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I woke up Saturday the 30th having had contractions since about 3am (that I could tell) and finally started timing at about 5am after I made myself some food! The contractions were about 7-10 minutes apart consistently, but not too painful. They started to be about 3-6 minutes apart about 10:30am, and by 1pm we had traveled the hour drive to where my midwife center is. I labored there hard until 6am Halloween, when I still hadn't progressed passed a 3 (she stretched me to a 4). So, after all the careful planning, reading, preparation, exercising, we transferred to the hospital for an epidural so I could rest up for what would likely be a very long day.
So I was 4cm upon arrival to the hospital, where I had been for hours. I was given an epidural around 10:45 am and pitocin was started, to try to help things along, around 1pm. The epi helped with contraction pain for a few so I could rest, but I really couldn't sleep.
I started having very painful contractions, so they added meds to the epi about four times over several hours, since I was having constant pain that was becoming unbearable. Several hours later my water broke and I was at a 6. So a few hours after that when I was losing it, we all thought I was in transition. I was having constant contractions - hurt in lower abdomen and lower back super strong, then when that pain died off a super strong pain in my upper back under my rib would start. Then when the contraction pain would come back the back pain would subside. This continued for about 20 minutes. This happened a second time and I was pretty much losing it at this point. It had been 40 hours of consistent contractions and my body was not getting a break.
So Ripley Mae was born via C-section at 7:10 pm on Halloween weighing 7 lbs 10 oz, 19.5 inches long. Full head of dark brown hair!
I got everything I didn't want out of labor and delivery and really couldn't be happier with the way things turned out. I know I kicked labor's ***, and that it wasn't my fault that I didn't progress for that long. I know I did what I needed to do and now I have the knowledge that I can be faced with the most difficult situations and push through. I am very proud of myself! I'm also so proud of DH for not breaking down. I saw him so worried and about to break, but he pushed through for me.
As I write this my beautiful daughter sleeps by my side without a care in the world.