She’s here, she’s here!
The last time I wrote an update on my pregnancy I was complaining of the contractions and stalled dilation but little did I know that only 5 days later, Miss Rosalie would be making her grand debut.
She was born on November 1st at 7:48 in a the fastest delivery ever.
I woke up at 5am with contractions that were about 7-10 minutes apart. There was no mistaking that they were “real” contractions but they weren’t causing any actual discomfort so I decided I was going to take a nice, hot shower to relax and make sure that this is it. Also, I am not keen on showering at the hospital so I knew that it would be another 2 days before I’d get to shower at home again. After my shower and getting some makeup on, the contractions were coming every 5 minutes and while still not too bad, they were stronger and I was now having to breathe through them. Off we went to drop off the Golden Boys at my sister’s house and of course, the car’s gas tank was running on barely 1/4. I was going to fill up the night before but felt lazy and didn’t. This was when I heard my dad’s voice in my head repeating what he’s told me since I first started driving, “siempre tengan, minimo, medio tanque de gas. nunca se sabe” (always have, at minimum, half a tank of gas. you just never know) but like with everything else, I never listen!
We arrived at the hospital right at 7am. Contractions were coming in at 3 minutes and I was trying to remain calm by playing my Debussy station on Pandora on the drive out there (~30 minutes). By the time I made it up to L&D, the contractions were actually hurting and I couldn’t talk through them. I love how even though you pre-register as a patient months before you’re due, you still have to sign a crap load of papers when you arrive.
Do you see me barely breathing and you want me to sign WHAT NOW? argggh!
I’m brought back to a room for triage and I was 8cm. 8! I had just been to the doctor 2 days before and was told I was at 2cm and had hardly any effacement. I felt like I was giving birth to Ramses all over again, the exact same thing happened to me when I was in labor with him.
So the nurse tells me that we’ll have a baby very soon and it hits me that I haven’t asked for the epidural so I sit up, tell her to stop and to call for the anesthesiologist to come up asap. She mentions that she will but he probably won’t make it in time.
Shit! Shit, shit, shit.
Panic sets in as I realize I’ll probably have a baby naturally and I was SO not prepared for that.
WHY did I have to take a shower? WHY didn’t I fill up the gas tank last night? WHY didn’t Alex speed past that red light? WHY did the anesthesiologist have to see the other patients, I’M in pain, screw the others. Blame everything & everyone, my cervix was dilating, makes sense.
As I’m laying there freaking out (internally, because we scorpios show no fear) there is a nurse asking me questions about my last ob/gyn visit, another nurse asking me to sign stupid paperwork, another nurse asking about my family’s medical history, and a fourth trying, and failing, to get an IV started. I’m trying to answer everyone, sign my name, and breathe through contractions and starting to get really irritated. They finally get the monitors on me and the IV going and during one particular contraction my water breaks and that was it. Within seconds, I felt the baby fall into position and before I even registered the pain, my body started pushing the baby out. The doctor hadn’t even arrived yet, we were still waiting for him to come in and the nurses told me to try and not push because they were waiting for him. HA! I don’t think so. He finally walks in and is taking his sweet time. In reality it was maybe 10 seconds but to me it felt like forever and I was in so much pain that I didn’t even give a shit, I was focusing on me, not trying to wait on him. Then, the nurse asks if I want to feel the baby’s head as she was out to about her ears and that is when I lost all politeness and yelled at her, “No, I want her out NOW”. One more push and she was out, all of this was within 2 minutes of my water breaking and maybe 3 pushes total. Out she came and all was well in the world.
Rosalie weighed 6lbs 7oz and was 18in long. Una cosita, a tiny thing!
It’s amazing how true it is, once the baby is out all pain is gone. Literally, gone. I went from screaming in pain one second to completely amazed and in love the next. My boys were both born with the lovely, warm blanket of an epidural so I had no idea what to expect this time around. They say it’s painful and omg, is it ever painful. But, as we all know, so totally worth it in the end. I feel so incredibly blessed that God has gifted us with such a beautiful and healthy baby girl.
Welcome to the House of Golds, Rose.