Push It!

Tired but happy!

My encounters with strangers took on a whole new meaning when I arrived at the hospital July 6 at 10:30 PM with 1-minute contractions 5 minutes apart–Nubs, Jr. was busting out (finally since she was 5 days late)!

Sure, I’m used to my obstetric doctors examining me, but to be in a room full of male and female strangers with everything hanging out is quite an experience! Before going into a labor room they hooked me up to monitor the baby’s heartbeat and my contractions. A young male surgeon-in-training examined me first and said, “Wow, I think you are 8 cm dilated!”

“Really?” I remarked, surprised as I was only 2 cm dilated the day before when I went to the doctor. Being 8 cm  (out of 10) already worried me because I wanted the epidural. “Can I still get the epidural being this far along?”

“Sure,” he said. He then got his head surgeon to examine me for a second opinion before moving me to a labor room. At the time, my contractions hurt but were tolerable.

The surgeon arrived and I watched my husband look uncomfortably on as yet another man had to go spelunking. . . “You’re 2.5 cm dilated and about 80% effaced.”

That sounded more like it–I could tell the trainee was a bit embarrassed, but practice makes perfect, right? Anyhoo. . . basically I still had a long way to go.

Grandma wanted a 4th of July baby!

About four hours later I felt the most terrible pain I’ve ever felt in my life with contractions that were 2 minutes apart and I am not ashamed to say that I was so happy I had ordered the epidural early and was EAGER to get it at that moment!

After eating only ice chips and sleeping off-and-on for 7 hours, at 8 AM I told my nurse, “I’m ready to push!” Within seconds, the “labor squad” arrived and was encouraging me on. The room was dark and I could barely make out some of the faces looking at me, telling me, “Great job! Keep pushing!” It was an amazing moment.

At 8:28 AM, Ella Christine Wilson was born. Since then, we’ve been busy feeding, diaper changing, and napping around the clock for baby Ella. I’m looking forward to our future adventures together!

10 responses to “Push It!

  1. Congratulations!!!!!!
    Wow, that is one cute kid….

    The question know is: will you start writing about the baby encounters? Because I can testify to that: when kids come along – your whole world changes…..

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