3 weeks and finally a birth story! (PIC HEAVY! PIOG!)
I feel like this all happened just yesterday, so hard to believe Coen will be 3 weeks old tomorrow! Anyway here is the
The condensed version:
Contractions started around 11:30pm on September, 27th and were very sporadic, I think they were not more than 15 minutes apart, my memory is a bit fuzzy on the early bits. The slowly increased in intensity and frequency and were CRAZY! By 3am they were 5-10 minutes apart lasting anywhere from 30 seconds to 5.5 minutes each! I got in the bath to relax for a bit and it helped.....until I got out of the bath and then they came rushing back! I ate some pizza, had a drink and hopped in the shower to relieve my back pain, it killed! After my shower, I decided to wake DH to get a back massage and have him sit with me until I felt like going to the hospital. I went to the bathroom several times through this and lost tons of mucus plug every time...By 7:30 am we decided to wake my in-laws so they could watch over Cruz while we were gone. We finally left the house at 8:45am and went to the..... McDonald's drive-thru so I could get an egg McMuffin and cinnamelt! Yum, because I knew they weren't going to let me eat while in labor, lol! Then we went to K-mart to pick up the rest of DS1's gift from baby.....I wonder if anyone there could tell I was in labor, lol. We finally arrived at the hospital around 9:45am and the wanted to check me before admitting me, because I "wasn't in enough pain to be in active labor," lol....TRUST ME, I was in plenty pain, but I just so happened to do a good job of not showing it, apparently. Anyway the nurse checked me and was SHOCKED and said "You're at an 8 and 100% effaced!!!" I guess I do know how to tell when I am in labor, OBVIOUSLY! They then admitted me right away, the nurse said "I hope you weren't planning on an epidural because you probably won't have the time!," I hadn't planned on it anyway, but I would've had plenty time, lol. Over the NEXT 5 hours, I did not progress AT ALL, despite bouncing on the birth ball, walking around a ton, doing lunges, etc. I did have bloody show leaking down my leg at around 1pm, which I originally thought was my
I had one minor tear and a very painful birth, but aside from letthe doctor break my water and them not letting me push as soon as I said so, I couldn't imagine it having gone any better!
Also they brought me food and let me eat during labor, that was awesome!!! And I never had more than 2 people besides my DH and myself in the room which made it nice and peaceful, it was a much better experience than I had expected from that hospital!
His stats were taken a couple hours after birth: 8lbs 0.6ounces, 20.5 inches long....and perfect! (added that last stat myself! ;-))
Fresh from the womb^^^
Coen's first meal....lasted an hour and a half!^^^
Our little family^^^