It’s been 6 days since Cole arrived, and I’m feeling elated, exhausted, overwhelmed and blessed. Life as a mom of two is busy. In fact, it’s taken me over an hour to even type this sentence!
Cole’s Birth Story
A week ago today, I went in for my 39 week check-up. Based on previous appointments, I had resigned myself to the fact that Cole was quite comfortable. Accordingly, I expected him to go up-to or past his due date of December 16th.
Because I’m over 35, I had non-stress tests done starting at 36 weeks. Basically, you stay still for 20 minutes and monitors measure baby’s movement and your contractions.
It’s actually quite relaxing. You have to stay put which rarely happens as a toddler mom!
Normally, Cole would ace these tests with lots of movement, but on this particular day, he wasn’t as active. My doctor wanted me to stay on for another 10 minutes to be sure.
She said, “You have an A baby, but I want an A+ baby.”
After the 10 minutes, there wasn’t much improvement, so she ordered an ultrasound to check fluid levels. We found that my fluid was pretty low which essentially means the placenta is starting “fail”, but baby was healthy and active.
After the ultrasound, we went into a conference room to discuss options. My doctor, who is simply amazing, said we had a couple choices.
1. Wait, but I’d have to come back the next day to do another non-stress test, or
2. Start the induction process today. She felt there was little to gain by keeping him there. We agreed.
We headed home to eat (I barely could stomach anything–I was having a baby!) and pack up our things to head to the hospital.
I have to admit, I was a little unprepared for this. So, not all my ducks were in a row. Spencer and I were trying to figure what to do with Jada. My mom wasn’t flying in until Saturday!
Ultimately, we decided that we would all go to the hospital to get me checked in.
Then, Spencer took Jada back to the house to nap and keep some semblance of routine.
I got settled in the room, and we snapped one last belly picture before the induction.
Because an induction can be a lengthy process, we decided to have Spencer stay at home with Jada through dinner and get her to bed. Then, one of his rock star assistants came over during the night to watch her and stay with Cooper.
I had to wait quite a while at the hospital before I finally was set-up to begin the induction process around 4:00 p.m.
My doctor decided to use a cervical ripening balloon to prepare my cervix. I was only dilated 1-2 cm, so it was needed. The balloon, that’s actually more tube-like, was inserted and kept in for 6 hours while I was simultaneously hooked up to a pitocin drip. Not the most comfortable thing ever.
Now, the waiting game.
I tried to watch TV or catch up on my phone, but time was d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g. Spencer arrived around 8:30 p.m. and I was so relieved to have him there. The nurses updated him on the plan.
At 10:00 p.m., the balloon was removed, and I had progressed to 2-3 cm and +80% effacement. They increased the pitocin drip, and we kept tabs on my contractions and the increasing discomfort I was experiencing.
To be continued…