*Well, even though it's been over a year since Abigail's birth, I finally finished her birth story! I've worked on this several times over the past year, but never could force myself to finish it. The fact that I also had almost finished it and then it accidently got deleted might have something to do with it! :) It's VERY long, but here it is! :)
I am finally forcing myself to sit down and write about Abigail's birth story! I've been wanting to, meaning to, trying to write about it for the past almost 6 weeks since my daughter has been born. However, I have not really been able to find the time or really been able to make myself do it. Why? Well, I guess that sometimes I don't like to think about it. I know it might sound silly, but wait to judge me until after you read my story! ;) I should be cleaning the house and doing the laundry, but instead I'm going to watch my daughter sleep and tell you about how she entered the world. :)
At my last OBGYN appointment at 39 weeks, Dr. Hudgens told me that I was not really dilated at all and said that we could schedule an induction if I wanted for April 30th. Bryan and I decided that is what we would do so my Dr. said to come back in on Monday morning of April 30th and she would check me to see if I had made any progress between now and then. After leaving the Dr.'s office, we were so excited because we knew that we were going to meet our baby girl, no later that Tuesday! I did want to avoid being induced, but wasn't willing to wait another week or more to have my baby!
Bryan and I went home that Thursday and spent the weekend trying everything we knew of to induce labor. I kept waiting and hoping for signs of contractions or that my labor was beginning, but nothing happened. We notified all of our family that the plan was to go into the hospital on Monday night at 6:00 to be induced and we would expect Abigail to be born sometime on Tuesday. Bryan and I enjoyed our last weekend as a couple and counting down the days until Monday!
Monday morning we went to the Dr. and surprise, surprise, she said there was still no change. She told us that we could still go ahead with the induction or we could wait another week. When I heard that, I thought, "Are you kidding me lady?!" Both of our families were already planning on driving in that night. In hindsight, I kinda wish I would have waited. However, I knew that there was no way that I could mentally/emotionally wait one more week.
My Dr. told me to go check into the hospital at 5 pm that afternoon and hopefully they would be able to start the induction around 6 pm and I would get a good head start before the nurses changed shifts for the evening. They told me I would probably progress throughout the night, but not have Abigail until the next morning sometime. Bryan went back to finish out the school day and I went home to rest, pack, and finish getting ready.
Bryan came home, we packed everything up, and headed to the hospital. This is my last preggo picture before we left the house at 40 weeks!
Moving on. After that the nurses then put in the Cervidil in order to thin out my cervix. The nurse said she was going to check me and then she was going to come back out and then put the Cervidil in. I thought ok, good deal. So she checked me, no biggie, then she went back in with the medicine. All I'm going to say about that is that it was one of the most painful things I've ever experienced. It felt like she was shoving her hand all the way up my throat and I barely held it together while I squeezed the CRAP out of Bryan's hand. The only good thing about when she was finished is that she said that I was at a 2 and 75% effaced! I was so excited I tried not to cry. After hearing that I hadn't progressed at all week after week, I was so glad to hear something positive! I got hooked up to the monitor and they did everything else they needed to do. They showed Bryan what a contraction and Abigail's heart rate looked like on the monitor. After all of that was finished, we began the wait. Here I am trying to act brave like I hadn't just been traumatized! ;)