Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone
After having 2 c-sections, I had wanted to give birth to my last child naturally. (well, maybe with some medication….an epidural….something?!) After meeting with the doctor at Olmsted Medical Center, they determined that I was too high risk to attempt a natural birth and recommended that I have a repeat scheduled c-section. I was pretty heartbroken, but accepted it.
My c-section was scheduled for 8am the morning of October 23, 2008. I was pretty nervous the night before and couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned until about 2am when I woke up and realized I wasn’t only tossing and turning….I was in labor!!! I called the hospital and they told me to stay at home until I was scheduled to come in.
I got my things together and took a shower. During my shower, I realized my contractions were A LOT closer together. Once I got out, I realized they were A LOT stronger. I woke Brandon up and told him we needed to go to the hospital….NOW!!!!
On the way there, I realized I had maybe waited a little too long….although it was only about 5am and I had probably been. in labor about 2-4 hours. When we pulled into the parking lot, I couldn’t stand it. The contractions were right on top of each other.
When we got to the room, they assessed that I was fully dilated. There was no surgeon available. There was also no anesthesiologist. I was pretty pissed by this point and wanted some pain medication. Nope. Too late, they said. I was going to have to deliver RIGHT away.
So….we signed into the hospital at 5am. At 5:30 am, our son Hayden James Curtis Zandstra was born. Natually with no medication. 7 pounds, 11 ounces. 21 1/2 inches long. A great accomplishment and a great blessing. I got what I wanted, even though they said I couldn’t deliver him….I did. And, I’m proud of that.