On Sunday July 12, I woke up at around 3am and got out of bed to go to the bathroom. As soon as I sat up, I felt a gush of fluid. I honestly thought I had peed myself but I knew from other people’s stories that it most likely had to be my water breaking. I went to the bathroom and noticed that it was a pinkish color and I knew that that was what it was. I woke up Zach and started getting dressed. I’ve been having what I thought were Braxton Hicks for weeks (since 30 weeks or so). They seemed to be pretty constant but I never noticed any pain that would lead me to think they were the real thing or to start timing them. I knew though that if my water did break that meant that I needed to go to the hospital to get checked out regardless of how far apart any contractions were so I didn’t really bother with timing them.
Thankfully, my mom had arrived on Saturday July 11. Talk about God’s perfect timing! After we got everything packed up and ready to go, we woke up my mom and made sure everything was good on her end to watch Titus before we headed out.
As soon as we got to the hospital, the OB in triage tested the fluid and checked my cervix. To my surprise, I was already 3 1/2cm dilated (a vast difference from going in at 41 weeks with Titus and only being dilated 1cm) and it was confirmed that my water had broken. We were excited to know that we’d be meeting our sweet girl by the end of the day! They monitored baby girl’s heart rate and my contractions for a little bit. The contractions I was having were about 7-8 minutes apart. It still surprises me that I wasn’t in much pain. Zach thinks I may have been having real labor contractions for days and just never knew it. But once they admitted me, they decided that I should be put on Pitocin to get my contractions closer together. To be honest, I’m not completely sure what the exact reason was they put me on Pitocin. I assume it was because they wanted to get baby out within 24 hours of my water breaking to prevent infection or maybe it was to just ensure that I continued to dilate and make me progress quicker. Whatever the reason, that is what happened.
They started me on Pitocin around 6:30-7am and I labored on my own for quite awhile. We were even able to stream Anthem’s church service while I labored. I guess that’s a positive of the covid pandemic…livestream church is so easily accessible! They checked my cervix again at 1pm and I was dilated to about 7 1/2-8cm. Soon after that, they increased the Pitocin and my contractions were PAINFUL. It was finally to the point that I could no longer handle them on my own and I decided to get an epidural.
My epidural experience with Titus was easy peasy and pretty painless. This time, however, I was lucky enough to get a resident that had to dig around in my back and restick me twice to get the epidural correctly set. In the meantime, I was fighting contraction after contraction while hunched over in a fetal position and trying not to move. Because of the longer process, I strained the muscles in my neck and back pretty badly trying to compensate for not moving while I had uncomfortable pressures and pains in my back from getting the epidural set. Finally, it was set and I was pain free. Despite the rough epidural, I’m so thankful for modern medicine and being able to be more comfortable throughout the rest of labor!
After I had the epidural, I struggled with terrible back and neck pain from straining. The nurse helped me get on all fours so that she and Zach could massage my back and neck. It was so incredibly painful! I labored for quite some time and even though I figured I was probably fully dilated by around 3 or 4pm, they were hesitant to check my cervix. I think they wanted to check me as little as possible since my water had already been broken. By the time 6pm rolled around, my contractions seemed to have stalled a bit. It scared me because I was worried that that meant that they may have to take a more scary route for delivery. But, it turns out that wasn’t the case! The resident OB came in and checked me and discovered I had a forebag. The forebag is a portion of the fluid-filled amniotic sac that bulged into the cervical canal in front of the fetal head. So basically, it was blocking baby from making her debut. As soon as they popped that, I was fully dilated and ready to push! My theory is that I was fully dilated for awhile because I pushed for 10 minutes and out she came!
Miss Galilee Estelle made her debut at 7:00pm on July 12, 2020. She weighed 7lbs 13 oz 20.5 in. I can’t believe how much smaller she was then Titus! Fun fact: she gets to share a birthday with my sister, Jenna! Happy birthday, sis!
Labor and delivery went smoothly and overall, I had a great experience! My post partum has been quite a bit tougher, though. Due to the resident having to poke me multiple times to set my epidural, I had a spinal headache that I’ve been fighting for my whole first week postpartum. Never have I ever had something so painful. It was so painful in that it made it hard to even want to nurse Galilee or even sit up in bed. We ended up staying an extra day at the hospital in hopes of getting it under control. I got a blood patch to help alleviate some of the pain. It’s helped some but it has definitely been a long week trying to recover. I’m so thankful my mom and Zach have been able to take care of Titus and Galilee while I recover because I was incapacitated for days. Praise God, it seems that I am beginning to come out of it and I’m starting to feel more like myself! Im currently still not 100% yet but I definitely am able to function again and actually enjoy my life. It’s crazy how quickly we take our health for granted. Thank you, Jesus, for good health! If I’ve learned anything, it’s definitely learning to thank God for a body that functions properly everyday.
Now, a week after having little miss Galilee and it’s still sinking in that I have two children. My quiver is full! I’m thanking God everyday for the two little blessings he’s given to me and I’m just enjoying how faithful God truly is!