We had our induction date scheduled for Monday, May 16th. The Friday before at my appointment, they told me the hospital would call between 4 and 5 am to let us know when to come in and if they didn't call, to call in and ask. Friday night we picked up Aly from the airport, she was so nice and agreed to come out and help us with the kids and the new baby. So, we had a great weekend all of us together, Tanner was off, we went to the beach and had so much fun with the kids and Aly. The night before I started getting nervous about delivery and what was coming. I hardly slept all night waiting thinking about the call coming in the morning.
They never called, so at 5am I called the hospital. The nurse told me to be there by 7am, so I woke up Tanner and we got ready. We got there and around 8am they put us in a room and got the pitocin going. Our nurse was really nice, we told her we hadn't found out the gender and were going to be surprised, but we both had a feeling it was going to be a boy. I got into the gown and got started. They told me before it even started I was having fairly regular contractions already and was dilated to a 3, but they didn't feel painful, just like Braxton Hicks. My OB Dr. Maccato came at 9 to check on me and to tell me not to have the baby until after 12:30 because he had to be in his office in Katy until noon. Considering labor usually gets shorter and shorter each time, Tanner and I were nervous he wouldn't be back in time. But at that point, I was so ready to have a baby, I didn't care who delivered it. The contractions got a little bit stronger, but didn't really change that much for the next 3 hours. Tanner and I enjoyed talking and joking around while we waited. The nurse at this hospital stays in the room with you the whole time, it was a little weird having her right there, since we didn't want to ignore her the whole time, but also wanted to talk to each other. But she was really nice and easy to talk to, her name was Karla and she was great.
At 12:30, Dr. Maccato came back and checked on me. He told me he could hold off breaking my water since that would make the contractions more painful. I told him I was ready and to break my water, I wanted to have this baby! He laughed and told the nurse to watch out, "when Mrs. Fullmer decides to have this baby, she's just going to push it right out!" We all laughed. He broke my water at 12:45 and just like my induction with Riley, that is when things started progressing. I was dilated to a 5 at that point. The contractions started getting stronger not long after and I had to really get focused. I started with my breathing and just kept thinking about Eric and Riley. I kept hearing their voices and thinking about cute things they say lately as I was having difficult contractions. I tried to keep up and moving, but since I was on pitocin, the nurse wouldn't let me off the monitors more than a few minutes.
As it got worse, I asked the nurse for some IV pain medication. I had used this with both Eric and Riley to help me relax between contractions and it helped so much. I told the nurse I knew it wouldn't help the contractions at all, but it is what helped me get through my other labors. My OB said ok, but that I had to take it with phenergan because the pain meds can make you nauseous. I never had any problems with nausea the other times I had taken it, I should have just told my OB that, I wish I had said no to the phenergan! It helps with nausea, but it makes you so drowsy. I started to feel more relaxed, but then it hit me and I literally could not keep my eyes open. I feel like I spent the rest of labor in a fog. It didn't help that I had hardly slept the night before, so I was pretty tired already. I'm glad I was able to relax between contractions, but waking up each time for the contractions I felt myself having to fight to stay awake. It might sound nice to be falling asleep, but it wasn't, because I still felt all the pain, but I couldn't focus very well on my breathing to help me get through it.
Luckily, this labor was quick like my others, and by 3:15, I hit transition. This is the most painful part of labor, when the baby is moving down towards the birth canal. I told the nurse I was feeling a tiny bit of pressure and I knew it was getting close. Tanner warned her, she better call Dr. Maccato, because once I get the urge to push, there won't be much time to wait. With Riley, Dr. Lee barely made it back in time, I remember the nurse yelling into the hall to get someone in there and call again for Dr. Lee, because I couldn't stop pushing. We were trying to avoid that. She called and he told her to call him back when I felt like pushing. The contractions at this point were painful enough to pull me out of my fog, I was still falling asleep between contractions, but was awake during them so I could focus better on counting my breathing. Tanner is an amazing birth coach, he was right by my side the entire time, getting me ice chips, chapstick, and holding my hand through each contraction. Contractions through transition were right on top of each other, with let than a minute in between each one. He kept telling me how great I was doing and telling the nurse how amazing I was at getting through the pain. Apparently he even decided to record a few of the contractions and not tell me, it was weird to see it from the outside. He stopped right as I started to freak out thankfully.
