I delivered my first baby in a record-breaking 3 hours and 10 minutes.

don't hate - it is true.

I had my lovely annual appointment at my ob-gyn yesterday and my doctor declared that I better plan my next delivery or I will be having my future son/daughter at home or on the way to the hospital, no thanks Doc. I prefer to do it in a sterilized hospital with lots of professionals and drugs assistance.

You see, my mom had very quick labors, her longest was at the max 3 hours. I never even thought to mention this to the doctors because my mom and I have such different body types. She is long and lean, I am only 5'3 and petite (well I was).  I looked like I was smuggling a watermelon under my shirt, while she had so much surface area to hold a baby- I mean she was playing golf the day before she delivered me! 

Now back to my delivery story - I was due on October 18 and come October 18, there was no baby yet and I had been 2-3 cm dialated for weeks. My doctors swore at each appointment that they wouldn't see me back the following week, but oh yes they did - little Saige was nice and comfy and not going anywhere! I had plans to be induced on the 24th if she hadn't made her arrival within the week. 

I was doing everything I could to get that baby out - I was chugging raspberry leaf tea like it was my job, walking for miles on end, and forcing having adult activity as much as I could. Then came the morning of October 21, I woke up with terrible/worst pain in my life contractions. Good thing I didn't take those childbirth classes, as I was screaming and moaning through each one. We quickly made our way to the hospital (Lankenau Hospital - which is the shit), my husband still didn't believe I was in labor, he actually brought his suit to the hospital incase it was a false alarm and he had to go to work. 

I checked in around 8:30 am, threw on a ugly hospital gown, screamed a little more, and then found out I was already at 7 cm (no wonder they hurt like hell).  They immediately pumped some fluids in my body so I could get the epidural, which was heaven on earth. Mad props to those women who do it natural, I certainly wasn't going to be one of them. My mom & dad arrived shortly after as I wanted my mom in the delivery room with me and the hubs. I ate some popsicles, played on my blackberry, and around 11:20 - I was at 10 and ready to push! I pushed for around 15 minutes and beautiful baby Saige was born at 11:41.

It was truly a remarkable and wonderful experience. I can only hope my future children are delivered as easily...fingers crossed.

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