Well, after a highly anticipated wait, our baby girl is FINALLY here! After one failed induction, we successfully had another 2 days later. I was given gels at our first induction, which did produce some intense contractions. In fact, so much so that they could only give me one round of them (apparently you can get up to 3 rounds). They sent me home to labor at home, and of course, wouldn't you know it. The contractions stopped about immediately upon leaving the hospital.
When we went in for our "scheduled" (second) induction, I was told I'd be given something that they can pull out if the contractions get too intense (pardon me, but I just don't remember the name of the drug). But as I was having contractions on my own (very frequent but completely painless and, thus, non-effective), they said they couldn't administer it right away. They also told me this could take up to 12 hours to work, and that if it didn't after 12 hours, they would try another 12-hour round. Sounds fun, right? So after waiting about another hour, they decided they were going to forgo this route altogether and instead do Pitocin. The only thing was, they couldn't give it to me in Triage, and they had no beds available in Labor & Delivery, so we had to wait...again. Oh. And they had no idea how long it would take for a room to become available.
Thank the good Lord, a bed did become available within about 40 minutes or so. And once the Pitocin was given, it took about 3 hours or so for the contractions to finally register as active labor. I asked for an epidural, which they were hesitant to give "so early," but thankfully they did because not more than 40 minutes after I'd been given it, I was at a 10 and ready to push!
So after an hour of pushing, our baby girl arrived at last! She was beautiful and healthy (although she had her cord around her neck and was blue at first), and we are so excited to finally have our little girl!
Now time to rest...(while I can)...and just enjoy her.
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