Finally at 1 pm I got to see my midwife Michele. She came and checked me and I was still at 2 cm, so they turned up the Pitocin and she broke my water. The contractions got really strong and I was hoping to not have to get an epidural, but my back labor started like it did with Madison. I labored for a few more hours and tried sitting on the birthing ball, which helped some but then the Pitocin got to me. At 3pm I was only at 3cm so I went ahead and got the epidural (which took FOREVER to them to come give it to me!) I felt better for a little while. At 5:45pm I was at 5 cm. I started getting some really bad pain in my lower right side. They turned up my epidural which helped for a few minutes, but it got bad again. They checked me and I was still only 5 cm at 8:15pm. They turned it up again a little while later but I was still in excruciating pain in that one spot that I had sweat dripping down me and was shaking a lot, even though I was freezing everyone out in my room with the air conditioning! I was so numb at this point all over except the one spot, that I was thinking the only option left was a c-section, especially since I hadn't progressed. Finally they just turned off my Pitocin (which they had turned up again recently) and the pain stopped. My midwife Michele came back in at 9:15pm, saw blood, and said "Oh!" She checked me, and Landon's head was right there. She said the words I had been waiting to hear for almost 12 hours: Time to push!! No wonder I had so much pain. I was amazed that I had gone from 5 cm to 10 cm in just 1 hour.
After about 10 minutes of trying to use the new beds and getting the stirrups up, all the nurses finally got it ready for me to start pushing at 9:25pm. I pushed once and you could see his head of dark hair! I could not feel anything to push or any contractions. They were very irregular at this point as I was off the Pitocin but still having some. After a few pushes, Michele saw a little more of his head and guessed that he would be 8 lbs, 1 oz. Brad guessed 8 lbs. 4 oz. After 20 minutes of pushing, Landon Jacob Evans was born at 9:45 pm September 16 after 12 hours of induced labor. He was 20 inches long and weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. just like Michele had predicted!
Overall, it was a long day but a pretty good experience. We were very surprised that he had dark hair and darker skin, especially compared to Madison! I got to hold him immediately and then after they checked him. He started nursing great immediately and has been a perfect little angel since!
|Michele, my midwife|