year story took place in. 2013.
country birth took place in. united states.
So the doctor tells us to get to the hospital an hour away (it's the closest hospital that does deliver babies around here). My husband drives back home to grab my hospital bag, which only contained baby clothes and diapers and blankets for her as I wasn't fully done packing it up, and grabs my dog to take to his mom's house as we didn't know how long we would be in the hospital. We get to the hospital and I'm feeling great. No contractions yet. They hook me up to the heart monitor and monitor my contractions and hook up an IV for me.
The doctor decides to let labor progress naturally for a few hours to see what happens. At about 7:45pm, he comes in to check me and i'm already 3.5cm dilated. So he starts me on Pitocin to help speed up labor as there was hardly any fluid left around my daughter. Almost instantly, i start feeling the contractions. At about 11:30pm, the contractions are so strong and so close together, i start begging for an epidural. At midnight, i finally get an epidural and sleep through the rest of my labor. The doctor comes in at about 6:50am and tells me it's time to push. So we wake up my husband and my mother-in-law, and I start pushing. I'm not thinking about anything except the fact that I'll be able to hold my baby girl very shortly, and i am just so excited. At 7:24am, Aubree Rae Shelton was born weighing 5lbs 11oz and was 19in long. She was so tiny and so beautiful. Because she was premature, she didn't have time to develop her sucking reflex to eat so she was in the NICU for 17 days and was fed through a feeding tube for a week. She is now a perfectly healthy and happy 16 week old baby.