I was induced at around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16. My doc told me that morning that she was concerned about my blood pressure going up-down-up-down and was afraid I’d develop pre-eclampsia and go into seizures. So we decided to induce me. Having felt so miserable the few days leading up to it, it didn’t take much convincing.
However, I didn’t expect how being induced would throw my natural childbirth plans out the window – I was hooked up to an IV the whole time, couldn’t walk around, couldn’t shower, couldn’t even potty without assistance.
At around 6 p.m., the doc broke my water. That’s when the fun started! It was so unlike anything I expected, all kinds of pain in places I didn’t even know could hurt (like my toenails!). From then to when I delivered was a blur. Blake was a great coach and he helped me to give birth without the use of any pain meds or epidural. I started pushing around 11 p.m. A lot of pain and then sleeping in between contractions and pushes.
At 11:26 p.m., Tuesday, November 16, 2010, Benjamin Oliver Buck was born at Florida Hospital Waterman, Tavares, Florida. He weighed 7 lbs. and 1/2 oz. and measured 20.5 in.
We got home around 1 a.m. on Friday and have been trying to get our bearings since. This having a baby stuff is hard. It’s amazing how well the body functions on no sleep! It’s frustrating and exhausting and wonderful. Our son is beautiful – we’re truly blessed. 🙂