Part Three.

Part One. 

Part Two. 

I was so upset. I wanted a natural water birth more than anything, and had there been any progression, I wouldn't have given up. But when you're going through hard back labor for 12 hours and you are still only 2 cm dilated, it's nearly impossible to want to keep going. I had it written on my birth plan that they should refuse to give me an epidural if I asked. Dude. I am so glad they didn't refuse it. I think they could see how much pain I was in. I was given the epidural at 2:00 pm, and holy cow. It was amazing and strange. I was having the same super intense contractions, but I couldn't feel a thing.

At 2:30 they started me on pitocin. Carol came in and talked to me about the possibility of a c-section. At this point, I didn't care about anything other than having my baby in my arms. We went ahead and scheduled a c-section for 5:00 pm just in case there was still no progression by about 4:00. At 4:30, Carol came in and checked me. Guess what?! I was still at a 2, 80% effaced, and baby had reverted back to a posterior position. A c-section was pretty much all we could do at this point, and I was more than ready to meet my little girl.

We ended up going in for the c-section at 5:28 pm, but my epidural was starting to wear off and I could feel the contractions and back labor again. I was terrified that they were going to slice me open without upping the epidural, but Carol ensured me that they “aren’t into torture.” J I was wheeled into the operating room, moved from my bed to the table, and a sheet was put up so that I couldn’t see what was happening. Mike was by my side the entire time, holding my hand and comforting me, being sure to let me know that I was strong and that I could handle this. The anesthesiologist upped the dosage of my epidural and the surgeon gave me a hard pinch to make sure that I couldn’t feel anything.

There was a ton of pressure – it was the strangest sensation. I could feel everything, but nothing hurt. That does not mean that I didn’t shout out, though. After hours of dealing with incredibly intense pain almost completely silently, I was shouting for the entire five minutes that the doctor was pushing and prodding. 

Stay tuned... the best is yet to come (and it's about dang time, this is a stinkin' novel of a birth story)


Anonymous said...

OMG! Freaking tell me about it!! ALL that pressure of their hands inside your stomach! Bleh!!! It felt like he was punching my ribcage!

Try having your tubes tied after having a baby. Talk about uuuuuuuuuuuuuncomfortable!!!

Sarah said...

I am so glad that you are sharing all of this. Keepin' it real, as always. I can't wait to hear about meeting your baby girl!

Breenah said...

You are incredibly strong. If I had been there, I would have been telling you exactly that. You're awesome. And really, now you've got leverage over Elsie when she's misbehaving when she's older, haha!

Sarah Shumate said... can totally tell in part three how much better you are feeling after they gave you the epidural! I'm proud of you for trying so hard naturally. I can't even imagine. So excited for the finale! ;o)

Alana Christine said...

Ah! I'm so happy for you! Sorry your labor didn't go as planned : (

Genna said...

I'm a long ways off from having a baby, but I've always wanted a water birth. And I really admire you for dealing with all those obstacles while trying to bring a baby into the world. You ARE strong and you ARE awesome!

Kym said...

Alyx you are SO BRAVE and SO STRONG!! I admire you for being so calm in a situation where it'd be completely acceptable to completely freak out.

lori said...

I am sure that is the weirdest thing being able to feel everything but it doesn't necessarily hurt!

cant wait to hear about meeting elsie for the first time :)

Deidre said...

You are one strong cookie, my friend. I can't imagine how incredbly scary it is to be able to feel it. If i had had my surgery and I was able to feel it but it did not hurt, I think I would've been freaking out the ENTIRE TIME.

@sejarawan said...

hurry up, can't wait any longer.

Unknown said...

Omg yay yay YAY!!!!!! So excited for you (and thank you for recapping each and every part of this!) Cannot wait to read/see more!!!!!!!

No(dot dot)el said...

Whew!! Thank God Almighty for modern medicine is all I have to say. Can't wait to read the happy ending.

RadiantKristen said...

You had earned shouting by then! Man you sure went through a lot to meet that little girl... I hope that someday, she can appreciate it

Kassi said...

How brave you were!?!? Excited for the happy ending!!!

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