My birth story started on Thursday January 15, 2015 when I had my 39 week check up at the maternity clinic and I chose to have the membrane sweep done. I had heard that it didn't work the first time for many women, but I figured I would give it a shot. Later that day, I had a couple cramps and some spotting, but nothing major. Later that night, I woke up around 1am to let Harley out and noticed that I was having some cramps/contractions. They continued throughout the night, but I was able to sleep. I woke up that morning and mentioned to Mr.D that I was having some cramps/contractions, but he headed to work and to let him know if anything changed. I started timing my contractions around 9am, but there was no rhyme or reason to them (they were going from 5 minutes to 3 minutes to 1 minute back up to 6 minutes and lasting between 30 seconds to almost a minute).
|Just a small sampling of the contractions|
We finally headed to the hospital around 3:30pm and were lucky enough to hit traffic on the way there! Not fun when the only way to work through my contractions was to bend over something. At the hospital, we were checked into triage and was checked out very quickly. The nurse let me know that I was already 4-5cms dilated and the tears quickly started flowing! I was just so relieved that I wasn't going to be sent home. The nurse sent Mr.D to get me admitted to the hospital and I stood up to work through a contraction. As soon as I stood up, my water broke all over the floor! I was like oh no, what the heck am I going to do! Luckily, a nurse walked by and was able to help me get cleaned up. Shortly after that, we were moved into a labour and delivery room. The unit was pretty busy that night, but I was luckily able to get an epidural pretty quickly, which made the world of difference. The epidural itself wasn't too bad... a bit of a pinch. Mr.D was able to stay in the room as well, which was awesome as I thought he was going to have to leave.
|Relaxing in bed and texting friends to let them know I was in labour|
My contractions were all over the place and because of the epidural, I couldn't always tell when I was having one so the nurse had to tell me when to push. It was such a strange feeling! After three hours, Amelia still wasn't coming out, so we decided to have the OBGYN come in and see what options we had. After a contraction, he said that she would definitely come with the help of a vacuum so we gave the go ahead. As soon as we said yes, it seemed like the room filled up with some many people! The vacuum was quickly put on Amelia's head and about 5-7 contractions later, she was born! I was so tired that I had my eyes closed for the whole thing, but Mr.D said it was a little horrific watching her be born with the vacuum if I am being honest. But, as soon as she came out, it was such a relief! The doctor put her on my stomach before they whisked her away to be cleaned up.
Amelia was born on January 17, 2015 at 6:59am weighing 7lbs 4ounces and was 21.25 inches long. Once she was cleaned up and checked out by the doctor, Mr.D took her and did skin to skin as I was being stitched up (I ended up with a first degree tear). Poor girl had a bit of a cone head from the vacuum, but it went down by the next day. My mom and Mr.D's mom ended up showing up at the hospital that morning not knowing I was about to give birth and were able to see Amelia shortly after she was born. Shortly after birth, we were moved to the post partum unit.
I just want to send a little note to Mr.D to say thank you for being so, so, so supportive throughout my whole labour and delivery. It was quite the experience and I know that I couldn't have done it without him. I also know that nothing will beat the kiss we shared after Amelia was born and that our relationship has only gotten stronger since she was born.