I woke up Saturday (January 3) morning not feeling very well. I had promised my kids we would go to the Farmer’s Market, so I got myself out of bed (but not out of my sweats) and we headed there to meet friends. Through the day I just felt really exhausted & almost flu like, I definitely thought I was coming down with something! Starting around 3 I began having contractions. Being that I’ve had pre term labor with all of my pregnancies, I really didn’t stop to think twice about regular contractions. I usually get turned away from the hospital with contractions being timed 3 min apart because I’m just not in an active labor. Super fun! :/ We laid low around the house & hung out & I contracted fairly regular for the next few hours while watching cheesy Lifetime movies. By the time bed time rolled around I was so exhausted that I just wanted the contractions to subside so I could sleep. I took a Lavender oil bath & a Tylenol PM in hopes I could sleep off the contractions which I still was sure were all a part of another false labor! I was able to drift off to sleep around midnight.
1:45 AM I wake up….wet. Gosh there really is no other way to say it. Any men reading? Probably not but I apologize in advance for everything else I’m about to write. So I’m wet but not drenched & I think “weird.” I get out of bed (my water has never broken before I’m like a 7 or 8) and I instantly feel a contraction. FREAK. Every time my water breaks I have a baby within the hour sooooo I felt the pressure, literally, to get going.
1:50 AM text my most kind neighbor “I think my water broke.” She immediately replies “I’m on my way.” She’s a dream girl I’m telling you.
1:52 AM wake husband who acts startled but then drifts off for a second time as I’m shaking him saying “hi I don’t mean to be annoying but my water broke.”
2:00 AM drive away as my neighbor is driving in to come sleep with the babies. Contractions are coming on decently strong and I’m thinking “wellll this doesn’t feel totally right.”
2:15 AM husband can’t find a parking spot at the hospital because he’s obeying all traffic laws at two am. I start crying & panicking cause I can definitely feel that something’s about to blow & I haven’t got time to worry about a parking ticket.
2:19 AM waddle in to hospital and tell the young nurse guy at the entry way to the ER “hi I’m 37 weeks pregnant & I’m about to have this baby. I need you to get me to Labor & Delivery right now.” He looks panicked (I later learn he’s new) and starts fumbling with paper work while I’m giving him death stares (I later apologize.)
2:21 AM I am FINALLY at L & D where the lady there asks me to fill out paperwork & I say “NO ONE IS TAKING ME SERIOUSLY I’M ABOUT TO HAVE THIS BABY.” So they wheel me to a room.
2:30 AM I get checked, I’m only a 4. No one starts rushing but I am telling them “look I had my last baby naturally so I know that I’m feeling it much more than a 4.” Again no one’s rushing–they’ve heard that girl say she’s about to have a baby and she’s dilated to a 2…like 300 times right?
2:38 AM “GUYS YOU NEED TO CHECK ME I AM GOING TO HAVE THE BABY.” I’m a 9.
2:41 AM The nicest nurse delivers my sweet Lolly Kate Rammell, weighing 6 lbs 15 oz and 18 inches. No time for a doctor, an epidural or so much as a breath.
The last two weeks with our Lolly babe have been a special and deeply sacred time. We really feel like we’ve found the end of the rainbow with this magic tiny babe. Through much heart ache we longed for her & each moment we are eternally grateful for her. She is the perfect & a most cherished addition to our family & I feel so blessed to have her here safely in my arms.
KendraJanuary 22, 2015 at 5:47 am
Jenna! This is beautiful and amazing and I am so happy for you! What an incredible blessing babies are!
PaigeJanuary 22, 2015 at 7:52 am
Sounds like she was in a hurry to meet you guys! Congratulations on such a sweet little girl!
DianaJanuary 22, 2015 at 7:52 am
Jenna! Our birth stories couldn’t have been more identical. I went through the same thing with my second baby! I literally had to yell at someone to get me to labor and delivery, and then i started pushing her out while sitting in the wheelchair! I’m currently preggo with my 3rd and wonder what will happen this time around. 🙂
Congrats on beautiful Lolly and thanks for sharing your story!
MelanieJanuary 22, 2015 at 8:37 am
Wow! Great story! I hate when people do this, but I had nearly the exact same experience with my third baby. She was born at 2:41 am too!! I went from 5 cm to water breaking to birth in 11 minutes. So freaking fast. Wow!
congrats!! she’s beautiful!!
JeanetteJanuary 22, 2015 at 9:31 am
wow, congratulations! so beautiful!!!
mandiJanuary 22, 2015 at 10:01 am
JENNA!!!! This is the best story, I can totally hear you saying “no really guys, the baby is coming!” I miss your adorable face and voice. Call me when you get a few and we can catch up!!
AnonymousJanuary 22, 2015 at 10:04 am
I’ve worked L&D and nursery, and we know to listen to the moms who’ve had multiple babies, especially without epidurals. It was always amazing to see a new name pop up on the board, wonder if the baby would be delivered on our shift, and then minutes later see the color change that meant she’d delivered… Wow! It sounds like you had an incredible delivery. Congratulations on your baby girl and your beautiful family!!
Lindsey CJanuary 22, 2015 at 10:06 am
Oops, forgot to put my name on that comment ^^^ 😉
Megan FJanuary 22, 2015 at 10:24 am
Oh my!! You sound like you stayed so calm! This happened to my sister and she was literally screaming like a horror movie and the nurse had to tell her to shut up and push. Haha. Love this story! Isn’t getting that miracle babe the sweetest thing ever?! Congrats!!
ChristyJanuary 22, 2015 at 2:53 pm
WOW, you really know your body. Congratulations!
MollyJanuary 22, 2015 at 3:04 pm
How funny, my name is Molly Kate! What a beautiful little blessing. Congratulations!!
AnneJanuary 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm
oh man your story made me laugh and cry! congratulations Jenna!
LauraJanuary 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm
That alone is the reason for the saying “mama knows best!” congrats on the swift delivery (and apologies on no epidural!) Not sure I would have made it without one!
Kim - The TomKat StudioJanuary 23, 2015 at 8:40 am
Oh Jenna, I am SO happy for you! I loved reading this story. It makes my heart happy. Love you, xoxo Kim
MeganJanuary 23, 2015 at 9:19 am
Your story made me cry and laugh! My last baby came incredibly fast too. Not nearly as fast as yours, but swift nonetheless. I swear I started labor in transition. From first contraction to birth, less then 2 hours! She was born less then 1/2 hour after I got to the hospital.
Your sweet little babe makes me baby hungry. Too bad there are no more babies for my little family!
ErinJanuary 23, 2015 at 8:21 pm
This was me as well and I believe we delivered within a week of each other. Congratulations! What a sweet story and what a beautiful time it is now.
natassja proseJanuary 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm
So beautiful!!!! Thank you sharing!!
MariaJanuary 30, 2015 at 7:14 pm
Congratulations mama! You did super! You really had her in under an hour from your waters breaking! Wow! Lolly is such a pretty name. Enjoy this special newborn time as a new bigger family. Congratulations to you all. You really rocked the labour gig!