Tuesday, August 20, 2013

the birth story {part 1}

11 days past due.

Those four words kept replaying in my mind on Sunday night. Tomorrow will make me 11 days overdue. 

Would I wake up in the morning again a little bigger, but feeling as normal as I had today? Comfortable, like labor is still miles away?

I'd resigned myself to being pregnant until at least 42 weeks- just figuring somehow my body subconsciously wanted to beat every milestone. Hey, we'd made it to 41.5, might as well go for 42, right?

Telling strangers I was due 10 days ago was getting pretty entertaining after all. Judging by the wild reactions we were getting, going over a week "late" in pregnancy must nearly be impossible these days. :) It was almost funny to me, really, that I could still be pregnant. Kind of like playing a game of who could last the longest, and I was trying to win it. :D

That Sunday morning I'd started trying to make my plans for the next week- what days I'd work out, how I maybe could teach my regular fitness class this week to stay distracted. I felt okay about it all- I had this weird peace that I could make it a few more days. He will come eventually. He has to, or they'll induce me at some point.

But as I laid down in bed that very night, suddenly a wave of tiredness hit me, and I was crying to Jesus all over again. The tears just came and I kept telling Him I needed help to get through another day {I'm sure no surprise to either of us, considering that I had to tell Him that every single morning}. I told Him that night for the first time, Lord Jesus, I need to have this baby soon. I'm so tired, so ready- if it's your will, could I please have him tomorrow or really soon? I want to wait on you, I told Him, but I'm so ready to be done.

I fell asleep pretty easily after praying, and I woke up late the next morning to a hard, real contraction.

My first thought: now that doesn't ever happen in the morning.

I hopped out of bed, excited to feel and see other signs that my body was getting ready for the real thing.

I couldn't stop smiling all morning. I had a few random painful contractions before breakfast and it gave me hope. It might not be today, but it could be soon, I thought. :D Feeling pain is a very good thing when you're that pregnant.

I told my husband the "news" with a goofy grin, and he finished up some work he had to do that morning. We went to lunch with the kids, and the contractions completely disappeared. I was a little disappointed, but part of me expected it. I'd never gone into labor in the daytime, and I was probably just dehydrated that morning.

Rob went back to work, I took a nap, and woke up with a few contractions again, which promptly disappeared as I got up and moving again. But it gave me hope for Tuesday or Wednesday being the big day. It wasn't going to be forever!

We went walking later that evening- we did a 3 mile trail loop with the kids. At the end of the hour, I started having contractions again {hooray!}, but then as we went to eat that night they went back to being random, 20 minutes apart or more.

walking the trail with the family, a few hours before Zane was born...

We finally got home at 9:25, and I hopped in the bath around 9:30 as Rob read to the kids. I was hoping for labor to come in the middle of the night like it always had before, and wanted to see if I felt like it could be the morning so we could take the kids to my dad's house before they went to bed.

By 10:05ish, I'd had a few contractions in the bathtub which made me think labor might be tomorrow morning, but I still wasn't betting on it.

I got out of the bath, dried off, and told Rob I think we probably should take the kids just in case, because I didn't want to deal with them coming downstairs in the morning if I actually was in labor.

Within the time I got out of the bath and told Rob, and the time the kids were ready to go {10:15}, I had 3-4 really hard contractions.

I realized when I started hugging the stair post and plie squatting as the kids were telling me goodbye- these hurt like crazy, and they're ridiculously close together... and oh my goodness, this is painful. 

Rob intended me to go with him across town to drop off the kids, but I told him there was no way I was getting in a car with that much pain in my bottom.

I think the whole deep squatting thing and the look on my face must have freaked him out a little, because he loaded up the kids faster than they've ever gone anywhere before. Ava may or may not have been crying as they left, I don't even remember. I hugged the kids, and told them goodbye, and Rob kissed me and asked me if I was sure he should go.

I told him yes, I'll be fine. I'm sure it's nothing.

I figured he was being a little too paranoid about the whole thing- after all, these were going to slow down after I sat down, and we'd go to bed and have a baby tomorrow if we were lucky. 

I should have known he knew more about the laboring me than I knew about myself. ;)

After he left, my contractions started coming right on top of each other- and they were getting even harder. They came so fast I couldn't even time them, and I was shaking after each one, still hanging on to the stair post even after Rob left with the kids.

After having a few more super quick contractions {only 6 feet from the bathtub where I'd gotten out less than 20 minutes before}, this thought suddenly hit me- these are the kind of contractions you feel at the end of labor- not the beginning.

And then I realized:

I was home all by myself.



to be continued....

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh you stinker! Can't wait to read the rest!

Bethany said...

Aaaack! I can't wait to hear the rest!

Adventures of a Homeschooler said...

You are a stinker!

Angieleigh said...

Ack! Though I know the ending, I still am biting my nails at the cliffhanger!

Stacey said...

Gah! Don't leave us hanging!

Sally said...

AAAHHHHHH!! We are hanging on every word!!!

Shannon Fisher said...

Aaaaaaaah! Dog gone it...lol

Rachie said...

I was on the edge of my seat! Which is kinda silly knowing your baby arrived happy and healthy :-) I can't wait to read the rest!

Shirley Rempel said...

oh my! excited to hear the rest of the story!

Lindy said...

I am impatiently waiting to hear the next part of your birth story! Congratulations!

Liz said...

Ahhh! Can't wait to read about the rest!

li said...

Aahhh what a teaser! Post soon!!

