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Last night at 8:30 I took a tbsp of castor oil. It was actually probably less because when I shook it with the root beer, it sort of exploded all over the sink and I just drank what was left. Apparently my body needs a kick in the rear to get labor started.
Fairly serious contractions began at midnight. I could sit through them but they were definitely more than anything I'd had till then. They were two minutes apart for an hour without really getting any worse, at which point I thought to myself, "That was a dumb idea. I'm really tired and want to go to bed and here I've caused myself contractions." I decided to go to bed anyway and see if I could sleep.
I slept from 1-5 a.m. but I know I had at least a few contractions during that time. At 5 I couldn't stay in bed anymore so I sat at the computer and timed contractions for about 25 minutes. Still 2-4 min. apart and definitely getting worse now. At 5:30 I woke DH and told him we should go, but I was still a bit concerned about going too early. However, I hadn't felt the baby move either, so I wanted to make sure it was ok.
Got to the hospital at 5:40, every contraction getting quite a bit stronger. I had a friend acting as my doula meet us there and by the time we got into a room, she said I was transitioning. By the time the nurse got to checking me, I was 10 cm with a lip of cervix left. By the time they called my doctor I was pushing. Pushing took about 4 or 5 contractions and baby was delivered by a nurse at 6:06 a.m. Doctor walked in late.
It was crazy intense and super fast. If it had not gone so fast and I hadn't been power walking across the room and back, I couldn't have done it.