I joined my mom and step-dad who had been hanging with the boys while I had been at my appointment and we went off to lunch. I had multiple, much more serious contractions in the next couple of hours and a little after 2 p.m. I loaded up the boys to head back home for naps. My mom just couldn't stand being away from my side, just sure that this was the start of the real deal...she decided she really should come home with me, so that she could wrangle the boys if they should wake up prematurely and I could get a refreshing nap in case I needed extra energy for events surely to come. It was on the drive across town that the contractions began falling into a regular pattern. They were not hugely intense, but were coming pretty consistently every 5 minutes. When my mom arrived at my house I attempted to nap...dozing between contractions only for them to rip me from my precious snooze continually. After nearly an hour, I gave up. J arrived home from work and I assumed my position on my exercise ball while timing contractions. My mom (Gigi) alerted my aunt (Nana) that she might want to head over as things were continuing to progress. I forced myself to eat a little around 6 p.m. as contractions continued to grow in intensity. Just before 7 p.m. I had a contraction that reminded me what real pain was. I called Deidre to alert her to my condition. She was at the Birth Inn (a facility specifically for the home birth away from home) at the moment and wanted to know whether she should just hang out there or head home for a while. I was indecisive. I wanted to labor in the comfort of my own home as long as possible, but she was adamant that the last thing I would want would be for my water to break on the 20 minute drive to the Birth Inn. We decided together that she would grab a bite to eat, stay put and I would check back in at 8 p.m. to let her know what our plan was. Minutes after I got off of the phone, J was begging me to just head over after I had multiple contractions on top of each other. I told him I wanted to take a shower before we left, so he urged me to get that done ASAP. So...I did. :) Contractions continued and I got dressed as J loaded up enough luggage to supply us for a week for an event that would probably only carry us to the next morning. We handed out hugs to Nana, Gigi and our precious little boys who were beside themselves with excitement. Off we went. Several minutes into our ride I mentioned to J that I hadn't had a contraction since we had left...feeding my anxiety that this was going to be another false alarm. A mere seconds later I stated, "nevermind...there it is." A mere seconds after that I felt a POP sensation and then the classic gush. Deidre SO called it...my water broke. A contraction or two later I welled with tears as a wave of pain began. Every pothole jarred my body, but as the pain subsided my tears only increased. I somehow giggled between sobs that it had suddenly hit me that we were going to have another baby.
|Brand spankin' new...|
|Already wrapped around her little finger|
|Daddy helping soothe Jilly during her exam|
|It's a GIRL!|
|The proud BIG brothers!|