I had my 39 week appointment on Wednesday and found out I was 4cm and 70% effaced, my midwife thought I would not be back the following week for my next appointment, I of course was hesitant to agree considering Vincent was a week late. Well after the appointment I was having contractions more regular but of course they kept dying out which was fine, as Jordan was going to be out of town until Thursday night. Well fast forward to Thursday, I had contractions throughout the day but nothing too painful, Jordan got home around 10pm and was totally beat, so we headed to bed...I figured labor was not coming and typed my 39 week blog post and decided to keep focusing on breaking my waters that next week on the 20th. Well right after I typed my post I heard Vincent crying in his room, usually he will stop after a few minutes, but I decided I would grab him and bring him in to sleep with us so I could enjoy some cuddle time with him before Luke made his arrival the next week. Well him and Jordan slept like rocks sprawled out across the bed and I was tossing and turning ALL night! Usually that is what tends to happen when he enters our bed, but the cuddles are worth it!
I woke up around 5:45 and went to the bathroom on Friday August 13th, I had some pretty good contractions coming so I sat on the bathroom floor and rocked back and forth, wondering if they were real or not. They became more painful so I decided we should get things together and go to the hospital. I walked out and Vincent was ever so cutely just sitting in our bed looking at me! I woke Jordan and alerted him that I was in some major pain and ready to hit the hospital, I woke my mom and said it was time, she came down Wednesday in case I went into labor. Jordan's twin Alex was there to watch V for us, so off we went to the hospital... I was still having cramps and then all of a sudden on the drive they started to die off! GO FIGURE, just my luck. Well we decided to head in anyhow since 10 minutes early they were painful. We get checked in and they put me on the monitor, and my contractions are pretty much non-existent! OF COURSE...I decided to bear down a little to make it look like I was contracting (horrid I know but I did not want to be sent home!), it actually helped, they checked me and I was 4-5 cm and I let them know it was most painful when I was up and walking which is so true! They allowed me to walk it out for an hour to see what happened, so off we went, walked our butts off for an hour, when we got back they checked me and I was a 5! Yippie! They put me on the monitor for a little while while they called my midwife to see what she thought.... we were for sure that we would be getting sent home because the contractions were pretty much non-existent, even when I had pains, it did not show....well she came in and said...
"Lets get you moved to your room!"
Jordan and I's jaws dropped simultaneously and I said "SERIOUSLY", she explained that since I had made progress from a 4 to a 5 that they could admit me. Jordan and I laughed and thought they were crazy but we just went with it and got stuff ready to switch to a real room...we were both still in shock! My midwife came in to talk with me and I asked if we could just get a little rest since I had none that night, she agreed and said that if I was not making progress we would have to break waters, which is totally fine since that is what happened last time.
Well I just laid around and relaxed for a few hours, AKA updated my blog and facebook!
Jordan set up his office on the go and made business calls and we just waited it out! Jordan's brother brought Vincent in to visit and also brought Jordan his golf clubs....NO JOKE! Only my husband would want to visit the driving range down the road during our stay, it's like a vacation right?!! HAHA
Well, I had made little progress of course since I was just laying here but the contractions were actually coming! I did not have to "fake" them, It was hilarious to me that they were actually showing up on the screen! But I just went with it!
Around 12:30 my midwife came in and we discussed breaking waters again, it is always risky since there is NO going back once they are broken, and it is even scarier because I did not want medical interventions like pitocin, so once they broke my waters I would have to be progressing or else! Well I decided that it was the best option and went with breaking waters since we were already half way there.
She inserted what I like to call the crochet hook and broke my waters, they did not gush right away like they did with Vincent so of course I am thinking to myself "great look what I did, my waters did not gush right away, and I may not progress in time and we may have to get pitocin...UGH" I am always thinking positive-NOT! :)
Well we decided to walk the halls and we made one lap and I was in a TON of pain! I was OVER walking already in just the first 5 minutes! I made the comment to Jordan "I think 2 kids might be enough" haha! My positive thinking coming out again! We came back to the room and bounced on the birthing ball for a little and just swayed around the room, I was feeling these contractions really good! I wanted to get in the birthing tub, so she checked me before I went in and I had moved to a 6!! ALL RIGHT, making progress.
I jumped in the tub which was heaven by the way and just chilled out! Any slight move I made was serious pain so I just sat perfectly still! Jordan kept alternating hot and cold water to come out of the faucet during contractions! It felt amazing alternating between the two during contractions! We also decided to put the movie "Valetines Day" in on my laptop so I could distract myself a little bit!
Well I stayed in the tub for 30-45 mins and decided I had enough, I said I for sure have to be dilated even further because the contractions were so intense. I jumped out and headed to the bed to get checked, the slightest motions brought on the worst contractions ever! She checked me and I was 6-7 cm!! "ARE YOU KIDDING ME" I started to get a bad feeling about this! I told Jordan "I am in so much pain and making little progress, I am not HAPPY".
Once I made that statement wouldn't you know the contractions came ever harder! OH JOY! Jordan was right by my side talking me through each one. He was telling me to keep up the good work, we are getting there, and just being my rock...Well they were so painful I was starting to loose it! I kept saying I do not think I can do this, I really think I need something! He kept up with saying "YOU ARE DOING THIS, You are getting through these contractions like a pro!" I told them I needed to be checked that I was feeling pressure and I was happy to hear I was at an 7-8! In less than 20 mins I had went a cm!
(They decided to get an IV going for pitocin in case I hemorrhaged after birth like I did with Vincent's birth)
I kept working my way through the contractions and gripping Jordan's hand! I kept telling him I was in so much more pain then with Vincent! The pressure kept coming and before we knew it I was at a 9! I started to say SCREW THIS PAIN, and started to breathe through it and just get pissed off at the pain. I felt even more pressure, within a few contractions it was time to push!!
(This is the last contraction I had before she checked and I was a 10 and we started pushing!)
It went so quickly, I was to pushing stage within 30 mins of getting out of the tub!
My midwife said you can get him here quickly just push as hard as you can....I was literally dying in pain and felt like it was never going to end, lol even though I had just progressed so fast...He made his way down the canal pretty speedy. (What a good boy!)
Once they said they could see a little of his head, I was done screwing around with it, I PUSHED AS HARD AS I COULD, and I could see his head in the mirror! The next contraction I decided "I want him NOW" and 3 pushes and he was here!!!!!!!!!
Luke Cosmas entered the world at 3:20 pm! He was not to thrilled with exiting my warm belly and he made sure we knew it!
Once he was out I exclaimed "That was not so bad!" Any pain that I had felt vanished in that moment that he was placed on my chest! I then also retracted my statement from earlier that "2 kids might be enough" :) He entered the world before the movie was even half over! :)
He was perfect and we were instantly in love! He scored great on his apgars and weighed 7 lbs 12oz and was 19 inches long! He looked so tiny, it is so hard to believe that Vincent was that small! It is shocking how fast they grow and how quickly you forget how tiny they really were!
Big Brother Vincent meeting Luke!
Luke and I both doing amazing! I love my husband even more than ever before for being my rock and stronghold through this delivery, he is really what kept me on track and made me dig deep to accomplish the birth I wanted. (He got to go golfing Saturday if you were wondering if the golf clubs got used!! :))
Thank you babe! You are the best!
We never thought that we would have Luke a week early and in less than 3 hours after breaking waters! We are still in awe of it all and are totally IN LOVE!