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When I woke up the morning of Saturday, November 27th, I had no idea that in a few hours I would be starting labor. I felt funny at work on Friday, but didn't think much of it. I had a few minor contractions on Saturday morning, but I got up and moving anyway with a shower - thank goodness I shaved my legs!!
By 1pm, my hubby was watching his Penn State football game and I was working on my baby book. Contractions were really starting to come now, not unbearable, but were forming a pattern of 10-15 minutes apart. I made lunch, did all our laundry, and did the dishes. My hubby decided to take me out to dinner and shopping. At dinner, I kept getting contractions and we timed them to be about 5 minutes apart. We were walking around Best Buy and had to keep stopping so I could breathe through them, haha. Once we got home, it was getting worse. By 9:30pm, they were getting unbearable so we got ready and left for the hospital.
At this point, I really wasn't sure what was going to happen. The car ride to the hospital was painful - it is 30 minutes away! We finally made it and went to triage. There, I was relieved to find out that I was 4 cm dilated and was admitted to L & D immediately. By the time I was placed in a room, my contractions were very painful. Thankfully I got my epidural right away! I was able to rest and continued to progress on my own throughout the night - my water even broke on its own. Morgan had pooped in uteruo, so a pedi had to be on site during delivery. Her heart rate also kept dropping when I would have a major contraction. I ended up need both internal monitors, one for her and one for my contractions b/c they were having a hard time reading them.
By 7:30am, I was fully dilated and it was time to push. I was really scared, but my hubby comforted me and was a great coach. I only needed to push for a little over an hour and she was born at 8:54am.
Definitely the hardest thing I have ever done in my life - but also what I am most proud of accomplishing in my life. I love my daughter and I would go through it all again for her in a second.
Wife to Ken
Momma to Morgan
Baking a Rainbow