If you didn’t get to check out my articles on the Birth of my Firstborn, please do. I had a very different experience with my second. All I have to say is: Epidural.
I was a week away from my due date. I had a two and a half year old that I was chasing around, and I was tired. Tired of being pregnant that’s for sure. About midnight on a Friday, I woke up to a contraction. A real one. With my son, I had braxton hicks. I didn’t have that with my daughter. So, when a real contraction hit, I knew it. Plus, I already had one baby Au Natural remember? So, I knew a real contraction from a Braxton Hicks contraction.
So, it was midnight and I woke my husband up. Of course, the rest of that night we couldn’t sleep. Unfortunately, he had to work the next day. We were hoping this was his ticket out. It wasn’t. But you’ll see why in a minute. My water didn’t break this time like it had with my first pregnancy. So, we started timing the contractions. They were still about 7-10 minutes apart. After a few hours of this, we decided to call the on-call doctor. Of course it was the weekend, so I didn’t get to talk to my regular doctor that I loved. Instead, I got a doc that decided to tell me that I wasn’t in labor. What?! No, I’ve had a baby before lady, I know what contractions feel like. She told me to hang on until they were closer together or my water broke.
So, at 6 am or so, we called my husband’s boss. Since I wasn’t going into the hospital, they had him come into work anyway. He was only supposed to work a half day. Of course I was a wreck. I called my Mom and asked her to come over because although I doubted myself for a second when that Dr. told me I wasn’t in labor, I knew I was. So, I labored at home. For about 14 hours. Yikes. My husband was supposed to be home by 1 pm, but he wasn’t. Eventually, the contractions got to be 4-5 minutes apart. My husband still wasn’t home. Finally, he walked in the door, and changed clothes and we left for the hospital. By this time, I was in pain!
For, The Birth of my Second Child-It’s a Boy!!, Part II go here.