My due date came and went and I wasn't even dialated at all. I was really upset and didn't want to have to be induced, but the doctor said that if i got to be a week late she would want to induce me. My due date was July 3rd and the appointment I had to talk about induction fell on Wednesday, July 9th. It was the day before my appointment and I as really frustrated because the only signs of labor that I had was some Braxton Hicks contractions and the baby had dropped, but I wasn't dialated or anything. I was doing anything and everything to try and get him out, but nothing was working. I was walking everyday, eating spicy food, and everything people were telling me, but nothing was happening. I started having some contractions at about 6 pm on July 6th right before we went to church, but I didn't think anything of it, because I thought it was just Braxton Hicks. I didn't time them or anything, but they continued throughout the church service. After church we went to dinner at Dennys and the contractions continued, but I still didn't time them or pay attention to them. At 10:45 pm, while we were still out to dinner, my water broke.
Troy and I headed to the hospital where we were met by my mom and my sister shortly after that. They got me all checked in and I was already 1 close to 2 cm. dialated. I decided to hold off on any sort of pain medicine to see if I could try to do it naturally. It was the most intense thing that I have ever experienced. I hadn't slept in the days leading up to my water breaking, so I was so exhausted already, which is not a good way to start your labor. By the time 2 am hit I had decided to get an epidural so that I could rest and regain energy before I had to start pushing. I was continuing to dialate at a pretty fast pace.
I continued to labor and there were a couple of complications, the baby's heart rate kept dropping and I had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics they had me on for Group B strep. We were able to keep his heart rate up by continuing to change my position and I just delt with having hives while i was laboring. Finally at noon on July 7th it was time for me to start pushing. I felt so empowered during this part of the labor. I felt like a superhero. After pushing for 2 1/2 hours, at 2:24 pm we had the most beautiful baby boy.
Elijah William Parish: 8 lbs 13 oz, 22 1/2 inches
Date of Birth: July 7, 2010
Troy and I fell in love with him as soon as we saw him. He was absolutely perfect. I had some tearing, but other than that Elijah and I seemed to be completely healthy.
It has been a great year and such a great adventure. I am looking forward to what this new year has to bring and what God has for our family in Austin.