Leading up to the day I have not had any labor signs. Sure a few Braxton Hicks here and there but I really thought this baby was never coming out.
Monday, March 17, I woke up at 3am to a contraction. It was different than anything I've felt. It was like an intense menstrual cramp. I got up to use the bathroom and had another contraction and that's when my water broke. I called my doctor and while I was waiting for a call back mt contractions bbecame more intense. By 4am, I hadn't heard from my doctor (turns out her beeper was broken), so my husband decided we should go to the hospital. The drive there seemed to take forever, but luckily there's no traffic at 4 in the morning..
We got to the hospital around 4:30 am, I was admitted and checked by a nurse by 5am (I was 3cm at this point) and by 5:30 I was getting my epidural. My contractions were getting closer together and seriously labor is no joke. I was in excruciating pain. I don't know how women who decide to go the natural route do it. The hardest part about getting the epidural was having to sit still during the contractions, but somehow I made it through.
By 11am I was 5cm and feeling so excited that the day has finally come and we were going to get to meet our little girl soon. At 2pm I was 7cm and filled with so much anxiety and excitement. And this is where the story makes a turn. At 5pm I was checked again and was still at 7cm. My doctor decided to give me pitocin to increase my contractions and hopefully move labor along. It never did. My labor never progressed past 7cm and after being in labor for so long my doctor didn't want to put the baby in distress. At 9pm, it was decided that I would have a c-section to get the baby out. After 19 hours of labor, I ended up with a c-section. At that point all I wanted was for my baby to be safe.. but boy was I nervous. I have never had any kind of surgery and the idea of a c-section honestly terrified me.
Everything then happened so quickly. Suddenly I was in the surgical room... my husband was sitting next to me dressed in scrubs. I was shaking from nerves. I felt the doctors pulling and tugging at me. I heard them say that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby. Then I heard the baby cry and I burst into tears. There was my baby! A perfectly healthy baby. Hearing her cry was one of the most amazing moments. About 30 minutes later the surgery was over and I was in the recovery room. A feeling of joy, relief, and absolute happiness came over me.
I was in the hospital for the next 5 days recovering from the c-section. I'm now home and spending every waking moment staring at my baby girl. Yes my husband and I are both exhausted and overwhelmed, but every time we see our baby, it makes it all worth it.