three part series about having a baby in the classroom, that it became harder and harder to move during my third trimester. I wanted to stay with my class for as long as possible, but also didn't want to go into labor one night and not get to say my goodbyes. I decided to stop work one week before I was due. I never knew if I was going to make it that far - I am glad I did though! I was able to leave everything exactly how I wanted it and say my proper goodbyes - I was thankful for that!
|First day of school vs last day of school...same t-shirt! Tiny baby seed vs 39 week belly!|
At 2:00 am Thursday morning I woke up and saw that my husband, David, was awake also. We both couldn't sleep. I started reading a book hoping that it would put me back to bed, but I was tossing and turning. Around 3:30 am I started to feel contractions. I hadn't had any contractions leading up to this point and kept wondering what they felt like. I felt them in my lower back (OUCH!) and didn't quite realize what they were at first. I tried to sleep through them, but they kept getting worse. At around 5:30 I started to write down how long they lasted. I was waiting for the magic number of less than 5 minutes apart and 45 seconds or longer. They varied though and were inconsistent. I was pretty positive I was in labor - just didn't want to be wrong! I called the doctor's office at 9:00 and they said to come in and get checked. They told us to bring our bags with us in case this was the real thing!
We arrived at the hospital - got settled in and got checked again. I was already to 5 cm. They broke my water and started pitocin. They told me I could had my epidural at anytime. With the contractions getting stronger, I said bring it on! The epidural didn't quite go exactly as planned, but I made it through. When I was done, the anesthesiologist asked me what I did for a living. When I told him I was teacher he said that he knew it. His said the only people that I can sit patiently like that are teachers and people in the armed forces!
|Our last picture as just the two of us.|
|The basket I put together for the nurses!|
I hope that you enjoyed reading about Leo's birth story! Stay tuned for part two to learn about how our first days at home are going and see a tour of his nursery!