Rachel started having regular contractions beginning around 5:30am on Sunday. We timed the contractions all day but they averaged around 45 seconds and were spaced out by 8 minutes on average. During the night the contractions started to become 60 seconds long but they spaced out more to around 10 minutes. Monday morning we decided to go ahead and go to the hospital at 8:00am since Rachel had been having the minute+ contractions all night long even though they were not close together. Plus, Rachel had been bleeding some since Thursday 9/15/2011. She was also dilated 2cm on Thursday.
We got to the hospital and up into labor and delivery where they hooked Rachel up to a fetal heart monitor for the baby and a blood pressure machine for her. Rachel was dilated to 5cm at this point. Rachel and the baby received a good report so they took Rachel of the fetal heart monitor and Rachel continued to labor. In a half hour or so the contractions quickly increased in duration and started happening 3 to 4 minutes apart. The nurse checked Rachel’s progress and Rachel was dilated 7cm. This continued until 10:20 or so then her water broke. This is when things started happening really fast (and that’s not just me saying that the nurse said so too
So that’s the gist of what happened as best as I and Rachel can remember it. I was and am a little tired at the moment so some of the details are a little fuzzy.