The fact that this is my 5th pregnancy, I’m often asked if I think I’ll deliver early or late. The answer, I have no idea. All of my pregnancies have been different in terms of when my labor started. Let’s start at the very beginning.
L: This is the one pregnancy that I was still working at Hy-Vee and I distinctly remember customers asking when I was due. Eventually I had to say, oh, 2 days ago to which they would usually look at me with wide eyes. This particular day though was a day off from Hy-Vee when I would go to a local high school to teach voice lessons. I had fewer lessons than usual so I came home around 11:30 and I started to feel some cramping. After about 20 minutes of increasing discomfort, I called Andre and said that I thought it was time! When we got to labor & delivery they confirmed that I was in labor and 13 hours later we had our first beautiful baby girl.
R: Two years later, I was in my first year of teaching choir. I thankfully had a good group of students but often felt like I was in over my head because there was a big senior class and I was terrified they would see my lack of experience and call me on it. We had a good first semester but by February I was over it. It wasn’t the students but I was becoming a terribly moody teacher and with February being a really busy time for our music department, I needed to be done for a while. So I asked to be induced one day before my due date. 8 hours after my induction, we had our sweet little boy.
E: This was my most stressful/anxiety ridden pregnancy ever. I went in for multiple extra heartbeat checks and just overall felt like there was something wrong. Around 30 weeks, we ended up finding out she had a heart arrhythmia. They were premature atrial contractions which required weekly non-stress tests, a fetal echo and no rest for the anxiety. During my 38 week appointment (it was 4:00pm on a Friday) the doctor requested I have an ultrasound to check her out. It was during that ultrasound that we found out she was not doing the necessary practice breaths babies do in the womb so once I got back to the patient room my doctor said, “I’d like to induce you.” “Okay, when?” “Right now, can you go right now or do you need to go home first?” UHHH?! I called Andre, he called his mom to get L and R and then met me at L&D. I ended up going into labor on my own due to the high level of stress and E was born 4 hours later!
M: While E was my most stressful pregnancy, M was the exact opposite. No pregnancy issues, I was due in May - a month of graduation conducting, a family wedding and the end of the school year - and I was cool as a cucumber. Having been pregnant during the school year two other times, the students and I had a great relationship and knew what to expect from me and I them. The last day of choir was Tuesday the 23rd and that night at 11:58, while I was watching Project Runway on Hulu, I felt something pop, looked over at Andre and said, “I think my water might have just broken.” I drove myself to L&D, Andre slept, just in case he had to come in with me later, and about an hour and a half later it was confirmed that my water had broken and it was go time. Start to finish, labor was 8 hours and she was born exactly on her due date.
So, one late, one preferred induction, one necessary induction and one right on time.
The thing I’ve learned: Expect the unexpected :)
Hi, I'm Rebecca
I’m a wife, mom to 5 kids, former choir teacher, Christian and advice giver? I can honestly say I never expected to be the one giving advice when I so frequently ask for it, but the advice I’ve received is so valuable and must be shared! Here are some of the things I’ve learned so far!