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I guess it started on Monday morning. I woke up at about 6:30am with light pink spotting (bloody show) and bits of mucous plug. I was in a really irritable mood because I had been having irregular (and sometimes regular, but only for about 45ish minutes at a time) contractions for about a week and a half off and on. I kept getting excited each time that happened that "this is it" when it never was so when I went to my mother's house that afternoon, told her about the bloody show and watched her get so excited and tell me, "it's going to be TONIGHT!" I just got more grouchy because this time I didn't believe it.<br><br>
I continued to spot and lost more mucous plug, gradually, all day long. Brian, Rowan and I went to a picnic with my mom and her church but I only stayed for a little bit because I was too hot and irritable.<br><br>
I'd been having my typical irregular type contractions all day and didn't really think anything of them. We went to my dad's and I walked up and down the stairs a few times just for kicks and had a few good contractions so around 8:00pm Brian, Rowan and I went on a walk to see if that might help things get a little more regular. The walk was nice, I had a few mild regular contractions but then as soon as the walk was over they want back to irregular. We decided to go to the video store and we rented a couple of movies, got home about 9:30.<br><br>
9:30 was when I'd say early labor started. Rowan was watching the movie, Barnyard. Brian was reading. I was being a huge nerd and playing WoW because we just re-loaded it. While I was playing the game I noticed I was having quite a few contractions and that they actually weren't going away. At that point I think they were probably about 20-30 minutes apart but coming regularly and I could definitely feel them, they felt sort of like mild menstrual cramps. This went on until about 11pm.<br><br>
At eleven Brian Rowan and I got in bed. I figured they would go away when I went to bed but they didn't. They stayed mild (pain wise) but I noticed the contractions were getting closer. The average was about 5 mins apart but I thought I'd start timing them and they were 5 minutes apart at the shortest and at the longest, 13 minutes. By midnight they started getting regular. Every 5-6 minutes, still feeling like menstrual cramping really down low. They really didn't hurt too bad at all but I decided that if they got worse and were that regular by 1am that I'd head to the hospital. At 1am they were still regular and maybe a teeny bit more painful so I woke up Brian. Between 12 and 1 I was up getting my bags ready and all of that. I was pretty sure she was on her way even though the cramping wasn't that intense. So at 1 I woke up Brian and told him, "We need to go to the hospital, I think I'm in labor." He got up and I woke up my dad and let him know we were leaving, that Rowan was in bed asleep and that I would call him when the baby was born.<br><br>
We got into the hospital at 1:30 and the contractions were still every 5 minutes but still just menstrual type pain. I was taken into triage and checked and told I was at 2 and a half centimeters. Active labor isn't until 4 centimeters so that's when they admit you at my hospital. So, since I was only at 2.5 centimeters I was skeptical and figured they might send me home. The nurse told me to walk around the halls for an hour and then come back and be re-checked to see if I'd made any progression. I started walking at 2:15am.<br><br>
While I was walking, my mom, Jessica (my sister) and Anthony (brother-in-law) showed up. The five of us walked together. This is when things really started to pick up practically out of nowhere. Anthony kept saying the most hilarious stuff that would crack me up and then I'd get a really strong contraction. For about the first 15 minutes of walking they were getting strong, but I could walk and talk through them. After that each contraction got stronger and stronger. My mom was timing them and they became an average of 3 minutes apart at that time (stayed that way until birth). I'd say it was probably around 2:45am where I'd stop and have to squat or bend over and really focus during a contraction. They were painful but not painful enough where I was making noise or anything, just focusing on breathing.<br><br>
At 3:15 I headed back to Triage to be checked. I was kind of thinking I'd probably be sent home and end up coming back in the afternoon because i didn't think I'd be at a 4 yet. I waited for awhile to be checked and had about 3 contractions that just WHAM, were intense. Ones I really had to moan through. I was pissed off because in Triage they make you be hooked up to the EFM and lie down which is the most UNCOMFORTABLE thing ever for a woman in labor. I was checked at 3:30am and told, "you're at a 4!" (hooray! active labor!) A hep lock was put in and my nurse brought me down to my room.<br><br>
I got settled into my room and the nurse brought me in a birthing ball to sit on while I leaned against some pillows on the bed. I thought maybe she'd be born late afternoon. This is when everything hit me like a ton of bricks. My first contraction on the birthing ball ripped through me and I had to groan really loudly through it. After this each contraction was 10 times worse than the previous, pain wise. My mom was applying counter pressure on my back whiched helped a little. after about an hour of this in the back of my head I started thinking about an epidural. I thought, "there is no way I can handle 10 or more hours of this, what the hell am I doing to myself?" I had maybe 2 more contractions that I was seriously yelling and sweating through and I told my mom, "I don't think I can do this, I think I need an epidural, I can't handle this much longer" (wish I had known Lila would be born in 20 minutes!) My mom was really against it and it was making me angry but I remembered I had TOLD her not to let me give up so I couldn't be too mad. I decided to have my dr check me and I said that if I was to a 7 I wouldnt get the epidural. I was at a 5.5...I asked for an epidural and I started bawling. I felt like such a failure and wondered why I couldn't handle the pain when so many other people can. I had 3 more contractions beforte the anestheisiologist came in. I was SCREAMING my way through them. I felt like my uterus was literally in a vice. About 5 minutes before the anestheistologist put the needle in I started puking and literally, honest to god did not think I was going to make it (as in I thought I was going to die) Oh how I WISH I had realised that I was in transition already. Did I mention I was at 5.5 centimeters only 3 contractions prior? (or so they say...my mother thinks they were lying because they knew I wouldn't get the epi if I was at a 7 or more. i really don't think my dr would do that but who knows..) Immediately after thinking I was going to die I felt the most intense urge to push that I'd ever felt in my life. I told my Dr and I don't think she believed me at all. The epidural had just gone in 2 seconds ago so I was still in agonizing pain, she checked me and in a shocked voice said, "you're complete, DONT PUSH!" Everyone started scrambling and getting everything ready. My mom told me to ignore them and push anyway so I did and I was told again, "DONT PUSH!" the nurse told me to pant so I did. Do you know how hard it is NOT to push when you NEED TO PUSH? I was so pissed off. My legs were shaking uncontrollably because my body NEEDED to push. After about 1 minute (which felt more like 10) I was "allowed" to start pushing because everything was ready. She crowned on the first push and I felt the "ring of fire" feeling. 4 more pushes and about 3 minutes later at 4:56am, Lila Jane made her appearance into he world. Pushing a baby out without any sort of pain management hurt a lot less than I expected. It stung a lot but was nothing compared to my contractions but then again I didn't tear, at all. The epidural kicked in 10 minutes AFTER she was born so I felt absolutely everything except the birth of the placenta and then I was numb from the waist down for about 3 hours for no damn reason, it sucked. I had no idea the pain was so intense because I was so close. I thought it was going to be like that for hours and in reality I was in transition. I don't think I'll ever get over that. My mom keeps joking that the epidural guy made a thousand bucks off me for nothing but me to be numb for 3 hours in recovery. We kept joking about my "recovery epidural". Everyone else gets vicodin and ibuprofen for recovery. I got a spinal block, hah.<br><br>
Birth without medication is amazing when it comes to recovery. It hurt so badly but really, the SECOND her body was out I felt wonderful. Until the epidural kicked in and then I felt like crap and like a moron for not realising the whole transition thing. So I can't tell you about the entire recovery and if that's great because I did have an epidural recovery, but it was great in the 10 minutes before I went numb <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
As for Lila, after she was born she did have a little trouble breathing because her birth was so rapid. It took a little bit to get her going but once she did she pinked up super fast, she was put naked, chest to chest with me to help regulate her breathing for about 15 minutes and it worked great. After that I put her to the boob and she just clamped on and started nursing like a mad woman. We all laughed, she latched on wonderfully from the beginning and has been a breastmilkaholic ever since (or colostrum really since my milk isn't totally in yet). She weighed 6lbs 14oz and was 19 inches long. She is a really good baby and mostly sleeps. So far she just cries when she wants to nurse (which is a lot and she REALLY lets you know!) .
 

