First off, I would like to congratulate my dear friend Holly, who gave birth to her daughter Lainey Iris yesterday afternoon. I am so excited for her!!
Then around 6pm, I started having contractions. They didn't seem to be anything special because during the past week I would contract in the evenings due to the day's activity. Around 7pm I thought I would start to count them because they were getting stronger and pretty regular. Well, just like Jackson's birth - after my 39 week appt, my contracts were 5 mins apart lasting 1 mins. It only took an hour before they were that close together. I was still doubting myself about whether to call the neighbor and head to the hospital. I knew with being GPS positive, I shouldn't wait long - but was still in the mindset that Friday would be the day because of the way my appt went.
By 8pm, we had taken Jax over to the neighbors house and we were on our way. The contractions were pretty intense at this point. I knew that since I was 4cm at my appt earlier that day, that it wouldn't take long to fully dialate. When we reached the hospital, we had to check in at the maternity ward desk - which took forever! The desk lady kept on answering the phone while trying to hand us all the papers to fill out. She would repeatedly say, "Are you alright, how are you doing?" as I was braced up against the wall heaving thru the contraction while Paul was pushing on my back (yup - more back labor with this delivery too). I wanted to grab the phone from her and hit her over the head with it! Do I look alright??
I was extremely surprised that my bottom wasn't nearly as swollen as it was with Jackson's delivery. That had been my only experience so I assumed that every delivery would be like that. But this
I will share more on how our time has been since bringing Jaelyn home in the next post. Thanks for reading!!