Little Benjamin Paul was born on April 28th, he was 8lbs 7oz and 19.5 inches tall. And boy did this little man make his entrance into the world in quite a way.
Earlier that morning I went in for my 40 week appointment where my doctor striped the membrane to try to get things moving naturally so I wouldn't need to be induced the following week. The rest of the day went normal, we took our family walk in the evening, had our dinner and sat to watch our evening shows. Then about 7:15 I had a contraction, 20min later another, then 10min another, then 8min another, THEN 5min later another with them continuing to get stronger and closer together. I decided at 9:15 I should probably call the doctor office to see when they thought I should go in to see if I was in labor. Because I had earlier tested Group B positive the nurse decided to have me come in then so I could get antibiotics before I did go into labor. With the group B strep they have to treat you 4 hours before the baby comes, otherwise they have to monitor baby for 48 hours just to make sure that they don't end up getting sick.
So we gathered our things, woke Claire up, headed out and got to the hospital right around 10pm. Once at the hospital they got me in triage and hooked me up to listen to the baby and monitor my contractions. I also had to answer a bunch of medical history questions. Which is very hard when you are having regular, strong contractions.
After all that the nurse left to go talk to another gal across the hall and while she was gone the contractions got crazy strong and they were starting to get very close together. She got back and started to ask me some more questions at which I grunted out my yeses and nos. She then informed me because they were getting stronger she was going to check to see how far dilated I was and if I was at a 7 or 8 she was sorry she had asked me any questions. When she put her hand in to check her face went wide said I was there and ran out of the room. Next thing I know they roll in another bed, Josh and Claire come in and follow me out as they are basically running me through the halls to get me to a delivery room.
When I got there the doctor had asked if I had planned an epidural, which I had, so she asked if I wanted her to check and see if they could give me one. Yeah, it was too late for that, I told her no and two second later I started to push. Of course they were not ready for me to start but I started anyways. lol They didn't have time to pull off the end of the bed or put up the foot rests, so I had a nurse holding each leg. Poor Josh was holding Claire in one arm and had me squeezing the life out of his other hand. Lucky for him I had the tiniest break in the contractions I was able to release his hand. lol I pushed for about 10 to 15 min, shouting the whole time (I didn't with Claire, but without the meds and him coming so quick there was no stopping the screaming). Ben was then born at 10:51pm!
Claire was amazing though all of this, the few times I was able to look over at her she looked very concerned, but she stayed cool and quiet through the whole thing. When he came out and they placed him on my chest, Claire instantly started to say baby over and over again, then without us even saying anything she said "Ben". It was so sweet! : D
He was so quiet and alert right out of the womb, his eyes were wide open and he was trying to hold his head up to look around. Let me tell you, this little guy is a straong one, it's no wonder my ribs, pelvis and back went through a beating.
It was a bit more stressful and it went not how I planned, but it was quick, fairly easy and we are both healthy. My husband and daughter were with me and all the nurses were great. God was definitely watching over us and took care of us through the whole thing. Especially after now, four days later finding out from Josh that the doctor I had didn't usually deliver, she was just there as an emergency doctor. Ahh! I am glad I didn't know that at the time, I probably would have been stressed out way more.
So! With about a whole 3 and a half hours of contractions, labor and pushing, without the epidural I was shamelessly planning on, I ended up with this cutie. : )