Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lincoln's Birth Story - Part 2

Landon and I arrived at the hospital, and we went upstairs to Triage. I told the receptionist that I thought I was in labor, and she checked us in.  Unfortunately, they were so busy! We had to wait about 25 minutes to get a room (which seems like forever when you are having regular contractions!) I remember sitting in the waiting room... whenever I had a contraction, I would try to breathe through it really quietly because I didn't want to scare everyone in the room! However, there was one pregnant girl who just stared at me the whole time with a frightened look on her face. I think I freaked her out. Oops. 

 When we finally went back, I was 2cm dilated! I was in shock, because the morning before I had ZERO progress. The nurse saw that I was in a lot of pain and my contractions were pretty regular at this point, so she asked me to go walk around the hospital for an hour to see if I could get things moving along. She also advised me to eat something, because once you get admitted, they do not allow you to eat until after the baby arrives.

Landon and I went downstairs and got a smoothie and some banana bread. Then, we started walking. We walked around SO slow because I had to stop every few minutes. My sister works at the hospital next door, so we decided to go and visit her. After we said hello, we went down to the cafeteria and Landon got a chicken quesadilla. We headed back to Triage to get checked again.

I WAS STILL AT 2CM. I was upset that after all that walking, nothing happened. The triage nurse went and called the doctor, and they decided to go ahead and admit me to labor and delivery. (Normally, my hospital does not admit you until you are 4 cm dilated. Since my contractions were progressing really well on their own and I was in a lot of pain, they admitted me early. THANK GOODNESS.)

Once I got my room, they administered my IV and had me walk up and down the hallways. It was nice to walk and move around a bit before I was stuck to my bed. 

After walking a few laps around the halls, I had to go back to my room because the pain was getting unbearable. They gave me some pain medication, but it would wear off every 30-45 minutes. After a few doses of that, they checked and I was at 4.5cm! Right at that moment, the anesthesiologist knocked on my door and asked if I was planning on getting an epidural. Apparently, someone in the hospital was about to get a c-section, and he said he would be unavailable for the next hour or two. He said if I wanted one, now was my time. I was so glad he came in my room at that point because I was planning on getting one, and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. 

He was absolutely amazing! I barely felt a thing. I think I was in so much pain from the contractions that I didn't really care about the epidural needle.

After the epidural, we just waited! I was able to rest a little, and they kept doing regular checks.  At about 12:00AM Friday morning, I was dilated to 8.5cm, and at 3:00AM I was finally at 10cm. They had me rest for a bit before I started pushing to see if he would move down a little more on his own.  Then, after almost 4 hours of pushing, Lincoln entered the world at 7:34AM! The best moment of my life was when they put him on my chest and I finally got to see the little boy I spent the last 9 months growing. He was just amazing, and I will never forget that feeling I had! He weighed 8 lbs 4 oz and was 20.5 inches long.

When I held that little boy, I was stunned it was over. It was such a long process and was a ton of work, but once I had him in my arms, nothing else mattered. He was here, he was healthy, and it was perfect.

 His first picture! Doesn't he look happy? :)

Landon was so great during the whole process. He is going to be the best dad!

  • It was just Landon and I in the room. I wanted to enjoy the first few minutes alone as our new family of three. (Well.. our family of four. But dogs aren't allowed in the hospital. haha!) 
  • Our moms were the first to come in and see him after he was born.
  • He had an irregular heartbeat during the whole labor process. Thank goodness it resolved itself as soon as he was born.
  • We had the sweetest nurse. Her shift was over at 7:00AM. She changed into her normal clothes and stayed in the room with us. She wanted to watch him be born since she was with us the whole night.
  • I was so thirsty and hungry after. It was insane. They brought french toast in my room about 20 minutes after delivery, and it was probably the best thing I've ever eaten. In my life.

Simply Chelsea

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