This whole thing is so unpredictable. We’ve now made some good progress dialating to almost 6cm. Nicole is still uncomfortable, but managed to get a minute here and a minute there of near sleep. So far she has not taken any pain meds.
One of the remaining challenges is that the nurses have enough concern that they want to keep the heart rate monitor on the baby, so Nicole is bound to the bed right now. She thinks she might prefer to walk around, but that is not an option at this point.