Monday morning, the 16th, at 6 AM I woke up to a really strong contraction. I had been having contractions on and off for the past 3 to 4 weeks but none of them had been extremely painful or regular. Dom and Ollie were still sleeping so I got up, got my computer, and went into Ollie's room to start working! If I was having the baby that day, I was determined to get as much work done as possible before we left for the hospital.
I decided to take a shower, shave my legs, put away the laundry, clean the kitchen, and put on my make up – you know all the important things – and track my contractions to see if anything changed. When things weren't progressing, we decided to take Ollie to the playground. The walk to the playground and back definitely intensify the contractions and I started leaking small amounts of fluid. However, I still wasn't convinced that my contractions were intense enough to be considered active labor.
They started tracking my contractions at the hospital, but because I was not in intense pain, they weren't really sure what to do with me! They decided to determine whether or not the fluid I was leaking was amniotic fluid or just regular pregnancy nonsense. For a two hour period, they ran multiple tests and the fluid kept coming back inconclusive to whether or not my water had indeed broken! Finally, at 2 PM my doctor decided that due to my dilation and the fact that my water might have broken, they were going to go ahead and break my fore-bag of water and get active labor started. I was admitted to L&D at 2:55pm. They think my water was leaking slowly and just needed help rupturing.
After 30 minutes I asked from an epidural, but apparently three of us asked for the epidural at the same time! It took a solid 45 minutes before I was able to get the epidural. Those 45 minutes were brutal because as soon as I decide to ask for the epidural I thought my pain would stop. I wasn't expecting to feel contractions for another 45 minutes!
With Oliver, my epidural was a spinal tap so it took effect immediately. I lost feeling and mobility in my entire lower half as soon as the tap was in. This time, the epidural was one that slowly seeped into my system. I'm not sure what it was called, but I had a button I pushed to re-dose myself. Because this wasn't my experience with my first, I was convinced that the epidural didn't take effect! I was pretty mean to the anesthesiologist telling her that she didn't do it correctly! I was expecting pain to cease completely as soon as I got the epidural, but instead I was still feeling contractions at about 90% intensity. Dom even scolded me to "stop being such a brat"!
When his head came out, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. They untied the cord but then one of his shoulders got stuck behind my pelvic bone. Thankfully I didn't feel this part! Dom said it was a scary few seconds as they repositioned him to get his shoulder freed. This little hiccup did a number on me, and I definitely felt it in the recovery phase.
Clark was born at 5:48 pm at 9.5oz and 20in!