Saturday, March 17, 2007

Labor begins

So last Wednesday began like any other day (get up, eat breakfast, get the kids up and dressed and fed.) My friend Lindsey and one of her sweet little girls came by briefly to pick up her maternity clothes that I'd been borrowing. It was a beautiful day and I wasn't feeling too well, though I really couldn't put my finger on why (guess I just figured it was because I was 9 months pregnant!), so the kids and I hung out in the backyard all morning, until naptime. I tried to take a nap but couldn't. By late afternoon I was having contractions 4 minutes apart, but these contractions were just in the front, which they say is false labor. Kevin kept asking if he should come home, but I assured him it was nothing.

My dad called me in the afternoon to ask me if I could do what I could to go into labor because he had a meeting at 4 pm he was not wanting to go to. I said I'd do my best.


Wednesday evenings we have a biblestudy here with two other couples. I started heating up some leftover spaghetti for the kids' dinner and began to sweep and mop the floor. I was still contracting every 4 minutes (like clockwork) but it was still just in the front. At around 5:30 p.m. I thought maybe my water had broken or was leaking or something. I went to the bathroom and pretty much confirmed these findings. I called our cell phone that Kevin was carrying (he was still on his commute home from work), which he did not answer. Sweet. Left a sarcastic message about how great it was that he's been taking the cell in case I go into labor, and got the kids in their seats, and got them their dinner. Called Kevin again, this time he answered, and alerted him to the situation. (He'd be home in a half hour.) Then I called my parents, who also have a biblestudy on Wednesday nights, to tell them I was pretty sure this was the real deal and asking them to come. Sadly they had to boot out their biblestudy. AND sadly, my dad wasn't able to use my labor to get out of his meeting.


I finished sweeping and mopping, Kevin got home, and we decided to just haul the kids with us to the hospital and have my parents pick them up from there once they got down here (they live an hour away from us.) We got them loaded in the car, I finished packing my bag, and Kevin taunted me to no end when I insisted on tidying up the house, picking up the kids' dinner mess, and washing the kids' high chair trays. I told him I couldn't have things in disarray when people are coming over! We also notified our friends that biblestudy was cancelled.


Finally we set out for the "hostipal" as Anna calls it. By this point the contractions were hurting a little and were clearly more than Braxton Hicks. (The above picture is of me right before we left for the esteemed Marian Medical Center.) To be continued...

11 comments:

Shana said...

Ooh, I just love these kinds of stories! I think having a baby is just the best! And I am cracking up at Kevin not answering the phone when you were finally in labor. That would SO be my husband! :)

5KidMom said...

I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the story. Katie Jane is gorgeous!!!

Mike and Rachel said...

that sounds pleasant enough...

lisa said...

yea! i want to hear nore of the story, too! glad you are enjoying katie.

Jeannett Gibson said...

A couple of points: Clearly you could do better with your daughterly duties in the future. Not getting your dad out of a boring meeting is inexcusable. Secondly, you really should have done more than just clean up from dinner. I believe a good window washing and baseboard cleaning would have behooved you and the guests you had coming. Thirdly, did I sense sarcasm in the "esteeemed Marian Medical Center" comment? At least they provided Kevin a chair to sit in during the labor!

Love ya! :)

Kristen Borland said...

looking too good to be in labor! :)

Samantha said...

I agree with Kristen, what's with the big smile on your face?!

Tamara said...

I agree with Jeannett, all you did was sweep and mop the floor?? Why didn't you wash the guest room sheets so they would be nice and fresh for your parents!?! Hahaha

So glad she came and was fairly well timed (could have been a little faster for that meeting, but at least it wasn't in the middle of the day and super fast!)

jeromy said...

I concur with my wife and Kristen, you look great in that picture! Thanks for the new post. I have been wondering how things are going with the sweet new little one.

Swerl said...

Congratulations on getting close.

I've really been enjoying going back and catching up on your fabulous blog.

lisa said...

where's the rest of the story?! ;0)

 

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