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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Week(s) (02/10/11)

TITLE: 41 Weeks
By Adele Butler


It was no use. Whatever they had given her to induce labor was working like a charm. She was now in her 41st week so the doctor decided that they needed to help the delivery along. The contractions were getting worse. April had tried in vain to get into a comfortable sleeping position but it was impossible. The pain was relentless. Finally, she gave up. She pushed herself up and waddled into the bedroom to wake her fiancé. He didn’t waste any time getting up. Through the waves of pain, she got dressed to go to the hospital.

She lay at the back of the car, on her side, facing the back of the seat, her hands gripped the leather each time she felt pain. Aside from the sharp pain she experienced before she realized that she was pregnant, she had had a pain free, morning sickness free pregnancy. In fact, her fiancé said that hers was a textbook pregnancy.

Now she was going through pains that she had read and heard about. Each time she would do her breathing exercises until the pain subsided. She was grateful that she and her fiancé had attended those pre-natal classes. They had prepared her for what lay ahead. And she had no doubt that she would receive the best possible care now. They were on their way to Women’s College Hospital where they specialized in caring for women her age. At the age of 40 she got pregnant and at the age of 41 she was going to give birth to her one and only child. She was the only one out of three sisters who was going to be a mother. She was the baby of the family and now she was going to be the one who would bless her mother with her only grandchild—grandson.

She was going to have a boy! Her fiancé had suspected that it was a boy but the ultrasound confirmed this. He was elated. Before he and April met, he had prayed for a son. He had prayed for a family. And God had answered his prayer. April felt blessed to have this man in her life. He was there throughout it all and his love was what she clung to. Even when she felt unattractive, he made her feel beautiful and special.

There were times when it felt like it was just the two of them alone in the world but she knew that God was right there with them. He helped her through the pregnancy. And each week, she marveled at the life growing inside her and her love and appreciation of God grew by leaps and bounds. He had blessed the fruit of her womb. Her heart swelled with love as she thought of the precious gift He had given her. She was about to be part of a special group—she was going to be a mother!

They were at the hospital. Her fiancé took her in and then hurried off to park the car. While she was standing in the lobby, she felt the pain that had become so familiar to her and she leaned against the glass. She heard a man ask her if she was all right. She was busy doing her breathing exercises so she couldn’t answer him. Once the pain subsided, she managed a weak smile and a nod. The nurse came with the wheelchair just as her fiancé returned and off they went.

Shortly after she got to the room, her water broke. Her labor lasted for twelve minutes and soon she was holding their 8lb son. God’s gift had finally arrived.

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Lisa Fowler02/17/11
Excellent descriptive writing. Thanks for sharing.
diana kay02/19/11
great writing ....induced labours do tend to be more painful and you describe this in nail biting clarity... glad that the outcome of the 41 weeks was a beautiful baby.... thats why they call it labour :-)
Bonnie Bowden 02/23/11
Very good descriptions of going through labor. I never had any children, but I could hear your pain and consequent joy.