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Well, I had contractions all Thursday evening, but they were like 1/2 hour apart and I thought I must be dilating but not anything serious to write home about and I also knew that I'd need the rest, so I laid down and tried to sleep at about 11 p.m.
At 2:00 a.m., I had a contraction that sat me upright in bed. I was like, "OK...This is IT!". So, I got up and went to the contraction timer link I found online that I liked the format. It took me one or two contractions to get the hang of getting them from beginning to end, so I didn't actually start timing them until 2:26... They were a minute long, about 7 minutes apart (average...some were 10, some were 3), so I woke Scott up and said, "I'm going to take a shower and when I get out, we're going to the hospital.". He got in the shower after I got out and by the time I was dressed, he was done!
We got to the hospital and I was a "stretchy 5 cms" and they said I was ready to be admitted. I immediately asked for an epidural. They were happy to oblige and said that I had to have a full bag of fluids and some lab work done and then the anesthesiologist could administer. I was ok with that.
So, at 6:45 a.m., he shows up. He does an excellent job of it. I can still feel my contractions but it's pressure only...not pain. His name was "Dr. Gilmore". I asked him how many times somebody had called him "Happy" because the drugs he gives make them happy...he said he heard it every day!
At 8:40, the doctor shows up (he had asked that they call him when I was ready to push). I was READY to go! He said, "Do you want to do this in one push or two?". I said, "ONE!". Unfortunately, my pushes weren't as strong as he thought, because I pushed for 17 minutes instead of just once. I was OK with that... The epidural was workin fine and I was giving it all I could...
Anyway, Josephine came out strong and healthy... Apgars were 8 and 9 immediately. She's an eater and a sleeper and I couldn't be happier about it. Charlotte is so great with her and DH has been amazing with helping me!
Josephine Seelye Shineman
born October 27th at 8:57 a.m.
weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 inches long
What a beatiful day and delivery it was!
Charlotte and Josie - Our beautiful girls!
Scott & Julie, married September 2001