After watching Saturday night live, with my hubby and my parents, who happened to come up for the weekend, I went to bed. Around 1:20 a.m. I was awakened by a warm rushing sensation that only became moreso when I stood up. Well, even having never experienced this before, I was 100% sure what this meant. My water had broken!
Now, what I didn't know is how things would progress, or what to expect. I called my hospital's OB floor, and they said since I was a first time mom, I should try to get some rest and keep an eye on contractions, call back if things began to progress.
I was so excited, and also not sure what would happen next. What if I was one of those random few who have super fast first time labors? What would I do? I slept very sporadically that night, and in the morning we told my parents my water had broken, and we went into the hospital, at a leisurely pace. I was still not having contractions to speak of.
We arrived at the hospital and were given two choices, a little help for my cervix, and stick around, or go home, and anticipate for a whole 'nother day, and come back in the morning to check in again. We figured we were already there, and eager to meet our baby. And the fact that my midwife was speaking confidently of Cytotech gave me confidence where I'd normally be very leery.
So we began the Cytotech around noon, and for most of the day it was slow, slow going. 2 doses later, after my 8:30 p.m. dose, things really got rolling. My midwife was planning to come back and check me at 12, but that never happened. By then I was experiencing contractions coming in couplets, and soon to be right on top of each other. There was nearly no downtime. Being my first time in labor, I had no concept of how much further I had to go, but I was beginning to think, "I've got to tell these nurses I need some relief!" The nurses and my husband kept me comfortable and motivated as much as possible, and I went to another place mentally just working and breathing through each contraction. Although I had intended to try out the tub for labor and birth, my body had other plans! Around 1:30 I began to feel with my contractions an uncontrollable need to push. I told the nurses I felt like I needed to push, and they were quick to find my midwife, who I still hadn't seen for a check in. She checked me out and said, yup, you're ready! She could feel his head in the birth canal. I said, "How much longer?" She said, "10, 15 minutes?"
Then, I knew it was go time. I could DO this! And it did take just 10 minutes of pushing and with the help of the staff and my super husband, Rheiner was in the world!
Here he is!