The Beginning: Birth

Many of my facebook friends know I was joking on Saturday about the FULL MOON.

One of my lovely friends on there brought it to my attention.


In fact I even did a bit of research to see if this was ‘true.’

While there isn’t “proven” evidence, but many studies found there to be a higher rate in births the day before, during and after a full moon.

Of course I didn’t put my stock in it… REALLY A FULL MOON… throwing me into labor?  Psssshhhaw!

As I slept that early Sunday morning I started to incorporate contractions into my dreams.

I woke up realizing I was having quite a few contractions in my sleep, so I grabbed my phone and started timing.

My contractions were VERY regular – lasting only about 20-30 seconds, but a continual 7-9 minutes apart, like clock work.

I could almost bet when the next one would come down to the minute.

I lay in bed for an hour – 5am-6am timing the continual contractions, letting Paul sleep next to me.

After another hour of the same pattern, so I text my midwife at 7am.

Seemed to be early labor!

I hopped in the bath to see if they slowed down at all.  Well, they did.

I start thinking, “NOOOOOOO!”

I didn’t want them to slow down, I was ready… I guess as ready as you can be.:)

Around 10am we walked up and down the street to see if progression would happen.

They seemed to slow down quite a bit – and I didn’t know what labor really felt like.

I was used to pitocin/cervidil laboring – so was THIS IT – the real deal? or was this ‘practice’ for another day down the road?

Throughout Sunday they would come and go.

By late lunch time I had to get out of the house.

I was driving myself nuts, looking at the seconds, minutes, hours.

Wondering, waiting, anticipating, getting frustrated.

Which probably assisted in slowing things down.

During this early laboring, Paul was so funny!

Maternal nesting mode kicked in for him.

He started picking up and cleaning house like a mad man.

Up and down in the attic – taking things to his office, making good will pile in his car, doing laundry, cleaning, etc.

It was so cute to watch his ‘baby is coming’ natural instincts kick in.

We finally got out to grab a lunch with the kids and drop some stuff off at my sisters around 2pm.

After all of that the contractions started picking up again (around 4pm) – this time about 15-20m apart, BUT they were longer and harder!

That was surely a great sign!

They then dropped to 15-18m apart and still heavy and longer!

Through consistent texting with my midwife, she decided to come over around 7pm and make sure all was well – through my continual, but inconsistent contracting.

I went ahead and called my family too, I had no idea what to expect!

Would they for sure need to be there JUST IN CASE this was the time?

Once Donnelynn arrived she evaluated me and then went ahead and checked me.

I was 1cm, but nice and open – 90% effaced and the baby was at 0 gestation.

Things were definitely HAPPENING, but it was not quite TIME.

Donnelynn predicted: “I bet you will put your kids in bed, lie down to go to bed and RELAX, and labor will progress.”

So, she went home, my family hung out for a bit longer and went home around 9pm.

We put the kids down around 10pm, hopped into bed and fell asleep around 11pm.


Well, that I will leave for the next post!

Was D correct – would I indeed relax and have labor progress after lying down?

We’ll see!


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by Arden Prucha

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Tiffani Yes, of course it started! My midwife told me the same thing and at 11pm I started labor. Can’t wait for the rest..August 21, 2011 – 1:37 am

Shawna So far….it sounds like you’re telling my birth story! Same day of the week, same midwife! That’s kinda surreal…August 20, 2011 – 4:30 pm

Amy M. Oh Arden!! Your babe is beautiful! and sitting on pins n’ needles here waiting for part 2! Great suspense girlfriend! 😉August 20, 2011 – 12:01 pm

Karin I am loving this story! :) Such beautiful photos at the end of the post.August 20, 2011 – 8:50 am

Kylie Taylor WOW- Looking forward to part 2! With big brother holding her you can certainly see a resemblance. She is adorable as are all of your children. I am betting D was correct!August 19, 2011 – 5:24 pm

Meghan You children are so beautiful. You are so blessed!August 19, 2011 – 3:52 pm

michel bond I dont like cliff hangers!!!August 19, 2011 – 3:05 pm

Hayley I love it! Sound exactly like my labor with Elly…exactly!! Kris was the same as Paul. Ever went to get the car detailed for when we brought home our new little bundle :) Looking forward to part deux :)August 19, 2011 – 1:10 pm

Debra Heschl Photography OK Arden, the suspense is killing me…lol I am so happy for you your family:) Congratulations! I waiting anxiously for the next post!! hahaAugust 19, 2011 – 12:23 pm

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