On October 25th, Wednesday morning, I woke up at 6:30 am. The contractions have begun. I wasn’t too positive that they were real contractions or Braxton Hicks, so I stayed up for awhile to make sure that they were frequent and well, painful. At around 7:45 am I determined that they were real. They were reoccurring every 8-10 minutes and we’re getting stronger-nothing I couldn’t handle so far. I woke up maury,who didn’t believe that they were real and fell back to sleep 😂 He finally woke up and we loaded up the car with our bags-told his mom that we were heading to the hospital and what to do for Lila when she woke up. The pain wasn’t too bad at this time so I naturally begged Maury to go through the Starbucks drive-thru 👍🏼
We then got to the hospital, checked in, and went through the usual procedures of a prenatal visit. They took my vitals, listened to her heartbeat and checked my cervix. I was dilated to 4cm!!!!
They told us that I should walk for about 30 min and to take a hot shower. They wanted my cervix to dilate further and if it didn’t, than they said that I would go home and most likely come back later 😳 We did NOT want that!!
An hour later I was checked again and was 5cm, close to 6!! We were finally able to check in for real and Maury went downstairs and got the bags.
We continued to walk throughout the day and rock back and forth on the birthing ball. I was planning on going through this labor with no epidural. I was in a lot of pain, but that’s what contractions will do to you!! I got off the birthing ball and got back into bed so that I could be monitored. I finally asked for an epidural and the nurse began to do the paperwork or computer work for this.
ALL OF A SUDDEN, a gas mask was being placed on my face and the nurse was getting the doctor and more nurses to come in. The doctor was surprised and wondering what had happened because everything was going so well. I was 7cm-close to 8cm dilated!!! I mean, I was almost there!!!! Adeline was in distress though. Her heart rate dropped below 50 and everyone was really concerned. The doctor than turned to me and said that they’re going to need to get the baby out and that means that I’m going to have to get a C-Section. Honestly, I was already crying at this point because I was scared for Adeline, but once I was told that I needed a C-Section, I cried even more.
Everything after this began to go crazy. I was constantly having contractions, being rolled over from side to side, being checked continuously, and much much more. I was getting IV’s, I had to be shaved, and get a catheter. Again, all while having strong contractions!!! I was in so much pain-I was crying uncontrollably-I knew I probably looked pathetic, but I didn’t even care at that point.
The nurses then rolled me over to the operating room and gave me a spinal anesthetic. That was honestly the best feeling ever!!!! The feeling of the tugging and pulling that the doctor was doing to get little Adeline out wasn’t all that painful-it was more odd than anything. Knowing that your body is open is just the weirdest thing. We finally heard Adeline’s cries and we were all so happy!!!! Finally!!! She was healthy and so was I. It took longer to close me up than to open me so Adeline was done and her and Maury went into our room.
This labor experience was quite different and way more painful than the last, but we still were handed our beautiful baby. No, I wouldn’t want to go through all that pain again, but he’s, Adeline was worth it all!!!
Adeline Reuel Lemons
7 lbs 11 ounces
Born at 8:47 pm