After months of waiting for my due date, January 29th came and went! I was miserable and so ready to meet this little person! I tried all of the natural ways of inducing labor and nothing worked! Squats, spicy food, getting busy! Nothing worked! So a week after my due date at 41 weeks, we headed into the hospital to be induced. I was fine with being induced since I was also induced with Addie at 41 weeks. Things went really smooth with her induction and we prayed for the same this time around!
Once my induction started, things went pretty good! I went from 2 cm to 4 cm within a couple of hours. They started pitocin and I dilated to 9 1/2 centimeters by the early night! Things seemed to be fine! I had an epidural and it was helping with the pain, but I still felt quite a bit. A lot more pain than I remembered with my girls, but I figured that was natural. After a few hours of being at 9.5 cm, my doctor and nurse realized that the last little bit of cervix wasn’t moving out of the way! Or that the baby’s head wasn’t coming down like it should! The baby was head down but he was sunny side up. Which basically meant that I could still push him out, but it would be a little bit harder! We continued to wait a little longer to see if baby would move down or if my cervix would move out of the way! Baby moved down but nothing happened with the last little bit of cervix! My nurses and doctor started asking me how big I thought the baby was. I had no idea. My belly was heavy but I had never asked my OB how big they estimated baby would be! We just assumed that the baby would be around 7 or 8lbs like our girls were.
My worst fear has always been having a c-section. I didn’t want a c-section. I had pushed and delivered my girls and I wanted to do the same this time. But after being in labor for 14 hours, I was exhausted and in so much pain even with the epidural. After chatting with my doctor, we decided that a c-section would more than likely have to happen then or later, so I chose to go ahead with it then! Being wheeled into the OR was so scary and I remember the doctors saying that they thought my epidural had come out. And I kept thinking that maybe that was why I felt so much pain with the epidural! I pretty much closed my eyes during the entire c-section until I heard them announce that it was a “big boy!” Due to him taking his first poop in the womb, they had warned us that he may or may not cry on his own. If he didn’t, they would wait to stimulate him once they checked his lungs! Amazingly, I heard him cry as soon as he was out and I saw Brian sitting near me holding him. Everything else is kind of a blur.
Things went downhill from there. Recovery was tough and probably the most pain I have ever felt in my life! We ended up in the hospital for the next 5 days! Keegan was amazing but I had some issues with blood pressure after my c-section that I’d never experienced before. We’re still monitoring it even now that I’m home! Apparently high blood pressure can be an issue after delivery even if it wasn’t during pregnancy! This entire pregnancy and delivery was completely different and not what I expected at all! This little guy definitely made his own path into the world!
We are so happy and in love with him and it was all worth it! Meet Keegan Grey! He weighed 9lbs 7oz at birth and was 22 inches long!