I had my 39 week appointment on Tuesday, and we scheduled an induction then for my due date on 12/10... which turned out to be unnecessary because about 11:30 pm that night I knew I was in labor!
When we arrived at the hospital I had to wait quite awhile in triage because right about the same time as me a couple other women showed up who were much farther along than me - one was 10cm and had her baby 30 minutes later.
The hospital typically doesn't do epidurals in triage, but was getting close to allowing me to get one when delivery a room finally opened up. I got the epidural around 3am, and felt much better after that. Things progressed quickly from there - at 4:45 I was 8cm and my water broke, at 5 I was 9cm and feeling a lot of pressure and the urge to push. At 5:15 I was at 10 and the nurse told me I could start pushing and they would call in the OB. I gave one good push and they made me stop until the Dr arrived because she was coming too fast! That was great news to hear but I also didn't want to stop pushing. Finally the Dr showed up and with about 3 pushes she was out! The epidural did a good job numbing my midsection during contractions, but I could feel everything as she was coming out. Quite different from my first, and overall it was a much easier delivery. She was born at 5:42 am, 8lbs 3oz, 20in long.
Violet is a total champ at nursing, she latched on right away and has wanted to nurse non-stop since then. In fact I had to start using a pacifier last night to get a break from nursing at all or she would have nursed all night long. I'm looking forward to when my milk comes in so I can get a little break
Anyway we are so happy she's here and I'm feeling much better than I did with my first baby. We came home from the hospital a day early just because it's so much more peaceful at home.
The other cool thing is that I have a friend who was due the same day as me, but ended up getting a c-section on Monday. We ended up in the hospital at the same time, and both checked out today!
Good luck and labor dust to everyone who is still waiting!