Both of my babies were born late and that feeling of sitting, waiting and wishing is unlike any other.
At my 41 week appointment my midwife scheduled an induction for 3 days later which was a Wednesday. Early Wednesday morning I woke up around 3:45 am, Vivien had made her way into our bed during the night so I picked her up to move her back to her bed, as soon as I did I felt a gush! I was unsure if it was my water that had broke (which is crazy because looking back it totally was) so I changed and laid back down in bed. I woke Dion up around 5 and called the hospital to see if they wanted me to come in. By this point I think I was having contractions but they were so mild it was hard to tell. We decided to go into the hospital just to be on the safe side, my labor with Vivien was 23 hours so we weren’t really in a hurry to get there quickly. My mom came over to stay with Vivien and we left.
During our 30 minute car ride my contractions got much stronger. Strong enough that my eyes were closed the whole drive while I was breathing through contractions. We got to the hospital around 6 am and they were SO STRONG! Breathing and walking helped a little bit. We were waiting in the ER while I was having contractions every minute waiting for them to come get me and it felt like it took forever! They took me up to triage to see if i was actually in labor. They checked me and I was dilated to a 9! I looked up the nurse and said “uh what?!” I was not expecting to be so dilated so quickly. She wheeled me up to labor and delivery FAST. She was pushing me in the wheel chair so fast it was making me dizzy but looking back she was probably afraid I was going to give birth in the hallway haha!
We made it to the delivery room and my midwife was just getting there for her shift. I love that she was there to deliver Phoenix because she had gone through my whole pregnancy with me, I really love her! I remember Dion, the nurses and my midwife looking out the window and talking about how beautiful the sunrise was. Our room had a view of the city and Mt. Rainier the sun was peaking up over the mountain and it was beautiful. I saw pictures later, at the time I was more focused on my back to back contractions. Shortly after getting to our room it was time to push! They gave me some nitrous oxide, breathing into the mask helped me focus and took the edge off a little bit. I had an epidural with my last labor so pushing this time was much different. HOLY WOW IT HURT. I pushed probably 5 times? I honestly cant remember but at 7:36 am on February 6th 2019 Phoenix Stone Arlyn was born! When they put him on my chest I could not believe how big he was! 9lbs, 9oz and 22 inches long. He didn’t cry at first, he was so content (I was worried for a second but my midwife said he was fine) He let out 2 big cries shortly after that and he was perfect! Everything went great and I didn’t need stitches.When it was time to deliver the placenta it wasn’t coming out as quickly as my midwife wanted. We tried and tried but then it started coming out in pieces. This was concerning because that meant that there could be pieces still in my uterus. My midwife tried to get it all out but couldn’t so they called the OB and told me if she couldn’t get it all I would have to go to the OR and have it surgically removed. This was a little scary and it could have gone pretty bad but they were able to get it all and I didn’t need surgery. That was a huge relief! My labor was 4 hours from start to finish and other than the last little hiccup I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
It still kind of blows my mind that I gave birth to a 9 1/2 lb baby, it is amazing the things our bodies can do! Phoenix latched on pretty quickly and was nursing like a champ. I was up and walking around pretty soon afterwards and felt pretty good, again its amazing the things our bodies are capable of and how quickly we can recover from something so intense. We stayed in the hospital that night and went home the next afternoon. I had a great experience at the hospital and loved all of the nurses and staff who took care of us. You guys, I officially love having babies!