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A Baby Story #2

I have never been an early riser I don't care to know what the sun looks like coming up really.  Okay well that is a lie now but back then 8 years ago today I didn't get up early for anyone. (I clearly had much to learn)  But I did today.  Oh yes because I was awaken by the oddest pain I had ever felt.  It was different, it was new and it HURT.  At first I was annoyed but then I realized what was going on.  I got excited... another naive assumption on my part.  The pains weren't so painful I couldn't function but I could tell they had a mission, the mission I had longed for the previous day my actual due date.  I tried to rest for I knew that what was coming would not be easy.  I was too scared to sleep for too long.  We walked, we went to Home Depot (I don't know why but I know we did) I had to stop a few times to catch my breath and then we went on shopping and waiting and waiting and waiting..... and then about 8 pm it was more than i could take.  We called the hospital and got the okay to head on over.  I grabbed my bags packed with my visualization tools (which I knew I wasn't going to use).  My plan was for an epidural and a good one!  I wanted to enjoy this experience as much as possible.


We arrived at the hospital and I remember the bad news.... I wasn't close enough to admit but they didn't want to send me home because I had been in labor for over 12 hours at this point.  So  we walked some more.  I put layers of hospital gowns on and we walked around and around and around and then it hit me this is going to kill me.  We were in the stair well climbing back up to the labor floor and I stopped and just cried.  It was more than I could take I was hoping I was getting close now....


I was right things were going the right direction (that would be down) and so now for the epidural the relaxation and just wait for the baby to come.....


By this point the contractions were so strong that I was not doing well at all.  My husband was starting to panic and the epidural could not get in place fast enough.  Problem was I hadn't been drinking any water all day so I was dehydrated and they couldn't get an IV in.  Finally after 2 nurses were unsuccessful the anesthesiologist got an IV in and we were on our way.... but unfortunately for me my epidural only lasted for 45 minutes.  That's right it was working but then it  stopped and then the torture began....


To be continued....


What was your first experience with labor like?

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