Wow.... Well, the last time I sat at my computer it was about 4am and I was trying to decide when to go to the hospital. Who knew that I was only hours - less than 3 hours - away from meeting this amazing little blessing!!!!!
Let's just say that little Nicole will have a great story for her baby book! Talk about fast.... seriously, my first contractions were at midnight. By 3:30 I knew I was in labor, by 4:30 Tom was getting everything ready to go and by 5:30, Natalie was here to stay with Megan. We got to the hospital and I knew I was "in trouble". Seriously at 4am my contractions were 5 minutes apart and starting to intensify. By 5 I was ready to go get my epidural. On the way to the hospital my contractions went from 3-5 minutes apart to 1-2 minutes apart. Tom and I always joked about having a Hwy 400 baby... let's just say, Thank Goodness it was very early on Saturday morning and we didn't get stopped by traffic. When I crawled into my hospital bed at 6:15 I knew I was in trouble because my contractions were every minute but they told me my epidural was on the way and that the baby still had to drop before I could deliver her.....
Well, a minute later my water broke and let's say she rode the wave and at that point all I know is that everyone in the room was repeating - don't push, your midwife is on the way. Don't push, she's almost here. Don't push, she's in the hospital.... As for me.... I was just huffing and puffing like those crazy labor video's trying to get through each contraction without pushing. At one point I thought... oh my gosh, Tom is going to miss this, I hope he finds a parking space. The happiest moment was when my Midwife walked in, threw her purse on the couch, donned a gown and delivered Nicole - in about 2 minutes. No joke! Talk about crazy.
So why did I wait so long to go to the hospital..... well - I think my foot has a stress fracture. I'm blaming it on the foot!! I was afraid I'd go and be in the early stages of labor and they'd make me walk the hospital for hours --- that's what happened with Megan when my water broke. And I just couldn't walk on my foot. I just waited a little too long. :^)
But if you are going for a natural birth... that was the way to go - 6 hours and 50 minutes from start to finish! And I will say my recovery at the hospital was a lot easier and quicker than with the epidural. And to be honest - I didn't know she was 9 lbs 2 oz till later. Holy Cow - I needed to get it in writing when they kept telling me she wasn't as big as I was afraid she was!
Now that the story is out there... here are a few pictures of our family of 4!
Megan LOVES being a big sister!