The day that we had been waiting for so long came and it was the best day in our lives (except the pains)! 🙂
It all started on Monday, January 20th, when I was having contractions every 5 minutes for more than an hour. From what I remembered, my doctor had said that when that happens, we need to go to the hospital. That’s what we did about 3 a.m. When we got there, I was only dilated 1 cm so the nurse sent us for a two hour walk around the hospital. You can imagine what a pleasant walk it was without any sleep, around the empty hospital with pains coming and going. It was not nice at all. After those two hours, nurse checked me again and I was dilated 2 cm. Of course, that was not enough and after seeing a doctor who even did an ultrasound (everything was great), they sent us home.
Even though I barely slept the previous night, I couldn’t fall deeply asleep the next night either. The pain was much worse, but we didn’t want to go again and go back home (again!). I survived whole night, but in the morning I couldn’t take it any longer and we went to the hospital for the second time. After seeing a doctor and going through the whole process of checking how much dilated I am, unfortunately we were sent home again. You can guess our disappointment.
Three Times a Charm
When we were leaving the hospital, a man in the elevator started a conversation with us after seeing me very helpless. He asked us if it’s a false alarm and he said that he had the same with his wife. He told us that once the baby is here, it will be all worth it and we will forget about all these troubles. He couldn’t be more right.
I was telling V that the next (3rd) time we come here, we will leave with our daughter, for sure. That’s what happened, because “three times a charm” :).
We got to the hospital around 4 a.m. (on Thursday, January 23rd), because I couldn’t sleep at all and the contractions were getting so painful that tears were running down on my face. Once we were there, the doctor came and said that she has excellent news, because I’m dilated 4 cm and they will admit me. V was super happy and I was happy, as well, but the pain was too harsh so it was kind of bittersweet. Of course, I was super happy with V that the time is here and we will finally meet our baby girl.
When the nurse took us to our birthing suite, she took care of everything and was very nice and helpful. I really appreciated it. She also said that my contractions are really strong. Well, no wonder there that it was so painful for me :(. After a couple of minutes the anesthesiologist came and gave me an epidural. I couldn’t believe how all the pain was gone. It was a really nice relief after three days of pain.
After that, the nurse checked me how much I’m dilated, but she wanted the doctor to confirm. I didn’t like that much the fact that they had to do it twice… Anyway, I was already dilated 6 cm. I was a little in shock how quickly my body is preparing.
Since we were at the hospital since 4 a.m. and I didn’t sleep at all that night (nor two nights before), the nurse told us to catch some snooze and so we did. It gave us both a little bit energy so it was nice. However, I was so excited that I will finally meet my baby that I didn’t sleep deeply, but I was fine with that.
After our short nap, the doctor came to check me again and I was dilated 10 cm, but it was because they gave me some oxytocin to speed things up.
Ready To Go
After waiting some time for our baby girl to position well, around 9 a.m., the pushing started. The interesting thing is that the first doctor that came in said that they will have to do a cesarean. When the shift changed, the new doctor said that I will be ok and can do it. That was very good to hear.
Unfortunately, they turned off the epidural so I was feeling more and more of the pain. It all lasted 2 hours and the pain was dreadful. I had no idea that it will be straight of 2 hours of pushing. The nurse said, though, that sometimes it takes even 3 hours. I was happy that it wasn’t the case.
The second I saw my baby, I got speechless like never before… It was the moment that V & I will never ever forget. The most amazing day of our lives.
A Note To Mamas To Be
You need to be ready for the experience of your life. So painful, but so worth it! Through the whole process, I was trying to be very calm and using lots of breathing techniques. Also, the partner that will give you ice cubes during pushing, cold water to drink, holding your hand and saying that you can do it is SO very helpful and I don’t think I would do it without V being by my side.
Women are made for this and they’ve been doing it for many many years so believe it or not, you can do it, as well! 🙂
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