Where I've Been Lately
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This is Serenity Grace. She took us by surprise 4 days ago and we only got out of the hospital this morning. I went to my weekly checkup on Monday and there was no hint of imminent labor. In fact the doctor thought I'd still hit my original due date of the 21st. Tuesday I started having some contractions but I figured they were just more of the normal false labor ones I'd been having. By evening they were getting very uncomfortable and closer together. I finally started timing them and while I wasn't sure this was true labor, I thought maybe I'd better go to the hospital anyway.
NightGryphon got off work at 11pm and was back at the hotel about 10 minutes later. We piled in the truck and took off down the road. By this time the contractions were about 3 minutes apart. I was driving so naturally I took advantage of my condition to put on my emergency flashers and do 80 whenever I could, and ran a lot of red lights (safely, I might add, I did slow down to see if anyone was coming).
We got to the hospital and were admitted around 11:45 or so. They took me back and started prepping me. They asked if I wanted an epidural and of course I said yes because I was primarily having back labor. If you haven't had any experience with this (such as being a guy ) back labor is really, really painful, moreso than "normal" labor.
They checked me and I was about 2 cm dilated. They called my doctor to see if she wanted me to stay. Well DUH. Things moved pretty fast after that. I remember they gave me an IV and gave me a little bit of something to take the edge off. But after they left me alone for a couple minutes to do something or other, I started feeling like I had to push. Not a good sign when your doctor isn't even there yet.
So I told them so. And they told me "Don't push, you have to wait for the doctor."
Going against instinct, especially one like labor, is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. It's like being under water and being told to breathe.
I held on as long as I could. As soon as the doctor showed up, I said "Glad you could make it!" and Serenity was out maybe 2 minutes later, at 1:58 AM.
No time for an epidural so I accidentally got what I wanted - a drug-free birth. It wasn't as bad as I thought, and honestly I feel fantastic now, where my previous births had a lot of recovery time. The only reason we had to stay in the hospital so long was because she lost some weight and had some jaundice and they wanted to make sure she was gaining again before they released her.
So to recap: Serenity Grace Halbrooks, 7lbs 11oz, 20.5in, 3/13/13 at 1:58 am.
Congratulations! She's beautiful! I had my daughter early as well. Christmas day to be exact. She weighed 1lb 10oz. She's doing great, still in the hospital and up to 5lbs 13oz. I am hoping to have her home in 2 or 3 weeks.