Nothing As Expected

By Shakiah Lennon

 
Photographs by Shakiah’s sister, Hannah Siller.

Photographs by Shakiah’s sister, Hannah Siller.

The day prior to having our daughter, I woke up super early in the morning just short of forty weeks. I woke up to the craziest dream -- my water broke because I was having heavy contractions. It was the most vivid dream I had all pregnancy. It was so vivid I swore I was having a contraction. I got up to pee, washed my hands and jumped back into bed. Then, it hit me again, an all-over tightness. My dream wasn’t a dream at all, it was time!

I actually don’t remember most of my labor process. So I have to go based on my husband’s point of view. I started to hyperventilate through my contractions; this was forty minutes after I asked my for my epidural because the anesthesiologist was helping with an emergency. I asked the nurse if she gave me IV drugs when she switched my fluids out because I was feeling “really good.”

Some contractions went by like they never even came, but most of them, I was crying out in pain. My eyes were rolling back and I was falling limp during each contraction. I was hyperventilating so much I became delirious. My husband was told to try to restrain me to the bed because I almost passed out every time I stood up. I also bit him through a contraction.

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Photographs by Shakiah’s sister, Hannah Siller.

Photographs by Shakiah’s sister, Hannah Siller.

 
 

 
shakiahlennon

Shakiah Lennon - Hi there! I’m a twenty-five-year-old bookaholic who is married to an amazing Marine! We met almost seven years ago in San Diego and are fortunate to be stationed here as well. After a long deployment and lots of talking, we decided it was time for our family to grow. I actually surprised my husband with a photo shoot when I found out we were expecting! Follow our journey if you would like: @shakiahhh and our daughters page, @brooker.doodle