Friday, September 21, 2012

~*The Labor Lowdown*~

This is the labor lowdown post....the birth story...many will be interested and many will be bored...skip this post if you'll be bored!

Quick background information...I had my first c/section in April 2002 due to failure to progress...I never went into labor, never dilated, nothing.  My second c/section was in February 2010 due to failure to progress.  I did go into labor but never dilated...AT ALL...not even a smidgen!

We were VBACing (Vaginal Birth After Cesarian), again, this time or at least that was our plan.   

I was due September 25th and we were hoping to make it to that date if not closer to October to give our little ones more time to adjust.  However, God had other plans!

My water broke at 3 a.m. and I happened to be awake when I felt the strange involuntary trickle...I made a mad dash for the bathroom as I threw back a "My water is breaking"  toward my drowsy husbster!  Get to the throne and ~GUSH~!

Contractions started within a half-hour and we stayed home to try and get as much work done at home as possible.  We made it to the hospital about 12 hours later at 3 p.m. 

I was so disappointed to hear that I was still NOT dilated. AT ALL.  My contractions were off the chart and the on call Doc (who is stinking awesome!) explained to me what was going on....Contractions cause pressure in the uterus to rise and usually that pressure is released through the cervix as it opens.  With mine not opening the pressure grows and grows and is absorbed by the bottom of the uterus itself at the two previous incisions.  

It was determined that my cervix just does not dilate. At all.  Ever.  So, we jumped right on the c/section because those bad boy contractions were off the stinking chart!  There was no breathing through them!  When they pulled Donovan from my tummy it was discovered that his little head had taken the brunt of the pressure of the contractions.  He was badly bruised on his face and head and had minor bruising on his arms and legs.  

I think the worst part of the c/section was that the anesthesiologist certainly didn't understand the difference between panic attacks and contractions!  He did the spinal and hit a nerve causing an incredibly painful shock to run down my leg to my foot which was so powerful my foot jumped off the stool.  I cried because it HURT!  He gave me the "oh pawsh, that's just a zinger"...DUDE!  Let me do that to you in the MIDDLE of a contraction!  

Within seconds they whipped me around onto my back, again, in the MIDDLE of a contraction!  I'm stiff as a board because I'm dealing with contraction pain and still reeling from the painful "zinger" and Mr. Insensitive Anesthesiologist gives me the "You need to calm yourself down RIGHT THIS MINUTE" speech.  I didn't do as he requested on command because DUDE I'm still dealing with this nasty contraction and my whole body is shaking!  

I was still waiting on the contraction to pass (as he should have been doing, too) and he gets downright furious and tells me he's giving me something to calm down since I can't seem to do it.  Had he waited, oh, 30 seconds I would have been able to relax but he was in a hurry to get back to texting on his phone (NOT EVEN KIDDING!).  So, he drugged me...Someone needs to go back to charm school and they so need to ban cell phones from surgery!  

  One of my biggest concerns was my recovery.  My last c/s was terrible.  The incision did not close due to a large blood clot and we had to pack the wound 2x daily for over 6 weeks!  Plus, 3 rounds of antibiotics to get that sucker to heal up!  However, the fabulous Doctor I had this time took her time on each layer, suctioning well before moving on and the final layer of skin was glued. Why is that significant?  Because I had staples last time not even ON the incision!  I had 2 or 3 completely OFF the incision and those were the most painful to have removed!  

We would have been discharged on Thursday morning, which is insanely early for a c/section, however, Donovan had very slightly elevated bili-rubin levels.  It took quite a bit of wrangling and getting two Pediatricians on our side and an improved blood test only 12 hours later to convince the Head of Ped's to discharge us on Thursday night.

It feels so good to be home! I know I was only away for 2 nights but it felt so much longer!

Donovan is the sweetest little baby and we are so blessed to enjoy this little surprise!

Psalm 127:3-5a
Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him. 

 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.

Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.



  1. YEAH sweet boy you arre darling! Heehee we have similar cervix's LOL! Donovan will be bigger than your peanut in no time LOL! Praying for peace in your home!

  2. Wow! You are one strong woman! I will put in an extra prayer a day for your recovery! Get as much rest as you can for as long as you can, you SO deserve it!!!

  3. i still cannot believe you kept it so quiet, we are the queens of secrets this year. I am so excited for this new blessing. I hope you are filing a complaint on that man


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