Birth is seriously SUCH an unreal thing. I keep watching this video on repeat because it’s something my mind keeps trying to wrap my brain around. You imagine (even with every baby) how it’s supposed to go and it doesn’t always go exactly as your brain plans it out to be.
I was scheduled to be induced on October 25th. I’m on blood thinners so I like having it controlled and I prefer to have an epidural. The trick though, is that I can’t be on a blood thinner and have an epidural at the same time, and Lovenox (the blood thinners I was taking) stays in your body for 24 hours, so if you want an epidural you kinda have to plan it right.
A week before her birth we went to Cornbelly’s and I really felt my body start to break down and so I stopped taking my shots. It was a false alarm so I started my shots back up again. On October 24th, for whatever reason, I woke up and took my shot a few hours earlier than I normally do.
6:26AM to be exact. (I screen shot it just so I wouldn’t forget).
That night, I had just finished having my cute friend do my eyelashes around 10PM and then at 1AM my water broke. Well, so I thought!
My husband and I were going to have one last good nights rest. We both were watching This is Us and fell asleep around midnight and I woke up in a puddle. I called Labor and Delivery and they said to shower, pack, and come on in! I was thrilled because I had been trying to see what time I was supposed to go in so I could juggle my other kids, but I was just “on call” so they didn’t have any idea of a time.
Well, when they walked back in and said that it wasn’t my water, I must’ve just peed the bed I seriously felt like the biggest faker! haha! Like I had it all planned or something. My doctor wasn’t supposed to be in the next day, so another doctor I didn’t know was going to deliver and I had been anxious about that, but my doctor happened to be on call at 2AM when we came in for my “water” issue.
He vouched for me and told them to keep me at the hospital and he would get me started since I was going to be in the next morning anyway.
It was 3AM and they started me on Pitocin and broke my water. 6:26AM seemed so far!
I labored for a few hours and when things got pretty intense for about an hour starting at 5:30.
But guess who walked in RIGHT at 6:26?!
There were just so many little miracles throughout the entire night/day!
I was at a 5 and up until I was an 8 the epidural was working great and I thought the rest would be smooth sailing…
but then it stopped working.
They rotated me back and forth, pumped more in me, but nothing! I was numb from the top of my legs down, but everything else I could feel. I think the epidural took the edge off, but it was definitely a rough experience. My legs were heavy and immobile and I felt stuck on the bed with killer contractions, not being able to move at all.
My doctor was an angel. By this time he was off his shift so he went home to help his family and then came back just to be able to be there to deliver our babe. (I highly recommend Dr. Andrew Thomas from Legacy OB!).
Since I was at an 8 they were going to try to get the anesthesiologist back in to see why it wasn’t working, but Dr. Thomas came and checked one more time and at that point it was time to push.
The rest is history.
Baby girl is healthy and we couldn’t be more grateful! She is so loved already!
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