I have always said that the kids show their true personality as early as labor and delivery. Lainy Ann was vacuumed out after 3 hours of hard pushing, today she is still that stubborn. Connor fell out and the doctor had to rush over without gloves on to catch him, today he is our easiest going child. William was "evicted" and then didn't speak on schedule and still today marches to his own drummer.
I was starting to get sad on Thursday evening because by inducing baby #4 it would mean that I have never gone into labor. My water broke with Lainy Ann and Connor, and then I was induced with William. I would never get to experience the contractions getting stronger and closer together. But because of my medical history it was still a good idea to induce #4.
So I spent all day Thursday in a mad frenzy picking up toys and cleaning each room of the house, then when that was done I picked up the front yard and the back yard. And since the kids were such good helpers we went to Chuck E Cheese.
Caskey and I arrived at the hospital just after midnight. Once I got all hooked up with an IV and fluids the nurse discovered I was 3 cm. How exciting! I wasn't even 1 cm on Monday. Then she said I was having irregular contractions. Even still I sent Caskey home to sleep a bit. The contractions got worse overnight even though they hadn't started the pitocin yet. I was going into labor on my own.
By 5 am I had to decide when to have an epidural. Because of the lucky date (8/8/08) there were C-sections and inductions scheduled all day. I opted for an early epidural at 5 cm.
I am VERY glad we went in as planned because the contractions were not very strong at 4 cm and I may not have made it to the hospital on time for my GBS antibiotics. I ended up getting the epidural really early because of schedule conflicts in the hospital. There were 5 C-sections schedule for Friday (because of the lucky date) and the anesthesiologist was very busy. My OB decided to keep me going on the pit anyway, just to keep things moving.
By 5:30 am I was COMPLETELY numb. I napped and rested until 10 am when *they* were ready for me to push. I think I was fully effaced earlier than that, but since I wasn't feeling anything I didn't complain when they asked me wait.
He was crowning when the nurse said he had a full head of hair and I just about cried. All of our boys have had lots of hair and our one girl was bald. So I told Caskey we needed to re-discuss boy names. We had two but I didn't love them. So we talked while waiting for the doctor and then a little bit longer while the nurses cleaned us both up. Even the nurses were pitching in ideas.
When Dr. Chan arrived she had me give one little push and then told me to stop. Apparently his cord was wrapped tightly around his neck and she couldn't untangle it. After a bit of work on her part and panic on my part she cut his cord before he was born. It was a scary few minutes. Two more pushes and we discovered the cord was ALSO wrapped around his ankles. Then Dr. Chan announced, "It's a boy".
We settled on Alexander Francis because I like the name Alexander and Caskey's grandmother is named Frances. He is nice and long, 20 3/4 inches and weighed 8 lbs and 1/2 oz, just like Lainy Ann. Its amazing how different he looks than the other two boys.
It was probably the best birth experience ever, including recovery. He is sleeping great, during the day, just like his siblings did. Now I just need to recover from the lack of sleep.