Eli's Birth Story:
I went in for an induction on the 20th because he was overdue. I had hopes that he would come on his own and had pushed the induction date back from the 16th to the 20th to give him extra time.. but to no avail. I was 3 cm and 50% effaced for 2 weeks with constant painful braxton contractions. So.. we had to evict him from his warm womb and choose his birthday :( We got to the hospital at 7:20 after stopping for a quick bagel for breakfast. It took 2 nurses and and an IV specialist to get my IV started.. 4th attempt was the charm. Evidently my veins have valves and they couldn't thread the catheter through without the vein blowing. They started pitocin around 10:00 and I labored until 12:00 when I was 4 cm and 80% effaced. My OB broke my bag of waters and contractions started picking up in frequency and pain. Josh and I used the techniques we had learned in birthing class to keep things going. I walked the halls, used the birthing ball and Josh was constantly massaging my back (back labor is soo fun!) and reminding me to breathe. It was a very calm labor; we did allow some family to come in before the pain starting picking up too much. Around 3:00 the contractions were intense;
Eli is a great baby.. except for sleeping! He is definitly a sweet, sleep-robber! He is very calm and alert. He did not close his eyes for 6 hours after he was born. He is a chow hound and loves to eat. These newborn days are tough but I am trying to cherish them because they are gone way too quickly.