So here is, the birth story of Ephraim. Now where to start, let's start with the fact that he was overdue. This in itself threw me for a loop because Ben was almost a week early. So those last few weeks were hard, and when the baby was a week overdue, I had hit a block in my mind that I was never going to have the baby and felt like it was going to go on forever! So I went to visit my neighbor and vented to her, and she listened and suggested a unorthodox way of calming down, which seemed to work.
The next day I woke up and praying and thinking about this baby in the womb and had an attitude change. That day I decided to think differently from the day before by saying that instead of the baby never coming, the baby would come.
My friend K had invited Ben and I over to hang out with her and her kiddos, so we drove over to her house and had the kids play together and chatted. We left after lunch and came back home for Ben to take his nap. After not being able to nap for about a week I actually fell asleep during nap time. When I woke up I felt sick and just off. I did some laundry and then when Ben woke up I fed him some yogurt and as usual finished it off for him. Oddly though it didn't taste right, something was off. I wanted to take him to the library that afternoon to get some more books in case the baby came because we had missed story time that morning where I would have normally exchanged and acquired said books.
We didn't get to the library because I started to feel sick a little after 4 o'clock, so we went to town drawing with crayons in the coloring books at his little table. I called my husband a few minutes later saying something wasn't right and I was being to feel cramps, and I asked him if he thought I should call the midwife. He said that probably was a good idea. In between calling the midwife, I called a friend and asked her if this was labor I was experiencing because it was nothing like I remembered, all the pains were low, and it felt like bad cramps. Last time it was like full out contracting of the uterus, or at least that was how I remembered it. She said it probably was, and to again call the midwife, so I did. The office assistant told me I could come in and be checked, but I said well I don't really want to drive and my husband isn't home yet, so I'll wait it out till I know this is for real.
Well things quickly got intense, and after my husband got home at 5:30, I was pretty sure this was labor, it was getting worse not better. I attempted to write and email and got no where, and then I decided to attempt some tub laboring, and that totally didn't feel good either. All I wanted to do was be on my hands and knees by leaning over my exercise labor ball. So that's what I did. I managed to eat some chicken nuggets with the kiddo for dinner and then by 7-7:30 I told my husband to call his parents to get them to take Ben. Well they were at a concert for his youngest brother, so we had to call the neighbor to take him and she thankfully could. We still had some hospital bag packing to do, so my husband quickly threw things in the bags and off we went.
part 1 of 2. part 2 coming soon...