We finally left at about 11:20 a.m. The contractions were about 2 minutes apart the whole way to the hospital. I remember calling my mom and telling her we were going to the hospital, and I remember calling the diaper service and telling them I was in labor and would need service soon. Contractions would come and I would say, "Gotta go! Bye!" At one point I undid my seat belt and jumped across the seat and bit my husband on the shoulder. I just had to be on all fours!
SO we got to the hospital at 11:45 a.m. and I walked up the stairs. The nurses were surprised I was still walking and not taking the elevator. I just kept hearing in my head "keep walking." They then checked me and I was 6 cm! They kept me hooked up to the stupid monitor the whole time. I so needed to walk and bend over, but no, I had to stand there. The nurse kept saying "I've got to get a reading on your baby..." I was getting so mad at her. They couldn't get a reading because I was moving so much, and each time I moved they lost the baby's heart beat. I knew the baby was fine. I just wanted to be off that stupid thing. She was just starting to get the portable one out at this point.
I was bending forward a little leaning on my husband, and my friend would push on my back with each contraction.
Then I felt the urge to poop. The nurse went, "Oh dear!" Then I said, "No, I need to push!"
I laid down and starting pushing. I probably pushed through 10 good contractions, and little Hannah's head came out! Her cord was wrapped tightly around her neck. The midwife acted fast and cut it off (oh and by the way, she got there just as I started my first push). Hannah let out a little scream, and then they placed her on my chest!
We didn't know she was a girl yet, and the nurse was wiping her off. My husband couldn't tell. He had to move the cord and blanket out of the way, and he exclaimed "It's a girl!" My mom and Grandma had been there watching the whole thing...and they were thrilled! I will never forget seeing the look on their faces! What a happy moment!
I had a minor tear but it was really jagged to it took the midwife forever to sew me up! I bled a ton. (they say fair women bleed more...hmm). I also got a big bruise. It was pretty painful but it's all healed up now! I had a huge adrenaline rush afterwards, it was so great! Hannah nursed and nursed right away. This helped me keep my mind off the stitching but I was still a little nervous.
Hannah was 7 pounds 2 ounces. I'm so glad I had such a quick labor at the hospital. I think I was in labor for quite a while but just didn't know! I'm so thankful I did it without drugs. I so wanted a natural childbirth and I did it!
The whole experience was an amazing one -- such a miracle from Jesus. I'm so thrilled to have my little girl, Hannah Grace!
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