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Monday, 09 February 2009 11:28
I was 16 when I found out that I was pregnant with Jake (17 when I had him). I lived with my mother at the time. My boyfriend at the time (now husband) was very supportive through everything.

I was due April 24th, 1997. On the morning of the 22nd I woke up at 4:30am in labor. At first I wasn't sure if this was it but when that pain came every 2 1/2 minutes (that's from the start of one to the start of the next) from the start I knew what it was. I didn't want to have to wake my mom up so I just started walking around the house. I started thinking about what I had been told by the doctor. He had said to call when the contractions got to be 5 minutes apart. I was getting kind of worried but I still didn't want to wake anyone up. Besides everyone had always told me that labor is a really LONG process so I thought that I had plenty of time. At about 5:30am my mom finally woke up and asked me what in the world I was doing walking around at that time in the morning. When I told her that I was in labor and my contractions were 2 minutes apart she told me to go call the doctor while she took a shower and got ready. So I went and called the doctor's office. Of course I got their answering service and they said that they would page the doctor on call and he would call me back. About 5 minutes later he called. I felt so bad because it sounded like he had been sleeping. I told him the situation and he said that I could go to the hospital. So, I called my boyfriend's house. I woke his mother up and felt bad for doing that too. When I asked for my boyfriend she asked right away if it was time. I told her that it was and she went to wake him up. So, off to the hospital we went.

My boyfriend and his family were already waiting for me when I got there. It was about 6:30 am now. They checked me and I was at 3cm. I went until about 7:30am when the pain was starting to get unbearable. I could barely breath through the contractions. I nurse came in and I begged for pain medication. She was a rather nasty nurse. She checked me and said that I was at about 4cm now and then she told me that it was way too early for any pain medication and that I was probably going to be here for a long time yet so I would just have to wait. I was SO mad. So we decided to try doing some things to get the labor going. So, I took a bath for about a half hour. It was wonderful. When I got out I again asked for some pain meds. That same nurse said no. My boyfriend went out there and argued with her until she finally came back and checked me to see if I was far enough yet. Well, she checked and I was now at 8cm. Then she told me that sorry it was too late now, I couldn't have any. I was even more mad. So, we tried walking the halls. I got about 10 feet out of the room and had to run back to throw up. Shortly after that my doctor showed up and broke my bag of water. By 8:30am I was complete and ready to push. At 9:32am my darling son, Jacob, was born. He weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Jake had a large head which required me to have an episiotomy but that didn't hurt since my doctor used novocain before he cut. 5 hours beginning to end is not bad for a first birth. One more thing, I forgot about the pain, the crabby nurse, the not getting what I wanted, the waking everyone up, and everything the moment that I saw the sweetest sight ever, my son. So no matter how hard everything is as soon as you see that face you forget it all.

Today Jake is a healthy, happy, 3 year old. We've been through our trials with him. Our biggest so far has been the fact that he was diagnosed with diabetes a little over a year ago now. But other than that he has been the most perfect child. I am now expecting our second child in about 6 weeks. I am excited, scared, thrilled, and anxious all in one right now.

I hope that you enjoyed this story and in about 6 weeks I hope to bring you all another one just like it.