Last time we left off at the nurse I called at the hospital saying, “see you when you get here”.
We packed up the car and drove to the hospital. While we were driving I was still timing my contractions because I was still nervous this wasn’t the real thing. We got to the hospital at 4am, when I got out of the car I was having a contraction and couldn’t walk. Hubby didn’t know what to do. He said, “Do you want me to carry you?” The contraction passed and I walked into the hospital. We left most of our stuff in the car in case we weren’t admitted. We were surprised that they still had us fill out paperwork even though I had pre registered online. That was kind of amusing/annoying.
Then they took me to triage and I put on a hospital gown. A nurse came and hooked me up to monitors. She checked me and called a dr and told him I needed to stay. I was 6-7 cm with contractions 2 mins apart. I thought they were 4 mins apart I guess I couldn’t feel the beginning and end. She asked me 100 questions about my medical history and pain management; I told her I wanted an epidural. I should mention that I had wanted to try and not get an epidural. My mom is a nurse and talked to other labor and delivery nurses and thought I shouldn’t get one. Hubs saw Theresa on rhonj get one and didn’t want me to get one. After being in labor for weeks I was leaning towards getting one.
Then the nurse took us to a labor and delivery room. She asked when I wanted my epidural. She and hubs thought I was doing really well managing my pain. Hubby asked her at what point I could no longer get the epidural. She said I could get one up until I was pushing. I told them get the epidural process going because I know it can take awhile.
I now feel I can say I have a high tolerance for pain and I might have been able to not have an epidural if I had a smaller baby. I’m glad I had the epidural though since I pushed for two hours and had to have an episiotomy. Ashley at Kiwis and Cocktails had a natural birth and she said the worst part was getting stitched up. I had a lot of stitches so I’m thankful for the epidural. My mom was surprised how good I was doing with the epidural. She couldn’t believe I couldn’t even feel my contractions.
What was your check in to the hospital like? What was your pain management choice? Got any tips for me on how I can get my baby to sleep? Write a post and link up!