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from the hospital: abbey’s birth (7)


Beth is bombed out on the birthing bed right now – exhausted from 6 hours of contractions in the hospital without any pain killers.

Of the 6 hours, during the last 2 her water was fully broken and, therefore, the contractions were massively painful.

I have been really proud of her.

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Last time the doctor checked (around 1:30 am), Beth was at around 5 cm (halfway there).

Since then, her contractions have intensified (which means that her muscles in her cervix and uterus are contracting to move her farther along in the birthing process).

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I have been taking a lot of video to document Abbey’s birth for Abbey (when she is older) and for our family back in Texas, so I have all kinds of film of all kinds of contractions.

I promised Beth, however, that I would not embarrass her by posting clips of her having a contraction – so I did the best I could to document the intensity of the pre-epidural, post-water breaking contractions, followed by the post-epidural, super-happy contractions.

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Here is a clip that immediately followed Beth’s (no joke) 10 minute contraction:

Here is a celebratory clip when the IV drip got low enough for Beth to be able to have the epidural:

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Shortly following this moment, I was sent to the waiting room for 30 minutes while Beth’s epidural tap was inserted into the area just outside of her spinal cord.

I received the “all clear” call from the nurses and headed back to the delivery room to find a much calmer scene:

The “half epidural” quickly evened out, leaving my sweet stud of a wife napping through some pretty serious contractions:

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Nurse just walked in – more in a bit!

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