36 Weeks-3 cm dilated
About three weeks before I was expecting to go into labor my Doctor (who is awesome) let me know that he would be gone for almost the entire month of August! I was definitely not happy to hear this news AT ALL. My last birth experience was an intensely painful and quick one, and because of this I had some serious anxiety about going into labor and not being able to make it in time. My doctor agreed to strip my membranes at 36 1/2 weeks. This is typically when I have gone into labor in the past anyways, I was already starting to have more regular (but not intense) contractions, and he was going to be home for a brief window of time. We went for it with hopes that I would go into labor when my Doctor was in town. He stripped my membranes (I may have said some bad words...it hurts!!!) And i began having some cramping along with frequent contractions.) I called my mom and she packed her bags and headed for Idaho the next morning! Then it all stopped.
37 Weeks- 3 1/2 cm dilated
I had invited my mom to come into the delivery room with us for the first time, and because she had only a limited amount of time that she could be away from work, we wanted to get things moving! My biggest fear was that we would wait for a couple of weeks and nothing would happen. My mom would then have to go home to work and would miss everything! And I wouldn't have my mama around to help take care of me for the first days after having a baby. Not what I wanted AT ALL. So we did everything (reasonable) to induce labor that we could think of:
-Walking MILES and MILES daily
-Pressure points on feet and ankles,
-Jumping on the trampoline (ouch...I don't recommend)
-Walking up hills at the zoo
-A breast pump was involved. Enough said
Finally we decided that all of the stress of trying to put myself into labor was making things worse. Babies will come when they are ready! So Ryan and I went out to a movie, for Thai Food, and took advantage of having my mom around to help out with the girls. I continued having regular contractions throughout the entire week, even some as close as 2 minutes apart! But they weren't painful enough to warrant a trip to the hospital. It was emotionally and physically exhausting!
After none of these things progressed my contractions, I went to the doctor's office and had my fill in doctor strip my membranes again. There was no change in contractions or pain level.
Addison had her preschool screening at noon on August 12. My mom and I had gone grocery shopping the night before and she (THANKS MOM) had been busy all morning making meals and stocking up my freezer for after baby. I had been having contractions all week, but unlike other days they didn't go away for short periods of time. They stayed consistent, but still not too painful. I took Addison to the Elementary school (and had Ryan come along just in case). I was uncomfortable but tried to act normal. By 4:00 I was starting to get frustrated. Why weren't my contractions getting worse? They were constant but not intense. My back was sore...but that was nothing new! It had been aching for weeks (and really months). I finally called my doctors nurse. I explained that I didn't know if I was in true labor, as I had been in false labor for weeks! I told her about my last labor experience and about how I was nervous that I would wait too long. She told me to "get my butt up to the hospital." I am SO grateful that I followed her advice!
At 4:50 I dropped the girls off at my neighbor Chelsey's house, fully expecting to be sent back home. My mom drove me up to Portneuf Medical Center and we walked into Labor and Delivery. I was embarrassed that I couldn't tell if I was in labor or not (and with my THIRD baby I should have been able to tell). I explained to the nurses and Resident doctor that I wanted to be checked out. I was laughing and I could tell from the looks on their faces that they were thinking, "This girl is getting sent home".
I changed into my gown and Ryan met us in our room. The doctor came in to check dilation. I was at 3 1/2! I had been checked the day before and I was at a 3 so the doctor assured me that I WAS in labor and that I would be staying! I was BEYOND happy to hear this news!
|Seeing this on the board by my bed made everything seem real!|
|Ryan giving an update to the girls.|
The moment when a baby is born is the most amazing overwhelming moment. At first I was in shock that it was all over! And then when they handed me my sweet baby boy I just started sobbing. It is the closest to heaven I think that I will ever feel.
|Meeting my perfect baby boy for the first time!|
|Ryan finally got his little boy! He is the best Dad to all of our children. I love him so much!|
|I'm so glad my mom was able to be there for such an important day in my life!|
|The first diaper change of many!|
The next morning my mom and Ryan's parents brought the girls to the hospital to meet their new brother! It was a precious moment. Addison held him and wanted to be near him the entire time. Gracelyn sang him songs and was so excited to give kisses and to ask questions.
|Introducing Addie and Gracie to their new baby brother.|
Addison was so excited that morning when she came into my room and found us there. She held her baby brother as much as she was allowed to. We all love our little "Hudsy Budsy"!
|1 Day Old|