About 4 weeks ago, on March 9, our family welcomed Baby Boy 2 into the family! He came right on his due date, but not without making a grand and fast entrance into the world.
My first baby was two weeks early. He was born in May 2013. My labor was 16 hours long. I had a spinal block (epidural did not work- that’s its own story) and experienced a pretty typical labor and delivery process. Labor came with no doubt. I did not have Braxton Hicks contractions at all, so I knew it was for real.
So as I approached the two week mark before my second son’s due date, I knew it could indeed happen early again so, I became vigilant for any slight signs of labor. But it didn’t happen. They say no two pregnancies are alike. Yes, that’s true! Little did I know for two weeks, I would have countless Braxton Hicks contractions but no real labor. I began to get used to these false alarms, knowing the real thing would come soon and follow a familiar pattern like before.
As the days passed and I got closer to my actual due date, I took this time to plan out my upcoming birth experience in my head. I imagined it would be a shorter labor of 5-6 hours. I would arrive at the hospital with mild contractions and begin the labor process with my IV antibiotics since I tested positive for group B strep. I would meet the doula at the hospital, and she would coach me through labor and help me try to be more present and peacefully through this labor. Unlike last time, I would not panic. I planned to have a light epidural offered at just the right moment because I decided that doing it naturally was not going to be my plan. But this scenario was was not to be my birth story. I heard of women with really fast labors barely making it to the hospital, but surely that wouldn’t be my birth story. Or would it?
To be continued…