It’s 1am. I wake up and have to pee. Definitely having a contraction. Take one step and feel a gush. Another step, another gush. I waddle my way to the bathroom. Who knew there could possibly be so much liquid that would come out uncontrollably? I’m so glad I was in the privacy of my own home as my water broke.
The contractions started coming fast and furious. They definitely hurt more than any I’d had before. What they say is true, you’ll know when the contractions are “real”. What they never told me, however, was that the gush I felt didn’t stop gushing. I tried to stand up, I gushed. I tried to go back to the bedroom. I gushed. Finally I made my way back to the bedroom and said those words I’ve been waiting to say: “Honey, I think my water just broke.” Like any good husband, Benjamin, now wide awake, said to me, “ok, I think we should go back to bed.” But I wasn’t so sure. So I called the doctor and gave her all my info. I expected her to say that we could labor at home until the contractions were unbearable, but instead, she told us to get our butts to the hospital.
We showered, finished packing, and gave Schnitzel a kiss goodbye before heading to the hospital in our new car (with a trash bag lining the passenger seat). We arrived at the hospital and labor really began. They don’t call it labor for nothing, folks; it’s hard and it hurts. Since my water had broken, they didn’t want to do an exam for awhile due to the risk of infection. My plan was to hold out until 5cm before getting an epidural, but without getting checked, I held on for as long as I could. I reached my pain threshold and asked for an epidural. We were shocked at how quickly this was all happening. I got the epidural around 4:30am and it was a breeze. Then the doctor did an exam and, lo and behold, I was 6cm dilated. I was pretty proud of myself for making it that far.
Since then, Benjamin and I have been resting. Well, Benjamin has been sleeping and I have laboring quietly and relatively comfortably (thanks to the epidural). If everything progresses according to plan, I should be fully dilated by 10am. We’ll be sure to update more throughout the day, but we’re hoping to see our baby’s cute little face by lunch time!
UPDATE: Just had another exam. 9cm at 9:00am. Baby should be coming soon!