I felt really good going into my third labor. I was confident, because I had done this twice before and had a much better idea what to expect. But of course, since no birth is the same, Eden’s birth would prove that even feeling ready and confident doesn’t mean you know how your birth will go.
As Eden’s birth came so quickly, this birth story will progress very quickly.
On the morning of her birth, I felt my first contractions around 7am. Even though it was early on for labor, I was excited, so I called my mom and told her today was the day, since she and my dad were going to watch the older two for us. I told her not to rush since labor had just started. So I showered and started packing my bag and getting the kids dressed. She called at 8:30 to see if she had time to go to the grocery store before she picked up the kids. I told her no, she needed to move. They got to our house around 9:15 and I was already bending over and breathing hard through the contractions. The car ride to the hospital was definitely different from Micah’s birth. Even though the hospital is only a 20 minute drive from our house, it was really hard to get comfortable. When we got to the hospital at 9:45, I knew I was pretty far along.
We got settled in the birthing room at 10:15 and I was shaking like crazy and was contracting without breaks. Seriously. They were one on top of the other, lasting a full minute and I had maybe a 10-15 second break in between. It was so intense. I couldn’t really catch my breath and it was taking all of my energy and concentration just to get through each one. The nurse couldn’t get my IV in (which was policy, I didn’t really need it) because I was shaking so bad and my arm got pretty beat up with them trying. They kept telling me to be still and I kept telling them I was trying, as I was sitting uncomfortably in the bed dealing with very painful contractions. The nurses kept telling the doctor to come in and he was taking his good old time.
He walked into the room at 10:30 and introduced himself. I had never seen him at the practice and at this point, I didn’t care. He was pretty much there to catch the baby and that was all I was concerned about at the moment. After a minute to get himself ready he checked me and told me it was time. I must have felt a bit panicked at how quickly I had gotten to this point. Plus I was having some flashbacks from pushing Micah out. I took one look at the nurse and said, “I’m really not sure I can do this.” She looked at me and said, “Honey, you have to.” So I put my feet in the stirrups and at 10:33, Eden Mary was born. I’m pretty sure I pushed twice. My water broke during one of those pushes. The only reason I can remember the exact times of her delivery is that there was a clock right in front of my bed. I don’t recommend that. There’s really no reason to know what time it is when you’re trying to focus on having a baby.
With Eden’s birth, I had no tearing and a super fast recovery. I was feeling myself after a day or two. That’s what I’m talking about!
The funny thing about Eden’s birth was when I went in for my six-week check-up, the doctor was looking over my paperwork and he said the delivering doctor had given me five gold stars. Literally. Five gold stars lined up on my paperwork. That made me laugh.
Eden’s birth taught me that not all births are the same. While I felt confident going in, her labor was so fast and so intense, I didn’t have time to think or breath. Since she and Micah were five days late, it was a reminder that babies come when they’re ready. At that point I wasn’t sure how many kids we would be having but I told myself that I would try to relax and enjoy the rest of my pregnancies, even though I would be anxious to meet my babies. It seems like so long in the moment, but it’s really not. Birth story number four coming tomorrow.
Did you have a fast birth with any of your children? Do share!