I went inside to use the restroom because I felt like I needed to have a BM. More "period cramps" came and went. I felt like I needed to walk around so I finished with my business and hello mucus plug! I immediately texted bestie Suzy to ask her about what it looked like and how large they are supposed to be! I also mentioned these "period cramps." She was super pumped and told me to start timing!! I could NOT believe that this was happening. I called to Nate and told him that I thought I was in labor. His response was, "I guess I better go take a shower!" He went and showered, and I downloaded the contractions app. I knew that the contractions needed to be 1 minute long, 5 minutes apart, for an hour before we went to the hospital. They were about 35 seconds in length and came every 3-5 minutes. Nate and I were running around the house doing chores, eating dinner, washing clothes and dishes and sheets. We even wrote our Birth Plan and printed it out! It was not nearly as detailed as I had planned but it was what we needed so it worked.
The contractions, which I need to add feel NOTHING like Braxton Hicks contractions, kept coming and were about 40-50 seconds long and about 4-5 minutes apart. I had called the midwife and Lori said to keep working at this and it could happen tonight, tomorrow, or in another day. She told us to call back when they were 1 minute long, 5 minutes apart, for an hour. That was at 7:44pm. I kept walking around and showering and trying to do things around the house. I called my mom at 9:30pm. She thought I was kidding. I purposefully did NOT joke about being in labor the entire pregnancy so that people would not think I was crying wolf when the time actually came. Well, the 4 people that I called to let them know this was the real thing, didn't believe me at first! Hehe. I told my parents to wait a few hours and I would call them back and let them know how things were going. My mom, dad, and Lins decided to shower and hop in the car. Kristen decided to wait until the morning and head up around 8:00am.
|contraction before the epidural|
|taking a little nap|
|after the epidural|
|my dad and nate before they rolled me away|
They wheeled me into the brightest room. Everything was white and the lights were blinding. I was so scared. Still crying. My nurse, Julie, kept reassuring me I was ok and that it was ok to cry. They moved me to the operating table and stretched my arms out like I was on a crucifix. Horrible. Then I heard the scariest sound. I could hear Leland's heart rate dropping. They turned the sound off and I hear the surgeon say, "Someone needs to go get Dad quick." Everything was happening so quickly and I was alone just wishing Nate was with me and terrified that all of my scary thoughts about some complication happening during birth were coming true. (I had horrible thoughts during pregnancy that something would be wrong with Leland, or there would be terrible complications, or something would happen to me during the birth because Nate and I have been so blessed with everything in our lives that it was our 'turn' to have something 'bad' happen. I know that is not how God works but I couldn't stop thinking that way.) Nate came in and I began sobbing. Then Leland was born. It was 2:59pm. It was totally silent and then everyone started telling me that he is perfect and healthy and Nate could see him and then I heard him cry.
|the first time i heard him cry|
|holding my baby boy for the first time!|
|7lb 6oz, 21 in long!|
|skin to skin with daddy|
|our first picture as a family of 3!|
|skin to skin with mommy!|