I have a few minutes while LO sleeps so I figured I'd try to post a quick recap of Elise Annabelle's grand arrival.
woke up last Wednesday morning at 2AM with contractions. I thought for
sure this was the start of my labor. The contractions were not at all
intense, but regular at 15 minutes apart in my pelvic region. By 5AM
the contractions were becoming more erratic and less frequent.
Considering I never had painful BHs I figured these were more intense BH
contractions. The contractions were replaced by a slight cramping in
the same area. H called out of work thinking I was in labor so then we
spent the day running errands. I felt pretty crampy and uncomfortable all day and
had the bowling ball between my legs feeling. When I went to bed that
night I had a gut feeling LO would be arriving the next day.
H and I went to bed at 10:30P and I woke up at 2:10A to pee. When I returned to bed I had a noticeable contraction and then I heard a little pop. I immediately felt between my legs and could feel some wetness. I got up to go to the bathroom and the amniotic fluid was running down my legs. By the time I got to the bathroom my underwear was very wet and I could not stop the leaking. H called my midwife. I spoke with her and she explained that she'd come over immediately if we wanted, or we could wait until my contractions were 5 minutes apart. Considering I'd only had 1 contraction prior to my water breaking, I told her we'd wait. As it turned out, my contractions were immediately 4 minutes apart.
I labored in the shower while I waited for my midwife. She arrived around 3:45-4AM. She and H filled the birthing tub immediately. When it was 1/2 full she asked to check me. I was already 7cm. She told me I could get in the tub. I labored there for a while. The assistant midwife and midwifery student showed up at some point. I don't know when. I just remember looking up from the tub and seeing them. At 6:30(ish), I was feeling the urge to push so my MW checked me again. At that point I was at 10cm and ready to go. I started light pushing, but being a FTM, it was uncomfortable and I wasn't sure exactly how I was supposed to be doing it. I kept telling my MW I had to go to the bathroom and she kept assuring me that it was the baby's head, but if I wanted to get out of the tub I could try going to the bathroom or I could just go in the tub. As the pressure increased I began to care less and less about pooping and more about the pain I was beginning to feel come on stronger and stronger. I felt like my contractions were slowing down and actually asked my MW if I should get out of the tub. She recommended pushing on the toilet for a little while to see how I felt. I felt an immediate difference in pain level and it was like I instantly knew how to push being out of the water.
I began pushing on the toilet for a few minutes and then
the MWs said they didn't want me on the toilet and the birthing stool
would be a better option. I moved back into my living room and began
pushing there. Finally after pushing for close to 45 minutes (combined
tub, toilet and birthing stool), I felt the ring of fire and knew I was
close. I pushed 2 more times and then my MWs told me to move to my hands
and knees. That was the first time I actually said (and felt like) I
could not do
something. With quite a bit of urgency they both told me I had to. H
and one MW whisked me off the stool and I was on all fours. Apparently
LO's hands were on her face and her elbow was bent and caught on my
pelvis. With one more push and
some slight jiggling, my beautiful daughter emerged into the world.
placenta was delivered about 45 minutes later. We waited for it to
stop pulsating before we cut the cord. We had it encapsulated. I will
begin taking those pills within the next few days.