Kara’s Birth Story (Part 1)
I know it’s been a few weeks since Kara was born, but I’m finally posting about her birth story. So far, parenthood has been amazing and our love for her grows everyday. I could seriously stare at her all day. In fact, she’s laying on my chest as I type this <3 Let’s get to it…
Where do I begin?! At 33 weeks I was 75% effaced (thinning of the cervix) and 0 cm dilated (widening of cervix) and told to take things easy. No more working out or doing anything active. I went for a check up the following week and I was 90% effaced and 1 cm dilated, so my doc put me on bed rest for two weeks. It’s important to note that you can be 90% effaced and 3 cm dilated for weeks, so it was more of a precaution since they really want the baby to stay in until at least 37 weeks, preferably later. At the beginning of 36 weeks (Sat. Nov 28) I was taken off bed rest.
Thursday, December 3rd I woke up at 1 AM and told Todd that I think my water broke. I was sure that I felt the “pop,” which didn’t hurt. To make sure I didn’t just wet the bed, I used the restroom and had a full pee. We called the doctors, which at that hour, was an answering service. About 15 minutes later the doc called and told me to head to the hospital. I wanted a natural birth and knew that they wouldn’t let me eat or drink at the hospital so I made Todd and I PB&J’s while he got everything in the car. The contractions were decent and I could tell they were getting stronger. I was only able to eat half my sammie before I was getting uncomfortable and felt the need to leave. I never only eat half a PB&J… so that says something.
We got to the hospital around 2AM and went straight back to triage. My contractions were getting worse, but still manageable. They hooked me up to a machine, gave me an IV, asked me a million questions and had me sign my life away (OK, not really). They knew I wanted a natural delivery and when they asked me what my pain level was on a scale from 1-10 (10 being the highest) and I said 6 they nurse said, “well honey, if it’s 6 already you have a long road ahead of you!” Why would she put doubt in my mind?! UGH. They checked my cervix and I was 5.5cm dilated.
My contractions started getting strong real fast! They wheeled me to labor and delivery around 3 AM. My plan was to use a birthing ball, walk around, do squats, all the things you read about when you’re having a natural birth. Well, I seemed to pass right through that stage (actually I think that’s where I was at home walking and eating my pb&J) and was on the bed breathing hard and yelling. Yes, yelling. At one point I asked a nurse who came in if they could hear me out there and she was like, “Yaaaaa, we hear you!” I apologized and she said, “No worries hunny, you’re having a baby!”
My contractions were getting much worse and ish got real. I had read that you have a short intense contraction followed by one or two longer, “easier” ones. You could see on a monitor when and how strong the contractions were and mine kept staying in the 8-10 range (out of 10), with no real break. After about an hour I felt like I had to push and they checked me one more time. I was at 10 cm dilated and my body was ready to get this baby out! Only one problem… the doctor wasn’t there yet. She didn’t expect me to go from 5.5 cm to 10 cm in an hour. I was cursing and screaming for her to come during every contraction. I yelled that she needs to speed and I’ll pay her speeding ticket, to text her and find out her ETA, where the heck was she?! After every comment I made, I’d apologize for being mean, haha.
FINALLY she got there. Stay tuned for Part Two 🙂