So exhausted after no sleep for 35 hours and my body was "running a marathon."
My mom ran to get some food from McDonald's at 11:30am for her and Josiah. We told her to hurry back as the nurse was expecting me to hit 10 cm at noon. Josiah said, "I bet our baby's birth time will start with a 12!" I hoped so, but at that point, I didn't know if labor would ever end so I wasn't about to get my hopes up. I pictured myself having to push for 3 hours or something.
Mom got back at noon and Josiah wolfed down his meal. I sarcastically remarked that my birth coaches sure were nice to eat in front of me when I was denied food for a day.
The nurse checked me and declared me at a 10. I knew the end was in sight and told my mom I could finally see a "light at the end of the tunnel.". I got really emotional thinking it would all be over soon and wondering how long it would take. They went to get the doctor and set up the delivery utensils and get me ready. They said a woman having her 3rd or 4th kid usually doesn't have to push much so they wanted everything ready. I pushed 20 minutes with Ali, 0 minutes with Jer (who flew out and surprised everyone and barely got caught--I don't recommend this, it's brutal!), and about 30-40 minutes with Justus (I was sooooo numb from a massive dose in my epidural that I really couldn't do anything and my mom and Josiah pushed my legs for me to get him out.) When everything was set up, they put my legs in high stirrups in what I think would be the most uncomfortable position imaginable if I could have felt anything. My legs were way above my head and spread as far apart as possible. I was so thankful I was numb! The nurse looked down and said I was having a contraction so I could push. Pushing with an epidural is a joke. Both times I have done it I have merely "acted" out a push by crunching my chest up towards my legs. When your legs are totally numb and you feel like you weigh 500 pounds, this is the best you can do. But in both cases, my acting must have worked! I pushed and they said, "Here's the head!" Then a minute later they said to push and said, "Here comes the body!" I looked down to see a grayish purple little body covered in vernix being placed in my arms. It was miraculous, surreal, and amazing! (Please don't hate me my friends who have to push for 3 hours!)