I began running full speed around the house getting things into order. Within a couple hours the doula arrived. Contractions continued heavily, finally real ones. Not the practice ones like we had been experiencing the week before.
I was sweating by the time her water broke. It was like in the movies, all at once.
“Wow, it’s finally happening.” I thought to myself.
Just hours before, Shaleia shared that she was letting go of having a home birth, that a hospital birth would be okay. She just wanted her baby. She didn’t think she would go into labor in time before she needed to be induced. She let it go.
She said she felt so much relief from her water breaking. She even looked visibly smaller. But just as suddenly as they started, the contractions stopped.
Nothing seemed to help, and by the morning, nothing had changed. We were told we had a 24 hour window from her water breaking before she went into proper labor before she would need to go to the hospital. Later that morning she decided it was time.