37 weeks and 1 day
We had our last childbirth class on Tuesday. I am so glad that we took the classes, I think it made both of us more prepared for what to expect in the hospital and afterwards. I would suggest them to all first time parents. I think I finally got the nursery all done. I can't believe I am so close to the end. I have to go the doctor today. I have been having some BH contractions off and on and this week I seem to be having some clear discharge. Guess that is my body gearing up.
37 weeks and 1 day
I had my 37 week appt. Weight was 156 pounds, same as last week. I am measuring fine and babys heart rate was in the 150s. The doctor said my discharge was normal and the pain I am feeling down low is normal, it is the ligaments stretching. I asked him how big he thought that she was and he guessed 6 pounds and 2 oz. I am also group B strep positive so that means I will have to get some antibiotics in the hospital.
38 weeks and 2 days
I had my doctors appt this morning. I am 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced. I was actually surprised, I really didn't think anything was happening. Babys heartrate was in the 140s. My blood pressure was good and my weight was 154 pounds. I actually lost 2 pounds in the last week. I have my next appt on Wednesday.
Well Katie is a week old already, today was my actual due date. I thought it was time to write up my birth story.
September 12th, the day I will never forget and one of the happiest in my life. I had to work 7 to 1 that day and then I had a doctors appt at 2:30. I woke up before the clock went off, about 5:30 with some contractions but I really didn't think it was the real thing because I had been having some BHs in the days before. I lied there and tried to time them to see if they were regular but they really were not. So at 6 I got up and got dressed for work. I didn't tell Fred about the contractions since I thought that they would just go away like they had before.
I got to work at 6:45 and still was having them so I started to write down the times they were coming. Then I went to the bathroom about 8:30 and had some bloody show. So I started to get excited and thought this really might be it. Luckily I work at the hospital that I was delivering at, so I went and asked my friend Stephanie if she wanted to take a trip up to OB with me.
So we walked upstairs and went back to L&D. I told them I was having some contractions so they took me into a room and I changed into a gown while they went to get my records. I wanted to hold off on calling Fred until I knew for sure this was it. They came in and hooked me up to the monitors and saw that I was having some regular contractions. About 9 they checked me and I was already at 4cm so today was going to be the day. I called Fred and told him he needed to come to the hospital that he was going to become a daddy today. I also called my mom.
Right after I called Fred Dr. W came in and broke my water. There really was not much that came out. Then the nurse came in and started my IV since I am GBS positive and had to get antibiotics. They also drew some blood. Then about 9:30 my mom got there and Fred and his mom were right behind her. I was already having to use some breathing to make it through the contractions at this point.
I was starting to really get uncomfortable at this point so I went into the bathroom and sat on the toilet which actually helped. About 10:30 they came in and hung the antibiotics. I continued to labor well with my breathing and such. Fred was such a great coach. Around 11 I was really having some good contractions so they came a checked me again and I was already at 7cm. The nurse said she could not believe I was a first time mom going so fast. The nurse was great and in the beginning asked me how I wanted to manage pain. I was always said that I was not totally against pain medications or epidurals but I wanted to really try to go all natural. I also knew if I could make it to 7cm that I was almost there. She never once asked me if I wanted pain meds.
So now I was really hurting and Fred was right there in my face telling me to breath and keeping me concentrated. I felt like I was losing control and I could not handle it. He was so reassuring and kept telling me I was almost there and I could do it. I started to get the urge to push about 12:30. They came in and checked me again and I was at a 10.
It felt so good to be able to push. So they had me push a few times to see how I would do. They said the baby was down low and it would not take long. They had to continue to push with the contractions and about 12:45 Dr. A came in. I kept pushing with all my might. Then at 12:59 pm Katherine Elizabeth entered the world. The doc asked Fred if he wanted to cut the cord, which he did not so I cut it myself. I could not believe that she was here. Her apgars were 9 and 9. They lied her on my chest for a while then took her to clean her and assess her. I had a small episiotomy that the doc repaired. The antibiotics were not in my system long enough so they also had to take some blood from Katie.
They brought her back to me and we put her on the breast. The nurse went and got my mom and mother in law. I felt so much better and I was so proud of myself for going drug free and all natural. The nurses could not believe that I went drug free, evidently I was the talk of the day. I could not have done it without Fred's support. I have never had such a exciting experience in my life. I feel so blessed.