Fable's Birth Story: Chapter One

When I went in to see my doctor last Wednesday, I was already four centimeters dilated and almost completely effaced. I had been contracting off and on for days, timing my sporadic contractions by the glow of my cell-phone, clutching my belly through wakeful nights, heart-pounding in anticipation.

Would she come today? Tomorrow? Ever?


Me, the night before...

"What do you mean, four? Are you sure? Is the baby coming soon? What should I do?"

I pulled Archer to me. He offered me a lick of his lolly

"Here, Mommy. I have blue one," he said, pushing his lollipop into my mouth.

Archer was off school for the day for Rosh Hashanah and I had bribed him with a lollipop to escort me to my appointment.

"I'm a little worried that if you're already at 4cm, your labor may be so fast we won't be able to administer antibiotics," my doctor said, pulling his now bloodied glove out from between my legs.

Hmmmmm...

So we discussed my options, whether or not I would want to go into labor naturally, knowing that there was a chance that I wouldn't have time for the three doses of antibiotics I needed to ensure I didn't pass the GBS to my baby. I was basically in a state of "slow-labor", contracting every ten minutes or so. Because of the way I was contracting, it was likely that my contractions could push me all the way to six, seven, even eight centimeters before my water broke or I went into active labor.

"Or," the doctor said, "You could meet me at the hospital in a few hours and I could break your water, get the labor going, administer the antibiotics you need..."

My first thought was Catherine and OMG, I do not want to have this baby on Wilshire Blvd during rush hour. My main concern, of course, was the GBS-- the risks of going into labor at home, on my own and how it might possibly complicate my labor and my bebe.

I agreed with my doctor that breaking my water was the best bet.

"Meet me back at the hospital around 3:00 and we'll get this party started. "

"You think I might have this baby today?"

"Or tomorrow."

My doctor hugged me, high-fived Archer and left the two of us alone. Moments later, I was in tears. Tears of excitement and joy and fear, maybe even a little guilt. Because Archer had been my center for so long and pretty soon I would be orbiting around someone else. My children.

"Mommy's going to have her baby, today," I said to Archer but he wasn't listening. I tried to explain to him what was about to happen, that he would go to his friend's house and then Gooey and Papa would pick him up and have a giant slumber party while Mommy and Daddy were at the hospital having a baby sister...

Archer said nothing, attentive only to his lollipop.

It wasn't until we got into the elevator on our way down to the parking garage that Archer acknowledged my words. He turned to a scrunched-up old woman, clutching her cane beside us in the elevator and proudly proclaimed, "I'm a big brother, now."

"Not yet, Archer, but soon."

I called Hal. I called my parents. I called my friends. I cried between phone calls for no reason, of maybe there was a reason. Of course there was a reason. Anticipating a birth is like anticipating a land mine. What if I were to lose an arm? A leg? My mind?

When we came home, I packed Archer's bag and waited for Hal to come home. It felt like a thousand years.

And then he was home and in a matter of moments, we were out the door, kissing Archer goodbye at our friend's house, heading to the hospital, Hal and I vibrating on nerves and nostalgia.

Remember when we were on our way to the hospital to have Archer?

Yeah. Can you believe this is going to happen again?

It's hard to, isn't it?

Are you nervous?

A little bit, are you?

Yeah.

And then we were there, in the triage of Good Samaritan Hospital and by 4:30pm, checked into our room with its view of downtown and the hills, and a ballpark where children played baseball.

By 4:31, Hal was pacing the room as I ever so impatiently waited for the floodgates to open...


...For my doctor to "knock knock"/"come in"/"I'm going to puncture your bag of waters, now"/ouch! /part the Red Sea...

To be continued.

GGC

19 comments:

Steph | 3:48 PM

Gah! Now I'm all nervous. And it's not even me. And it's in the past! But still, the nerves.

DoulaMomma | 4:07 PM

No fair - leaving us hanging!

Amber | 4:19 PM

I was hesitant to call my doctor when my contractions started because I knew he'd tell me to come in. I finally called when they were every 4 minutes, and that's exactly what he said. I started to cry and told my sister(who was there to watch the kids) "I knew it, he wants me to come in. Great." I wanted to have the baby, but I was sooo scared of the pain. He was born in 1 1/2 hours.

Shannon | 5:28 PM

My second was born by scheduled c-section and I so remember those feelings the night before. This is the last time we'll be just the three of us. Excited, scared, sad, overwhelmed, and so thrilled. It's just such a bittersweet moment. On the cusp of everything changing forever.

clueless but hopeful mama | 5:54 PM

Oh my, what a cliffhanger! *fingers drumming*.....

Heather | 6:24 PM

You brought back the memory of the tears that I have cried prior to all three of my children being born. Such good tears. I can't wait to read the rest.

Rachael | 9:26 PM

Love it! Can't wait to read the rest!

Mommy Melee | 7:38 AM

Oh I'm so glad you're sharing.

I'm 35 weeks and already losing my mind with anticipation. I thought with my second I'd be way more nonchalant about this stuff than I am.

Hilary | 7:51 AM

Can't wait to hear the rest! So happy for you and your family.

susan | 8:30 AM

You made me cry. I remember how clueless we were on the way to the hospital to have our one and how excited.

Damn. Now I'll have to check back often until you post the rest.:)

Mom101 | 8:36 AM

I am just glad that we already know there is a happy ending. Can't wait for the part where Archer first meets his baby sister.

Jules | 9:13 AM

Can't wait to hear the rest either! Much love. <3

Wendy | 10:39 AM

My heart is literally pounding for you! Or maybe it was the pot and a half of coffee that did it. ;) How exciting! Of course Archer took it all in without saying anything. That's what they do when it's something big.

You're going to have so much fun now! A family of four, yay!

the weirdgirl | 11:28 AM

Did it hurt? I don't remember feeling anything when my bag was broken. Of course, I have a lot of hazy birth memories.

Andie East | 12:53 PM

I'm on pins and needles! This is my first ever birth story from a friend!

!!!

jjlibra | 4:46 PM

hello- it's been a whole day!!! i can't wait anymore!!! you are probably being selfish and just cuddling that darling little girl of yours all day instead of filling us all in. the nerve!

bmcishotforyouraction | 8:22 AM

that picture of archer is gutting. he looks instantly old and like baby fable all at once. i love all y'all, beeches. i love in that last pic how halberto v05 is rocking his LA cellular addiction.

courtney | 10:57 AM

The anticipation is the worst! I was induced last month with my first (gestation diabetes and blah blah blah) and I remember sitting in my room just waiting for them to come in and hook me up to the IV that was going to get my labor going (my water had broken almost 24 hours earlier and still no labor). It was horrible, that waiting... all the nerves!

Faith | 11:34 AM

Congratulations! She's incredibly beautiful.