October 9, 2016 | Day 1
Around 7:00 in the morning I began timing contractions on my phone. I woke up to the subtle discomforts, progressively they increased from discomfort to pain, and then from pain to crippling. Right when we arrived at the triage desk my water broke. It was that moment I realized I was much closer to having this baby than I thought because my water didn’t break until 8.5cm with Elizabeth. They put me in the triage room and checked to see/realize that I was 9.5cm! It was at 10:15 that we were admitted into labor & delivery, and they moved me from the triage room into a delivery room. A friend showed up just in time to scoop Elizabeth from Will’s arms and hung out in the waiting room knowing that the birth wouldn’t take long.
Alodia made her entrance just a few minutes later at 10:23. She was 8 lbs 1.2 oz and 20.5″ long.
I never would have imagined cutting it so close, I can’t imagine almost delivering outside the hospital! The only disappointing aspect about this delivery is that we hired a photographer who wasn’t able to make it back into town after evacuating because of Hurricane Matthew. Elizabeth was able to visit the room and meet her baby sister just 30 minutes after delivery which was very nice for all of us, and afterward went with my friend to spend the remainder of the day and following day with that amazing family.
I plan to share more about this labor and delivery later and compare it to my experience with Elizabeth’s as they were different in practically every way, yet so similar as well.