2:30am (Thursday): Amanda's dream about what a bad basketball player she is gets interrupted by contractions. For some reason she keeps going back to sleep even though it is a dumb dream.
3:00am: amanda gets up to see if they are real.
3:30am: Ben gets up. They play a few games while timing contractions. Things seem to be progressing and they call the doctor's office and plan to go the hospital around 7am
6am: they take a quick stop at Burger King
7am: Contractions are spreading out, but taking longer. They decide to wait to go to the hospital.
12pm: Contractions are close to 5 minutes. They hope to go to the hospital after lunch.
1pm: Contractions spread out again.
3pm: Contractions start to really hurt.
4pm: Amanda calls the doctor to see what is going on and if they should go in, even though contractions are not constant and range between 5-10 minutes.
5pm: the doctor says that it is Braxton Hicks and that I don't need to go to the hospital. Amanda pretty much cries for the next hour. How is she supposed to go through real labor if fake labor hurts so much? How is she supposed to sleep? How is she going to last through the night with the pain before her doctor comes on call?
6:30pm Amanda calls the doctor again, And this time talks to the doctor on-call (vs through the nurse). He says that Amanda is not in labor because those contractions are two to four minutes apart. And while I could go get checked, there isn't a good reason.
7pm: Amanda throws up her dinner.
9:30: after trying to sleep and completely not succeeding because of contractions, Amanda gets up and thinks her water broke. After looking all night for an excuse, she declares it is time to go to the hospital, even if they send every one back home. Ben quickly gets the last things together in case they get to stay.
10:00: Amanda is dilated to an eight! She doesn't have to leave! The baby is coming! Amanda asks for an epidural, even though the nurse says it is almost time and she could probably make it without one. (Did we mention even walking was getting painful?). A few contractions occur before the drugs can be administered and Amanda almost squeezes Ben's fingers off. Ben proceeds to only touch the top of Amanda's hand and Amanda squeezes the bedrail. The anastesiaiogist shows up promptly and administers wonderful drugs.
10:10: Everyone is happier once the epidural kicks in.
10:30: Amanda is dilated to 10!
11:45: Amanda starts pushing. (the doctor finished another delivery and so while he isn't there he is available.
12:00am: a mirror is brought into the room. Amanda enjoys watching the head crown, even though she wasn't sure she would.
12:15: the doctor is called in because the baby's heart rate was slightly in distress.
12:57: Isaac Bruce is born!