i hope that i will do this correctly. melanie gave me pretty detailed directions on how to do this, but please accept my appology if i do something wrong here. here is the copied text of the birth story she wrote this afternoon while i was at the hospital. i will also attempt to attach a picture here of the baby. cameras were not allowed int he delivery room, but i was able to get a quick snap of her right after the birth. the other pictures we have are a bit more intimate and i would rather wait for melanie to make the decision if she would like to post those. Our bundle of joy is here! Its around 3.30pm now on April 30 and I thought I should get this typed up now while the little details are still fresh in my mind. Im going to as B to post this online for you all since I wont be home until tomorrow and Im sure that some of you are quite curious especially since I got about 20 texts this morning asking IS THE BABY HERE!?. Well, yes she is here! On April 29, I had pretty regular and strong contractions in the afternoon, but that wasnt anything out of the ordinary since I had been having contractions for a few days before that with only minimal change (1cm) in my cervix. When we got home we went in our backyard and sat in the sun for a little bit. I felt a small pop in my belly and felt like I had peed my pants. I ran to the bathroom and checked it out and it was amniotic fluid. I figured since I had been leaking lately that it wasnt a huge deal, but I called my midwife just to be safe. She told me to start timing contractions again and if they got more painful to head to the hospital. They got progressively more painful and closer together up to the point that it was nearly unbearable for me. I ate a bit because I knew that after I got to the hospital, Id be pretty restricted on what I was allowed to eat. Within that time I checked a few last minute things online, notified the bidders on my eBay auction that Id be out for a few days (arent I dedicated?? lol) and Bart went to pack the car and to install the carseat. We left for the hospital at 7.10pm and arrived there at around 7.45pm because there was an accident on the way there. The ride there wasnt so bad No speeding or anything, and no me screaming Barts head off that I was in pain, lol. When we got to the hospital they admitted me and put me in my room, which was very nice actually. The local midwife checked me to see my status, and during that time my water broke completely. Gushed right out I was so embarrassed, but she was very nice about it and said that was the 2nd time that it happened that day, haha! They placed some monitors on me for about 20 or so minutes to see how frequent the contractions were and their strength. I was dialated at 4.5 cm and was already 100% effaced. I was allowed to be mobile in my room and within the hallways (thank God, I would have gone stir crazy if I was confined to my bed). I did that for about 20 minutes and chatted with my mom who met us at the hospital. All of a sudden I had a really horrible contraction that nearly brought me to my knees. I thought that I was going to pass out. My mother called for Bart and he went and ran for a midwife. They all helped me back into my room and I layed down on my side on the bed. I asked if it would be alright if I got into the tub since it was a bit chilly and I thought that it might help me feel a bit better. After getting into the tub, I felt 1000% better. The contractions didnt feel as strong and just the pressure all over my body went away. It was fantastic. I got out after about 45 minutes and laid back down on the bed. The contractions started to become very close together about one every 5 minutes or so. They were incredibly strong at this point, stronger than I thought I could bear. I got on my knees and started rocking back and forth, which didnt help as much as I thought it would. I also tried the birthing ball and the rope they had hanging from the ceiling None of those things helped me. I just kept getting more and more frustrated. I got back into the tub at 10pm. My mom stood behind me and rubbed my shoulders while Bart stroked my hair. I dont remember really if I made much noise, but Bart says that hes never heard anything like it before Just moaning constantly. Haha My midwife had been in the hospital when I got there, but she was assisting another one of her patients. She came to check on me to see how I was doing. She read all of the charts and said that things were progressing nicely. I asked her to check me again because I felt this incredible pressure and I felt like I had to go to the bathroom. She checked me and let me know that I had progressed to 8 cm and that it wasnt going to be much longer now. I switched positions and Bart rubbed my back. I asked my mom to entertain me a little bit to get my mind off of the contractions, so I had her read the Cosmo Confessions, lol. It didnt work very well to distract me from the contractions, but at least I was able to laugh a bit in between.