After much waiting and anticipating, the birth of our son finally set into motion on May 8th, his estimated due date.
Around 3:00pm in the afternoon, my water broke. It was a slow, ongoing trickle of fluid rather than the dramatic gush I imagined it would be, and it actually took me a few minutes to be sure that this was the real deal.
Two hours later, while I was watching Top Chef reruns, the first contractions began. I called our doctor and doula, who both told us to hang out at home, try to relax, and wait for the contractions to become more frequent. So I spent the next few hours walking around, making sure our hospital bags were packed, bouncing on my exercise ball, and hanging out with Steve.
Around 10:00pm our doula came over, and helped me relax through each contraction, allowing my body to do its work. At 2:30am we headed to the hospital. Upon arrival, I was checked by a nurse. I was 6 centimeters dilated, and 90% effaced.
Soon, the hard work started, with contractions becoming more intense (think really awful menstrual cramps). It took all my concentration to continue breathing and relaxing. After a while, my body suddenly had a really strong urge to push. The nurse checked, and with surprise said, “You’re 10 centimeters dilated and completely effaced!” The doctor was quickly called in, and when she arrived, I was told to begin pushing. I pushed like crazy for what seemed like a miserable eternity (though I was later told it was only 15 minutes).
At 5:19am, our little baby boy was born. He wailed loudly, and was immediately placed on my chest, and we had the chance to bond as a new family. In his first moments out of the womb, Aaron was extremely alert, and seemed to be as intrigued with us as we were with him. I was exhausted, but completely overjoyed at the first few moments of seeing our son. I kept repeating, “Omigosh!,” with no other words to describe how I felt. It was pure elation, relief and delirium.
The labor was 14 hours with 15 minutes of pushing, and it was the best and most painful experience of my entire life. I feel honored and proud to join the multitudes of other women who have given birth. Everything went as we had hoped – natural, non-medicated, no major complications or medical interventions. And in the end of it all, we experienced the miracle of our beautiful son being born.
Thank you for all your kind words and warm wishes. It’s wonderful to know that Aaron is welcomed with so much love.