{Madison’s Birth Story}

On Friday morning, I dropped Raychel off at school and headed to my doctors appoint at 9:45am. My doctor checked me and said I was dilated at 3cm. She asked if I wanted her to go ahead and strip my membranes, she said that by doing this I will mostly likely get stronger contractions and cause me to go into labor sometime this weekend. She also said it may not. I told her, “lets do it and see what happens!”

About an hour after the appointment I started feeling the braxton hicks a little more stronger. I had been feeling them more frequent since Thursday, but now they were a lot stronger and closer together. 12 o’clock comes around and its time to pick up Raychel . I pick her up and off to the mall we go to meet my mom and mother-in-law. By this time I was really starting to feel the contractions coming on a lot stronger. I called Ray and let him know how I was feeling and if he was going to be near by just encase they would start coming on a lot stronger or if my water would break. He said, “Yes.” that he was going to be close by today. Ray was so excited that he kept saying, “do you just want to go in now to the hospital?!” of course I said, “No.” I did not want to get to the hospital early and have to hang out there. So off to the mall we (the girls and I)went. The girls and I met my mom and had a little bit of lunch. I didn’t want to eat too much since I was pretty sure I was going to have this baby tonight. After a little lunch my mom was worried about me ( she knows my labors go quick) and kept saying lets just go back to your place, but I insisted I was OK. I really wanted the girls to play at the play area since I have been telling them all day that that’s what we were going to do. My mother-in-law met us at the play area and we hung out there for a few minutes, when I then decided I was ready to head home.

I drove back home with the girls while my mom followed behind us. Once we got home I started to get the last minute things ready to take to the hospital. This is also the time that I logged on my blog to type for prayers for Madison and I. I called Ray and told him to come home, because I was feeling the contractions a lot stronger and closer together. Once he got home about 3pm we got our last minute things, my mom helped put the girls in the car and we were off! My mom followed behind us.
We got to the hospital at like 3:30, they rolled me in a wheel chair to my room, I got changed, and then the nurse checked me and said I was at 5cm. They then connected me to an IV. As I was laying on the bed Ray kept massaging my head. One of the nurses asked me if I rather stand and I said I would try it. So there I was standing while Ray massaged my low Back as I was getting the contractions. After about 2 more of those contractions I started to feel the urge to push. I told Ray I feel like pushing. He then told the nurses that I felt like pushing. The nurses said, “Ok! Let get you back on the bed to check you.” I got back on the bed and while the nurse was checking me my water broke and she said “Oh yeah, she is at a 9 1/2cm.” At this time my doctor walks in and soon the pushing begins. I had the best nurses and the best doctor, plus in amazing man who helped me all through the pushing. They were awesome , they did exactly what I told them to do and what helped and what did not. As I felt the ring of fire I hear ray and the nurses say, “she’s right there! One more strong push!” I pushed as hard as I could and there she was, Madison Marie Marquez out into the world at 5:06pm!! I am beyond thankful and blessed that my labors and deliveries are fast! Thanks again for all your prayers! I also asked God for him to be with me through this labor and delivery and I truly felt peaceful and calm through out this whole labor and delivery!

At the play area in the mall