Our world has been shaken, turned upside down…
…Is it normal to say the last 3 1/2 weeks have felt like a dream?
I looked at the baby last night and for the first time it felt REAL. These past few weeks I have been a robot going through the motions….feed, burp, change diaper, close my eyes for two seconds and start again.
But last night…
…when I looked at her my heart filled to the top…. I was full of joy.
I love birth stories. For something so common as a birth….every story is unique. If you aren’t into reading them, I totally understand. But, here is how miss Jada entered the world!
On Wednesday April 13th I had a doctor appointment. The previous 2 weeks I declined to be “checked.” It is SO uncomfortable and I felt like it wasn’t necessary. On this visit I decided to get checked since my due date was just 3 days away. I was dilated to a 2.5 and my cervix was thinned 90%. As soon as I got home from the doctors I decided to go on a walk. I packed up Miss A in the stroller and brought the dog Mazie along too, she after all my first born. The walked ended up going longer than expected…I was feeling good so I just kept going. I walked about 3 miles. I started to contract on the walk but they weren’t consistent or strong so I figured I was ok.
When I got home Mr. Main and I had planned to run a few errands and since I was still feeling good we finished all the errands. A trip to the local nursery, home depot, the grocery store, and finally a picnic at the park. We got home from the park around 1pm and put Miss A down for a nap.
By 4pm my contractions were coming on stronger and closer. I decided to call my mom to let her know. Right after I called her my contractions started to come closer and closer. At 6pm Mr Main said to me we are going to the hospital. My first thought was that I was ok, I could last a little bit longer. He insisted that we go NOW.
I was so worried that I wasn’t dilated enough and that they would send me home.
They checked me and I was dilated to a 4 and fully thinned. I got to stay!! Within an hour I was dilated to a 6…I was progressing pretty quickly. This was such good news because with my last pregnancy my progression was so slow….my body actually stopped progressing after being dilated to an 8 for four hours, which ended in a c-section. Not fun!
They escorted me to room number 308. This ironically is the same room I was in for my last labor. I was hesitant to enter as I was unsure if I would be able to have a successful VBAC.
Even though I was progressing pretty fast I decided to get the epidural.
My last pregnancy I had to have a c-section and I wanted to be able to have a VBAC this time. Like, really really really bad. I thought that I would have a better chance at having a VBAC if I had the epidural.
I am a firm believer that every woman deserves the right to make her personal choice on what medication she does or does not want to take….enough said!
As soon as I got the epidural my body slowed down. I spent the next 9.5 hours moving and re-situating to get my cervix to fully dilate. My nurse was AMAZING. I could not have asked for better care. Finally at 3:45 am she told me it was time to PUSH.
I really had no idea what to expect on having a vaginal birth, since I had a c-section last time…. let’s just say it’s a whole new ball game…I think both Mr Main and I were all 😯 😯
I pushed for almost 2 hours. The baby came at 5:34 am on Thursday April 14th.
This girl has stollen our hearts. She is the best baby. Even though it still sort of feels like a dream….this girl belongs with us.
I recently got back all the pictures from her newborn session….I cannot wait to show you. She is adorable. #notbiasedatall!