Ok, I have finally gotten Jackson to a point where he is sitting in his swing AWAKE and I can have a moment to laboriously blog on the TURTLE SLOW PACED DIAL UP INTERNET (LOL). Don't get me wrong - I am thankful that I atleast have the internet. OK...on with the birthing story.
My husband Nathan has been more concerned about me getting this post up for fear that "my peeps would be getting worried about me" Please laugh outloud at the thought of hearing Nathan say "peeps" - it's as funny as you think!! I kept assuring him that you all gave me permission to recoop and that if he was that worried about it - he was free to blog himself (which was the original plan with instructions that we agreed on before we went into the hospital...) But, I am glad to atleast be back to share what happened with you all.
I will spare you (tyararr) the gory details :), but I thought I would atleast let you know how things went.
I started having contractions on Friday the 12th at 1:30am. They were 10 minutes apart all night long and then when I woke up and started moving around - they went to 20 min. So, I went about my day cleaning around the house and contracting the entire day. Not fun! Plus, I couldn't go to the hospital b/c they weren't getting to 5 min apart. So, I decided to help the situation along - I hopped onto our riding lawn mower and went charging down our hill cutting the grass - a VERY HUMOROUS sight to see an enormous pregnant woman bounding around on a John Deere tractor! :) Then, I went and bought flowers for our yard and Nathan and I planted flowers for a few hours. By this time, I am contracting more, but I still can't go to the hospital. By the time 1am rolled around saturday morning, i had been having significant contractions for 24hrs. Not fun! It was kind of a bummer b/c I thought that with all of the contractions that I had been having that I would be holding a baby by early saturday morning.
It was more of the same on Saturday but my contractions had gotten down to 7 minutes, and stronger. I was sure that the baby was coming. I spent most of my day slothing around the house in pain, went for a walk with Nathan, hung out in the bathtub (hoping for a Carrie experience! :) and watching TV. I was getting REALLY impatient. I had called the Dr. that morning and they said that I was experiencing false labor and it could still be several days before I was really ready. (Enter BAWL-Fest 2006!!!) How could she tell me that it could be several MORE days!!??? I was instantly discouraged and resolved that God would bring this baby in His time and for me to mope around would only make the waiting worse. I also called again at 8pm saturday night and my Dr. said that if I could talk to her through a contraction that I just needed to take a warm bath, go to bed and call her again in the morning.
Fast forward to 11pm Saturday night. I decided that we were NOT going to call the Dr. again for advice and that we were just going to go to the hospital. We arrived there and I was escorted to the triage area where they assessed me and decided that they would admit me. PTL!! I was 4cm dilated. Twelve hrs. later...I was still 4 cm dilated. Seriously! I couldn't even make that up!!
So, I was given the option of pain meds. I went with stadol to take the edge off. It actually slowed my contractions down and made me feel loopy! I hated it! They took me off of the stadol and told me that I could either get an epidural to help relax me and allow the dilation process to work more effectively or, I could be in labor for another 12 hrs...hmmm....let's see....more pain and tiredness.....or relief and sleep! ? Christina...I got the epidural!! WONDERFUL! In two hrs. after the epidural I was fully dilated and ready to push. Jackson came out in 15 minutes!! It only took 10 pushes! PTL!!!
He came out with his eyes wide open, screaming and perfect! :) I had just finished saying to the nurses that I didn't think that I would cry when I saw him for the first time b/c I was so excited, but 2 minutes later, they put him on my chest and I BAWLED!! It was awesome! I got to watch the while delivery in a huge mirror! It was amazing!
God is so good and we are so thankful that our little Jackson Chase is here!
Well, I could have come up with a better telling of this tale for sure if I had more sleep and time - but this will have to suffice!! Miss talking to you all!
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Posted by Shyla at 12:26 PM