Dec 13, 2018

Bump to Baby: A Birth Story

To be perfectly honest before I start this story was sure Emma was going to wait until I was induced to join us. I was very ready to be done but I was starting to think she would never come and I was only 37 weeks when I started thinking that. But here we are. Exactly 38 weeks and she’s here, b autigul and healthy.

Emma was set to be induced on December 17 which would have been 39 weeks and one day. We were planning to induce because I had gestational diabetes again and personally I was glad to have a date set and it wasn’t on Christmas (her due date was December 23). But Emma had other plans.

On Saturday night (December 8) I was up late watching Iron Chef America and playing games on my iPad while Rob snoozed next to me (he told me he was recharging his batteries). I started to get this pain in my hip that spread across my pelvis. At first I didn think much of it thinking it was just the way I was laying. Then it went away and I just carried on. But about twenty minutes later it was back. It would happen about three times total before I thought I should start using my contraction counter.

I tracked awhile before I finally woke Rob up and told him that I had been having contractions. Although I think I told him that I thought that but I really didn’t know. How I couldn’t be sure at this point - my third time going through this - is beyond me! But I told him I wanted to get up and take a shower and see if they would stop. He followed me to thr bathroom to track any contractions while I showered but I got done without having another one. So I thought maybe they had stopped.

But I was wrong.

I laid back down and they started again. So I went back to timing and they were about 15-20 minutes apart and lasting about 50 seconds. And they kept getting more intense. At one point I decided to try to get some sleep and got maybe 20 minutes before another one woke me up. After that sleeping was just not going to happen. So I just timed them. But I started noticing that after each contraction I felt like I had to pee and it was always a lot. But I could barely move because the pain was in my pelvis and down my legs. I was hurting bad.

At about 2am, the contractions started coming at about 5-8 minutes apart still lasting about 50 seconds. So after a half hour of that we decided it was time to call the on call doctor and head to the hospital. So Rob finished getting us packed and I called taking each contraction as they rolled in quickly. We got the kids up and got going. Luckily they were both excited for the adventure and were in good moods despite the time.

We beat my parents to the hospital and checked in at the ER then waited for Labor and Delivery. I was grateful when they showed up and I got a ride in a wheelchair because before this point there was no way I was walking. The nurse went over my history having already read up on me before we got arrived. We got to triage and we got started monitoring then she was going to check me.

By this point my parents had arrived and they took them to the waiting area to find out where I was then make a decision about if they would stay or come back later. So the nurse checked me and I fully expected to be about 5-6 cm dilated but to my shock she said I was at 8 cm. Then things happened fast. We suddenly had every nurse on the floor getting us moved and adjusted in a delivery room.

I told them that I felt like I had to go to the bathroom again and that’s when I found out I probably wasn’t actually going pee but it was the fluid and they didn’t want me to go into labor on the toilet. At one point after my doctor arrived I heard them tell my doctor that there was just a little bit of fluid basically holding her in. The contractions were growing in intensity and moving around my back and they way were scrambling to get my blood work so I could get an epidural and get the medicine I needed in me since I was Group B positive. They called my doctor and she was there quickly which was good because by this point we were close.

I had another contraction and I told Rob that I felt like pushing. He looked panicked, probably because he knew I should be telling me the nurses not him. I had another one and did tell the nurse in the room. They got my doctor and at that moment the anesthesiologist came in and it was time to make a decision if I was going to actually get an epidural or not. The biggest thing was definitely that I would have hold still and it would take 15-20 minutes to kick in. And truthfully I was sure I could wait that long. I got through another contraction and everyone waited for my decision.

I decided to just go without. There was just no way it was going to happen. I was terrified of that decisions and not exactly pleased to be making it but I didn’t really think I had another option. And what did completely sway me towards making that choice was Rob. I knew after having a rushed epidural with Connor then passing out after that Rob was worried about that happening again and I didn’t want to put him through that again. So I was going to go without.

They got the room ready and we waited through a contraction before I would push on the next one. And I certainly felt everything. All I heard was the nurse counting and my doctor encouraging me. I had no idea what else was happening and didn’t even open my eyes between contractions. During the next one I was sure I couldn’t do it then I heard someone tell me to open my eyes and there she was. Six pushes and she was there.

Emma Lynn was born at 4:30 am, 6 pounds 14.4 ounces and 19.5 inches long. She had a good healthy cry and was beautiful. We got skin and to skin and I just held her, wondering how I just did what I did. And happy that it was behind me.

It was definitely not the experience I was expecting and I wouldn’t say it was any more beautiful or satisfying than the births of my other children which were medicated but it was definitely an experience I won’t be forgetting and glad to not have to repeat. It was quite a way to have my last baby. It still amazes me that she’s here finally. She beautiful and healthy and the wiggler that she was when I was pregnant with her and the perfect addition to our new family of five.

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