At 8:15 am we went in for my doctor's appointment. He said I was 4 cm dilated and then he striped my membranes. I started having contractions as soon as we got in the car. I called the doctor back and they just wanted me to lie down and drink water. I did that for awhile, but the contractions we still coming every 10 minutes. So they had me go back to the office at 1:30 pm and I was now 5 cm so they sent me on to the hospital. A big THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Natalie for watching Emily until my mom got into town.
At the hospital they checked me and asked if I wanted an epidural --- for some reason I decided to be brave and said NO (since I didn't have one with Emily). Seriously??! Looking back, I realize there is no need to be brave because it is really, really going to hurt!! (I must have forgotten how much it hurt with Emily). So they broke my water at 3:20 pm and 4 contractions later I was begging for an epidural. Too late! It was soon time to start pushing. They hurried and set the room up and called the doctor and after 2 pushes she was here! So in the whole scheme of things, the pain didn't last too long. And once the pain was over, I had a sweet little girl to hold.
Picture on left - 3:25 pm (right after they broke my water)
Picture on right - 4:05 pm ( moments after she was born)
Picture on left - Sarah and I with Dr. McKenzie. He also delivered Emily and is my dad's fraternity brother.Picture on right - The proud papa (and great labor coach!) Did I mention he held the bed pan and held my hair back as I threw up during labor??! Thanks honey!