I was due for Xavier on January 12th but started having contraction the morning of January 7th. They started super early in the morning so by 9am I definitely wanted to go to the hospital.
The contractions were tolerable at this point but I thought hey, maybe I’m just really strong and this is as bad as they get (haha!). But, better safe than sorry right? After getting to the hospital they checked to see how far I was dilated... 1 1/2 cm. I was a little disappointed mostly because I was so ready to have him! But we were sent back home, where we ate pancakes and slept some (which I now know could never happen if I was truly in labor). Fast forward to 8pm and I was in tears just about every time I had a contraction. So i remember our teacher during one of the birthing classes me and Jose went to that taking a bath will help weaken the contractions. Bad idea. At first it was great, it was calming and actually did weaken the contractions about 50%, but I started to have them closer together. I started to panic once I realized I have to get OUT of the bath at some point, this is why the bath was a bad idea. I got out and my contractions were no longer than 4 minutes apart and of course stronger than ever. Once we got checked into the hospital they check to see how much more I had dilated. 2CM. ARE YOU KIDDING?! Oh I was beyond angry and mostly scared at the possibility of them sending me back home, again. Thank gawd they saw how much pain I was in and got me checked in. They quickly gave me pain medicine and called for the epidural, which of course took another two hours. We called my mom for her to come to the hospital because I wanted her there in the room with me (mostly because I knew I might snap at some point and didn’t want to snap on jose haha).
Once the epidural doctor got there, and took four tries to finally get it how he wanted it, I finally got to sleep. Epidurals are amazing, truly amazing, 100% recommend. By 1am I woke up in pain again and feeling contractions just as strong as before the epidural, I called my nurse in just to double check that it wasn’t out haha! Once the contractions got stronger the nurse checked to see how much I was dilated, 8cm! Wooo hoooo! That’s what I’m talking about. After that time sped by. The nurses came it to break my water and as they walked in my water broke on it’s own. I’m glad it broke on it’s own but after that, oh my gosh. Just thinking about the feeling makes me tense. After my water broke I just had an instant urge to get him ouuttttt! Since there was no water around him or bracing my body from an actual contraction it was just a feeling of intense pressure. My doctor was on call so they told me she would be there soon, 20 minutes of them telling me not to push because Xavier was too close, they told me she is another 10 minutes away because the roads are icy. Hearing that I couldn’t push when I was having a contraction was terrible, doing something completely backwards from what my body is telling me to do. It was a little after 3am when the doctor showed up and she finally gave me the okay to start pushing. I remember only having maybe 5 contractions and by 3:19am Xavier was born! It was amazing and all I could do was cry my eyes out! That is MY baby!! He grew inside of me for 9 months, God is truly amazing. To design such an amazing thing like our bodies. I didn’t have to get any stitches, which was the best news ever, and I had an amazing and speedy recovery. I can honestly say my birth experience was so positive and I’m so lucky for that, for the terrible pregnancy I had, I’m glad the whole birth part was easy!