Finally getting around to our baby boy's birth story.
100% different experience than Solis's.
She was a scheduled c-section b/c she was breeched.
No contractions. No pre-birth pain. Just a whole lotta post-birth pain.
This time around....the complete opposite.
And if I had to do it all over again, I would choose natural birth over c-section any day.
On Tuesday, May 6th, I went for an appt (3 days overdue). My midwife said I was closed-as in ZERO dilation. She set an induction date for May 15th. We went to Chipotle for dinner and played outside with Solis. Felt like any other night. Then around 10pm, I started getting pains in my stomach. Pains that I never felt before. I knew they had to be contractions b/c I didn't sleep a wink that night b/c they were that painful. But they were only 7-10 minutes apart. Shaun stayed home from work on Wednesday to take care of Solis b/c at that point, my contractions were 6-7 minutes apart. I did 24 hours of this at home. Completely miserable. By 6 that night, we shipped Solis off to her grandma's. By 9pm, we were leaving for the hospital.
After getting checked at the hospital, my contractions weren't any closer and I was only 1 cm. Seriously?? Since I had been through 24 hours of this, the staff took pity on me and let me sleep there with pain meds and a sleeping aide. But I didn't sleep well. I woke up every time a contraction came and then passed out again. After a long night, a long morning, and a long afternoon, FINALLY on Thursday around 3pm, my midwife announced: You are 5cm and can get an EPIDURAL!!!!
I had sweet relief around 5pm and was able to finally sleep. I got to 10cm sometime that night but they said baby wasn't near pushing stage yet. I didn't mind. That meant more sleep! They woke me up around 3am and said it was time to start pushing. That was a moment I will never forget. 9 months of carrying this baby. The scare of losing my baby when I had my subchorionic hemorrhage. The awful morning sickness. The rib pain that hurt every time I sat down. The 48 hours of contractions. And it all comes down to this.
I pushed for a long 40 minutes. But it was fun (even though I had zero feeling down there so it was hard to get into a good rhythm at first). I felt like it was a workout....hold your breath, push, hold your breath, push. I held my own legs. I felt strong and ready to push this baby out. And when it was time, my midwife asked if I wanted to pull him out. Heck yea! When she told me to grab him, I did. And immediately put him on my chest. Best feeling in the world. I dreamed of this moment since I had my c section. I wanted so badly to have a vbac and prayed before I was pregnant and while I was pregnant that God would allow my body (and baby) to cooperate. All the doubts I had about switching practices and hospitals to try a vbac were laid to rest. This was my moment with my baby boy and it was absolutely perfect.
I still can't believe that Shaun and I produced an almost 9 lb baby!
(Solis was only 7 lbs, 1 oz)
(Solis was only 7 lbs, 1 oz)
Fresh out of the oven
Our sweet baby boy!!
1 day old and sucking fingers
I had Rogue Friday at 3:56am and we left the hospital Saturday afternoon. Much different than Solis-we stayed 4 nights after she was born and there's no way I carried her car seat after my c-section! Being able to walk out of there pain free was amazing.
Shaun's sweet gift to me. My babies initials on a necklace.
We settled into life with Rogue for one night before Solis came back from Grandma's on Sunday.
She was ecstatic to meet her new baby brother.It was the perfect mother's day.