On the morning of August 28th, 10 days before I was due, I finished showering and got dressed. For some reason, Heath was home with me that day. Maybe he had a late shift that day or something, but anyway, he was home with me. After I had been dressed for a few minutes, I felt a trickle of fluid run down my leg. I figured I just hadn't dried off completely after the shower, and thought nothing of it.
A few minutes later, another trickle happened. This time, I changed my underclothes. Again, about 10 minutes later, I was wet again. I honestly was beginning to wonder why I was so leaky all of the sudden. I knew my bladder was empty, so it wasn't that. Maybe I was just extra wet that day. hmmm. Then it all came together. I thought...maybe my water broke...slowly. Is that possible? So I called my OB and he said to come in and they would test the fluid to see if it was indeed my water, and not just a leaky bladder.
We dropped off the kids with some friends, called my mom to be on alert so she could go get the kids if it turned into labor day, and we headed to the doctor's office. Sure enough, my water had broken, but it wasn't a normal break by my cervix. It was a high leak, like a little tear, up by my ribcage. Apparently, my uterus was contracting a few times (I didn't feel it) and what resulted was the little trickles of fluid every 10 minutes or so.
Anyway, I was admitted into the hospital. However, hours went by before my doctor could come and officially break my water again, so Heath and I sat. walked. sat. and waited. Finally, around 6pm, he came and broke my water. My contractions started immediately. He said he'd go home to eat dinner with his family, and then come back to be with us. This was the same doctor I had with Keaton, so he knew fairly well how fast my labor would go.
About two hours later, he came back and made himself comfortable at the foot of my bed. He was wearing an old holey shirt and a pair of jogging shorts. I found his outfit interesting. Anyway, I was progressing nicely with my labor. In fact, I had decided to try out an epidural. It seemed like everyone was pleased with epidurals, and so I wanted to give it a shot. We got started with the IV, went over all the risks with the anesthesiologist and he started prepping. During this time, my labor was deep into transition time, and it was very hard to sit up and hold still. I remember as he was placing the needle, I had the incredible urge to push. I told everyone, and as soon as he took the needle out, I was laid down, and checked. Sure enough, the baby was crowning. I had the baby before the epidural even got a chance to begin. Kolby was also born face up (posterior) which made it more difficult and painful to push him out. As it was, I must be a great pusher, because even with that problem, I only pushed for a minute or two, as with my other two kids. My body really does a great job being pregnant and having babies. I am very lucky for that. This labor, as well as Keaton's labor, lasted 3 hours total.
Kolby seemed so tiny. He was 6 lbs 2 oz and had some dark hair. We named his middle name Heath, after his daddy. Here he is after his bath, with his nurse Stephanie.