Pitocin – bad. Epidural – good… very, very good.

29 Oct
A little bag of miracles

A little bag of miracles

I’ll post under my own login this time.

Well, this induction thing is for the birds, egg-laying birds who surely have an easier time of it than us mammals. As of 9:30 last night, things had just gotten too intense: contractions were getting too intense and too frequent to bear. A couple of slugs of Fentanyl at 9:45 and 11:30 gave a nice little break from that intensity. At midnight we got a visit from our dear friend whom we’d never met before, Eric, the anesthetist. By 12:20, the pain of the contractions was a nasty, fading memory and sleep once again became an option. Admittedly, it was more an option for me than for Erin who managed about 10 minutes total between the automated blood pressure monitor every 15 minutes and nurses coming in to adjust the external contraction and fetal heart rate monitors.

At 3:30 the OB, who’s having a busy night herself with three other patients also in labor here, arrived and told us we’re 5cm dilated. “Progress” has become our cheer. Pitocin has been stepped up considerably. The BP monitor has been reset to check only every 30 minutes, and we’re going to try to sleep a bit more.

Erin told me to thank everyone who’s keeping up at home. Your comments are forwarding to her mobile and the encouragement has been great.

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14 Responses to “Pitocin – bad. Epidural – good… very, very good.”

  1. Carrie October 29, 2008 at 5:57 am #

    Push him out, shove him out, wayyy out!!!

  2. Mom October 29, 2008 at 6:07 am #

    Yea for new friend Eric!!! Progress–We love you

  3. Tim Bro. October 29, 2008 at 6:09 am #

    Good luck and happy pushing!

    Super excited for you guys!

  4. Megan October 29, 2008 at 6:23 am #

    I dreamed that I was having a baby last night. Having dream babies is much less complicated than having real ones. I hope he stops being pokey soon. xoxo

  5. wendy October 29, 2008 at 6:27 am #

    you go girl!!! 🙂 at the home stretch now! woohoo. i am so excited for you!!!

  6. Sue October 29, 2008 at 7:40 am #

    We are cheering for you. Reading your story as it unfolds is so cool.

  7. june October 29, 2008 at 12:00 pm #

    I need a baby to play with when i come back….COME ON PUSH!

  8. Boutté October 29, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    Hard headed little bugger. WOO HOO!

  9. Mom October 29, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    What’s taking so long? Don’t those people in Seattle know how to get a baby out?

  10. Carrie October 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm #

    I have refreshed this page so many times today it’s ridiculous! Give us something, people! PLEASE!!!

  11. Jason & Emily October 29, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    WE LOVE HIM!!!
    HE’S SOOO PRECIOUS!!!
    Congratulations!

    Love you all!!

  12. Mom October 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm #

    Look on flickr there he is.

  13. Carrie October 29, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    He’s beautiful! I’m so happy for you guys – but mostly for Erin because she’s not in labor anymore!

  14. Betsy November 1, 2008 at 7:12 am #

    Erin, I finally got to take a look at your blog! Congratulations – Elliot looks so beautiful and peaceful. I love the shot of him looking out the window! By the way, I think he looks like you. Hope you are feeling well and getting some rest.

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