Okay, so she arrived over a week ago, but as it turns out, babies are a lot of work!! Her arrival went something like this… (I don’t think there’s anything too descriptive in here, but read at your own risk anyways!!)
Tuesday, May 12 I got checked by my Dr. and was 4cm and 90% effaced. That evening I started having mild contractions every 10 minutes or so. This was big news for me, because I hadn’t even noticed a Braxton Hicks up to this point. By Wednesday at lunch they were a lot closer together, about 3 minutes apart, but still not painful – more uncomfortable. Still, being as close as they were, we called the doctor. They had me come in, checked me and monitored my contractions for a while. They decided Iwas in labor and sent me over to the hospital. Six hours later I hadn’t progressed any further, so I decided to go home and wait it out instead of having any sort of interventions done. We didn’t think waiting it out meant waiting another 5 days….
Finally, after dealing with contractions that changed frequency and intensity all weekend long, they got stronger and more regular at about 9PM on Sunday, May 17. At 11PM they were about 3 minutes apart and DaddyMort really wanted to call First Nurse and head to the hospital. I didn’t want to go there and be sent home again, so I was reluctant. I decided to take a nice hot shower to see if that changed anything. When it didn’t, I gave in, admitted I was really in labor this time, and said we could head over to the hospital. It was about 1 AM by the time we got all checked in and they checked me – 6 cm with the baby at +1.
As I’ve said before, I really wanted to go natural. I tried walking around, using the birthing ball, the whirlpool – whatever I could. By about 3:30 AM I wasn’t sure I could do it. I was soooo tired and barely getting any break between the contractions. I decided to try Nubain. I was told that it wouldn’t really make the contractions any less painful, only a little easier in between. That’s exactly what it did for about an hour. Although I would have liked to go drug-free, I think this really was the best decision for us. I think the hour of pseudo-rest gave me just enough energy to get through the rest of labor, but the Nubain still allowed me to get up and move around, we didn’t have to be continuously monitored and I didn’t have to be hooked up to an IV the whole time.
About the time the Nubain had worn off, I could tell I was in transition – I was sick, had the shakes, couldn’t really tell when the contractions started or stopped… DaddyMort reminded me that this meant we were getting close and he knew I could do it. (He was great the whole time!!) At about 6:45 AM I started pushing. At 7:32 they broke my water. And at 8:07 AM on Monday, May 18, we met BabyMort for the first time!!
My honest reaction was shock, for a few different reasons. I didn’t realize she was that close to “popping” out, but from what I’m told, no one really did!! I guess she pretty much came out from head to toes all at once. I think I heard my mom and Aaron crying before I realized she was out. And when I actually saw her, I had a hard time believing that she had come from me.
But she had!! She came in to this world exactly 2 weeks before her due date, weighing in at 6 lb 14 oz, 19.5 inches long and absolutely perfect!!