It was the real deal. I woke up Monday morning quite angry because over the weekend I have felt "dirty" or "wet" and it didn't hit me until I woke up Monday getting frusterated with the constant changing and bathing. I decided to call in to see if it was water and whether or not it was a big deal. I went in at 1AM and the midwife told me to go to the labor and delivry to get checked in as it was indeed my water and I was in the earlier stages of labor.
I asked if I could go home and gather my things first so my husband and I stopped by Target for some last minute items and then came home to gather my things.
I arrived at the hospital at 3:30PM on Monday and it began. I was in labor for 12-13 hours at the hospital and she came at 2:54 on Tueday morning. I had an all natural birth and made it without medicine which I was hoping to do.....but I will tell you it is extremely painful. I switched from the birthing ball to the bed and the birthing tub. I felt most comfortable sitting straight up and I did give birth in the bed. I pushed an hour and a half and she was 7 pounds 10 ounces. (A little larger than anyone anticipated!) I didn't tear or need an episiotomy either, thankfully. I pushed so hard that I busted many blood vessels in my face and especially my eyes. The whites are completely bloody yet and my face was 4 times it's original size and no one could reconize me. My visitors the next day couldn't help but react, by saying "Oh my, what the hell happened to you!" "Oh, everyone will think your husband beats you!" It doesn't bother me, I have to laugh too because I do look so bad in the face! My eye lids bulged out and they are brusied too! lol
The recovery has been good. I came home today at noon. My midwife makes some sort and tea and herbal treatment for the soreness down below and I am not so sore anymore. I took some Motrin for the swelling the first day, but now I am not taking it. I am feeling great and fairly normal. I lost 16 pounds after her coming out so far. Only 20 more to go!
I wish the rest of you well and I am also excited to hear your stories. I am also open to any questions for those of you who haven't gone in yet, like about bleeding, milk coming in, etc, etc. I will be on more later!