- 8am appointment. First thing they did was give me the COVID-19 nose swab (ugh), and once I got the negative result, I was able to remain maskless in my private rooms. Jimmy had to wear the mask as long as there were other people around, but once it was just us in our rooms, he could take the mask off.
- I was 2cm, 90% when I came in, so they put me on pitocin around 8:30 and the nurse midwife stripped my membranes, which is every bit as uncomfortable as it sounds.
- By 12:30, I was really close to 100% and a "stretchy 4cm," so they broke my water using an amni-hook, which basically is like, a really long crochet hook. The NM predicted that we would maybe be delivering by about 4:30pm, which was totally fine by me. After my OB told me that sometimes, induced labor can take 48 hours in some women, I was like, Hellllll no, I do NOT want to wake up pregnant on Tuesday morning.
- I did not get an epidural, because I didn't want one. Short version is: I was worried about the side effects, and I didn't want to feel ill for Benny's first few hours/days of life. The staff was like, ASTONISHED. They kept bringing it up with other staff that came in.
- If you don't know, once your water breaks, things start getting intense pretty quickly, so I'm actually really glad that this didn't happen spontaneously at home. The nurse told me afterwards that I only pushed for a total of ten minutes, but of course, it always feels like more. Benny was born at 2:09pm, so, an hour and a half after they broke my water. He weighed about 6lbs, 6oz, and he's 19 inches long.
- We stayed for a full day after that. Benny had some initial trouble with getting his blood sugar up (which they monitor because I had GD), but with some formula supplementation, things ended up being fine. He passed all his other newborn tests easily.
It's been a rough first day and a half, in terms of finding our rhythm and getting used to having a newborn again (OMG I hurt everywhere and have barely slept), but he is just the cutest, sweetest thing, and we're all so in love with him.
His full name is Benedict James Fuqua, but of course, you can call him Benny.