Friday, February 11, 2011

Why Women Have 3 Children

So I promised the story of my induction - so here it is! We woke up early the morning of the 28th, showered, ate, and had everything ready before calling the hospital. They told us to come in at 7:15 to get started.

By 7:45 I was hooked up to an IV dripping pitocin to get my contractions started. And we waited. I started having regular contractions (every 3-5 min or so) almost immediately - but nothing too painful. At 11:30am my doctor came in to break my water. Which really, was no big deal. I'd heard lots of people say it was painful - it was nothing. I was dilated to 4 cm at that time.

Within half an hour (noon) my contractions were incredibly intense and painful! Worse than I'd felt with my first. So I asked for my epidural. By 12:39pm the epidural was complete and I was feeling quite a bit better.

At 1pm I was pain free and dilated to 5 cm. So Ryan left to grab a bite to eat. I told him not to bring it in to the room because I was starving! Ice chips just don't cut it. I also told him I was going to take a nap.

The nurse said she'd come back at 2pm and check me again.

By 1:10pm I was feeling painful contractions through my epidural again...weird. The baby's heart rate had dropped so the nurse came in to check on things. I told her I could feel the contractions so she checked me again - this is around 1:15pm. I was dilated to 9 cm!! From a 5 to a 9 in 15 minutes! Crazy. No wonder I could feel the pain.

Ryan hurried back (luckily he was just eating in the hall). The nurse frantically told me not to push - since I felt like I needed to - while she rushed around the room prepping everything and calling my doctor at the same time.

My doctor was 5 minutes away from the hospital.

As the nurse prepped the room I kept thinking - really!? Already!? I was just so amazed at how fast everything happened. I thought we still had a few hours to go - so did the nurse and doctor.

When he arrived I was fully dilated. After 3 minutes of pushing through 2 contractions my Little Man joined our family at 1:39pm! 3 minutes!! That is a HUGE improvement from the 2 1/2 hrs I pushed with Little Miss.

Some other things that were different...

With Little Miss I had 3rd degree "star" tares - I tore in 3 places, really bad. Recovery was super painful and took a long time.

This time around only one 2nd degree tare. Much better! Your body just does so much better the second time around - and that is why people have the third kid. Each time it just gets easier!

I also told my husband shortly after my epidural that "I love epidurals, I would marry one if I could" - yep. Not sure how he took that. =) Really though, I don't know how women give birth at home without pain meds. It amazes me.


  1. That sounds awesome! I am hoping for the same thing! ALthough, I will get my epidural right away.:) Congrats on the new babe and fast recovery. You are amazing!

  2. Ahhhhhh, what a sweet little guy and I love hearing having baby stories. ;)
    Grammy T.

  3. Congratulations! He is so cute! I glad to hear you had a much easier time this time around... I love hearing baby stories :) I love your blog and all the fun ideas for kids because my sweet girl is 9 months old..

  4. That is amazing! I am soooooo slow at labor. It took 21 hours of labor...with pitocin. Boo! On your three kids theory, I didn't even finish pushing the first time before Jarod came sliding on out! Thanks for posting the pictures. I LOVE baby with mom in hospital pictures!!! :)

  5. I think you are right about the labor and delivery being easier with each child...however, the whole freaking pregnancy gets much worse...bigger way faster...lower ligament pains, no bladder control...weirdness that you never had sis-in-law is expecting her 11th...I hope she lives to deliver!

  6. Sounds kind of like me, once they broke my water I dilated REALLY fast. And I too love epidurals. I never ever ever want to go natural.

  7. Yeah, I tore with the first two and my second two I didn't. It does get easier. Kind of.

  8. i read a lot of scare tactics about epidurals, but i LOVED mine and i don't think i'd ever go any other way. people say it ruins the experience.. it'd be ruined for me without it.

  9. I'm glad that everything went well! How great that he got here so fast. Gotta love that. Congrats!


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