On Thursday afternoon, we found that I was beginning to develop pre-ecclampsia again. I was to monitor my blood pressure at home, and if he didnt come on his own over the weekend, we would be inducing on Monday. We immediately asked for prayers from friends and family, but also prepared ourselves for the possibility of an induction.
That night, at around 11:30, in a very quick answer to prayer, my water broke!
We got to the birth center around 1:00, and after checking in and getting my vitals checked, we were happy to learn that my blood pressure was actually lower than it had been previously. Contractions picked up on their own, and Luke was on his way!
Shortly after the above picture was taken, my contractions REALLY picked up, and I got into the birthing tub. The water was relaxing, but the pain was so intense. It's all kind of blurry at that point...I remember looking into Matt's eyes, and suddenly feeling the need to push. At 7:00 AM I started pushing, and despite feeling (and saying...many times) that I could NOT do this, at 7:17 AM Matt caught our little guy as he made his entrance into the world!