labor even thinking about occuring. I fall asleep and wake up at 3am to
contractions but even then I wasn’t sure if it was contractions. I was
having a dream when I woke up and I felt like the contractions were
occuring only during certain parts of my dream. They weren’t very
painful and were spaced out so I also just thought maybe I had to go to
the bathroom and was having poop cramps. (Sorry if that is TMI but I’m sharing it all.) So
I get up and go to the bathroom and well… things happened so I
thought I was in the clear and back to bed I went. I fell back asleep
for a short time and then woke back up and realized that I was indeed
having contractions. They still weren’t real steady but they were
getting stronger. I felt like I had to go to the bathroom again and so
off I went. I sat there and realized I was definitely in labor and my
body was definitely preparing itself by cleaning itself out. Joy!!
THINK it was during this time that my water broke but I am not positive.
During one push, I felt a gush and heard a trickle and thought, “Was
that pee or did my water just break?” No other water came out and it
wasn’t coming out at all once I was up and about so I totally forgot
about it. I finally managed to get back to bed right before 4.
Contractions were getting a little worse and I knew I had to wake up
Travis. I woke him up and said “So, I think we need to get up and pack. I
am in labor. But don’t panic we have time.” HAHAHA… yeah, little did I
know right! And yep, we weren’t packed yet. I totally felt that we had
more time and we were going to pack that weekend.
wakes up and is all about packing. I asked him if he had a stop watch
because I wanted to time the contractions. We time between contractions
and it was about 3 minutes and 15 secs. apart. We start packing and I have to stop and start as
my contractions hit. I mention that having a natural childbirth is for
the birds and people are crazy that do it. HAHAHA- yet again! I am
trying to pack as fast as I can and can’t. I have Travis time my
contractions again about 5 to 10 mins after the first time and my
contractions were already just over a minute apart and getting much
stronger. I was having really bad back labor and so every time a
contraction hit, I had to stop what I was doing to breath. At one point
during the packing, I had to go to the bathroom once again and had to
quickly sit down as my body cleaned itself out a little more. At that
time, the “bloody show” decided to appear as well. It was getting closer
to 4:30 am at this point and Travis was running around the house grabbing
things. He comes back up to the room and he says he gonna go start the
truck and I told him he had to go wake my parents up to tell them we are
this point and I was in a lot of pain with the back labor. My parents
quickly came into our room and I could barely do anything because the
contractions were coming so fast. I was trying to grab a few last minute
things I knew I would need and my parents were throwing them in our
bag. I couldn’t do anything and had to keep having someone rub my back
during a contraction. My parents kept saying “you have to go!” and I
just remember thinking I am trying!
the steps and Travis was taking everything out to the vehicle. I said I
wanted our good, big camera and asked my dad to run upstairs and get it.
He ran up and came back down and I was in so much pain and having
pressure. I thought I had to poop once again and said “I have to go to
the bathroom… MOVE!” It was probably 4:50 if not a minute or two later
at this point. I run into the bathroom and everyone said… “Don’t push
her out!” I sat there and was like ok, I’m fine. My mom asked how I was
and I said I was fine. Then suddenly a contraction hit and my body took
over the pushing on its own. I freaked and yelled, “Oh, god! I can’t
stop pushing!” I reached down and felt her head right there. My mom ran
into the bathroom and I said again, “I feel her head.” so mom yelled to
call 911 and that we were going anywhere. I remember hearing Travis on
the phone with the 911 operator and I managed to get up after that and walk out
of the bathroom. As soon as I stepped out, another contraction hit and
my mom yelled to my dad to help get me to the couch. I then said “Screw
the couch, lay me right here on the floor.” and I pretty much just went
straight to the ground.
becoming a blur. I remember still hearing Travis talking to the
operator, everyone running around the house grabbing pillows, blankets,
and towels as I just lay there on the floor. I had my shoes and pants
and everything on so I do remember yelling at my mom to take everything
off. Travis had to check if he could see the head and at that moment, he
didn’t. Pretty much the next contraction after that, I had to push,
though everyone told me not too, my body again took over. I then just
remember pushing and letting out a scream as her head came out. Travis
was on the phone still going over all the steps as my mom was down
there. The 911 operator told Travis to run and find a string to tie
around the umbilcal cord when she came out so he took off upstairs. My
mom then discovered that her cord was around her neck and yelled to
Travis to tell the operator. I remember talking about when to push her
body out because I felt like it was taking forever for the next
contraction to happen. Next thing I knew, the contraction hit, and out
she came! BTW, the cord upwound itself as she slid out at 457 am into my
mom’s arms. Travis tied the string, actually a boot lace he ripped off
his work boots, around the cord and then we waited for the EMTS.
was on the phone with the 911 operator for a total of 4 minutes and 35
seconds. That was from the time he called until the EMTs actually showed
up and she was out for a good minute or two before the EMTs arrived so
that just shows how fast and ready she was to come. The EMTS come in, 6
guys- 3 EMTS, 3 Firemen, and they were totally disappointed she already
arrived. They did what they needed to do, and after a little bit they
loaded Sadie and I up into the ambulance and off we went to the hospital
on post. The 3 firemen actually stayed back and cleaned up the whole
mess for us and took any of the blankets and towels that were too nasty.
So happy they did that for us! And the 911 operator and the LT. that
arrived, even called us a few days later to see how we both were doing.
So nice of them!
still had to come out so that was the first thing that was taken care
of. And for anyone that plans on having a natural childbirth, that
process was much worse than the labor and delivery itself, granted Sadie
was a lot smaller than Miss P and I didn’t rip at all like I did with Miss P, but the whole pushing on my stomach to make sure all of the
placenta and umbilcal cord came out was SOOOOOOOOOOOO PAINFUL!!! And she
did it 3 or 4 times in a row. AHHHH!!