10am - contractions started. they weren't bad but i knew they were different than all the fakies i'd been having for weeks. 4min apart
2pm - contractions switched gears and got kind of terrible
4pm - everything stops. i cry.
we went to my parents for a 4th of July cookout
i was grumpy because i thought i was in labor but then figured, once again, my body had changed its mind
6pm - everything starts again. slowly. but it started
7pm - i told Chris i needed to go home. i consider taking castor oil to help things along but chicken out and only take 2 tsp. i'm a wuss.
9pm - chris puts the kids to bed because i can't handle noise or tiny humans climbing on me. i am not convinced i'm in labor
930pm - chris rolls over in bed and i almost punch him because i'm mid contraction and the bed moving hurt like hell. i still don't think i'm in labor
chris very nicely offers to go sleep on the kids bed so he doesn't make me mad
i still don't think i'm in labor
1030pm - i get in the shower because i can't get comfortable
of course...NOT in labor right?
1130pm - i have tried every position but the contractions are still coming 2-3 minutes apart and some back to back. i'm concentrating really hard on each one. i start bleeding.
i STILL don't think i'm in labor.
whats wrong with me? you'd think i would know by now what this is like.
1230pm - i'm groaning through each contraction and can't walk or talk through them anymore. they're coming back to back or 1-2 minutes apart
i call my midwife
i wake chris up
he calls mom
i'm still worried that we're going to get there and i'll just be sent home because i'm not really in labor
i cry a little on the way to the hospital
why are all the roads suddenly SO effing bumpy?! why why why?!
1am - checked in.
what?! i'm having a baby for real you say?
i get a room...WITH A TUB!
i sit in the tub for a while
my contractions slow down to about 5 minutes apart
they will stay this way until the very end
some are even farther apart
between 2am and 5am i try all kinds of things:
tub, birthing stool, standing, hanging over the back of the bed, leaning on chris, sitting on the toilet
i actually SLEPT on the toilet
it was weird
my sweet midwife set pillows up between the wall and my head so i could fall asleep between my very far apart contractions
when will they ever get closer?
i can't possibly have a baby if they're still so far apart
4am - i'm in transition
5am - still in transition
550am- STILL in transition
there is lots of yelling, groaning, more yelling, squeezing of tophers hand, my mom putting hot rags on my belly, my midwife pushing on my tailbone to relieve at least a little pressure of this child's head squeezing through a very small space for hours
everybody was helping me
i cried and said i couldn't do it anymore
then i tried a push and felt like i was going to throw up it hurt so bad
my midwife gave me the green light to try pushing
for the past 3 births, when i made it to pushing, it was a relief. it actually felt good.
NOT this time
this time it was miserable
pushing hurt MORE than transition
610am - first push
|this might be my favorite picture ever. hanging onto Chris for dear life and taking a breath before the next push.|
618am- water breaks
621am - out comes sweet little Ash (i will not terrify you with those pictures folks)
|daddy cuts the cord|
wait. so i WAS in labor? apparently.
i am always shocked and surprised when i survive birthing a child
i mean seriously guys, it kind of hurts
i remember looking up at Chris and saying "i did it! i did it! its over!" several times
this is my midwife, lisa.
also she wears cowboy boots with her scrubs
to read the first 3 birth stories go here
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