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Luke Howard, born at 36 wks 2 days, 7 pounds, 20 inches, Thursday October 13.
I started to lose my mucous plug at about 10:30 Wednesday morning. I figured it was no big deal, lots of people lose theirs days or even weeks before they deliver. However, that night I feeling kind of bad - a bit nauseous and just sort of off. I had a lot of discharge all day long, and Frank and I decided to put a painter's drop-cloth on the mattress, just in case. I was kind of jittery and didn't go to bed until midnight. At 1:00, my water broke (good thing we'd put the drop cloth on!!) I wasn't sure at first what had happened, as it woke me up and I was all groggy, and couldn't tell how much it was. I started having contractions at about 1:20, and woke Frank up 20 minutes later. We tried to time the contractions but it was hard to always tell when one ended and the next started, and my back was hurting really badly between them. They were pretty close together, but were not really regular. I called the doc and she said to go ahead and go to L&D, since they had to see if my water did break. On the way there we timed the contractions and they were 3 minutes apart. Frank kept thinking it was false labor, but it hurt so bad I knew it had to be the real thing. We got there, and I was already 1-2cm dilated and almost completely effaced. I mentioned IV drugs, but they said I was already in hard labor and they wouldn't help. The contractions were horrible and were so close together I really couldn't rest in between them. The most comfortable position for me to be in was on my knees leaning over the back of the bed, but the monitors kept slipping. An hour later I had just dilated one more centimeter. One of the nurses said something about calling the anesthesiologist, and I said yes, even though I had really hoped I wouldn't have to have one. Finally she came, and I somehow managed to keep still for it. I sort of dozed off for a bit, and dilated 7cm in an hour - the epidural relaxed me and the labor was able to progress at a much faster pace. I felt very peaceful and relaxed. Then after awhile I started to feel the back pain coming again, and then contractions and the feeling that I had to push. I told the nurse, and she checked and said that I was almost ready, but had to wait for the doctor. I pushed for two long hours and finally Luke came. I had a 2nd degree tear, and they had to give me a local to stitch me up because most of the epidural had worn off. Luke had to be checked first, then was given to me for a few minutes, then was taken to the NICU to be checked further since he was pre-term, but was given a clean bill of health. At 7 pounds 1 ounce he is big for being pre-term, I'm glad he came early or I may have ended up delivering a 10-pounder! He is a mama's boy and loves to cuddle.
Rachel, mama to Luke (10/13/05), Ethan (6/24/07) & Liliana (1/1/10).