On August 22nd my water broke in bed. I wasn't due until mid october, so needless to say I called the hospital. They said I probably urinated myself and I should lie back down to see if it happens again. Over the next couple of days I continued calling with various complaints ("I am now having these many contractions per hour, enough discharge to change a pantyliner every hour" etc. Which was always answered with "Drink a full glass of water and lie down for an hour") I rationalized that these mustt just be BH. On the 24th I took a bath and a tylenol to help with the pain & decided I shouuld also checkmy dilation. I chould feel his head just under my cerix.
This time I didn't call, just told DF I think it is time to go. The hospital was 1 1/2 hrs away, and I wasa scareed I was going to deliver rematurely on the side of the road. I started to wish I would've gone when I first knew labor was starting rather then let myself be calmed down. We made it in time, and I delivered on August 25th at 3:20am to a beautiful 4lb 2oz, 15in baby boy.
There was a point when he was crowning I started thinking "I can't do this!" then I told myself "I have to."
I watched Tristyn come into this world & knew something was off.
He was born with gastroschisis -His insides in the outside. The hospital had to transfer him to one that had a better equipped & experienced NICU -another hour away! They were made sure to bring him back to see us before transport & were able to find me a bed at the hospital.
His gastroschisis was unique, with a muscle membrane enclosing his intestines. That made the first surgery difficult. He has now had 2 surgeries & a few smaller procedures. Everything is "inside" but his skin has not grown enough to close, so it is being held in with an artificial skin. Surgery has released him & trained my on his dressing changes. He breathes well on his own, holds body tempature, eats like a champ (and evvery feedinig I am here is at breast!) and can go home as soon as he is weaned off morphine!
I didn't get the water birth I wanted & had to deliver on my back, but I did get to labor in the tub & at home, with no pain meds (other then 1 tylenol at the very end.)
There was a point in time where I beat myself up about not going sooner ("what if they could've stopped labor? or found the defect on ultrasound when checking my fluid levels?") But now I know this is exactly how it was meant to happen. Oddly enough I am happier with this birth then my first son's.