Emmeline Grace was born February 17, 2012 at 4:41 am weighing 6 lbs 15 oz and measuring 19″ long. She apparently couldn’t wait to be in Mommy’s arms because my labor from start to finish was just 2 hours 41 minutes! We made it to the hospital just in time. I was induced a week late with Ellie and never felt a single contraction and so with this pregnancy I really wanted the experience of going naturally. I wanted to experience the excitement and uncertainty of going into labor when my baby was good a ready. I wanted to feel my first real contraction. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it all naturally.
And I did.
I can’t say that I was one of those zen Moms giving birth all peacefully, but I did it my own way and let’s just say I’m thankful that my labor was super fast!
I had my first contraction at 2am and from the start my contractions were lasting 1.5 – 3 minutes each and coming every 3-4 minutes. I thought I was maybe timing them incorrectly since usually labor is a slow progression that builds up. I had planned on laboring at home for as long as I could before heading to the hospital to avoid as much “intervention” as possible, but after an hour and a half of consistently strong and close contractions, we called my Dr. and she told us to come in asap. We left the house around 3:30 am.
We arrived at the hospital around 4am. Checked into triage (7cm and 100% effaced!), monitored, sent to labor and delivery, and by the time they had my heplock/IV in, I was dilated to 10 and my body was already pushing the baby out. It’s pretty amazing what our bodies are designed to do. I felt panicked and was in so much pain, but my body was doing everything that it needed to do and I just had to give in to it. It still amazes me when I think back on Emmeline’s birth.