Wednesday, September 5, 2012
hal's birth story
On Thursday afternoon, my contractions were starting to feel "real," but I didn't get too excited. I asked my mother in law to take the kids for a while so I could go for a walk and pray and get a few things ready. Charlie picked up the kids on the way home from work, we ate dinner, put the kids to bed... usual things. Contractions were getting closer together and a little stronger. Around 10pm, I told Charlie to go to bed. I tried to lay on the couch and watch a movie, but my contractions were becoming stronger and very distracting. Then I had some bleeding and knew that this was probably the real thing. I walked around, cleaned, packed, got presents ready for the other three kids... stopping every 5 minutes for contractions.
The birthing center is in Savannah (one hour from our house). I was trying to lean forward in the car and work through the contractions (and by "work through" I mean "scream"). Charlie hadn't had breakfast and knew it would be a long day so naturally he stopped by the McDonald's drive thru... disgusting. He got me a plain biscuit that I took 2 bites of and then almost threw up because of the waxy film it left on the roof of my mouth. Anyhoo, we made it to the birthing center. The midwife checked me and said I was between 7 and 8cm dilated. I just burst out in laughter and said, "that is such good news! Thank you!" Then back to contracting and screaming.