Week thirty-nine: Baby arrives!

12am: I’m in pain and worried about having called my parents out in the middle of the night during a storm. They reminded me that this wasn’t the first hour-long trip to the hospital they made during a storm. I was born amidst a blizzard. Jacob is still awake. He’s very much aware of what’s going on now. I don’t think he fully realizes that in a matter of hours he’ll see “his” baby, but he’s very excited. He’s also very tired. I’m so glad he napped late and long. Now, however, he seems to need sleep again. He won’t sleep without his shiggies. I’ve held off because I know that nipple stimulation encourages contractions and I’m not sure I can take that right now. But, he needs sleep and I need to stop running around like a crazy woman trying to pack the last-minute stuff.

Rob keeps packing as I lay down with Jacob. I figured I could nurse through three contractions without too much of a problem, and surely Jacob won’t make it past 15 minutes when he’s this tired. But from the very moment he latched on, my five-minute intervals shrunk to just over a minute. Fortunately Jacob drifted off to sleep just as I couldn’t stand the pain any longer.

12:15am: They say a hot shower can stop false labor. I’ll try it now, why not? I really need to relax. So, Rob helps me take off the TENS unit. In my haste to move quickly from one form of pain relief to the other I forget to turn off the unit thus shocking my poor husband as he touched the electrodes. My shower was brief, as I quickly realized that the TENS unit provided much greater relief than the not-too-hot water. So this is really it! At least the contractions slowed to about every four minutes after the shower.

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