I have been absent from the internet since the birth of my little guy...to all three people who read this blog, I apologize. Little Guy joined us at 10:50AM on February 4th. I was having contractions Sunday (the 3rd) but not regularly enough to warrant anything. I went into the hospital at midnight for the induction. They put some pill on my cervix and I immediately started having more regular and intense contractions, and Brian promptly fell asleep.
Around 3am the nurse noticed that if I laid in any position other than on my left side, the baby's heartbeat weakened considerably. So I laid on my left side, and I was in agony. The contractions were very different from my labor with Jacelyn. I had them more often but they didn't last as long, and they didn't hurt as bad. They gave me a bag of IV fluids and made me wear an oxygen mask, which freaked me out. The baby's heartbeat was fluctuating, and my blood pressure was low.
I got my epidural around5am, and there were a couple of panicky moments throughout the morning, but after 10 minutes and about 8 pushes, Manning was born with his umbilical cord wrapped twice around his neck. There's obviously a lot more to be said about that, but those are the basics. We're both doing well, and I'll blog again when I can. Congrats to Aimee and her little guy - you've both been in my prayers!