four five six weeks old last week (yes, I’ve been trying to write this for that long!) and I’m only now sitting down to write your birth story. There is a pile of laundry waiting to be done and thank you notes to be written, but I can’t let another day go by without writing down the story of how you came to arrive to us. So, I will take this moment, while you are still asleep, in the your wrap, on my chest to write.
You were due on June 18th, 2016 but you took a very long time to make an appearance. I began to have contractions on the 24th of June but they would come and go-mostly at night. I kept thinking they’d pick up but they never did. So, I’d sleep a little and continue on with normal activities. I was so uncomfortable towards the end and was convinced you were too-and it was time-but you had your own agenda.
On Monday afternoon, June 27th (Grammie’s Birthday) we had a non stress test and checkup. At that point you were still happy and healthy and they wanted to schedule induction. So, we were sent home with instructions to head to the hospital on Tuesday night to try cervical ripening and then induction if you didn’t want to make your own entrance. As much as I didn’t want to do any of that, I knew we were approaching 42 weeks and things can get a touch scary when it goes that late.
We went home, went about normal activities (I had a rose spritzer) and we went to bed around 10:30pm. I woke up promptly at 11:45 with intense contractions. I waited a few minutes to wake M to make sure this was it. The contractions got stronger and stronger by the minute and I knew it was time. I woke him up and he called my Mom to come over. She was at the house in a scarily record amount of time.
We arrived at the hospital and I was having intense contractions but wanted to go for as long as possible without any interventions. They were very understanding and gave M and I lots of space to do what we wanted. We chose not to have a doula this time around and Maciej took over that role. He was amazing-MUCH better than my doula with Everett. He kept me going for as long as possible. When I had arrived I was only at 4cm, which was shocking because the contractions were so intense. I wanted to wait until the next time I was checked to see how I was progressing before making any decisions regarding pain medication.
The doctor checked me around 4:30am (I checked in around 1:30) and I was only 5cm! It was very frustrating as I was having incredible back labor and hadn’t sat down for hours. I was so tired and decided then that I wanted to get some pain medication. When we told our l + d nurse she informed us that I’d need a half of a bag of fluids first and then she would get anesthesia up to us. No big deal, I thought…BUT the fluids took forever and then the anesthesiologist was nowhere to be found! Two very long hours later, lots of tears and likely lots of process in dilation, he arrived to administer the epidural. At first it only worked on one side of my body, which I’d only read about but then after some adjusting I was pain-free and able to relax.
About ten minutes after receiving the epidural, I felt intense pressure. I waited a bit to tell the nurse. She checked me not long after and confirmed that the baby was ready to go! