It's 7:30AM, 11 days before Lauren's due date. Her and Josiah are at home and making sure they have everything ready for when they go to the hospital. Jill is with them. Lauren was 2cm dilated at her last doctor's appointment and is having some contractions. They head over to the Swanson house to walk up and down the stairs and use their treadmill. They wanted to have Jill with them since she knows a lot about labor and she could help them decide when to go to the hospital. Lauren wanted a hospital birth because it's what her mom's always done and she has a good doctor. After the exercise, the contractions pick up but Lauren doesn't think she's dilated enough. They head back over to their house.
It's been a week since Addison was born. Garrett wasn't too sure about Addison at first and he's been a bit jealous, especially when Kendra is holding her. Jessa & Ben talk about transitioning from one to two. Michelle advises trying to get the kids on a similar schedule.
At 5:45PM, Lauren's been in labor for 24 hours. They're now heading to the hospital; She's 3cm and 80% effaced. She could have labored at home a bit longer, but she's glad they went to the hospital when they did since her contractions started picking up soon after. Lana (Lauren's mom), Michelle, and Jill are with them. She's having a lot of back pain since Bella's head is against her spine. Lauren tries sitting on an exercise ball, but labor the pain is a lot. She gets an epidural and Michelle says she's doing amazing. She wasn't planning on getting an epidural, but the pain was too much around the time she was 6cm dilated. Her right leg feels heavy and she becomes dizzy from her heart rate dropping. She lays down, which helps with the nausea and dizziness, but the epidural doesn't seem to have helped much with the pain. After 2 hours, they decide to do another one. She still is in a lot of pain after that as well. 34 hours into labor, Lauren is starting to feel frustrated from the pain and the labor not progressing. She's been awake for almost 2 days and is exhausted, so she's given something to help her sleep.
Meanwhile, Ben & Jessa are going to put together a care basket for Josiah & Lauren. They head to the grocery store and Ben wipes down the entire cart with disinfectant wipes. Lauren's into healthy eating, so they want to get fresh foods. Spurgeon drops a mini watermelon and it cracks, so they end up with two melons. Jessa wants to eat them, but Ben is worried about germs. A TH of various Duggars saying what they would put in a care basket for new parents. Common answer include coffee, diapers, chocolate. Jessa & Ben get a laundry basket to fill up with everything they got.