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Well, as many of you know, I had been complaining for a while about very strong BH contrax, and had 2 false alarms to the midwife/hospital. Needless to say, it was an exhausting, frustrating week.
Wed at 3:30AM, I rolled over in bed, heard a pop, and started gushing. We called my dad, who got to the house pretty quick. Meanwhile, I had gone from dead asleep to serious labor in 30 seconds, it was intense. I stuffed a towel in my sweats, and put a garbage bag on the seat of the car. We headed off to the hospital.
We got there at about 4:30, and immediately I asked for something for the pain, just to take the edge off. We tried walking for a while, and we got in the shower, but I think because I had been in pain and awake for days, it made the pain much harder to tolerate. At 6am, I got an epidural, just to take some of the edge off, it wasn't very strong, and in fact, didn't really take on the right side, but it helped to take the edge off, and I was 7cm dilated. In retrospect, I probably could have done without the epi, as it definately slowed the birth down a little, but I think I needed it to slow down a little. The hour and half the epi "bought" me gave me just the right amount of time to breathe, and get ready to push.
At 7:30, the midwife checked again and said I would be ready by 8 to start pushing. At 8, I was ready, just like she said. They shut everything off, took the catheter out, and she told me to start pushing whenever I wanted to. Problem was, I wasn't feeling that incredible urge the way people tell me, but I definately could feel the contrax and they were painful. I gave a little practice push, and realized that the pushing actually stopped the pain, and felt better...wow what a concept. From then on, I got the pushing thing down! All those days of contrax must have been helping bring him down lower, b/c I really only pushed for 30 minutes, and out he came! All 9lbs 10oz, 21" of him!
He is nursing like a champ, and has basically put himself on a schedule already! His big sister loves him, a little too much at times, but that's ok. I could not have scripted the birth better myself if I tried, and I'm so glad we went for the VBAC. The recovery time is NIGHT AND DAY between the 2, and all the naysers and people who told me I was nuts for doing it really got shown up! Congrats to all the mommies and newborns out there!