My labor started sometime in the the night of the 13th. I tried to ignore it the best I could, thinking it was probably false labor like I had with Maja (4 nights!). At around 5:30 am in the morning of the 14th I got up and decided to take a walk and see if the contractions would keep going. At this point they were about 10 minutes apart and lasted about 30 seconds, just strong enough that I couldn't sleep through them.
The contractions continued through the morning, easing up a bit around 10-noon. Around that time we went to Target to get diapers for Maja, and my contractions came back to the same as they were in the morning, though perhaps a little stronger. I remember having to think to myself, "Just keep walking, just keep walking" through the contractions.
When we got home Maja and I went swimming in our little pool, feeling to uncomfortable to play with Maja, I had Clemens put her down for a nap. Then I got in the shower. I felt badly using so much water, since my contractions were still 10 min apart. I got out and the contractions got random. 10 minutes, 4 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes, 3 minutes. The length varied also from 40 seconds to 15 seconds. When I layed down to take a nap they seemed to regulate a little. At 4 pm Royce, Clemens and I sat down to watch The Best of Chris Farley. (I wanted to watch a comedy, Clemens convinced me to watch some of this before putting in Nacho Libre). My first contraction into it (they had gotten quite uncomfortable now), I heard a pop and my water broke. Luckily it wasn't a gush since I was on the bed! Clemens got me a towel and it was fine.
After my water broke we called the Midwives. I made Clemens call (which signaled my midwife to send someone immediately), and immediately my contractions were much stronger.
By the time my midwife got to our house I was in full active labor, and progressing really fast. Before I knew it I was transitioning (i.e. praying that my contractions wouldn't stay as strong as they were and get closer together, and swearing that for the next child I would be in a hospital with an epidural.) Luckily my contractions stayed about 3-4 min apart and were about 40-45 seconds long. They did get much stronger though. In an hour and 45 min I dialated from 6 cm and 80 % effaced to having a baby in my arms. Super fast and hard!
He came out healthy and strong, surprising everyone with how quickly it happened. I was happy to be more awake and alert than after the 26 hours of Maja's labor. We were all able to bond and be together all evening.
Elias is a little dear, and very much a little boy. He has the face of a Haltern, dark hair and with what I think are very brown eyes. He even smells like a boy. Maja loves him very much and is very sweet and soft with him. She does notice the change however and needs lots of love too.