Hutch is here! Born 1.24.2010 at 6:01 AM 6 pounds 20 inches. I was totally not expecting to deliver Hutch as fast as I did, but nothing with this whole process has gone exactly to plan! First, I thought I was going to deliver him at 31 weeks when I went into preterm labor, and then all of that resolved and I had a normal last part of my 3rd trimester. God works in such mysterious ways and provides miracles in ways we don't even know he can. The only reason why I was able to go back to work after 34 weeks was because my contractions had stopped and I was not dilated...thinned, but not dilated. Well, as my due date was coming near- I thought, after all this surely I would start dilating- I did not even think I would make it to my due date. I was wrong!
So, my doctor said at 40 weeks we could induce, but he did not want to start the Pitocin, the only thing most people who induce have to get...he wanted to give me a "cervical ripening" medicine that was going to make me start dilating so my risk of laboring for hours and having to have a c-section would be much lower. So, that was the plan. I was to go in on my due date, the 23rd and start the cervical ripening medicine which is actually inserted and placed next to the cervix- where you have to still be monitored in the hospital and everything. Brooks and I thought we would go in- get a good nights sleep and they would start the pitocin at 5:30 - 6 am Sunday, the 24th. Not so much!
The medicine was placed at 6 in the evening and by 9 I was having full blown contractions. By 11 pm- I had to get my epidural because they were so painful...once I got this, life was much better and I knew I would be able to do whatever was next. My labor and delivery nurses were absolutely wonderful! Truly wonderful! Not only were they wonderful, but my sweet hubby was my protector and watching over me the whole time. The nurses were both convinced that I had a band of tissue that was keeping me from dilating that if that would just release, then I would probably go from not being dilated at all to like a 5. That is exactly what happened. That is why I call this my miracle stitch that God placed when I went into preterm labor. Because of this band of tissue- my cervix was unable to dilate as fast, and I therefore, was able to carry Hutch to term. So, on most people this cervical ripening takes like 12 hours- and only 2 for me! I was extremely sensitive to it and it sent me straight into labor. Brooks and I did not even have time to call anyone- our parents/family came to the hospital completely thinking they were going to be waiting all day for me to deliver and Hutch was already delivered. My sweet handsome little man is the light of my life! I can't wait to share our life with Little Man Hutch with everyone.