It's been way too long since I wrote my last post, the recent pictures of Elia didn't count.
9:00 pm Calling midwife – midwife suggesting she go to sleep Jenny says, “Yeah, that’s not my forte.”
9:30 tiny contraction she talked through
9:35 57 seconds breathing and humming through it
9:40 55 seconds
9:45 50 seconds
10:06 lasting 1 minute, Steve heating up water for the tub
10:11 Steve leaving the gas on the stove while heating the tub up, trying to blow us up.
(we smelled something funny, and realized Steve didn't turn the gas off all the way, house was filled with gas, I like to labor dangerously)
10:21 contraction lasted over 1 minute, heavy breathing
10:32 “Oh, I shoulda shaved my armpits today.”
10:39 Eating ham and cheese sandwich. (April forced me to eat, I wasn't really hungry because...I WAS IN LABOR!!!!)
Feel contractions in the hips
11:04 laboring on hands and knees, kneeling, needing Steve for support 1 min, 10 seconds
11:08 vocal humming
11:11 “this one hurts.” “Get down here cause I need you.” (said to Steve) Hip rocking
11:15 some back labor, peed
11:31 2 minutes plus, came in waves, Liz and Zaina arrive (midwife and assistant, Zaina drove from W. Va, 2 hrs, Liz 45 minutes)
11:37 “Oh, that’s a strong one.”
11:45 in bathroom, pee, contraction
11:47 back labor
11:49 “It’s like not going away. Here we go again with another one.” 1 minute, 49 seconds
11:53 “that one came really fast. I was in denial for a second.” Steve says, “don’t be in denial.”
Asked earlier to be checked. “Just make sure it’s not pretend.”
12:03 am being checked by Zaina. Baby’s head is right there. There’s some cervix left, but things are very stretchy. 6 or 7 cm, head a little high
12:04 leaning against counter top in kitchen.
12:07 “That wasn’t much of a break.” Harder breathing. “Lots of pressure.”
12:10 tiny contraction
12:13 “this one is intense.” Peeing and moving around. (I wasn't randomly peeing around the house, I would actually go to the bathroom to do the peeing, just to let you know)
12:17 low tones and vocalizing
12:20 sitting on a chair in kitchen
12:23 “Okay, this wasn’t a good idea.” Projected time 2:13 am. (I wanted to know an end time for the labor and birth, so I declared at that moment I would have my baby at 2:13am)
12:27 “I need to hold his hands and smell his smell.” (I need Steve close close close to me the whole time)
12:39 whining. “It’s getting away. I can’t catch it.” Low moaning. “Okay, I got it.” (referring to the contraction)
12:50 side lying on couch. Totally zen and staying on it. “I’m telling you in my world we’re going to sit on eggs. This is retarded. It doesn’t make any sense.” (Alisa, this quote is for you)
12:54 “Can I push it out right now? Cause I want to.” Talking to the baby. “Oh, no. Don’t move right now. That makes it worse.”
12:58 1 min, 10 seconds. Waiting to get in the tub, feeling pressure like she’s got to poop.
1:03 midwife asleep on couch. “Okay, it’s feeling like I want to push.” Grunt. Low vocals.
1:07 good, long contraction. Grunting, wanting to bear down.
1:08 Getting checked by Liz. “The baby’s low, low, low. Bag intact. A little more cervix. As soon as your water goes, things will happen fast.” Liz the midwife
1:09 Starting to whimper. Low moans, guttural.
1:12 peeing before getting in tub. Midwives mention 9 but not there yet. Completely effaced.
1:14 In tub, using chair for support.
1:20 Lots of pressure. “Do we want to do something about that?” (referring to the pressure, trying to convince the midwife that its time to push)
“That’s up to you.” Liz
“I wanted you to make the decision.”
1:22 started and went away, then back again. “I don’t like this. It’s scary. Loud noises – hurting, baby moving.
1:29 “I can’t do this anymore. This is retarded. I’m tired.”
1:32 Lots of vocalization. “No more. That’s so hard.” “Am I in transition?” Liz says, “Maybe.”
1:39 Grunting through. “I want to feel the baby’s head and push it out right now. This is too hard. I don’t think I can do it again. Too tired.”
1:41 "I don’t feel the head. It’s just a vagina.” “There’s nothing in there.”
1:44 “I don’t think I can do this one. I’m pretending it’s not coming.” She got on top of it. Wants to push. Low moaning and vocalizing. “I don’t think my other babies hurt this bad. “
1:46 “I think the baby wants to come out now. I think it’s done.” “do you want me to check you?” Zaina. “Yes, I want you to tell me it’s time to push it out.” “I’ll see what I can do.” Zaina.
1:52 Good break. Vocal contraction. Checked by Zaina. Just lip of the cervix.
2:01 Pushing bag out. “It’s like an elevator.” (I hate when the pushing starts and you feel the baby moving down and the second you stop pushing I feel like your body just sucks the baby back up, frustrating)
2:12 “It hurts so bad. This is so stupid.”
2:16 Head out.
2:17 Baby out, cord around her neck, gets back rubbed and wails.
Elia Petra Vergara
May 7, 2011
2:17 am (notice I'm only a few minutes off from my prediction, I'm amazing like that)
Length 21 inches
Weight: 8 pounds 14 ounces
So, that's that.