My water actually broke with this one!
It’s true, with both other babies…even #2 that came literally 6 minutes within getting in our room at the hospital, my water has never broken on it’s own, but this time it did! It was nothing glorious, but it’s something I desired and prayed for, and it happened!
Okay, let’s start from the beginning!
WILL MY BABY COME EARLY?
Around 36 or 37 weeks, I really felt like this baby was going to come early. Which honestly kind of annoyed me because instead of patiently waiting and enjoying my last few weeks of pregnancy, I was anxiously noticing every little weird thing that happened with my body, emotions, mindset. Which….in the last month of pregnancy, A LOT HAPPENS! And yet nothing ACTUALLY HAPPENED!
I honestly don’t know why I thought he would come early since neither of my other babies did. I had Zander at 40 weeks +2 days, (and I took castor oil to make it happen….I was eager with my 1st baby)! I had Eliza at 41weeks pregnant (and I took castor oil as a way to naturally induce and skip out on hospital induction…not a fan)
You can read both of those birth stories here….ZANDER & ELIZA!
Each of my birth stories were sweet and unique in their own!
Praying for My Water to Break
So….around a week before my due date, I finally realized…I’ve always wanted my water to break, but instead of just wanting it, I need to straight up ask God for it. I know it’s NOT a big deal, but to me it was a desire of my heart, and….
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalm 37:4
This was a verse my grandmother made sure I memorized early in my life, and so I knew it was truth.
So I asked God blatantly for my water to break, and I told a group of my girl friends that I was praying for that, and they began praying with me too!
39 week appointment
So, after my 39 week appointment, which I waited at for nearly 2 hours…WITH MY KIDS! And for some reason that time I didn’t bring books or toys or anything….sorry to everyone in the waiting room!
I finally got in at lunchtime, and I didn’t even get to see my doctor. (which is why they said it was taking so long, they wanted me to see him but he was called out for a birth)
So I saw the nurse practitioner, which was fine with me. She checked me and really had to dig deep to feel my cervix, and said I was barely dialated… “Cool. that makes me happy!” haha
So backstory, my platelets had been low during this pregnancy, which wasn’t new for me. This happened in pregnancy #1, and the LAST WEEK they went up! We prayed, and it worked!
Same thing happened this time, they gradually decreased each week, (which could get dangerous if I was in an accident or had to have an emergency C-Section because if my platelets are too low and I’m bleeding, my blood won’t clot and I could bleed out).
Then finally, with everyone praying, and me having to go bi-weekly, then weekly to get labs done, my platelets went up that last week AGAIN! Thank you God!
So I went home like normal, and that night I got a call from my doctor.
Who randomly told me because my platelets didn’t rise enough, he didn’t feel super comfortable with me continuing and basically wanted me to pick an induction date….
“Huh…? Wait, what did you say?”
PICK A DATE TO BE INDUCED….
This took me by surprise. Actually SHOCKED me.
Kids were asleep and my husband was at the gym.
I didn’t know what to say or think, I just sat there.
We got off the phone with a…talk to your husband and give me a call back.
Now if you know me or have read my other birth stories, I’ve had 2 all natural births which have gone incredible well, and I wanted that for this birth too! However, with my other 2 I did take castor oil…. (as explained above) to help naturally induce me.
This birth I was praying would all happen on it’s own and I was waiting until the LAST POSSIBLE moment to have to use castor oil, and prayed my water would break and it would all just happen!
So when my husband got home, and after talking on Marco Pollo to some girl friends, I was ready to call my doctor back and push back on the induction. Yes, I trusted him, but I also knew my body could do this, and with two amazing births before this one, and no problems with baby, I felt comfortable to keep waiting.
When he answered, he admitted he thought longer about it and with my body and good health he felt comfortable with me waiting. (I didn’t even have to give him my spill that I had ready haha). All he wanted was for me to do 5 days of steroids to help boost my platelets. (I had tried not to get those just because I don’t love the use of medicine in general, but if it was steroids vs. inducing, I chose steroids). So I went into that for the next 5 days, which ended the night before my 40 week appointment.
40 WEEK APPOINTMENT
My 40 week appointment actually fell on the night when I was 39 weeks, 6 days. So the day BEFORE MY DUE DATE!
Another appointment where we had to wait forever! The appointment was at like 4:30PM, and we didn’t leave until after 6PM.
However, I did get to see my doctor this time. My platelets had gone up…yep I had to get blood drawn again first thing that morning. He was so happy to see a large jump due to the steroids boosting them though!
He checked me, and I was dilated to 3 centimeters, and 75% effaced.
He stripped my membrane as well that night.
That night, I just felt like something was different. I was starving, so we went out to eat at Fuzzy’s as a family.
Also, side-note, on this day I felt very energetic. (which could have been due to steroids still being in my system), but I went on my normal 2mile walk with the kids, I DID A WORKOUT! It was the launch of a new program and I wanted to do Day 1’s workout! (the past 2-3 weeks I had really just been walking as my workout, usually 2 miles a day) THEN, that night after dinner, my husband stopped at a home he was working on, and I walked home from there. Totally 3.5 miles the entire day of walking, plus a workout.
We got home, kids went to sleep, I took a bath, and unlike the past week which had me up at late times, I was ready for bed by 9:45PM.