Tuesday, May 31st 6:00 a.m. | Colby loaded up the van and took all three of my oldest boys to Disneyland with the help of his Mom and Sisters. Diana’s dance team was dancing in Disneyland and since we have season tickets, I gave him permission to take the kids and enjoy the week with his family. I figured this would give me some alone time before the chaos of four boys.
Thursday, June 2nd 11:00 a.m. | I had a doctor appointment in the clinic to be checked. Dr. Jones checked me and I was dilated to a good 4-5 and 60% effaced. I was shocked but not surprised. I have always dilated to at least a 4 with all three of my other pregnancies around this time. I called Colby after my appointment and told him the news. He seemed a little worried, but I told him things were good. We looked up flights (just in case) and there were plenty of flights Colby could hurry and get on if things got too serious. I was comforted knowing that if he had to hurry and get home, he could.
Saturday, June 4th | At this point I was contracting all the time. Sometimes my contractions would be 3 minutes apart and sometimes more like ten minutes. Sometimes the contractions would be really painful while others weren’t too bad. I took it easy the entire day watching T.V. I called Colby several times during the day giving him updates about how I was feeling. I was definitely contracting more and more and explained to Colby I was getting a little nervous.
Sunday, June 5th | I was at my parents house eating dinner. Colby was on his way back from Disneyland with my three boys, but wouldn’t be home until around midnight. As I sat on the couch, my contractions seemed to be hurting more and getting closer together. I thought that relaxing on the couch would help, but it didn’t. Eventually, my Dad asked me if I was okay and I started to tear up. I had been trying to be strong and take every contraction at a time, but I was definitely hurting pretty bad. He told me he would take me to the hospital to get checked. However, being a previous L&D Nurse, I knew they might send me right back home if I wasn’t fully in labor. My Dad convinced me to just be checked. We went down to the hospital and they put me on the monitors. I was dilated to a 5-6 at this point and definitely contracting.
To make a long story short, Colby arrived at the hospital around 1:00 a.m. I was still contracting and dilated to a six. Throughout the night my contractions slowed down a little bit and I was sent home around 7:00 a.m. I was definitely frustrated and still hurting! I was previously scheduled to be induced the following Saturday, but wasn’t sure how I would make it to Saturday hurting and contracting the way I was.
Monday, June 6th 8:30 a.m. | I was laying in bed at home trying to relax. My phone rang. It was Dr. Bailey. He told me he didn’t know I had been at the hospital through the night and told me to come back at 1:00 p.m. to be induced. Again, I was frustrated I had been sent home, I was still contracting, but also relieved that I didn’t have to deal with being dilated to a six for an entire week like I thought.
June 6th 1:30 p.m. | We got checked into the hospital and about an hour later the nurses started me on pitocin.
June 6th 3:30 p.m. | Dr. Bailey checked me and broke my water. I was dilated to a 7 and decided to get my epidural. In hindsight: I should have listened to my Dad and got my epidural BEFORE Dr. Bailey broke my water. Parents always know best right?!
June 6th 4:10 p.m. | The BEST Nurse Anesthetist (AKA my amazing Dad) gave me my epidural and I was able to rest for about 30 minutes. However, that didn’t last long and I was feeling a TON of pressure!
June 6th 4:45 p.m. | Misty (my nurse) checked me and I was completely dilated and effaced. I was relieved, but yet still hurting a little bit because I had progressed SO fast. Dr. Bailey was called and the nurses started to get everything set up for the delivery.
June 6th 5:10 p.m. | I was able to start pushing at this time.
June 6th 5:24 p.m. | My forth handsome little boy was born with ten fingers, ten toes, the cutest little face, and some chunky legs! He weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. He weighed the most out of all four of my boys!
Please excuse the fact that the pictures are posting in the wrong order. I have tried to fix them three times and I gave up! Enjoy them from the end to the start instead…
Part Two Coming soon!