Since this was my 4th child, I already knew what to expect but I have to say, all labors are different! It started with getting my membranes stripped on Monday, the 23rd when I was 39 weeks and 2cm. The minor contractions started from there.
On Tuesday, I started seeing the bloody show and continued to see it through Wednesday. I thought for sure I would have gone into labor during the night Tuesday and was very frustrated Wed morning that I didn't go into "real" labor.
I still had minor contractions Wed morning and was feeling really uncomfortable. After a nap in the afternoon, I woke up to more bloody show and my water trickled when I tried to go #2. I was so sick of not knowing when it was going to get into the real thing so I called my doctors office. They said come right in to see if my water ruptured (which I knew it didn't, it was only one trickle) and to see what's going on.
I got there at 4:45pm and was still 2 cm and my water didn't rupture (no surprise) and I got an u/s to see if the fluid level was fine which it was. So we were on our way home. We stopped for Burger King where I was tempted to get the Angry Whopper to bring things on and thank God I didn't get it!
When we were almost home, the "real" contractions started. I started timing them at 7:45 and they were 3, 2, 4, minutes apart. I called the doctor after timing for almost an hour and we got to the hospital at 9:30pm. I was 4 cm. I had to wait an hour to get the epi until I had a bag of IV fluid in so I got the nubaine shot in my leg to take the edge off. It helped a lot. The doctor needed to wait to break my water until 2:15 because I was GBS positive and they like to wait that 4 hours if possible. I finally got the epi which actually worked more on the left side. I was feeling fine and then the babies heartbeat was dropping during the big contractions so I had to lay on my left side for awhile. The epi started to work even more on my left and less on my right so I switched to my right side which then led to my bp dropping. So the switching from side to side when on. The doctor broke my water at 2:30am and by almost 5:00 I had had enough. I was having horrible pain on my right side right above the crease of my leg and felt every contraction in my butthole (sorry for being blunt). I was starting to freak out. The nurse checked me and it was time and told me to practice push. I cried and didn't want to because I was so afraid of pooping my Burger King food right then and there because with all my girls, I had diarrhea before labor and had nothing to poop out. My sister made me snap out of it and I pushed which was horribly painful. The nurse got the doctor right away and the pushing began. With every push and there wasn't many, I felt like my butthole was going to explode, it was the worst feeling ever. I actually remember screaming things and crying and I never did that with my 3 girls. At 5:16am he was born. I thought I would look right away to make sure he had a penis (remember I have 3 girls) but I was so traumatized by that pushing experience I just stared at him and cried. He was 7lbs 10oz and 21 inches long, my smallest baby. I had a minor tear in the same spot at the 3 previous deliveries. I have to say that pushing for an hour and a half with my 1st child with an epi still working was not as bad as pushing 10 minutes feeling that way. I got over it though quickly and soon I'll forget all about it. Rylan Edward was worth it but yes, I'm done having kids! I finally have my boy and that's all I wanted.