All five of my labors began and ended the same way...fast and intense...but the stories may get long!! (Sorry!!)
My DH and I were working on the nursery during the evening of November 21, 1997 with my parents. As my parents left to stay with my sister, my mom said that I had the labor "look"; I thought, "whatever", because I had no contractions or any other sign (other than my dropped belly)...DH and I went to sleep at about 11:30 or so, and all was good. I awakened to use the toilet at about 5:30 a.m. on November 22, when I felt a pretty strong pain. Since it was my first, I wasn't sure whether I just pulled a muscle or what. When the "pain" came back 3 minutes later, and 2 minutes later, etc. for about 15 minutes, I figured out that this must be labor. My intuition told me I better call the doctor and check in. As I spoke to the doctor, she could tell that I was having pretty intense contractions, so she told me to come in ASAP, just in case.
When we reached the hospital at about 6:30 a.m., I was at 3 centimeters; we thought I had a long way to go. HOWEVER, within about 20 minutes I was no longer able to sit properly; I felt a HUGE amount of pressure. The nurse reluctantly checked me again--her eyes got very large when she discovered Samreen's very hairy head practically crowning!! The doctor was just getting to the hospital...they told me "DON"T PUSH!!!" The urge was SO STRONG, my body just began pushing, and just as Samreen's head came out, the doctor came in and literally caught her. The poor doctor had no time for the mask, had only one glove on...my water had not ruptured, so as Samreen's head emerged the doctor got an amniotic shower!! The doctor was shocked at the speed for a first time mama! ONE PUSH, and Samreen was in the world! My mom got to see the whole thing, with big eyes. The doctor joked about putting a birthing bucket in our car...
I did tear a bit, and Samreen was born at 6:57 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, 1997, only about 25 minutes after reaching the hospital. No epidural, nothing...but it was great!! She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Samreen had a full head of black hair...long hair!! She is my pride and joy. I trust my intuition!!
I was very surprised to be pregnant again in January 1999; I was still nursing Samreen, and despite using BC (condoms), I conceived again! I was thrilled though!! Very early in the pregnancy my doctor told me she wanted to induce this labor to control the speed; they wanted to make sure I was didn't have an UNPLANNED home/highway birth!! We set the induction date for September 22, 1999 (a day before my due date). Mariam had very different plans. On September 21 I started to have "bloody show", and I knew things may happen. I called the doctor, and she said to come in; let's induce today instead. I wasn't having contractions yet, but I packed up and left with DH. Literally as we were 1/2 way to the hospital, I had my first contraction. It lasted for almost 2 minutes; then I had another, and another...I got to the hospital, and I was 5 centimeters dilated. From the last experience, we knew how fast I could get to 10. The doctor scrubbed in, and Mariam was on her way. Again, one push and here she was. Mariam had a 95th percentile head, but it didn't matter...here she was. My water splashed as she came out. Mariam was born on Tuesday, September 21, 1999 at 12:56 p.m.; she weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. She had a headful of hair. We were in the hospital for 1/2 hour before she was born...no meds again...That's OK, she's my life too...My mom walked in just as Mariam was born.
Raabia was my most active baby inside...non-stop!! She always kept me awake at night with her acrobatic movements!! I wondered if she would be a gymnast; wouldn't you know that she's my most flexible little girl??? Raabia was my only baby to be born in the evening. My parents were visiting us again, and my labor started at about 6 p.m. My in-laws were on their way to a dinner; we didn't know I would start my sprint of contractions, so we had to call them to come back. Since it was a Saturday evening, several of our neighbors were outside; we got a nice send-off!! Silly DH was carrying on a conversation with our next door neighbor, when his wife cut him off by saying "we're not delivering your baby...get going!!" You'd think DH would be trained by now...
We loaded up and headed off to the hospital at about 7 p.m.; the same scenario played out. I was dilated to about 5-6 centimeters, and before we knew it, Raabia was here. She was born at 7:28 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2001. I will always remember how she stared at me for what seemed like hours; her big brown eyes were so beautiful! She was my peanut, weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces; she was 20 inches long and loaded with hair...my little active baby inside is my most active baby outside too!!
Never had I thrown up as much as I did with Aminah!! I found out I was pregnant in the doctor's office (I was there to have my ovarian cyst looked at), and my doctor asked me about my LMP; yes, I was 2 days late. I am NEVER 2 days late...unless...well, you know the rest. I was on Zofran for much of the first half of my pregnancy; I threw up so much that I landed in the hospital at 8 weeks to be rehydrated. FUN! Oh well, it's worth it to me. My doctor was terrified of my labor; she was a different doctor, and she read my medical records. She did not like to induce, so thankfully it was never an option unless necessary. On November 5, 2003, the day before my due date, I was peacefully sleeping when I woke up with another of my monster contractions. DH and I knew the drill, get up and get going. My dad just had triple bypass surgery, so my parents weren't at our house this time. My in-laws stayed with us, so we told them we were going, and left. We reached the hospital at 3:00 a.m., and I was at 3 centimeters. The poor nurse assigned to me was brand new, so DH and the doctor warned her to NOT LEAVE THE ROOM!! I did cord-banking with Aminah, so it was really important for them to be there...as we all predicted, Aminah made her appearance at 3:32 a.m. on November 5, 2003. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, had a 95th percentile head (sound familiar?), and was 20 inches long. The only difference was that although my water did NOT break again (she was born 1/2 way when it ruptured) there was meconium. Aminah had to go to the NICU for a few hours for observation...she was fine, and we got her back. It was scary though...she had peach fuzz hair...strange for my kids!! She's a very laid-back daughter...and a joker! She is a riot!
This pregnancy had two small complications; I surpirisingly developed Gestational Diabetes (diet controlled); I was surprised because I am very underweight and there is no family history of diabetes. Just another pregnancy mystery I guess... Yasmeen also had a SUA (single-umbilical artery), also known as a two-vessel cord. Thankfully, neither issue caused any problems (other than months of worry by me)...Contractions have a funny habit of waking me up, this time at 2:55 a.m. They were on top or each other, so DH and I got ready and left...quickly. My parents and DH's parents were all here...it takes a village...
We arrived at the hospital at 3:25 a.m. February 3, 2006, and I was 6-7 centimters dilated with a bulging bag of water...it didn't break though!! Yasmeen was born at 3:41 a.m., with the doctor flying into the room (another new doctor for us), and me with the hospital gown literally thrown on my front...I have yet to have one completely put on... Because of my multiple tears, I have a warzone in my perinium...Anyway, Yasmeen was 6 pounds, 11 ounces and 20 inches long. Oh yeah, by the way...the doctor wanted to induce me later that same day due to my gestational diabetes and SUA...Yasmeen said...Uh-UH!!! She was born with a massive amount of black hair, and she is a joy to have in our troops!!
I am so greatful to have had 5 healthy pregnancies, 5 full-term healthy girls; we have truly been blessed again and again. Thanks for reading my novel!!