Hip Hip Hooray!!! Jackson is here!! Amazingly enough my mom had me on my due date and I too had Jackson on his! August 4th at 8:47 pm our little bundle of joy arrived! He was a big baby, he weighed 8lbs 15.1 ounces and was 21 1/4 inches long! It all started on the 3rd, at 11:04 am I felt my first contraction, it wasn't very hard but I knew what it was. They were 20-40 minutes apart for most of the day, by the time Steven got off of work at around 5 pm they were 5-9 minutes apart. By 8pm they were finally 5 minutes apart for 2 hours and I could call the hospital to see if they had room. They told me to come on in so we did. They checked me but I was only dialated to 2 and much to my dismay they told me it could be another 20 hours at least so they sent me back home at 1:30 am. They gave me a shot that was supposed to stop the contractions...I wasn't happy about that. They did however tell me that if I were truly in labor that it wouldn't work and I would be back. Before we left the hospital I had had 18 contractions in 50 minutes. I was so uncomfortable and truly upset that I had to go home. Anyway, the shot didn't work. I breathed through contractions that were 3 minutes apart until 4 am. At that point I woke Steven up and said we are going back, call them and see if they will check me again. So he called and they said that if I hadn't made any progress that they were just going to send me back home. So I said a prayer and laid back down and breathed through contractions for another hour and a half. At 5:30 I said get up I can't do this any longer. He jumped up and we were off. When I got there they took me back and after 15 minutes they came in and checked me and I was dialated to a 3. Thank goodness!!! They finally admitted me and at about 11 am I got my epidural. What a life saver!! I felt like a new person! My mom and sister flew in at noon and were able to be there for the birth of Jackson. It was awesome. He is such a good baby!! We couldn't be happier. I can't believe we lived without him for so long. We love him to death.