Cole Harrison Freeman
Apgar: 9 & 9
This was a fast, easy and perfect delivery.
I confirmed with my husband, sister and nurse if we were all on the same page for my birth plan and they said in unison, "Epidural!" I got an IV and pitocin drip, then my doctor broke my water and I got an epidural 15 minutes later. I wasn't feeling much pain, but enough to know my contractions were starting and I didn't want to feel much more! The anesthesiologist was hot and he was finished in about 10 minutes without any issues.
We hung out until about 4:30 and I was 3cm. At 5:00, I said, "I know this sounds silly, but I feel like I'm crowning." My nurse, who was a doll, said, "Well, I'll check you again!" and said, "You're there, let's call Dr. Hulton!" I didn't know my nurse told my doctor to run, but she was winded when she rushed into my room two minutes later. We took a picture of the monitor because the line from 3cm to 10cm in a half hour is almost a vertical line....
I started pushing effortlessly at 5:10 (didn't feel a thing) and Cole popped out at exactly 5:30. I look deliriously happy and smiley in all of the pictures...it's hysterical. Cole looks like Elliott. He has the cutest red-blonde wavy hair. He also latched on and started "practice" breast feeding within an hour. He's barely squawked all evening and is very mellow.
I feel fantastic. It's not just the adrenaline from having a baby, but I'm not nauseous, I don't have heartburn, I don't feel pelvic pressure or lack of circulation there, I can breathe, I feel like I could bend over if I wanted to and I don't have to pee...all those stinky things that pile on top of each other towards the end are gone. AAAAHHHHHHHH. I did eat every bite of dinner and then some snacks.
I really am feeling so wonderful and grateful for this instantaneous relief. I was very, very lucky on the medicated fluffy side of the HG scale, and there is still a night and day difference. The incredible change you are all going to feel once you deliver is on the way! I can't wait to be here to celebrate with you all when you cross the finish line.
Many, many thanks to you all for your knowledge, support and compassion throughout this pregnancy. XOXO