7pm Wednesday, August 21st
Matt and I got married 2 years ago on August 21st, 2017. For our 2 year anniversary, we decided to keep it low key and just go to the movies since I was only a week away from baby girl’s due date.
Funny enough, we decided to bring our hospital bags with us just in case I went into labor during the movie. I even recorded Matt putting them in the car!
Nothing ended up happening at the movies thankfully, but we were in for a surprise later that night/early Thurs. morning.
12am Thursday, August 22nd
I started to toss and turn, which wasn’t out of the ordinary, since the last few weeks of pregnancy were super uncomfortable.
But with every toss and turn came a rush, which I hadn’t felt before. I knew something was off immediately, but it took me a while to process and actually get out of bed to check.
When I got up, I looked at the bed and knew right away, it was go time!
This was our first baby, so going into labor wasn’t something that we had done before. I had no idea what to expect.
I screamed to Matt who was laying next to me, “Baby! My water just broke!” He literally jumped out of bed within a second LOL. He said “What do you need? What can I do?” I told him to just get ready and grab the hospital bag.
Meanwhile, I told him I was going to use the restroom and get myself ready. I went to the bathroom, sat down, and immediately felt nauseous. There wasn’t a lot of blood, but it was the first blood I had seen in the last 9 months. I think I just got so overwhelmed with emotions. Knowing that this was it, within a few hours, I would be meeting my baby girl for the first time.
I started to feel super faint, I called Matt over and told him I wasn’t feeling well.
Long story short, I ended up getting sick. Thankfully I didn’t faint, thanks to my amazing husband who got me a wet wash cloth and stood by my side the whole time.
After about 5 min, I started to feel better. Matt grabbed our bags and we headed to the hospital!
Group B Strep
I should probably mention, the reason we went straight to the hospital when my water broke is because I tested positive for Group B Strep Infection. GBS is a type of bacterial infection that can be found in a pregnant woman’s vagina. It is not at all harmful to mom, and about 1 in 4 women carry GBS. A mother can pass GBS to her baby during delivery if not treated with antibiotics during labor. I was instructed by my doctor to not wait for contractions to begin. I was told to go as soon as my water broke. The reason for this, was so they could administer the meds in time for our baby girl to be born.
For those that don’t know, typically when your water breaks you have 4-6 hours until you have to be at the hospital. Unless of course your contractions are close enough together to go before then.
Arriving at the Hospital
We arrived at the hospital at around 1am. We walked into Labor and Delivery and let them know that my water had broke. I told them about the GBS. I also reminded them of the Velamentous Cord Insertion.
For those of you who are new around here, when I was 20 weeks pregnant, I got diagnosed with VCI. This means the umbilical cord inserts into the fetal membranes, then travels within the membranes to the placenta. The way the doctor explained it to me was, the umbilical cord was attached just outside the placenta. Which as you may or may not know, the placenta is where the baby gets the nutrients. In some cases, this could lead to the baby being under weight. Because of this, we had to come in for 3 extra 4D ultrasounds to make sure she was still on track.
Thankfully, we had no complications with this during the pregnancy! There is a risk however, during birth that when the baby is delivered, the cord could snap and therefor cause complications. This is why it was important for me to tell the nurses and doctor when I arrived.
Getting Settled In
They put me in the room and asked me to change into the gown. Next, they checked my dilation and I was still only 2 cm. They started to administer the meds for the GBS. I was only 2 cm, so they gave me Pitocin to speed up my dilation. They told me I could get the epidural at any time. At this point, I wasn’t feeling any contractions yet. They told me to get some rest as it would be a long night.
Before going to sleep, Matt and I messaged both our parents to let them know I was in labor. Matt’s mom and my dad both live pretty far away. We knew it would be a while until baby girl arrived. We wanted to make sure we gave them enough time to get there. My mom only lives about 15 min away from the hospital, but I knew I wanted her in the delivery room when it was time.
At around 5am, I decided to get the epidural. My contractions weren’t horrible, but I figured why let them get to that point.
By that time, our parents had arrived. The hospital was nice enough to let us have all our family in the room until it was time to push.
At around 8am, the doctor came in and told me that he suspected I would be ready to start pushing by 4pm the next day. The doctor said most new moms push for at least 2 hours, which would put me at around a 6pm delivery.
For the next few hours, we continued to rest as much as we could.
At around 1pm I started to notice my teeth chatter. It wasn’t like the cold/chilly kind of chatter. It was more like uncontrollable, uncomfortable kind of chatter. The closest thing I can compare it to is when you’ve drank to much caffeine…. NOT THE BUSINESS!
I called the nurse into the room to let her know how I was feeling. I wanted to make sure that was normal or nothing to be concerned about. As soon as I mentioned it, you could tell in her face that something was up. I didn’t know whether I was about to get good or bad news.
Time to push!
“Well, that sounds like a sign of active labor, which means you are probably almost to 10 cm”. It was only 1:30pm at this time so we were a little confused.
Sure enough, I was 10 cm dilated and it was time to push. They sent family to the waiting room. Matt and my mom stayed in the room, as I chose to have them in there for delivery.
August 22nd – 2pm
My contractions were about a min apart, which meant I had hardly any time in between to rest.
Everyone’s labor is different. I am in no means trying to make mine seem like it was a walk in the park. Its hard work, and very tiring. However, thankfully, I didn’t feel any pain, just a little bit of pressure. I pushed 3 times, then ate ice chips. I repeated this pattern over and over for the next 2 1/2 hours. The time went by SO quick and before we knew it…
August 22nd – 4:30pm
….our baby girl was here.
Name: Harlee Moon Sawdey
Weight: 6 lbs. 12.9 oz.
Height: 19 in.