Here is his story:
I feel especially blessed that I had a wonderful pregnancy, without any extreme nausea, or complications. I also amazed people that I was pregnant, because I didn’t really show (however I did gain weight). Nevertheless, I was especially ready for Kendrik to come, after waiting all summer, out of college just for him.
On September 9, 1998, I woke up at 3:52 a.m. to use the restroom. I felt wet, and thought perhaps “my time had come”. I proceeded to the bathroom, and noticed mucousy stuff all over, so I thought for sure my water had broke. I woke up my husband, and off we went to the hospital. Only to be told, to go home. You see, the doctor thought I’d peed the bed, when in fact I knew I hadn’t. So we went home, and at 9:00 a.m. labor contractions began. We spent all day passing time, putting up a ceiling fan, and waiting. Finally at 4:00 p.m. my contractions were 3 or 4 minutes apart. I knew I was in labor, but felt awful, because my doctor had sent me home before, so I didn’t really want to go back. However, my husband insisted, so off we drove to the hospital again.
This time, I was dilated to 2 cm, and the doctor said yes, I was in labor, so to speed things up, he broke my water. Nowcame the intense labor contractions. For 3 hours I was in intense pain waiting to get dilated to 4 cm, for an epidural. Finally, the moment arrived, and I was able to relax after that for a little while. Things didn’t move very fast, so finally at 2:30 a.m. I was ready to push that baby out (or so I thought). I began pushing, and nothing happened for 45 minutes. The doctor determined that Kendrik was posterior, so he was basically stuck and wasn’t moving at all. I continued to push for a total of 2 hours, and FINALLY the doctor said, “We’ll try the forceps, and then if that doesn’t work, we will have an emergency c-section.” I was terrified and didn’t want a c-section, so I prayed that this baby wouldcome out. Well, sure enough, Kendrik was born at 4:28 a.m. after 24 hours of labor. He was 8lbs. 7 oz., 20 inches long, and well worth my horrible labor experience.
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