This morning, I woke up to the horrible feeling that I was wetting the bed. Only it didn't stop. So, at 2 a.m., I woke up Kaleb to tell him that my water broke. I think we were both pretty much in shock at that point. We got to the hospital around 3 a.m. where we spent 3 hours convincing them that my water really did break. We got into a room at 6, and both our families were able to make it there during that time, praise God! I still wasn't having any contractions and I wasn't dilated anymore at 9, so they started me on pitocin. Wow. That stuff is brutal. I was really worried because I know the horror stories about it, especially when the mother is trying to deliver naturally with no epidural. They were pretty true! I have never been in that much pain in my life. Around 12 they offered me some nubane, but said that Kam had fallen asleep and they needed his heart rate to get back up before they could give me any. I took it when his heartrate went back up around 1. So I didn't do it totally without drugs. I was 6 cm at this time (I'd dilated 2 cm that hour). Around 1:30 I was considering an epidural. Our nurse checked me again and I was fully dilated! We got ready to start pushing...and at 2:16 our baby born entered this world!! He is 8 lbs 1 oz and 20 1/2 inches long. And BEAUTIFUL!!! He's got quite a bit of very dark hair and gorgeous coloring. He's also doing really great at nursing so far. We've been able to have 2 feedings and are due another one in about 30 minutes. We'll get to come home on Wednesday as long as everything continues to go smoothly.
I could not have done this without a) God for giving me the strength I needed to get through it, b) my amazing husband who wore himself out rubbing a hole in my back through every contraction. He NEVER ceases to amaze me. I love him so much!!! And c) my wonderful mama who gave me a crash course in Lamaze and helped me breathe through the worst pain I've ever felt!! There is absolutely no way I could've done this without them.
Now I'm going to rest my eyes for a bit until they bring Kam in to feed again. I will post pictures tomorrow!!