The hospital has blocked Facebook (?!?!?) but I wanted to make a quick post to let you all know that Sarah has arrived at long last! I don’t have any pictures yet, but as soon as I get some I will post them.
Last night at 10:07 I had a contraction that seemed like a little more than a Braxton-Hicks. I had another one at 10:24. I got up and had some show/plug action (if you don’t know what that is, don’t worry about it, this being a family blog I won’t go into details!) so I went to the computer to look that up and had another contraction about 10:40. I found online that I might go into labor in the next few days, and might have stronger Braxton-Hicks contractions than before, so I went back to bed.
By 11:10 or so I was having contractions every 7ish minutes and couldn’t handle them well in bed, plus I was pretty sure they were labor, so I got up and got a few more things for my bag, then headed downstairs to call my doula. Josh had fallen asleep on the couch so I woke him up (he woke up with this huge amazing LEAP off of the couch that would have been a lot funnier had I not been in labor). By the time I called Carol my doula, I was sure I was in labor, so we also called Josh’s mom to come over and the doctor to let her know we were on our way to the hospital.
We left for the hospital at around 12:45 or so and got there around 1:15. At that point, I was still sort of thinking they might send us home as a false alarm, but when I got to triage at 1:30 I was at 5cm so we walked down the hall to my room. Carol the doula met us at the room at 1:45 and from that point on, all I had was solid peaking contractions. Seriously, there was not a moment of breath in between, it was just an insane ramp up. At 2:15 my water broke and the baby came down so fast I fell to the bed on my side to try to cope and was at 10 cm. So if you’re keeping score, I went from 5cm and 75% effaced to complete in about 45 minutes or less. Good thing I hadn’t planned to have any drugs because there is no way I’d have gotten an epidural in time. Sadly I also didn’t have time to get in the birth tub, so I still don’t know how that is.
Anyway, the doctor had not yet arrived at the hospital, so they had to call the “doc in the box” who is a newbie doctor who is always on hand in the maternity suites. That doctor did not arrive in my room for 15 long long long minutes that I had to try not to push during. I thought I was going to die if I didn’t start pushing soon. Thank goodness I had Carol there to keep my focus. Once the doc in the box got there, I pushed twice and she was born. She had her arm up by her face and her elbow out, which, for the uninitiated, means it was a lot harder to deal with pushing, but still I had no tears or stitches at all! Hooray! She was born at 2:36am, 20 inches long, and weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces. She has a ton of dark hair and a little dimple in her chin and is totally adorable.
Rebecca S. was the one who guessed Dec 20 for Sarah’s birthday, so many congratulations to her on her guessing ability. Ainsley guessed the 19th, which was close, but actually guessed the correct birth weight! Bravo to you both, you win a virtual Ding How.
I’m beginning to come down off of my post-birth high and finally got my breakfast, so I think I’ll take a well-deserved nap now. More pictures and news will follow later!