I LOVE Birth Stories – don’t you? If so, read on; I love our story!
I seriously can’t believe my baby girl was born A YEAR AGO! (Well, a year ago Friday…) Every parent says that, right? It still makes me want to bust out into sobs. I’ve managed to hold myself together so far, but we’ll see what happens when her actual birthday gets here…
Long Blog Posts are not my style so I’m going to break this story up into 2-3 posts.
Up to and including the day I went into labor, I worked. Right after college, I got my dream job at a Catholic school as a pre-k teacher and the following year, the kindergarten teacher. Unfortunately, that school closed due to financial reasons. I got married to Hobbs the summer after my first year and in March of the second year – 2010, I was pregnant with Cupcakes. <3 After the school closed, I got a job at a day care center, thinking I could continue working because they’d probably give us a break having our baby there. This day care center did not have a cleaning crew but was meticulous about the conditions. That meant the teachers had to do the cleaning. I don’t want to get into a big whiney thing complaining about all the work I had to do so I’ll just mention my least favorite job: Mopping. You know with those big yellow buckets? I hated it! Hated. And I had to do it everyday. I don’t know if I was doing it wrong or if I’m just a wuss, but it hurt my back and at 7, 8, 9 months pregnant it was getting worse and worse. I started to really look forward to maternity leave. Shortly before I had Cupcakes, I found out that the day care center changed their mind, that they could not in fact, give us the discount they had earlier mentioned. We didn’t know what to do, but Hobbs spoke to his manager and it seemed that we would be able to work out a schedule. My husband and I would never see each other, but at least we could both work and have a baby. [Is all this relevant to the birth story?? Maybe not… I guess I’m long-winded. It’s a good thing this is going to be a couple of posts.]
|This is me pregnant – I think 7 months along (ish?)|
November 30th 2010 was my due date. I had a doctor appointment on Monday November 29th in case I hadn’t gone into labor by then. I made it to that appointment. There was still no progress; I hadn’t dilated at all. The doctor assured me that this was normal for the first baby. I loved being pregnant, but by this point, I was ready to be done. I had been tracking these weird things called Braxton Hicks contractions all weekend. I probably still have the piece of paper with all the times on it. But they didn’t hurt; they just felt weird.
Towards the end, Hobbs started driving me to work (only 15 mins away from our apartment) and picking me up just in case I went into labor at the day care center. I had the hospital bag packed long in advance, by the way. I was so excited to pack it! What to Expect when You’re Expecting helped me with that. I had started buying quick meals and other things that would be easy to eat while having a newborn. I stopped planning meals to cook.
|In the last couple months, my ankles were HUGELY swollen! I wasn’t about to stay in bed so I just stayed off them by using scooters such as this one. It was great fun. :o)|
So Wednesday, December 1st, Hobbs came to pick me up from work since it was his day off. I didn’t have anything planned for dinner so we made a spontaneous decision to go on one last date to dinner at Lonestar. In the middle of the week. It was so delicious. I ate half a jalapano (even though I cannot tolerate spicy food) because I heard that can kick-start labor. Hobbs had also rented a movie for us that day and we had a nice time watching that after dinner. I’ll never forget that movie: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
We went to bed at… I want to say 11:00. At Midnight I woke up in pain.
What was the pain? Did she go into labor?
When are they going to return that movie?!
Will she ever get to the baby part?
Is she serious with those scooters??
More tomorrow. [Wow we haven’t even gone into labor yet… this IS a long story… sorry for the lengthy post. Thanks for reading if you made it this far!]
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