I never felt like I would reach my due date, but I was shocked when he actually came early and that my intuition was correct. I had been having some mild contractions the week leading up to Sunday, but nothing too strong or consistent. Saturday evening was no different. I went to bed with some small contractions. I woke up to small cramps about once an hour from 9pm-3am but was able to fall right back to sleep. Sometime between 3-3:30 I went to the bathroom and felt a small gush of fluid. It was a small amount so I didn't think my water had broken, but I wasn't really sure. My water broke at the hospital with my other two deliveries. Later when we arrived at the hospital, I found out that my water did in fact break while at home. From 3:30-6, I continued to have random, inconsistent contractions. Sometimes I had a 20-25 minute break between them. So at that point I really didn't think I was in labor. I called my mom at 6 and told her this might be it but not to rush over since I wasn't sure what was going on. I called her again at 7:30 and said that I thought this was it so she said she would be over in about an hour. Around 8:30 I had several contractions that were stronger and closer together. I decided around 9 that we should head to the hospital just to see if my water had broken and if I was far enough along to be admitted. I was seriously worried that I would not be progressing enough, and that I would be sent home. You would think with #3 I would know when to go to the hospital, but I just wasn't sure whether to go or wait it out at home. We got to the hospital at 9:30. I quickly got escorted to a room and was shocked to find out that I was at a 5. The nurse said she couldn't tell if my water had broken, but that I was definitely in labor and having a baby today! I requested my epidural and it took about an hour for them to come. The hour of waiting went by quickly since I was getting checked in by the nurses and answering a lot of questions. Thankfully, the contractions didn't get much worse while I waited. At 10:30, I got my epidural. The on call doctor, Dr. Cobbinah, came in shortly after and said that my water had broken and I was at a 6. At this point I was just able to relax and rest for a few hours. I never had to receive any pitocin which I was thankful for. I did start getting hungry around 12 and had a popsicle. By 1pm, I was at a 9.5. I started pushing around 1:20 and just a few short minutes later Henry arrived at 1:28. Todd had convinced all the nurses that we were having a girl and while I was pushing they were saying things like, "you've almost got her out" or "she is almost here". The way the Dr. Cobbinah delivered Henry, I was able to lift him out and raise him up to find out if our baby was a boy or girl. I was able to see before Todd and I was able to tell him, "It's a BOY!!!!" Henry came out screaming and cried for about 40 minutes before he finally calmed down. Once he calmed down he nursed from 2:15-3:15. I'm so thankful that Henry decided to come on his own before my scheduled induction. I always say my babies never come the month they are supposed too! Yeah for September babies!
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