I think it was anxiousness and excitement on my part because my blood pressure is always good. I was fine with staying because I felt I was already in early labor anyway -- even though my contractions were still inconsistent. Prior to this appointment, I knew I had already progressed to 3-4 cm and was 30% effaced before I was ever in labor.
I was admitted by 1:00 pm, and Chris and I were in our room. We began walking the halls together to encourage stronger contractions (thank goodness for wireless monitoring!). We weren't timing them at this point because they still felt pretty irregular even though they were becoming more intense. At 2:00 pm, I got checked and was 4 cm, 50% effaced and +1 station. So back to walking the halls we went!
Our birth photographer, Brandi, showed up around 3 pm. Then one of our Doulananda doulas, Vonda Bartlett, appeared shortly after. By around 5 pm Doulananda's owner, Zirah McGrath, came in. I was so happy to have the extra support there! Chris knows exactly what to do and what I need while in labor, but the additional support is always so nice! Who better to share the birth with than my husband, doula team, and for the first time for me - a birth photographer!