By 6:30 am they were ready to start the penicillin for the strep group b and the pitocin. At 8:00 am my doctor came in and broke my water. For the next hour, I felt pretty good and was able to move around the room. Then about 9:00 things got a little more intense but still manageable. My nurse felt like we would be delivering very shortly so she went ahead and gave me some Nubain. I did well until about the last hour when I started to feel a lot of pressure on my previously broken tailbone.
David was very helpful. All of the nurses were commenting on how impressed they were with him, and I don't think I could have done it without him! At 10:30 am John David made his grand entrance into the world (and I did not experience any tearing this time)! The cord was wrapped around his neck once, but they were able to get it off before he was born. My nurse gave me some pain medication after the delivery, but I felt kind of nauseated so after that I stuck with Tylenol.
Overall, I really can't complain. The most difficult part was the last hour of labor and delivery, and I had a very smooth recovery. I was able to avoid the epidural; however, it was more difficult this time having broken my tailbone previously.
I am not sure what I will do next time. Either way though, I bet it will be really short! Jessica's entire labor and delivery was 8 hours from the first bit of pitocin, and John's entire labor and delivery was 4 hours from the first bit of pitocin.
There are pluses and minuses to all of the different options when it comes to labor and delivery and each experience is different, so I guess we will just have to wait and see! I do wish someone had mentioned that after your first child recovery is more uncomfortable!
Saturday Jessica came to visit, and she was absolutely wiped out!!!! David ended up taking her home and getting her back on her normal schedule. It ended up being a great decision! She was back to her cheerful self Sunday morning!
Me with both of my babies! (Hopefully the beginnings of a lifelong friendship between Jessica and John)
David dropped her off at church and went to pick up me and John while Jessica went out to lunch with friends from church. Apparently, while at lunch, she got very quiet, and then announced to the entire table that she pee-peed!!! I guess at some point we will need to work on what is and what is not appropriate table conversation.....she probably gets that from her mother!!! When she got home from lunch, she completely bi-passed me so that she could go check out the baby! She thinks John is absolutely wonderful! In fact, today she tried to pick him up off my lap and carry him off!!!!
Hanging out with Daddy after a long day! (By the way, I can't dress him in anything but onesies now without him developing a low grade fever....apparently I have another hot box on my hands!)
David has once again been absolutely wonderful about taking turns at night getting up with John, taking care of Jessica, etc. We have also really appreciated all of the help we have gotten from friends the last few weeks! Things are going very smoothly, and John is a very sweet, sleepy baby! Now if I could just get him to eat all of the massive amounts of milk my body is producing!!! Hopefully, I'll be able to post more pictures in the near future with more stories about Jessica and John!