Allie D - yeh for your awesome news so over the moon to see you here.
Well ladies - Guess who's a Mummy!!!!!
Sorry it's taken so long but it's been one crazy week. I had really bad headaches and funky vision not last weekend but the weekend before. so I went to the Women's Assessment Ward just to get checked over. Good thing I went my blood pressure was sky high. Anyhoo, long story short I was admitted that Monday and on the books to be induced Tuesday night (7th May). They wheeled me into the birthing ward Tuesday night with the intention of inserting some balloon to dialate my cervix so they could break my waters Wednesday morning all going to plan. i was no where near ready or dialated, my cervix was too high up for the balloon so they inserted some string thing with hormone gel on it to do the same thing. 6.30 am Wednesday morning they came in to see how far the gel had worked - I was 1 cm dialated. They went ahead and broke my waters , it bloody killed - i was sucking on that gas. So by 7am things were rolling. They inserted the drip to pump the hormones through me to get contractions going and to help my dialate. I was sick a couple of times but nothing Maxalon in the drip didn't help. I made it from 7am to 2.30 pm with no pain medication, no gas and bubs was posterior I think they call it so the lower back pain was excruciating. Luckily I had my partners tens machine on which helped me through each contraction and gave me something to focus on. By this stage I couldn't bear it any longer and asked for an epidural. The Anesthetist came in and put one in whilst I sucked on the gas to get through the contractions whilst he inserted the epidural. I was 5 or 6 cm by this stage - honestly cant remember. 30 mins later no pain relieve it hadn't worked so back in again for try #2. This time it worked but as bubs was posterior (pushing on my spine) not all the pain was taken away it still left the unbeareable pressure pain - like when your constipated and you can feel you need to go to the toilet but just can't or when its half way out and it gets stuck and your like "get out". My DF and MIL were told to go home get a couple of hours rest and come back later as it would probably take several hours for me to fully dialate. I rang him at around 4.45pm and said get back in here I need to push - thank G*d he was at the birthing centre's doors. The nurses were very surprised how quickly I dialated after the epidural was in. So with my DF by my side and my MIL too we began pushing. Bubbas heart rate had caused them some concern earlier on in the day and a monitor had been attached to her head. When I started to push her heart rate dropped to the point where it was an emergency to get her out ASAP, she was stuck and not coming out any further. We had Doctor's and nurses running around everywhere, I ended up having to have an assisted forceps delivery with a second degree tear and numerous stitches but at 5.56pm on Wednesday 8 May our beautiful daughter was born. My DF and MIL were crying. Happy tears. We called her "Shaynnah Anne" weighed in at 6p 10 Oz, 48cm long, head circum 38 cm. She is absolutely beautiful. We've had trouble breastfeeding but we are getting there. Peeing with my stitches and grazes is fun but that will get better with time. We are just so over the moon. Sleep deprived but so happy to finally be parents and hold our beautiful girl in our arms. Birth is the most pain I have ever experienced and to tell you the honest truth I don't know how I did it or where I got the strength at times but you just do. It is also THE MOST amazing experience you will ever go through and you have such an unexplanable feeling go through you when they lift your bubba up and over to you and place them on your tummy. It is just unbelievable. My DF was absoluelty amazing and even with his injuries and how sore he was he never left my side (other than when they put the epidural in). My MIL was fantastic too, with out the pair of them there I don't know how I would have done it. The one other thing that just made my heart melt was the way my DF looked at me and kissed me when bubba was born - he was so happy, so proud of me. A moment I will always cherish.
Anyhoo ladies, I must go. Milk bar is open and someone's waiting for her mummy.
GL Thylacine I hope everything goes well.
Edited by HopefulAngel, 15 May 2013 - 08:31 PM.