We planned a hospital birth and then THIS happened!

Our second daughter arrived so fast that we couldn’t get to the hospital!  The experience was not at all what we planned for, not even close, and in today’s post I want to share with you how it all went.

Contractions Start: No Big Deal……Or?

Technically I was due on a Thursday but on Tuesday I started having some contractions, nothing major.  I thought, “Okay, well, you know, we’re getting close.” Then my contractions started getting a little stronger but still just kind of sporadic.  Remember, this was on Tuesday so I thought, “Okay, no big deal.”

Well, by Tuesday evening, I was laying in bed and they were getting pretty strong and I thought, “Okay, we’ll see what happens.” I got up to use the restroom and as I went to sit down, I felt a gush. For you ladies out there that have gone through this process, you know what that’s like, “Uh, what was that? Was that my water?”

Sure enough, it was my water, at least part of it. I waited a little bit, maybe half an hour, with my contractions coming about 15 minutes apart. So, I told Steve, “Hey, I think my water just broke,” and he gave me that look that means, “What do we do?”

I told him, “I’ll get on Google.” Always the smartest when you’re trying to figure out medical advice, go to Google. 🙂

Everything I was finding said, “Your contractions will pick up and you’ll know when it’s time to start going to the hospital,” and for me, nothing was happening. It was 15 minutes, 15 minutes, 15 minutes and then the craziest thing happened. My contractions started getting really intense!

It’s Time to Go to the Hospital….

I went back in about 12:10 a.m. and told Steve, “I think it’s time to go.”  I went to the bathroom, because I felt like I needed to pee.  I was having a contraction – it was right about on time at the 15-minute mark.

Then almost as soon as that contraction ended another one started, and I thought, “Uh-oh. Okay, something’s changing here.” They were more intense and started coming a lot faster.

…..But She Arrived at Home

This is Steve with a VERY new baby….just outside our bathroom where she was born

Things progressed pretty quickly from that point. Actually, Steve is going to tell you more about the specifics because he has the timing down. By 12:10 a.m. my contractions were 15 minutes apart and at 12:44 a.m. our youngest joined us. We did not make it to the hospital.

Our tiny princess was born in our small bathroom and was delivered by my amazing husband. My parents and our doula showed up right before she was born and the paramedics showed up pretty much right as she was born.

For the most part it was just Steve and me. Our oldest daughter managed to sleep through the entire birth. Yeah! It was not what we expected, but it’s been amazing.

On to the Hospital

After our little girl arrived, we went on over to the hospital. That would have been early Wednesday morning. When we arrived they checked us and it’s now Thursday afternoon. We have just been given the all clear — everybody looks good. The youngest has passed all of her tests with flying colors and the doctors are letting us leave the hospital. Woo-hoo!

In the hospital

Here we are in the hospital after the arrival of our second daughter

I hope you enjoyed our story. We’ll probably talk more about some of the specifics about our hospital stay. I know I mentioned in an earlier post a few things I planned to take with me to the hospital. I told you I would share after our hospital birth whether I used them or not. The answer with some of it will be “no”, simply because I wasn’t at the hospital when it all went down.

Anyway, we’ll do more on this topic later. We’re also going to have Steve tell about his experience delivering his second daughter.

You might also be interested to read how I contended in prayer for a supernatural delivery experience free from birth pain, and how it happened!  Now…..this was a VERY intense experience on many levels.  The birth of our daughters have been the most intense experiences of my life….but painful?  No, I wouldn’t call them that.

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