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I woke up at 5:30 am, 2006 when dh left for work. I was about to get up to use the bathroom and notice that I was leaking down there. Thinking I was peeing myself I waddled quickly to the washroom. When I was done I walked over to the dresser to get new clothes to put on and I leaked again. At this point I realized that maybe my water had broken, but I wasn’t sure since there wasn’t much liquid coming out. I went back to the bathroom, cleaned up and put a pad on. I decided to go on the internet to look up information on how you would know if your water broke. Since I was not expecting to go into labour on my own (I was only 38 weeks pregnant and I was being induced in a week) I was not prepared for what I should do if my water broke, except that I knew if it had broken I would have to go to the hospital.
When I got online my friend was on MSN Messenger. I told her what was happening and as we were chatting I felt a big gush of fluid come out. Now I was sure my water had broken. I called my parents to let them know what was happening so that they could get ready to drive down if I really was in labour. I then phoned dh to tell him that I was going to the hospital and that I would call him back and tell him to come to the hospital if I really was in labour.
After some debate I decided I would drive myself to the hospital since I was having no contractions and was in no pain at all. My friend said she would jump in the shower and meet me there. I grabbed a couple towels and put them down in the front seat of the Corolla and drove to the hospital. I arrived at 7:30 AM. I went to the visitors desk and told them I thought my water had broke. They sent me to admitting and the paper work was quickly done. I was feeling excited because I was so tired of being pregnant and it was such a nice surprise to think that maybe I was going into labour on my own.
After the paper work was complete a nurse wheeled me up to OB Triage. Having been there many times during my pregnancy I felt relaxed. They had me leave a urine sample and I felt another gush so they gave me a diaper to wear. Brenda arrived just after I had settled back in my bed. Perfect timing because the nurse came in with this long swab and explained that it had to be inserted into my cervix. If it changed colour it meant that my water had broke. After a few moments of discomfort (it felt longer than a few moments) the swab had indeed changed colour. During the next gush of amniotic fluid I noticed it was green which meant that Jaidyn had pooped inside of me. Bff called my parents to let them know that they should start driving down here as I was indeed in early labour.
The nurse wanted to check and see how far I was dialated but my cervix was high up and J’s head was low so she could not tell. My obstetrician, Dr. Greg was at the hospital so he came to check me. He had the same problem so we did not know how far along I was. They hooked me up to the Non-Stress machine and it showed that I was having contractions (although not regular ones) but I still could not feel them. Because I was in labour I was taken from OB Triage and sent to the room that J would be born in.
The room was really nice. It even had a dvd player in it. At this point I was starting to feel the contractions. They were like a regular period pain. My nurse came in and introduced herself (her name was Rue) and went through some more paper work with me. After that Brenda and I did some catching up.
At 12:30 PM dh came to the hospital. I was hooked up at this point to two iv’s. I also had the non-stress test band across me and a band to measure contractions. I wasn’t going anywhere!!!
Around 1 PM Rue and then another nurse tried to check to see if I had dilated more. By now my contractions were becoming more regular and coming closer together. I still wasn’t in a lot of pain so I was surprised when the Nurse mentioned getting an epidural. I was expecting to have to be much further along and in much more pain before they would give me one. They explained that they thought I was about 2 cm dialated but because I was tensing up so much during my internal exams it was hard to tell. The epidural would make it easy for them to get in there. That’s all they needed to tell me, I wanted to be hooked up.
The anesthesiologist came in about fifteen minutes later to give me the epidural. It was uncomfortable getting it in. I found it hard to sit still because I was really jumpy. That’s probably why it only really worked well on my right side. Also I was frozen all the way up to my armpits!! During my labour they had to keep putting ice on me to see how far up I could feel. I didn’t have any trouble breathing though so they were not to worried.
My parents arrived at 2 PM. My labour was progressing slowly so they gave me Pitocin to speed things up. I made my mom rub my feet the whole time she was there. When she got tired one of the student nurses would take over for a bit.
Just before eight o’clock the nurses told me I was ten centimeters dilated but they wanted me to wait before I began pushing. I was surprised that transition was over. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. We had the television on and flipped over to CBS to watch “The Amazing Race” We got to watch the entire episode before the nurse came back in and told me she thought J was low enough that I could begin pushing. Ray and Yolanda came in first and won a Mercedes Benz!
After almost two hours of pushing Nurse decided it was time to speed things up. She went and got the doctor who was doing another delivery down the hall. She told the doctor she thought J might be facing the wrong way so that he would hurry and come check me. The doctor said J was stuck on my pelvic bone and that if I wanted they could use a vacuum to get her out. Sounded very good to me! By this time I was exhausted and ready for her to come out.
The doctor used the vacuum and I had to have an episiotomy.We all remarked on what big cheeks she had! I always thought newborns were kind of ugly so I was surprised by how cute she was!
That's the bad part! I didn't want another baby till Jaidyn was around three but she's so much easier to handle than I thought and labour was way easier than I'd imagined. I have to keep reminding myself how bad my pregnancy was!!
<div align="center"><div align='center'><span style="font-family:Comic"></span></div><div align="center"><span style="font-family:Comic">Proud Mom to Will 5/9/2006
Member of the May 2006 Playroom</span></div></div><div align="center">Wanting to Concieve, but Waiting to Try</div><div align="center">Don't like the Police? Next time you are in trouble...Call a crack head!</div><div align="center">A Very Warm THANK YOU to Fingerscrossed for this beautiful signature graphic.</div><div align="center"><div align='center'></div></div>