My back started hurting pretty badly at about ten minutes into transition. I had read that being on all fours helps with back labor, so I decided to try it. Oh boy, that was a terrible decision! I got on all fours as the contraction kept getting stronger and stronger, and it hurt so much worse! And as I got in that position, it hit me like a ton of bricks, I knew on the next contraction, I was going to have to PUSH! I told the nurse to get the doctor in there because I couldn't stop it. Once the contraction ended, Tanner and Karla hurried and helped me to sit up in the bed and start getting things ready. Karla kept pleading with me not to push as the next contraction started and I told her the same thing that I did with Riley, I can't help it! I wasn't helping at all, my body was just pushing on its own. Which does not feel good I can tell you. Pushing is my favorite part of labor because it feels so good, it is such a relief, but when they tell you to fight it, it is pure torture. I said I couldn't help it, Karla told me she knew, but that I could keep my legs closed....uh, I loved her as a nurse, but wanted to yell at her, "Are you kidding me?!?" If you want to know what it feels like, think about if you really have to have a bowel movement and can't go, it feels terrible. Now imagine that poop is 8 pounds and you are having the worse menstrual cramp of your life at the same time. Not a good feeling my friends.
I was freaking out at this point, every contraction I was yelling that I couldn't wait and how bad it was hurting. I vaguely remember Karla running into the hallway and calling to tell Dr. Maccato to get here NOW. Within minutes of all this, there was a woman all gowned up and waiting, telling me not to push, but she would deliver the baby if Dr. Maccato couldn't get there in time. Thankfully, he was close by and came running in. He gowned up and told me I could go ahead and push now. I gave one push and felt her head come out, I almost stopped thinking it was done, then they yelled keep going, so I finished pushing out her shoulders, holy cow that hurt! Like both previous births, I screamed as they came out. And just like that, here SHE was, at 3:30pm, we met our sweet Lorelei June. I will never forget hearing Tanner through his giddy laughter. "Nina, it's a GIRL!" We couldn't believe it, she was here and she was absolutely perfect! They put her right on my chest and let me hold her as long as I wanted, it was wonderful. But I was frustrated because I was still groggy from that phenergan, so I didn't get that adrenaline rush like I did with the other two. The doctor also had a harder time getting my bleeding to stop, so he kept pushing on my belly really hard and Tanner described he was "reaching inside me and just scooping out blood." It felt as awful as it sounds. I ended up having to get an injection in my leg which finally stopped the bleeding enough and he stitched me up because I had torn a couple times. The anesthetic took a few tries to work, so that wasn't fun. It made it harder to enjoy holding her, so I told them they could weigh her and let Tanner hold her. I love seeing him hold them for the first time, I remember it with all of them. He is the best dad and I just love him so much.
While the ending was a little rough, I loved my labor with Lorelei and was just so happy she was finally here. The next day Eric and Riley met her for the first time and they were both immediately smitten with her. She has since learned to live with the constant kisses and rough snuggles, but she is lucky to have such a great big brother and sister. I feel beyond blessed and am so thankful for this sweet spirit that joined our family. Her birthday is actually Tanner's brother Eric's birthday as well, so it made it even more special. I told Tanner after, I knew it sounded cheesy, but I know that Eric was with her on the other side of the veil, helping her along as she came into this world and watching over her. The veil is so thin as a baby comes into this world and the spirit is so strong, it is amazing. So thankful for the gospel and that families are forever. Welcome to the world little Lorelei, we love you so much already!