Bryson's Birth Story
My fiance stayed the night, and at 4:00 AM, we left for the hospital, on February 7. The nurses gave me medication that was supposed to soften my cervix. Then at about 6 AM, they gave me Pitocin to dilate my cervix. The Pitocin started off very lightly, until the nurses came in and upped it because they didn't think I was dilating fast enough. After that, they doubled it almost every hour.
The contractions were the most horrible things I'd ever felt in my life. I threw up at least five times. The contractions were so harsh, and my labor was about 30 hours long. It was about 5:00 PM on February 8 when my grandmother came in to visit me. She is a retired labor-and-delivery nurse, so when she went over to look at my monitor, she knew exactly what she was looking at. I had already had 3 HUGE d-cells in just two hours. That means the baby's heart rate was dropping down extremely low.
I was outraged that the nurses did nothing about it. So I called my doctor, and he immediately came to the hospital. He told me they would have to do an emergency C-section. I started crying. That was exactly what I didn't want. I couldn't imagine being cut open. My fiance tried to comfort me, but I was too scared. They gave me an epidural, then rushed me to the surgery room.
I was still awake during the birth. I could hear them cutting, and I felt a lot of pressure as they pulled and tugged. The nurses had to keep telling me it was OK and to calm down, because my heart rate was too high. But when they finally pulled him out, and I heard his sweet little cry, I closed my eyes and started to cry, too.
I looked over at my fiance, and he said, "That's our baby, honey. It's our little boy." After that, I don't remember much. I remember waking up in a different room, and Bryson was laying on my chest asleep. At that moment, I realized just how much I loved him and how much I really loved my fiance Seth.
Being home after the C-section was horrible. The pain of the incision was unbearable. It was so hard to get up out of bed, to walk and even to sit down. It has been eight weeks since the birth, and I still feel sharp pains if I move my body a certain way. But I wouldn't change a thing about it for my little boy.
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