I was six days past my due date so my midwife had me schedule an appointment on February 5th to get an ultrasound and to monitor Eden's heart rate just to make sure he was still doing fine. When my midwife came to check on us I mentioned that I had been having a slight clear fluid leaking, but it was so slight, I didn't know it was any cause for concern. She then checked me to see if my water was slightly ruptured. It was hard to tell so she did a "fern test" which is when they check the fluid under a microscope and if it's amniotic fluid, it will look like a fern. Sure enough, my water had been slightly ruptured for a couple days, but I was still only 1-2cm dilated.
My midwife called the hospital to let them know we'd be arriving soon! We ran home to grab our bags, grabbed something to eat and headed to the hospital, I could tell Matt was nervous as he was tapping his thumbs on the steering wheel, it was cute, and pretty funny. We got to the hospital around 5pm and I was given a small pill called misoprostol that would help to dilate and soften my cervix. A couple hours later the first pill still hadn't done much so they gave me another dose.
We killed time by walking around the hospital and snuggling on the couch to watch Netflix. It was hard to get any rest because first there was a child out in the hall crying and yelling for an hour and then there was a woman down the hall screaming for THREE HOURS. Poor lady but she kind of freaked me out! Haha.
Around 2am I felt a gush of fluid, my water broke! We called the nurse, and she said there was more blood than usual. We were a little concerned but because Eden's heart rate was fine my nurse didn't seem too worried. They still hadn't checked me since my earlier appointment because of the risk of infection so we still weren't sure how dilated I was.
I finally started to get contractions and wanted the epidural shortly after. BEST DECISION EVER. My labor was so calm and peaceful, I felt no pain and could just concentrate on pushing my baby out. The whole time all I could think was "I'm so glad I got the epidural" and I enjoyed the experience so much.
Soon after getting the epidural I felt a lot of pressure and called my nurse back again. She checked me and I was almost 10 cm dilated! It was time to push! I pushed for less than an hour. My husband laughs because I would say, "I think I'm getting a contraction", so casually and then would pull up my legs to push, with their help of course. Matthew was so great and kept telling me how good I was doing.
Eden Blake was born at 5:57am weighing 7lb 3oz and measuring 20 inches. It is true, you don't know the extent of your love until you become a parent. Time really does fly with this little guy, he's already rolling over, sitting up and can say mama and dada. He's such a good boy and I feel so blessed that I get to me his mom.