On April 30th, 1996 we were set up for an induction. We got a call from the hospital just as we were leaving to go there. They said they didn’t have a bed for me and to wait a couple of hours. We asked if I could have breakfast and they said yes. So my IP’s, the mom’s dad and my husband all met for breakfast. We called when we were done and they said I could come there now.
We arrive at the hospital and I get all set up. They start the Pitocin and we all sit around waiting. Well actually, the dad had to run to the lawyer’s office to get some papers, lol. A few hours later they have been turning the Pitocin up and up. I began to really feel it. I had wanted to ask for an epidural, but since I had never had one before, I was afraid of it. So then I just asked for a shot to help relax me. They gave it to me but it wasn’t helping much. When they turned the Pitocin up again I then asked for the epidural.
Wow, what a difference to have that done. I got to relax and actually enjoy my IP’s who were nervous wrecks, pacing and trying to do anything they could to help me. Not much longer after that I had pressure. I asked for them to get a nurse and see what was going on. Low and behold, I was ready. My mom showed up then too. So while we all waited for the doctor to come, I got prepped for delivery.
When the OB came I was ready to push, and when I looked up I realized that I had quite the crowd standing behind the OB. My IM, IF, mom and husband were all looking on. I pushed, and after two pushes his head was out. One more and he was being laid on my belly. The dad got to cut the cord and I looked at his mama and she was in tears. They then took him to the warmer and cleaned him up. The nurse was getting ready to hand him to his mom when she said no, Michele is going to hand him to me (this is what we had talked about doing.) I told her no, you don’t have to wait to hold your son, please take him now and I did my part. I was watching her as she held him for the first time. The absolute joy she had in her tear filled eyes made me know, that very moment is what I would never forget, the look on her face. It’s something that to this day brings tears to my eyes. They were so happy, so in love.