Well, It’s been a while!
Bo’s due date was January 14th. By the time January 24th came around, I was about fed up with pregnancy.
On the 24th, we had an appointment with the midwife and an NST scan to make sure everything was fine. While we were there, the birthing center informed us that the NST scans were an extra charge. This did not make us happy. I determined to get the baby out before our next appointment the following Monday, because I did not want to have to keep paying extra! :-)
After we got back from the appointment, I tried to do everything I could think of to encourage baby to come out. But at bedtime, nothing seemed to be happening. So I gave up and went to sleep.
At about 1:30 AM, I woke up to some strong contractions. I figured they were probably Braxton Hicks contractions and tried to ignore them. But after a few minutes, I had to concentrate on the contractions and could no longer rest through them. After about an hour of really strong contractions that were about 30 seconds to 2 minutes apart, I started to get a little worried. This wasn’t what I remembered labor to feel like last time. I tried a variety of soothing methods to try and get a little more relaxed, but it wasn’t happening.
At around 3:30 I woke Josh up. He tried to get me to assess where I thought I was in labor, but I really had no idea. He wanted to call the midwife, but I was afraid I was either in false labor or only about 2-cm dilated, so I didn’t want to call. But after Josh watched me have a couple more contractions, he called anyway. The midwife told us to wait 30 more minutes and then call back.
About that point, I felt a pushing contraction. I decided that probably meant that I was actually in labor. So Josh called the midwife again and we drove to the birthing center (which was about 30 minutes away). It turns out, we had barely enough gas to get there. :-) The day was also incredibly foggy. It was pretty much the worst car ride of my life.
We got to the birthing center about 5 AM or so. The midwife was still taking things slow until she heard me make pushing sounds. Then she started running. It was pretty funny. She checked me, and I was 9-cm, so no worries about getting to the center too soon. :-)
After that, they filled up a bath tub with water, I got in, and pushed little miss Bo out in about 10 minutes. They were very painful minutes. She was born right about 5:50 AM. She weighed 8 pounds 10 ounces.
After that, I actually felt great. I actually got to enjoy holding her, which was really nice.
Monkey was great through the whole thing. She was a little scared by my noises, but when we got to the birthing center, she wanted to help. :-) She was super excited to have a new sister.