It has been a whole day and a half now. Zac and I are fully settled into the hospital. The first night was rough....I won't lie. Zac and I waited what felt like forever to get the ball rollin. I tried hard to sleep, but the bed was killin me. I had to roll over about every hour. That meant my nurse was in every hour to adjust my monitor. It was a long, long, night.
The next part of our day was drawn out....
I wanted to update you guys forever, hoping that there was a plan worth celebrating.
My in-laws showed up around 11, right after the cervidil came out. At the time I was dilated to a 1, and about 50% effaced. I had to wait for a minimum of 2 hours. It ended up being more than that. The doc gave me the option of pitocin, I opted for the second round of cervidil since he really wanted me at a 2 before I got an IV. That went in at 2. By the time my mom and sisters got here around 3:30 or 4, that was taking full effect. I had pretty much constant cramps. Long ones that I had to breathe through.
After the shift change I got a great nurse named Debbie. She checked me, told me I wasn't quite a 2.
At about 7 I couldn't handle being awake anymore. I watched bad t.v. and catnapped. At about 10 I slept for a full hour straight and wanted to celebrate. At 11ish I told Debbie I thought the cervidil had slipped. She checked me, told me it had, and that I hadn't changed.
I proceeded to have a mini-meltdown.
Mom and Maggie were here, so they joined me for a cry and then told me to go to bed.
I did sleep on and off until 1:30, then knew that the cervidil was coming out at 2 and couldn't rest. Debbie checked it at 2 and said I was at a 2, a little more than 50% effaced. Slight progress. I still wanted to bawl. Instead I did what I knew I should do, and went to sleep. I rested until 4 and then got set up on pitocin. Then Debbie did me the biggest favor of any of the nurses and pretty much ignored the monitor as I shifted all night long. I can't tell ya how much that helped. Both Zac and I slept lots. I was even making it up to an hour and a half at a time.
Shift change happened at 6. I've been on the pitocin since 4:15. I've basically napped and napped as much as I could. I thought I should not, I should sit up so my contractions were stronger, but I decided I would rather have slower progress than be exhausted this early on. My nurse just checked me again. I am almost a 3 and 80% effaced so things are heading the right direction for Cliffy and I.
I must say, I am shocked. Shocked. Pitocin (which I had dreaded) has been so much better than the cervidil it is ridic. I may not be saying that in a few hours, but I was able to sleep and am making progression without the back pain that was wiping me out. They just bumped me to the max on pit....for how long that happens I don't know. My doc is gonna come check on me sometime relatively soon and we are supposed to talk "plan." I have a plan, keep doing what I'm doing. They say the biggest battle is getting to a 4 and that can take 12 hours, so I still have 6 to go, assuming that things go as they have so far.
So that's the news. All of it. I will probably not update again til Cliff is here. I sure hope I dont have the time to.....
Keep up the prayers!