40 Weeks: In the Hospital Right Now!!!

Well hello from the delivery room! It’s 7:30 in the morning. They just started my Potocin drip about 30 minutes ago. I’m being induced on my due date. I’m having contractions but I can’t feel them.

I’m amazingly calm right now.

I have the nurse who was here when I came in for a stress test several weeks ago. Missy. She is awesome! Doctor just came by to check. I really like him, too.

Last night, my mother and sister drove in from Alabama. Yesterday felt like the day before my wedding. I was so excited but busy trying to get everything done. Knowing my life was going to change and I was going to have another amazing person to spend it with.

I can’t believe I will  see Skittles face today! I keep hearing about the natural high and indescribable feeling I will have when he is delivered. That’s what I focus on..that moment I get to touch him and rest him on my chest. It’s the reoccurring thought that I often have to block from my mind because it gets me so worked up. It seems to enter my mind every other hour and today I will finally experience it!

It’s funny, my always calm and relaxed husband is a little nervous this morning.  He’s just quiet and I can tell his mind is racing.

Okay. I can feel them now. These are different. I used to feel menstraul type cramps when they weren’t the real thing. These are lower and they sting. At least that is how they are right now. Like all your nerves in your pelvic area are being pulled. And here is another one. Not so bad but they are closer than I expected this soon.

I think every four minutes. That’s what the monitor indicates. It’s taken me a while to write this because they have to keep readjusting the sensors and now these hurt.

Yep. i was right. Every four minutes. So now it is 8:30 and you know what? I am asking for that epidural. I am not trying to be superwoman. Call me a wuss. I don’t care. I hear it takes a while to get the pain relief to kick in and the way this is going I bettter ask now. I will check in later.

Oh the baby is coming!!!!! and so are the tears!!!


  1. Oh Virginia, hang in there–this bad part will be over soon and when they finally let you hold this new little precious bundle, then tears of joy will surely flow, and it is true–you will sorta forget the agony in getting him here…Best wishes to you all and ENJOY being a new Mommy!!!

  2. Virginia, I am so excited for you and your family! This labor thing will be over before you know it and the end result is so exciting! The minute you meet Skittles face to face is an experience you will never forget!

  3. Teresa J Burke says:

    Good Luck, and hold on, it’s a trip.

  4. say it with me mama, “MY BODY ROCKS!!!”

    thinking of you, breathing…….. and sending you stillness, LOVE and light. This is a beautiful day for a birth. *****HUGS*****

  5. Virginia, many blessing to you and your family. What a joyous time it is. The pain you feel right now will quickly be forgotten once you lay your eyes on that new little son of yours. What a precious gift. Enjoy motherhood, it’s wonderful.

  6. Virginia, This is Ember’s mom, Jeannie. I am SO very excited for you. I just told Ember that you were having a baby and she said “Cute baby!”. hehe Good luck and I can’t wait to hear that your little one is here. Motherhood is a wonderful thing.

  7. Hopefully by now things are over and you are holding that precious bundle!! God bless you all!

  8. hey its great so enjoy ever minute of it cause your going on a wonderful ride in life good luck and congrats with love

  9. It is an unbelieveable experience, one you will never forget. Miss seeing you on the t.v. in the morning…may your future be bright and joyful with your new little family, hoping to see you back on the screen soon. God bless you and your family, Virginia!!

  10. Virginia,
    You are about to enter the best time of your life—having a baby and watching him grow———-words just can’t explain it———so wonderful.
    Best wishes to you and your new family.
    I do miss seeing you on tv in the mornings.
    Enjoy your time off with your new baby.
    Bless you and your family!!!!

  11. Ashley Doran Strong says:

    I am soooo excited for you my ol’ roomie! Take these moments in. Live IN the moment and dont’ get caught up …you’ll want to remember and cherish this time. Trust me. This is the last time you’ll ever be alone! 😉

  12. This is it, Virginia. You are soooo ready. I’m picturing you with your bags packed, all your tech tools and your granny panties! LOL! And of course, your holding hands bracelet. We love you!!!

    And can’t wait to meet Skittles!

  13. Thank you ladies! I have my Holding Hands bracelet on right now! Contractions every two minutes and dialated to a 4.
    Ria, my sister said I should write a book because I am so prepared..I told her it was all you and Suzanne. I have everything you guys said to bring!
    Ashley, I miss you and wish you were here! I can hear your voice and see your face right now and it is making me smile!
    I will check in later..

  14. Smiles. You ARE writing a book. Your very own “mommy manual”. And from the sound of things you are veeery close to closing this chapter on pregnancy and opening one on parenting!!! We are soooo happy and excited for you. Muah!

  15. Have we got a baby yet. How is daddy doing? Can’t wait to see pictures..

  16. Emily Clark says:

    I am so happy for you! Good luck and may God bless all of you in this amazing time! xoxo
    Emily Clark

  17. Hope everything is going well can’t wait to hear the good news that he is hear

  18. Virginia, may God bless you and your family as you welcome your bundle of joy. I will miss you but take your time and enjoy your new son.

  19. I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t ask for an epideral with pitocin. Those make horribly strong contractions and the chemical doesn’t cross your brain the same way as oxytocin. Your brain also makes natural pain killers to help you deal with the pain. Your brain doesn’t do that with pitocin. The pain just gets worse and worse. Just wanted you to know you are super woman no matter how your baby gets here. You are a mom!!!

  20. Sorry if this is rude. The name Skittles, is that the baby’s real name?

  21. lol. 😉 Janice… nickname only. All we know is it’s a boy and his name starts with an “R”.

  22. Mary Norris says:

    Yeah, she’s been pretty close-mouthed on the little guys’ name except for the “R”. But you know he’ll probably get called Skittles for a while–besides it’s cute!

    Virginia, you’ve been a super mommy all day, but honey, once you hold that baby in your arms you’ll totally forget the day, & only remember the moment you hold that precious gift from God close to your heart. And the love begins…..it’s amazing how much you can love those babies along with those husbands! The love just grows & grows! Enjoy your family.

  23. Congratulations Virginia & Hubby. You are doing a great job and once he gets here you will feel in awe of him. May god bless

  24. Congratulations to you all! You will remember this day always! Take time to enjoy every moment with your precious baby boy…..miss seeing you on tv, but would totally understand if you never went back!

  25. Congratulations Virginia and hubby! Your life will get better everyday from now on. There’s just absolutely nothing like it, I love being a Mother and now 10 times a grandmother, it’s the best thing I’ve every done in my life! Totally awesome! Best Wishes and Enjoy!

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  27. Cindy Janssen says:

    Congratulations on your new baby boy!! My family is hoping he can jump out of the gym like his Daddy!!

  28. Meri Harwood says:

    We miss you on the news, Hope you come back soon. But I totally understand, having a new baby is the most joyful thing God has ever given me.

  29. I love reading about babies, they are the best!