Bobbi Jo Nichols said...

When I got to the end of this post I am think NO! This is a like a show that leaves you hanging there. he he Can't wait to hear the rest of it. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Sharon said...

Aaaaahhh!! I can't wait for part 2!!!!

Wholesome Womanhood said...

Looking forward to reading the rest! :-)

Hallo, Hallo! said...

I can't wait for the rest :-)

Chelsea L said...

Oh my goodness!!

extraordinarilyuniquelyme said...

Such a great part I :) Looking forward to reading the rest. I absolutely love your dedication and willingness to submit to the Lord in His will in a time like this. Especially in our society that routinely schedules births, and that women should and can make the 'burden' of pregnancy/birth fit their schedules. I really appreciate how much you see the blessing in it.

Rykiel P said...

I will join in on the aaaaah!!! Waiting to read the rest!!! Post soon!

Anonymous said...

I was getting my hair done the day before my due date with my last baby, and freaked my hair dresser right out - she has a lot of nieces and nephews, so she started and jokingly asked if she should put some water on to boil. ;) My babies take their sweet time coming, so I knew there was no need to worry. It is always fun to see people's faces when you tell them you are past your due date. I was actually shopping in Winner's during the first part of my labour, I'm sure the employee's would have been horrified if they knew the real reason I kept on having to sit and rest on the furniture.

Christa @ BrownSugarToast said...

Booooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You better know that if you DON'T post a 2nd edition tomorrow, then all of blogland will be houndin' you down. ;) Glad to know the end of the story at least - that you and Zane are both healthy!

Adrienne Reina said...

Awe....i love it...so suspensful. Can't wait to finish the rest! I have a few scenarios going in my head as to what happened. LOL..I'll entertain myself with that until the next part!

congrats sis!!
Adrienne

Cheryl Adams said...

Mandy, you're a stinker!! I'm thinking did she get back in the tub? What happened next besides the obvious that Zane was born?

Renee said...

Ooh, that's written like a novel! I like the suspense! :)

Leah said...

way to lea◊e us with a cliff hanger! haha! I can't wait to hear the rest :)

Cynthia Bolt said...

Mandy you are a stinker to leave me hanging :)!! I am on the edge of my seat ok so did you stay put, get back in tub, did you call mid-wife, did hubby return, did you deliver Zane yourself lol ohhhhhhhhhhh the suspense you are awesome friend but P L E A S E don't keep us waiting long I do know your hands are full but come on I am dying to hear part 2!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, as a mom of 7 myself, while reading this I felt every contraction right along with you, even though my youngest is 20, lol. And when I got to the part where you said "to be continued", it was as if the power had gone out during a really good movie just when you're getting to the good part. Can't wait to hear the rest! :)

Anna McCrary said...

Oh the suspense! Lol .

E said...

Your post made me tear up! Probably all the pregnancy hormones :) You look fabulous on your last day of pregnancy!

Hannah said...

Noooooo! I want the rest! I LOVE birth stories. :)

Lisa said...

Excellent story telling! What a cliffhanger!

Olivia said...

Loved reading your story. Look forward to the ending.
Best part we already know Zane is a healthy baby.
What a beautiful family you have.

Erin @ My Mommy World said...

I can't believe you were going to teach Body Pump at 42 weeks pregnant! Wow! :)

Looking forward to reading the rest of this exciting story...

loveleeliz said...

Can.Not.Wait! :-)

Cara Shields said...

Can't wait to hear the rest!!

Rebecca said...

Oh Mandy! We understand you are busy and tired, but....really??? :) In all honesty, I am so happy for you and your newest addition. So thankful to God for keeping you both healthy. Congratulations!! Enjoy a good night's sleep (well, as much sleep as baby will allow) and we will all be checking our inboxes for the big conclusion! God Bless You!

Anonymous said...

ahhhh, to be continued..... hurry! :)

Anna Jimenez said...

Can we continue now...lol..ok, I get it you had to go change or feed your precious little one or help one of your other precious kiddos that's ok, just can't wait to hear the rest, but timing is everything as part 1 is obviously telling us ...lol at least we know the sweet sweet ending...waiting on the comedy and drama as we already are left with the suspense...all the makings of a good story, gotta love it!!!

Aubrey said...

Oh I love a good birth story. :) Can't wait for the rest!!

Tami T said...

To be continued? Are you serious?? How can you do that to us??? Hurry hurry!!!! ;)

Anonymous said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Tell us please!! ;)

Monica said...

Probably the best birth-story cliffhanger ever. Can't wait to read part 2!

Dixie said...

O my, please hurry and post part two!!

kandyfrye said...

What happened? I am dying to k ow the rest of the story... Oh gosh, how will I know when the rest is written?

Natalie Murray said...

Aww, Can't wait to read Part two!

Leigh Anne said...

I haven't been able to pop in and say congrats yet......so Congrats! What a beautiful BLESSING!! So very happy for you & family :)
I was 12 days past due with #2 so I remember your pain. But yay! that it is all over.
I LOVE me a good birth story.....especially one with a cliffhanger.....can't wait to read the rest!
Enjoy Mama!

Anonymous said...

Mandy! It's time for Part 2 already! I know, I know, you have your hands full. . . but what a cliffhanger. I can't wait to read the rest. :)

Amber said...

Gosh this sounds a little like my last baby... had him 2 hours after my first "real" contraction!... by the way, he's 6 months old as well :) can't wait to read the rest!

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