I’m watching Swamp People.
My last day at work was May 14, and everyone told me that almost everyone will pass their due date with their first pregnancy. My due date was May 28, and so I figured, the 14th, being my last day at work, I would probably get a few weeks to rest and just do nothing. My mom was flying in on the 20th, so I figured we would just hang out and shop (of course). But on the night of the 21st, I started feeling weird. Cramps. So I told my mother, but didn’t tell babes, I figured it was probably just false labour, and I didn’t want to excite him for nothing. I know him and I knew that he wouldn’t be able to sleep and he wouldn’t go to work the next day, he would be too worried to leave me. And it could be nothing, I could go another week or two before anything happens. But the cramps started getting closer and closer, so I thought, maybe I should shower…just in case. As I was getting out of the shower, it happened. My water broke, but it wasn’t like the movies, a big gush. It was just a trickle down my leg. OK, maybe we should go to the hospital and see what’s going on.
We got there and we were lucky, there was no one there. They took me right away. I was dilated , 1 cm. They also did a test to see if my water did break (I don’t remember what test they did or why), and sure enough, yup, my water did break. and because my water broke, I could either stay at the hospital or come back home. We didn’t know if it was going to go fast or slow. So we stayed…. and I walked up and down the corridor. It ws a long night, and I wasn’t progressing. Anyway, they induced me and I wanted to go as far as I could without pain meds. HA! That didn’t last too long. First, I tried the gas. Oh my gawd! I hated it. I hate not being in control of my body and the gas made me feel, well drunk. Out of it. Hated it. So no, not for me. I ended up having an epidural. OUCH! Holy hell. Getting it hurt, but once it was in. Aaaawwwwwwwwww. Fast forward a bit… push push push… she wasn’t coming out. We ended up having to use the forceps. That was scary. They brought in a couple teams of doctors, in case something was to happen. I think one team was for her brain, with the forceps, there was a chance that her brain could swell, and I don’t remember why the other team was there. Luckily, we didn’t need them.
I had told the doctors that I wanted to help pull her out of me once her head and shoulders were out, and they let me. I just grabbed her under her armpits and gently pulled her out of me. VERY cool. My nurse said she had never had someone ask for that. So she is out now, I have her in my arms and I just want to hear her scream/cry out. And then I hear it. Best sound ever. I have my beautiful baby in my arms, she is healthy and me and babes … and my mom are just balling. Can’t stop crying. Tears of joy, of course.
Our little girl was here, she weighed 6.2 pounds. So you would think the hard part was over right? I mean, I just pushed out a human out of my vagina.
Everything was going ok. She lost a bit of weight so they kept us another night. Good thing because in the middle of the night, I woke up to feed her and I felt like my eye was swelling, when the nurse came I told her, and she said it was nothing, well 4 hours later, the left side of my face was swollen. Only the left side. They gave me all kinds of meds, and nothing helped. By noon, it was in my throat, I was having a hard time swallowing, the doctor came in and showed her. She quickly got some epinephrine and thank god that help.
So what was supposed to be a 24-48 hours stay at the hospital ended up a 5 night stay. But we were lucky. We walked out of the hospital all healthy.
She is now 10 months, and she has got to be the cutest little girl EVER! My gosh, she is so cute…. Everything about her makes me so happy. The smile she gives me when she looks at me. Her laugh, everything.
The love I have for her is like no other. People will tell you, you don’t know love until you have children, and you think, ya ok, sure, whatever. But, man … is that ever true. 150%. Best feeling in the world.