[This is a very detailed post, as in I tried to cover exactly how my time in the hospital went. If you are a soon-to-be-mom, I hope this helps answer some questions and ease some fears on labor and delivery! Oh and today also happens to be Baby G’s 5 month anniversary of being on this planet :D]
If I were to sum up my labor and delivery experience into one word it would be this… relaxed. The Birthing Center was so comfortable, the nurses were UH-mazing and everyone involved made it a great experience. To be honest I would rather go through Labor & Delivery again than pregnancy. I truly believe the Lord blessed me with a smooth delivery after such a tough pregnancy. It is different for everyone and it could be completely different with my next baby; this is just the way this one happened to go!
My Last Month
At 36 weeks we moved to weekly appointments. Up until then Baby G had been growing just fine and there was no reason to think there would be any complications. She measured small my entire pregnancy so we were planning on a tiny baby. We discussed with my doctor the possibility of being induced in case I went past my due date of January 9th, because she didn’t want me to go past the one week mark. We scheduled an induction at 3:00 AM on January 12th, which was a Thursday and worked out for family coming to be there for her birth and Nick’s work schedule. At first I was not thrilled about the idea of being induced; I prayed she would come on her own, but after talking to family, friends and reading online, I felt better about it. I was also excited that my doctor would be the one delivering her and not an on call doctor!