7:00 Friday morning, January 9, 2009 - Tim and I arrived at the hospital to be induced.
8:00 am - Dr. Haupt arrived and administered Cytotec - a prostaglandin tablet intended to ripen the cervix. Still dilated at 2cm.
12:30 pm - Dr. Haupt arrived and adminstered second dose of Cytotec.
**Long, long day filled with lots of clear liquids consumed by Rachel and pacing around the hospital room - there is nothing to do on the labor and delivery floor.
1:00 am Saturday, January 10, 2009 - Pitocin drip initiated. Now dilated at 3cm.
2:30 am - My water broke! Gross. Reassured by the nurse that "now things will start happening more quickly".
2:45 am - Wow, contractions can be really painful. Tim was doing a great job of rubbing my back to get me through them, but some were becoming overpowering and I was losing my focus. Pain medication (Stadol) administered. Mmmmm...I love Stadol. Now dilated at 4cm. Able to sleep through several of the following contractions.
3:15 am - Dr. Haupt in to place a monitor to see the strength of my contractions - informed at this point that there was meconium in my water and that a NICU team would be at the delivery just in case.
5:00 am - Dilated at 5-6cm. Second dose of Stadol administered. I realized at this point that my desire to go through labor without an epidural just was not going to be possible. The nurse informed me that the anesthesiologist was in a c-section and would be up as soon as possible.
6:45 am - My favorite doctor EVER arrived and placed the epidural. What an odd sensation! Odd...but nice... Now dilated at 7 cm.
9:20 am - Dilated to 9.5cm - the nurse informed me that there was still a "rim" on my cervix, but we would start pushing in a little while anyway...can't remember the reason why...
10:40 am - Began pushing. This was strenuous work but not painful. Again, yay epidural!!!
12:30ish pm - Dr. Haupt notified of lack of progress with pushing. He came in and observed a few pushes, then discussed using vacuum extraction and possibly c-section if needed. I cried - after this long, we were discussing a c-section?! No way - this baby was coming out, and coming out soon!
1:09 pm - With the assistance of the vacuum and forceps, Sarah made her grand entrance into the world! We were overjoyed. She was actually THERE, healthy, and beautiful. The hospital staff informed us that her "cone-head" would look much better in a couple of hours. That cone head was pretty cute though. :)
I was informed later that there were staff waiting in the hall to take me down for a c-section. The nurse taking care of me that day told me that I was fortunate to have Dr. Haupt as my doctor - not many doctors are willing (or even know how) to use forceps anymore, and I would have been more likely to end up in a c-section. I'm a big fan of Dr. Haupt.
Here are some new pictures, since I know that's what you're waiting for anyway. :)