labor of love

Cheesy, overdone title I know. But, I couldn’t think of a better title that conveys childbirth especially given how much you mean to me, B.

You came in to the world pretty easy, but I’ll spare you every detail. I woke up Wednesday, September 2 and started my day as I always do: slow, easy, and with a clear and open mind. I had been to the doctor the day before and had made no “lady” progress since the prior week. But, I had my first contraction within the first hour I was awake. I had been in pain before and had also had a few cases of Braxton Hicks. So, I wasn’t concerned.

Usually, my contractions only lasted an hour, but an hour passed and I was still having contractions. So, I ate something. Contractions continued. A few hours later I decided to take a shower. Contractions continued. So, I decided to just lay in bed until your dad came home from work, or until I decided I needed to call him so we could go to the hospital.

Your dad got home and thought we were going grocery shopping. Ha! He took a shower; I showered (again). They say you need to be prepared, have a bag packed and have a birthing plan ready. Well, the only thing I had planned was that before I went to the hospital to give birth I was going to shower, and shower I did. I had contractions from 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM. I was pretty sure you were coming.

Cut to three hours later. Here I am getting monitored and waiting to be admitted. Patiently bored is what I’ll call this. So, I think I handled labor pretty well. I was quiet, breathing heavy during the pain. I was admitted into labor and delivery around 10 PM. Your dad was like most dads, “what, now?!”

So, around 1 AM the contractions got a little too much for me. I couldn’t move, and they wouldn’t let me get out of bed because the doctor broke my water. I don’t remember how it happened but I heard the nurse say the epidural was only a butterfly needle. The whole time I denied an epidural like it was my job. As soon as I heard “butterfly needle” I turned my attention to getting an epidural, no coaxing required. I had my IV put in earlier because I needed some antibiotics. So, if I could get my first IV without a noise, epidural please!

I fell asleep. The nurse came in, woke me up, checked me, and got ready to deliver a baby! Your father, “what, now?!”  I kept telling both our families if I had you at 3 AM I was not calling anyone. Little did I know you’d actually come at 3:08 AM. Thanks for that, by the way.

 Here we are minutes later. I’ll call this one nervous, epidural, 3 AM, first time mom, I’m not sure what to do. I think most first time moms are like this, ha! But there are your pretty eyes looking up at me. It gets me every time.

Here we are now. I’ve since gotten the hang of it, and I love it.

Love ya B!


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