My due date was March 2nd. I went in for my 4pm appointment and was only dilated to 2 cm. Dr. Beck stripped my membranes again and sent me home saying, "Feel free to go into labor any time!" Sound advice, doctor.
A little after 5pm, I started having pretty intense contractions. For more than 2 hours those contractions went on every 3-8 minutes. We dropped the boys off with Grandma and headed to the hospital about 8pm. The minute I put the hospital gown on, the contractions stopped. They sent us on a walk around the hospital gardens with instructions to come back in 40 minutes. So we walked. I did squats. I did step-ups onto benches. 40 minutes later I was only dilated to 4 cm and still not having contractions. So they sent us home. It was a dismal moment.
It was probably 10pm at that point. Within the hour, the contractions started up again and lasted all night long. They never got less than 4 minutes apart and were usually closer to 8-10 minutes apart. Not enough to go back to the hospital but just enough to prevent any sleep at all. So at 6 am, we called our delivery nurse friend who happened to be working and she suggested that we come in and at least get checked. If I had dilated to at least 5 cm they would likely let me stay and help things along.
To my jubilation, I was 5 cm!!! They started me on the penicillin for the Group B strep. Apparently I carry this virus that does nothing to me but can be really dangerous if the baby catches it in the birth canal. So they give us 2 doses of penicillin before he's born. That gets started and they do my epidural as well. I had a few hours of rest while they got both doses of penicillin in. By that time Dr. Beck was there delivering 4 other babies. He was disappointed that I was still only dilated to 8 cm so he started me on some petocin and went to lunch with instructions to "be ready to push" when he got back. I was obedient. We started delivery around 1:20 only to find that the baby was face up. It's really hard for him to deliver that way so Dr. Beck was turning him over as I was pushing. But between each contraction, the baby would flip back over and be face up again. I fully expected for him to tell me we had to do a C-section. Instead, Dr. Beck grabbed Gavin's head with the vacuum and pulled him (as I pushed him) out. HE WAS OUT! 2:09 pm. 21 hours after labor truly began. More than a week after contractions began filling me with false hope. HE WAS OUT!
I loved that they handed him right to me. They didn't even weigh or wash him until after I'd sufficiently snuggled and nursed him for over 45 minutes. It was so lovey.
I'm amazed how tiny he is. He doesn't have big hands like newborn Jace did nor long feet like newborn Cohen. He is just so tiny. Jace had the dark hair but not nearly as much as Gavin. They all have the same nose and chin. It's not a small nose but they grow into it! :)
We came home Friday night and have had the boys here with us. I was nervous about all of our noise in this 1050 sf house but it's been ok. We dont keep the big kids quiet. We're just letting Gavin get used to life as it really is.... Well, except that he is getting held A LOT when he should be sleeping in his bed... but I'm not stressing about that on day 5. We'll work that out.
Welcome home Gavin! We're extremely happy you're here!