Since my blood pressure had been borderline high the last few weeks of my pregnancy our doctors decided to go ahead and set an induction date for me at 39 weeks. We went in April 15th at 7pm and started the process.
6:00 am came quick and they started the Pitocin - the labor inducing drug to really get my contractions going. My contractions started a few hours after the Pitocin and they felt like bad period cramps. Around 10:00 am they checked me and I had dilated to 4 cm and effaced about 75%. My contractions were fairly strong and about 2 minutes a part. We were happy, and excited, making great progress. They asked me if I wanted an epidural but I felt ok and kept going without it.
Some of James' welcoming committee in the waiting room.
They checked me again around 3:30 pm and I was still 5 cm. Not too discouraged then as they said the epidural could slow my labor progression but not to worry.
April 16th, 2013 at 8:29pm: 8 pounds 12 ounces, 20.5 inches long.
We were in our room for about 15 minutes and then we were able to call our parents back to meet their grandson. Mine and Austin's parents all came in together and the introduction went just as I had always envisioned it. I could hardly wait to show my sweet baby boy to my mom and dad! The emotions in that room were intense.
I'm so in love with you James Austin. You have forever changed my life and I promise to be the best mommy to you I can possibly be. And to your Daddy, my sweet husband, thank you for this incredible day. You know the amount of love I have for you and I look forward to our new life together with our sweet baby James.