Today is Bennett’s official due date! It’s crazy to think he’s almost been here 6 weeks already. He’s doing amazingly well, and his pediatrician expects him to be on track developmentally for his chronological age, so that’s great news. He’s growing well, and he was 8lbs at his weigh-in on Wednesday! Anyway, since it’s his due date, I think it’s appropriate to recount his birth story—well, timeline in this case. Due to Cholestasis of Pregnancy, I had a scheduled induction at 34 weeks+2 days. Here goes:
4pm- Admitted to hospital
6pm- No dilation, started on 12-hour Cervadil
7am- Checked cervix, 2cm dilated, 60% effaced
8am- “Cook Catheter” (it dilates you to 5cm within 6 hours)—holy OUCH!
10:45am- Got my “early” epidural, Cook Catheter out, dilated to 5/6cm
11am- Start Pitocin post-epidural. Got a little rest.
1:14pm- 7cm dilated & water sac was bulging out. TONS of pressure despite epidural.
2:15pm- Broke water, slight meconium staining. Pressure was insane, even with epidural. Got a “booster” from the Anesthesiologist.
2:32pm- Bennett Alexander was born alert & screaming! 5lbs 10oz, 18.5 inches
The rest was a bit of a blur. He was taken to the NICU for prematurity and “respiratory distress.” I was moved to a post-partum room room around 5pm after my epidural wore off, then I got to go see him in the NICU for the first time (2.5 hours later). I didn’t get to hold him until 2:30am, so 12 hours after he was born. The whole NICU stay was stressful and a LOT longer than we were anticipating, I think mostly due to hospital policy. Urgh. Anyhow, the whole labor was pretty easy and he was born quickly! But it’s safe to say that those 22 days in the NICU were some of the hardest of my life. I feel emotional just thinking about it. No mother should ever be separated from her newborn. I’m just so thankful to have him home in my arms safe & healthy.