On Wednesday, February 3rd, I woke up at around 3:40 am with what felt like an extreme need to go to the bathroom. When I wasn’t able to go to the bathroom it occurred to me that perhaps I was in labor. I had my husband call labor and delivery and they told me that if it just started, I had time to take a bath and time the contractions. I hung up, tried to go to the bathroom and then screamed at my husband and told him to call back labor and delivery and tell them I was coming because the pain would barely subside before it was on me again.
We got to the hospital a little after 4 am and I was 6cm dilated and 80% effaced, then my water broke. There was a moment when the baby’s pulse went down and I was rushed to the OR for a possible C-section. The baby’s pulse went back to normal and I was told it was time to have the baby. The baby was facing up and I was having horrific back labor. I will be perfectly honest and tell you that I wanted pain relief and when I was told that window of opportunity had closed I used a few choice four letter words to alleviate the disappointment.
Since my first experience with having a child involved being in labor for 38 hours, I yelled at everyone in the room that there was no way I could be in that kind of pain for so many hours. I was told it would be minutes and not hours. At 4:48 am, I gave birth to a beautiful, tiny (5 lbs 13 oz) baby girl. She was 17 days “early”.
The whole thing was crazy fast. I woke up from a dream with pain and in a little over an hour I met my new daughter. I am amazed and proud of what my body was able to do. I am thrilled that I stuck to my guns and said I didn’t want to be induced when it was suggested weeks ago. I really wanted to know what it was like to go into labor naturally and my body did not disappoint.
We are both doing well. We are home and getting to know each other. This little girl has stolen my heart. She’s a fighter. To think that I was told that this might not be a viable pregnancy. I look at her and I am just grateful.
I’m deliriously tired. I wrote this as quickly as possible, just to let you know what is going on in my world and to thank you so very much for all the support and prayers many of you have provided during my pregnancy.
I will formally introduce you to the new love in my life very soon.