ONE WEEK ago my anxiety was super high, I was 4 days late and I decided to schedule an induction- I had never had to be induced before so I felt sort of like I was taking the easy way out, not giving my body the time to do its thing. but giving the current state we are in, I wanted baby here and I wanted to be home and safe. for some reason, just scheduling the induction took the biggest weight off my shoulders.
by 5pm that night we were driving to Hoag. we got there and after the laborist came in and checked me, she said.. “I don’t think I’m going to need to induce you, I think you’re in labor... but why don’t you guys go home, have dinner and come back around midnight and we can start then”.... we laughed and chatted and I felt super calm.
as we were driving home, I started to get strong contractions. by the time we got home... my contractions were strong enough to make me think I was in labor. I thought I peed my pants a little (🤣)... found out later it was actually my water breaking. .
we went back to the hospital around 1am and by 2:30am my contractions picked up. I called for the epidural around 4am, I told Brendan to go to sleep as I usually dilate around 1cm an hour after the epidural. by 5:30 am I started to feel pain again... my contractions were 2 mins apart. The wonderful nurse did some midwife tricks to try to help the pain, but it wasn’t working.
by 7am they did a nurse switch, we called for the anesthesiologist to come give me more. unfortunately all it did was make my left leg super numb. The rest of my body had total feeling. around 8:15am the nurse checked me.. 6cm. Right after she checked me, I had the most intense pain of my life.. crying and screaming she said she was going to check me again. It had been less than 10 minutes and I was at 10cm. Baby was ready... I realized Brendan was still sleeping 🤣🤣🤣 so the nurse quickly woke him up and called the the doctor. .
after 3 strong contraction pushes... the baby was almost here... “open your eyes, baby is coming”.... and then we all looked as she held the baby up “ITS A GIRL” 9:07am...
instant smiles, relief and total calm .
Campbell James, it was you the whole time..💕