At 38 weeks I stopped running. At 39 weeks I stopped walking my 3 mile loop. At 39 weeks plus 2 days I went into labor. All of my labors before this one has lasted for days. And by days I mean DAYS of intense labor where contractions were every 3 mins lasting a min. Well, at least my first one. I labored for 56 hours with my oldest. When all was said and done I had been awake for 74 hours when they placed her in my arms. My son was a bit shorter. His labor was 14 hours and pretty intense the whole time. However, he was born in a water birth and it was amazing. Even pushing his gigantic off the charts chunky head out was easier in the water.This time around, I knew my labor would probably be long, I was prepared for it. My only complaint was that the hospital had taken the water birth option out. I was devastated because I knew the difference and how much more I liked laboring naturally in the water versus out of it. When I started having some contractions on the 25th of June, I took note but thought nothing of it. Then around 2pm I decided to time them. They were sticking around. By 3pm I tried calling my husband. Thanks to a huge power outage he was on base with no way for me to get a hold of him. I put the tv on for the kids and just hung out. When he finally got into his car to head home he called me from his cell, I told him I thought I was in labor…. When he got home we packed up the older two and sent them to Nana’s house. But guess what? Oh all contractions stopped by 7:30pm. Fizzled out to nothing. I wasn’t in labor. D went to get the kids and I went to bed, exhausted and defeated.
We are now home, a family of 5 and things are just so perfectly complete! Lucille Anne is a champion nurser and sleeper. She is sleeping from 9pm to 3:30ish eating then sleeping again until 7. My older two are just so so so smitten it fills my heart with love every time I watch them all together. Did running through my whole pregnancy help with the labor? I am not sure but I know that this was my shortest easiest labor of them all and also the pregnancy I ran the most and longest through. I can say that I am pretty sure that running gets the credit for me already just about back down to pre-pregnancy weight. I have 9 pounds left to lose, but because of nursing I will probably hang on to them for a bit until I know what her feeding schedule is like and how much milk I need to make. I have to start over on my abs, but coming from a girl who never had nice flat abs in her life I am up for the challenge of making them as flat as I can after three kids J. I am taking a few more weeks off but hope to be pounding the pavement again on July 18th, I am excited to see what my base is and how far I can go. Training for my first Ragnar starts as soon as I get the all clear from the doc and as of right now I have my first 5k on the 26th! What a perfect little summer this is shaping up to be!!!! Baby snuggles, new running goals and pure contentment!