|Laura Ashley Is Born!!|
|Baby Laura Ashley was barely born in the hospital. I was awoken by contractions at about 2:15 a.m. on Sunday morning. I wasn’t really sure if it was actual labor until about 4:30. I had experienced the same thing the night before for about an hour until I finally fell back asleep. I kept changing position trying to get comfortable but could never go back to sleep. By about 4:30 my contractions had changed. They were more intense and were I was feeling them had moved.
My house was not exactly how I pictured it when I went into labor. There was someone sleeping in every room. Mom, Dad, Michelle and Madison were in Madison’s room. Dee, Kris and Samuel were in Eli’s room. Eli was asleep in the playpen in my room and Nick was asleep on the sofa in the living room. For the first two hours I was in labor I would lay down for a little while then get up and go into the bathroom for a little while. I got up to call Colleen, my labor assistant, about 3:30 and 4:30. I called her from the laundry room so I wouldn’t disturb anyone sleeping.
About 4:45 I decided to wake Wes up and tell him I was in labor that he should go wake my Mom up. When I woke him up he asked me if I was sure I was in labor. He had no clue that I had been getting in and out of bed for the last two hours. I had even woke him up around 4 to get his watch. He had no recollection of that. He was quite calm and didn’t really think we should wake Mom yet. I assured him that this was the real thing and that it was time to get her up. Colleen was on her way. Eli had woken up when Mom had come downstairs and was being as sweet as can be. Every once in awhile he would say in his sweet voice, “Momma?” We would just tell him to lay back down and he would for a few minutes. He was never a bother at all. When Mom got up her and I went into the bathroom and she started cleaning my bathtub in case I wanted to get in it later. I was sitting on my excercise ball talking to her and breathing through each contraction.
A little before 6 I was telling Mom that I just didn’t think that I could go through transition. I remembered what transition was like with Eli and I didn’t really want to experience it. At that point with Eli I just kept thinking to myself, “What are you doing? You could be at the hospital with an epidural and you wouldn’t feel any of this.” The contractions weren’t that bad yet but they were close together and pretty intense. During this time I had a conversation with Lisa and kept talking to Mom between contractions. The contractions were pretty close together which was not the case with either of my other kids. I told Wes to start packing up some things. He said “Do you think that we are going to the hospital soon?” I told him yes. I was just thinking to myself, “I can’t go through transition if it is going to get much worse, I’ll just go to the hospital and get a little nubane to hedge off the pain a little.” I also asked him to find out where Colleen was. She was just on the other side of the bay. About 15 minutes away or so. Several minutes later my water broke with a contraction. When I stood up to transfer to the toilet I told Mom and Wes we need to go now!! Laura was barrelling down the birth canal. Mom said she wanted to go change first, she was stil in her pjs. She handed Eli to Nick. Eli snuggled up to Nick and laid on his chest.
Wes and I made our way to the front door and mom was soon to follow behind and met us on the sidewalk. About the time Mom made it to us I was pushing (on my sidewalk). The contractions and urge to push was so strong that I could not help but push. With Eli when I would push I wouldn’t feel the contractions anymore. These contractions were so strong that even through the push the contractions were powerful. We loaded into Mom’s van and I rode to the hospital on my knees, leaning on her seat. I pushed with every contraction to the hospital. Wes drove about 80 or 90 down the highway and pulled into the ER entrance. I told them I needed a gerny. I rode the gerny on hands and knees and pushing through the hospital. The nurse who was pushing me just kept telling me not to push. I’m not sure if she realized that I was pushing the entire time. There was no way I couldn’t push. It was a good thing it was a female nurse pushing me up because she remained calm and didn’t panic like the male orderlees usually do. As the nurse pushed me out of the elevator on the third floor I told them the baby was crowning. Mom said, “I’ve got the head.” I delivered in the doorway of the LDR room, with the door wide open. When they wheeled me in the nurses insisted that I lay on my back. I was not very complient about that and they ended up picking me up and turning me over. Then they started to yell at me to push. I had no breath and was very disoriented since they had moved me. I was yelling at them that I needed a breath and they said to just push. I don’t exactly know how you push if you have no breath. It was a very intense few minutes. Wes just made it into the room when she was born. Colleen told me later that she made it to the hospital and rode up the elevator with Wes. She asked him where I was. He said as calm as can be, “she’s with her Mom.” I don’t think he had a clue how close he was to missing it. Laura Ashley was born on the gerny. There was meconium in my water and unfortunately she had aspirated it and was not breathing at first. She is perfectly fine now. The nurse who was by me panicked and started yelling for a doctor because she noticed her head was blue. The ER doctor actually delivered her and delivered her shoulders square in a hurry and broke her right collar bone. When I saw her she was laying limp on the bed with a blue face and white body and wasn’t moving at all. I knew that she was going to be okay but wanted to know what was wrong. No one would tell me anything. They rushed her to the warmer and started to suction her out and within a few minutes she started to make little peeps. They wrapped her up and let me see her for a minute and then she and Wes went to the nursery. They did a chest x-ray and started her on antibiotics and she had to spend the first 24 hours in the nursery hooked up to a pulse ox monitor. That was a really long 24 hours.
The nurses said she was born at 7:04. Everything went so fast and I wasn’t hooked up to any machines so they had to remember to get the time. That was their best guess. After they let me see her I got to transfer to a regular bed and everyone left the room. Colleen finally delivered the placenta about 10 minutes or so after the birth. About 15 minutes after the birth Dr. Shoemaker came waltzing in. He said that he was working on his Sunday school lesson when Colleen called to say we were on the way to the hospital. He asked her if she had seen me and she said no that she was meeting us at the hospital. He figured he would just find out what was going on when I got the hospital. He called when he hadn’t heard anything and they told him I was on the way up on a gerny. He said he got dressed and flew out the door. He almost made it. He was very apologetic that he had missed it. I was sorry that he had missed it because I know he wouldn’t have panicked and things would have been a little better. The nurse finally made it back into my room and started asking me all the admit questions they normally ask you when you first get there.