My labour story – Jasper

Thanks for visiting! A little backstory here, I’ve always been early. All three of my boys were early and each delivery was very different:

Aiden James

Due – October 11, 2008

Delivered September 28, 2008

5 lbs 13 oz 20 inches

Natural – morphine only upon arrival – admitted approx 7 am and delivered approx 1pm same day – back labour

Kato Mars Bishop

Due – June 6, 2013

Delivered May 22, 2013

5 lbs 13 oz 19 inches

Arrived May 20 10pm – sent home May 21 – returned approx 6pm – delivered May 22 approx 4am – back labour

March 15, 2019

The long awaited day had come. We were waiting for our call for our scheduled induction. I was scheduled for the induction due to being miserable. Just kidding. Having gestational diabetes put me as a high risk pregnancy and my doctor had concerns for my health and the baby’s size.

We went for breakfast at Grassmeres for some Filipino breakfast and got the call to come in. So. Freakin. Excited. I made sure my hair and makeup was ready before we went 💁‍♀️ (gotta make sure I looked good for those first pics with baby)

We arrived at HSC women’s around 12:30pm. I was already having some light contractions this day nothing unusual. They wanted to monitor me for about an hour before we started the induction process. I had some tightness every 8-10 minutes but nothing that wouldn’t go away quickly. At this point I was 1-2 cm dialated but my cervix was still very thick.

At approximately 1:30pm I was administered the induction gel. For me, it burned and I felt like my cooter was on fire. The nurse assured me that the feeling would go away and I should go for a walk. TJ hung out with me and I walked for 3 hours up and down hall ways and in tunnels. I was pooped. Eventually we ordered some SkipTheDishes (while I was still allowed to eat). My contractions were about 5 mins apart with increased intensity. I was monitored for the next 6 hours to see if I was progressing– which (thank the Lord) I was!

After 6 hours I was about 4-5 cm and I was asking for some pain relief. I requested the morphine and told them I was possibly considering an epidural. At this point my contractions were very intense. They advised me that I was definitely progressing and I would be transferred to the labour and delivery floor. Once my morphine arrived and I was on an IV drip, the nurses just asked me “why don’t you just get the epi while the anaesthesiologist was on the floor”. After approx 7 hours of torment 2-4 minutes between contractions, I gave in.

While on the L&D floor my contractions would not let up for a second. Just when I thought one was over I could feel another creeping in. If you’ve never had contractions, they make your abdomen tighten all the way to your back like the worst diarrhea cramps you’ve had in your life — sorry TMI. I could not wait for this epidural so I could take a nap.

Finally once administered the epidural, the nurses advised I should wait approx 10-15 minutes for it to fully work… I waited and waited and waited. It never worked. Only my right side would go numb and my left was not numb at all. We tried everything from changing positions to getting a top up on the drugs but nothing helped.

I felt everything.

My contractions were rolling one over the other. The doctor came in and said that I was 6 cm at this point and would be breaking my water. I’ve never had my water break on it’s own before

Well then things got moving! With Aiden, I went from 6-10cm in 45 minutes. It was insane the amount of pain I was in in that short period of time. After 5 minutes I asked the nurse to check again because I felt a lot of pressure. They didn’t want to check me too soon because it would increase the risk of infection. I told the nurses that once my water broke I was sure we were moving. It may have taken me 9 hours to get to 6cm but I could feel my body preparing itself. I started shaking uncontrollably with every contractions with all the adrenaline pumping through my system. Ten minutes past and lo and behold, 10 cm fully dialated. In case you missed the math, six to ten cm in 15 minutes (probably less but they didn’t check).

Approximately 10-15 minutes later and 3 big pushes (I am a pro at delivery), we welcomed our perfect baby boy into the world.

Yes, thats blood on TJs shirt 🤣🤣

Jasper King Cosmos

Due – April 6, 2019

Delivered March 15, 2019

6 lbs 3oz 19 inches

Natural delivery – failed epidural – arrived 12:30pm and delivered 10:42pm – regular labour