Now that we all know the happy outcome I wanted to give a few details about the posts put up by others while I was… busy…
The reason he broke my water, the reason he was in the room in the first place, is because we didn’t just “misplace” Amelia. Neither heart rate monitors nor ultrasound could find her beating heart. My OB was rushed over to see if he could have any luck with the ultrasound machine in locating a live, beating heart on that little girl. She wasn’t really moving much and what movement there were could have been attributed to Ava kicking at her. I was so scared. SO. SO. Scared. Because of how Ava was presenting the only way I could get both girls’ heart rates was by laying mostly flat on the bed; any other position and we “lost” Ava. But Amelia had always been in the same place, super easy to find, and wiggling in the same directions so never off the monitor. Not being able to find her, at all.. listening OR looking.. I swear to gawd, for a minute there I was back in January. Luckily… luckily…. after a few minutes we found it. Her and Ava’s limbs were all layered and jumbled up together and she was facing up, which made locating her little pitter patter hard to do. Once we finally found it it was just a matter of adjusting this and positioning that and we had her for good. Since he was in the room anyway and I was nicely soft and dilated he decided to go ahead with my AROM request a few hours earlier then he had planned. While he was there he asked about putting the electrode in Ava’s head. After the scare of “losing” Amelia because of positioning I jumped all over the idea. After asking P-Daddy if he was OK with it ( obviously, he was ) I had my OB place it and hook it up.
WOW that was weird. I had a wire, attached to her head, taped down to my leg and hooked to a monitor. Since she was nicely tracking now, I was allowed to get up and labor a bit more naturally. I got on my birthing ball and bounced those ladies down to a nice relaxed 6 centimeters in a very short time period, and I am confident that I could have had the drug free labor and birth that I’d wanted if we’d had just one baby ( or two head down babies) on board. But that monitor! SO WEIRD! Every time Ava would move her head, it would tug on that wire. Just surreal, having her movements and actions felt on the OUTSIDE of my body, when she was on the inside. That was one of the reasons I noticed my complete dilation so soon; I could feel, both outside and inside, a baby right there, low down on my body.
I’ve had a few questions about the epidural that I’ll address here, too. My anesthesiologist was awesome. I got a super light dose. If I had to quantify the lever of dosage, I’d say I could still very easily feel..40? 50% complete sensation. I could still feel and easily use/move my legs. I could still easily feel and work with each contraction.. I could still easily control my body enough to sit as upright as possible and use gravity to it’s full power in bringing that little lady down. It just felt like my lower half had gone to a kegger that my upper half hadn’t been invited to. Still there, still useful… but a little on the goofy side. ……
Ava and Amelia are beautiful. That new little family is beautiful. Right now, that seems to be all I can focus on, so I will get the birth story out, it will just be in bits and pieces.
As you all know I had very much wanted to have a “natural” labor with these two. My OB, on the other hand, was VERY insistent on an epidural. Because of my birthing history ( fast! ) he was also very insistent as to how soon I get that epidural. Grrrr. So I was allowed to labor naturally for a while.. well as naturally as one can on Pitocin.. then he broke my water. I was three centemeters dilated. At that time we also placed an internal monitor on Ava’s head to keep track of her pulse rate. I was allowed to get off the bed and bounce on my birthing ball because her rate was nicely documented for the staff, so YAY to no more being stuck in bed laboring!! Alas, soon after I was dilated to a 6 so an epidural was ordered. Luckily I had an AWESOME anesthesiologist who gave me a super light epidural.. a compromise with my OB. I had laughed and joked with the peanut gallery in attendance earlier in the day that we’d have the babies by 3:45, but I got that epidural at 3pm and was only dilated to a six at that time……. so you can imagine my surprise when, half an hour later, I could very clearly feel a little head pushing back at me! I’d had a handful of great doozy contractions but because of the light epi and the past few months of constant BH contractions, I hadn’t really paid attention to all the smaller contractions I was getting. I sent my husband down the hall to get the nurse, as that rectal-pressure feeling is quite clear. She checked me and yep! Fully dilated, fully effaced, baby head RIGHT THERE!! It was time to gown up and head to the operating room, go have some babies!
To give you a better update just as soon as my body stops shaking….
Two baby girls, born 20 minutes apart at 3:40 and 4:00
Ava, 4 pounds three ounces.
Amelia, 5 pounds three ounces.
It was terrifying. Ava was born VERY quickly… Amelia was..not. And it was scary.
But both of the beautiful little girls are happy, healthy, HERE, and with their daddy, where they belong.
More later, I promise.
We are pushing now!!!!:-0
So, the epi man is here, she’s peeing, contractions are rating an 8 on her pain scale. She’s put in her MP3 player which is usually a good sign that we are in the home stretch. Go Sabrina!!!!!
6 centimeters!!! Contractions between 7 and 8! Epi on the way!!
Contraction strength up to a 7!!!! Sabrina is soooo good at this!!!
Frances here. OK, so we misplaced baby b for a while as she got herself turned in some totally rediculous manner and we couldn’t find her with external moniter. The staff got the ultrasound machine in here and we found that both of them are perfectly fine and happy, just being totally wiggly boogers who refuse to stay where we want them. While the doc was in here they went ahead and put in a scalp electrode so we could keep a good watch on baby which meant that he decided to rupture the membranes! YAY! Cervix is 4, soft, 70%, -1 and contractions are coming in at a 6 on half the pitocin. Everyone is doing great and Sabrina is rocking the fashion world with a super sexy hospital gown in lovely colors of drab and blah. More soon!