I found out last week (at 35 weeks), that I would be induced between 37 and 38 weeks. With my high risk status and the fact that I am on blood thinners, the doctors feel that Ford should be born as soon as he is full-term. Of course, I get that news from the PA and had to wait a whole week to talk to my doctor about it and get some more details. I was really looking forward to my appointment yesterday so that I could talk to my doctor, get more information and ask some questions. First I had an ultrasound, and Ford passed with an 8/8 as he has every time… my little over achiever. And seriously, I cannot wait to kiss those lips!!
Of course, my appointment ended up being switched to another doctor. Because OF COURSE IT DID. I was quite surprised, so I was a little flustered when Dr. J came in for my appointment. She checked my cervix, which is a weekly thing, and I’ve progressed each week so far. Sure enough, I am now a “loose two centimeters” dilated and still about 60% effaced. So I asked her about this upcoming induction, and she said my doctor and her nurse were on the phone with the hospital right then scheduling it, so they’d call me soon with the day and time. She asked if I had any questions, and I told her I really only had some questions for my own doctor about the delivery day, but I did ask her about how they would induce me. She said by breaking my water and starting me on a very low dose of Pitocin. Blech, is what I say to that. I do not want Pitocin, not even a little because I really want a natural (no epidural) birth, and I know that will make contractions stronger and more painful. I figured I’d argue that point with my own doctor when she called me later. So that was it.
An hour later, I get a phone call from my doctor’s nurse. They’re inducing me Monday morning at 5 a.m. Like, this coming Monday. I’ll be 37 weeks and 1 day pregnant. That already had me stressing- I wanted to be closer to 38 weeks, but they were pretty insistent to do it sooner rather than later. Then, I get this one: my doctor can’t even deliver me. She had two inductions already scheduled for her on-call day of Tuesday, so she wasn’t allowed to have another one. Who’s delivering me? Dr. J, who I literally just saw an hour before and asked ABSOLUTELY NOTHING because I had no idea she’d be delivering me. So by this point, I am about to cry because I am so frustrated. Then, I ask if they can just break my water to induce me, knowing my history of super fast labor after my water breaks, and they said no, I had to have some Pitocin, too, since I won’t be “in labor” technically, which I was with Knox and Brody (and had been for weeks upon weeks with them). The good news here is that I am progressing on my own, so I will not need to come in the night before for Cervidil or any of that fun.
After I had a smidgeon of a mental breakdown about all of my plans bursting into flames, I called Trevor, vented a bit and calmed myself down. I don’t feel in control of this situation, and as a control freak, that makes me anxious and irritated. However, let’s be honest, I am in control of nothing. God is in control, and He’s protected Ford and I thus far, so I am going to have faith that He is who He says He is and that we will be just fine. At the end of the day, would I like a natural birth? Absolutely. Is that the most important thing? Nope. I want two things: a healthy baby and a healthy me. Anything else is icing on the cake. I know that I can say “no” to any intervention that I don’t feel comfortable with, and I will do that if I feel pushed beyond reason. But I get the feeling that my doctor will take it slowly with the Pitocin and the nurse said they can turn it off completely once contractions pick up, which is good.
My main prayer here is for Ford and that he be ready for birth and be able to come home with us two days later. My after-birth experience with Knox and Brody was night and day: 10 days in the NICU versus rooming-in with us and going right home. I’d like to repeat the latter experience, if you please! Knox was born at 36 weeks and Brody at 37.
So my friends, here is where you come in. Please pray for a healthy baby, a healthy mom and as natural of a birth as possible. I’ll update you guys via social media on Monday, so follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram to make sure you don’t miss anything. Love you guys, and thanks so much for the prayers and support!!
Here’s one of the last belly pictures there will be! Right at 36 weeks and 1 day, a week before his birthday. Yes, he is lower, and yes, I can feel the difference. Oh, can I ever feel it.