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Lovely birth story...<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Recovery epidural....don't you just wish we could see 30 minutes into the future sometimes....<br><br>
Enjoy your sweet baby girl!!
 

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Loved your story. I know you are upset about the epi, but don't fret too much. You still had your natural BIRTH and totally felt your baby coming out and that is awesome. I'm glad she's a natural nurser that makes things so much easier!
 

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Wonderful birth story! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Thanks for sharing!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Loved your story. I know you are upset about the epi, but don't fret too much. You still had your natural BIRTH and totally felt your baby coming out and that is awesome. I'm glad she's a natural nurser that makes things so much easier!</div>
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thank you so much for saying that. i've been so bummed about "giving up". if only i had known i'd be pushing literally 2 seconds after that needle went in...i honestly thought i had hours of labor left to go. ah, well. i'm very thankful that everything was uncomplicated and that i have a healthy baby.
 

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Thak you for sharing the birth story. I like these even more now that I am on the 'other side'.
 

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Wow! What a great story. I am sorry that you are regretting the epi. You had NO way of knowing that you would go from 5 to complete in a matter of minutes and I bet going that fast was incredibly intense. Be gentle with yourself. You did the best you could with the information at hand. You got to feel her come out of your body naturally and you DID IT!!! It is great that she is nursing so well. Congratulations Mama!! I saw her pic in the other thread and she is just gorgeous!<br>
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What a great story!<br>
Like the others said, you had a fast, intense labor, and you pushed your baby out on your own, so you shouldn't regret getting the epi. You just couldn't know what was going to happen.<br>
Hope you are enjoying your babymoon.
 
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