SIMON AVERETT FACER
January 5, 2014, 8:27pm
7lbs 15oz, 21.5 inches
8:27am My nurse, Gail, came in and hooked me up to the monitors, and began asking me all these questions. That took the longest! But our nurse was super sweet; we really liked her! The monitors were kind of uncomfortable. They have a little round tab that sticks out, and it left an indent in my stomach, and if the baby was pushing right on the monitor it would hurt. I really just didn’t have a lot of fat on my stomach and so there wasn’t much cushioning.
When the anesthesiologist came in, I was a little disappointed/worried because it was the one I had heard bad things about. I started panicking as well because the contractions were now getting VERY strong and close together! My whole body started shaking uncontrollably. Possibly partly due to my nerves. The nurse said I could be going into transition, I guess some people shake during transition. I started thinking that if this epidural didn’t work that I might just die! I wasn’t really getting much of a break during the contractions and I wanted them to stop so badly! They were sooo painful! but they hadn’t been that bad up until this point in time! It was crazy to me how quickly they went from bearable to unbearable!
Once she was done she said we would know in the next few minutes if it had worked. I felt a warmth on my back, and as my contractions came they slowly started getting shorter. I would brace myself when I felt it coming, and then realized it only last a few seconds! Soon they were gone all together!! I was sooooo incredibly relieved and thankful for modern medicine. It was soooo worth it! However my shaking didn’t stop.
I also got a catheter, and they are so nice to have! no more having to get up and go to the bathroom with all my cords and IV on wheels!
My blood pressure did drop once again, and I was again given some medicine in my IV, and then my epidural dosage was dropped.
6:23pm I was dilated to 9cm! I still wasn’t feeling well, and I was getting really tired as well. I just laid in bed with my eyes closed, trying to feel better and hoped that I would maybe fall asleep until it was time to push. I may have dosed off for a little while, but I was really not feeling well. I remember being worried I would throw up, and asked Luke to bring this pink bucket over just in case I needed it. Thankfully I never did!
I couldn’t believe that it was finally time to meet our baby! Luke was able to watch, and I remember when he said he could see the baby’s head! He seemed pretty excited and surprised! The doctor guided my hand so that I could feel him coming. His head felt so soft! When He was crowning I was able to look down and see the top of his head! I couldn’t believe it! At this point though I could also feel it! and it hurt!!! I was not expecting to feel pain during pushing, and I really didn’t…until he was coming out! Those last few pushes I was giving it everything I had! I wanted this baby out!
“Luke, I am going to pass out,” and I immediately put my arms around his neck and held onto him. The next thing I remembered was Luke saying “Kari fainted!” and I responded “No i didn’t!” He then says, “Kari, you are completely limp in my arms.” I realized he was right, I was completely limp. I guess I had passed out for a few seconds and luke had been calling the nurses. The nurses came into the bathroom and had me smell this super strong thing! It burned my nose! and then they helped me over to the bed.
The next few hours were miserable. They got me going on the IV again, put on an oxygen mask, gave me juice (I hadn’t eaten pretty much all day) and put warm blankets over me because I was shaking uncontrollably again. I tried to eat a cracker, but could barely lift it to my lips. I had no energy. I have never felt so incredibly exhausted in my life! I also still felt feverish. So even though I hadn’t been feeling the contractions, my body had still felt them!
Luckily the next day I was doing much better! I still had to have the nurses help me to the bathroom, and I still felt really weak, but they had me on medicine, so that was good!