Yesterday we had our 38 Week appointment with Dr. Cropper and decided that we would like to try a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) instead of a scheduled c-section. Don and I were having a hard time justifying an elective surgery to ourselves and our doctor is very supportive of VBAC's.
At 5pm, Dr. Cropper's exam showed that I was 3cm dilated and 75% effaced, so she stripped my membranes in hopes of moving things along for me. At midnight my contractions were 5 minutes apart and getting stronger. Our friend Melissa saved the night and came to watch Brixie Lee while Grandma drove to our rescue from Lakewood to wait with Brixie Lee until we got back. HUGE thanks to both Melissa and Grandma!
When we got to the hospital I expected them to tell me that I had dilated more and that we would be admitted. Unfortunately there was no change, but my doctor didn't want to send me home because my contractions were 2-3 minutes apart and pretty strong. I was told to "walk the halls" for 2 hours and then I'd be reevaluated.
After a very long 2 hours of walking the halls the contractions were even stronger, but there was no change in my progress. They sent us home. We were happy and sad at the same time.
Oh! They were able to tell us with 100% certainty that this baby is in fact a little girl! At least we accomplished 1 thing last night!
By the time we got home Brixie Lee only had another 1/2 hour of sleep left in her, so her and I watched several Word World episodes while Daddy tried to get some rest. The contractions stopped while I was laying with my baby girl and I really enjoyed what may be some of my last few moments alone with my girl. Daddy took over a couple hours later and gave me a long break. Thank you Daddy!
Then Brixie Lee and I went for a short walk and there were still no more contractions until I made lunch. They were very mild contractions that eased up when I sat down so I know it's not "real labor." We'll keep you all posted the best we can! Hugs to all!