- 5 years ago
- Wedding: March 2013
Archer Knox made his early arrival on 4/22/15. Earth Day! Born at 7:10am. 7lb20z. 19”
I had gone to my weekly OB appointment on Tuesday afternoon at 37+5. We did a growth scan, BPP and NST. He passed all his tests and I made my appointment for the following week. I had actually joked with the doctor that I was “so done” with this pregnancy. Though I was really more than happy to let little guy stay in as long as he needed.
Tuesday night we went to bed after having dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant. I got up at 3:45am to go pee and my water broke! It was a big gush. No mistaking it for pee. Immediately, I woke my husband and told him my water broke. He jumped up and said “what do we do now?!” Since I thought it would be awhile, I said we just rested and waited to see what would happen. I went to the restroom, where my water kept gushing and I had some loose stools. Put on a pad and got back into bed and just started talking to Chris. Right away I got a contraction. Then another… but they seemed really close together. So we quickly downloaded a contraction timer app. My doctor had told me to come to the hospital when contractions were 4-5min apart, lasting 1 minute, for at least an hour. Well they were already 4 min apart! We decided to see if it lasted for an hour. By the time we got to an hour, they were 3 min apart! Time to get ready to go to the hospital.
We started gathering our things. I emailed my boss to tell her I would not be going to work and that we’d be having a baby today. Chris took the dog down. But my contractions started coming FAST AND STRONG. I could barely grab an item to take before another contraction hit. By the time we left for the hospital at 5:45am (2 hours after my water broke), my contractions were 2.5min apart!!
We got to the hospital at 6am. They checked me and I was 4cm, 100% effaced, -2! Originally I wanted to go natural, but asked for an epidural. They said ok and started to prep me for an IV. Well this is where things get hairy, FAST!
I started having contractions right on top of each other. VERY PAINFUL. I started having trouble breathing through them and was writhing in pain. Basically trying to escape my own skin. I started to yell and complain about immense pressure down in my butt. The nurse said “uh oh, pressure??” She checked me and I was 9cm, almost 10, with just the tiniest lip of cervix. IN 30 MINUTES, I went from 4cm to almost fully dilated. Chris said the nurse got wide eyed and gave another nurse “the nod”. She said, “get the doctor, NOW!”
Therefore, no epidural for me. No pain meds either. There was no time. It was time to push!! My doctor hadn’t even arrived yet. They had to pull the on-call OB out of another delivery.
The labor team moved fast. It was such a blur! They got set up for me to push. I started pushing 45min after arriving at the hospital. After about 6 sets of pushes (3 pushes each time), Archer was born at 7:10 am. My sister made it just in time, around my 4th set of pushes. And my OB made it just before her around the 3rd set of pushes.
It was by far the most difficult thing I’ve ever done! But it was FAST and FURIOUS. I wanted that kid OUT! My face and shoulders had a ton of busted blood vessels from pushing so hard. Luckily, I had only a minor “skid mark” interior tear. No external ripping and only the tiniest of hemorrhoids. Placenta delivery was a little more painful than I expected.
Chris was incredibly supportive and amazing during the whole process. He reminded me to breathe through the pain, held my hand (he said I almost ripped his thumb off at one point!), and coached me through the whole thing. Even though he later told me seeing me in such pain was one of the hardest things he’s ever had to endure. He was my rock!!
We did delayed cord clamping with Chris cutting the cord. Archer was placed on my chest right away. We got skin to skin for an hour or so before they took him.
Going back over the morning’s events with each other, Chris and I are still shocked at how fast it happened. It was such a whirlwind!