We arrived at Merit Care for our scheduled induction at 7 am on Monday the 13th. Both of us very excited and not knowing what to expect, we got settled in for what we knew would be a long day of laboring. I was started on Pitocin and they broke my water at 9:00. After that, things starting heating up a bit and the cruel pains of contractions kicked in. Changing positions helped at first, eating ice chips and drinking water also helped. I was asked several times to rate my pain on a scale from zero to ten. When I reached a seven on the pain scale, I felt like I couldn’t stay that way much longer and requested the epidural. The epidural took about twenty minutes to administer and when it finally took effect I remember saying “I feel like I’m on the beach!” The warm spotlights helped too, I felt amazing. Unfortunately this feeling wore off after about an hour and I was back to feeling a seven or eight on the pain scale. Not knowing what to expect because it was my first delivery, I was hesitant to complain or alert the nurse of this. I absolutely could not take it anymore and she suggested we order another and get it reinserted. It was the best thing I have ever done because in a matter of minutes I was back on the beach! I sat content for about three hours until it was time to start pushing. Tony was a fantastic coach and took over the task of counting and holding my feet. It helped that there was only he and I and one nurse in the room for the majority of the labor – it really gave him the chance to get involved. Even through the pushing I was happy and smiling. I swear I could barely feel a thing. The only part that upset me was when Tony would count to ten he drug out the number nine much too long, I was really going till twelve I think! Our doctor walked in the door at just the right moment, Emma’s head was out so she put on gloves and pulled the rest of her out. Tony and I did not know if we were having a boy or a girl so when she was born I was very curious and expected someone to shout out the old “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl.” When no one did, I asked Tony “What is it?!” and that’s when he told me she was a girl! We got our girl: Emma Jane Breidenbach born at 9:27 pm. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 inches long. She looks so much like her daddy and is perfect in every way!