10 in 15 minutes. The pushing part was not bad at all really. I was so determined to push him out that I had good energy for pushing and had to only push for an hour. He came out 9 pounds 5 oz!!!!!!!! Huge baby. 22 1/2 in long. Born 03-07-11 at 10:33 p.m. He is beautiful and looks a lot like Ryan when he was born. He was so alert for a good few hours after birth, which was so different than with Ryan because of the C section. I ended up with a 3rd degree tear and hemorrhoids, so I am sore, but we are both doing great and praise God we are both healthy. Here are some pics :) Oh yah and I couldn't have done it without my husband, who was a wonderful coach, and my good friend Kristina, who is a birthing assistant/doula in training and who was our Bradley teacher. They helped me to stay focused and encouraged me. They also gave great massages and got me through the transition part when I was asking for drugs; they did not allow me to give up! They were amazing, as were the nurses and my midwife and doctor.