Here is Vicki’s third baby’s wonderful birth story! Baby Isaac’s birth story born in 2010 adding to the “Life in the Clown Car”!
On monday evening, Remie and I were watching tv and yelling at the kids to go to sleep.
At 8:28pm (funny how I remember the exact time!) I felt a contraction. I told Remie about it but I wasn’t getting excited because of all of the contractions that I had in the past that resulted in nothing. 8 minutes later I had another contraction, this one more painful.
Remie suggested that we start timing the contractions. Once again, I wasn’t convinced that this was the real thing. I decided to sit on my birthing ball to see if I could get this baby moving! The contractions started coming 4 min apart and were uncomfortable. I thought that it was false labor and that I just had to use the bathroom. As I was sitting in the bathroom, the contractions started coming 2 minutes apart and were painful.
I thought, “crap this is the real thing”!
I couldnt believe how fast things were moving. I told Remie to call his mom to watch the kids and to get my bag. I was in some real pain by now and I just kept saying
“SHIT SHIT SHIT !” When Remie’s mom arrived at the house, she found me bent over the chair. She started rubbing my back and told me that it would be over soon. I finally made my way to the car and we were on our way to the hospital. I remember yelling at Remie in the car not to accelerate because it made the contractions worse.
We got to the hospital at 9:45pm and my contractions were right on top of each other.
I could barely get in my hospital gown because they were so intense. They checked me and I was 5 cm. I was actually frustrated that I was only 5 cm because of all the pain I was in. I thought for sure that I would be ready to push by then. The nurse asked me if I wanted an epidural and I said no. The nurse was awesome! She said
“Great! I did it without drugs too, I wont ask you again about pain relief!”
I was so encouraged by this because normally I am met with resistence when I say that I want to go drug free! At 10:30pm they checked me again to see how much time the on call Dr had before coming to the hospital. I was at 6cm and again frustrated that I was only that far. I didn’t realize how fast things were moving, so being at 6 cm at only 2 hours of labor didnt seem “speedy” to me.
I labored in my room for about another 45 minutes. It was extreme pain! I could believe how hard it was to make it through each contraction but my doula and Remie encouraged me and helped me remain calm through each contraction. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to stay focused.
At one point after a contraction, I looked at Remie and told him that I didn’t want to do this anymore and that I wanted to go home! I dont know how he didn’t laugh at me! He just told me that that meant I was in transition and that it would be over soon. I thought he was nuts! A little after 11pm my Dr came in to check me. I told her that I needed to push but she wanted to check me first. I was completely dilated and she said that I could start trying to push while she got on her scrubs and prepared the room.
I gave one good push and my water broke!
It felt like a fire hose was spraying out of me all over my dr and nursing staff! Everyone started scrambling and my Dr told me to slow down while she got ready! I couldn’t slow down, my body just kept pushing on its own! My Dr yelled “I NEED GLOVES!”, I pushed about 4 more times and Isaac Lee was born at 11:35pm on my bed without anyone prepared!
My poor dr had to deliver Isaac with only one glove on and in her jeans!
They told me that he was a boy and laid him on my belly. He sat there content for about 5 minutes. It was very surreal. After the umbilical cord stopped pulsing, Remie cut the cord. We looked at each other and I said “What in the world are we going to name him?” At that point, Isaac started peeing all over me and we started laughing hysterically.
It was then obvious that Isaac was the best name for him because it means “laughter”!
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