On Saturday afternoon, I started writing my 38 week update post. We had just gotten home from the beach where these belly shots were taken…
Little did I know that these would be my last belly shots before Taylor was born!!
All that day, I had been craving Thai for dinner and I planned to order it extra hot in hopes the the old wise tale was true; that spicy food would put me into labor. At dinner, I started having contractions, and they were getting more and more intense. I started timing them and realized that they were coming every 3 – 7 minutes. After about 2 hours of that, I decided it was time to call the doctor! I had a feeling that this was much different than the ‘pre labor' contractions that I had been experiencing.
Here was the proud Daddy-to-be at the beach that day. We joke about how he’s going to be such a baby hog. Taylor is definitely going to be a Daddy’s Girl with such a hands on Dad in her life. I’m lucky to have him!
Once we got to triage, they confirmed that I was in labor and had was 3cm dilated. I was admitted and received my epidural shortly after. The epidural was nice, it did it’s job, but it also made me feel really itchy and made me a little nauseous. They ended up turning the epidural dosage down a little so I felt better. My favorite OB came in on her day off just to deliver me. When she arrived, she broke my water. Within a couple hours, I had progressed enough to start pushing. I felt some pressure, so I knew it was time. The nurse and Josh helped me with my initial pushes. I pushed for 10 minutes and then the nurse had to stop me because things were progressing so quickly. It would have been a bummer for my doctor to miss the delivery since she came in just for me and all! My doctor got to the room just in time to complete the delivery. I gave it my all and pushed for another 10 minutes and then Taylor was in my arms!
I am still in disbelief that she is really MINE. It’s surreal, and I cry over the thought of it all the time. She’s absolutely perfect and we couldn’t be happier. Tomorrow (well, I guess it’s today now!) is my birthday and she’s the best present I could ever ask for!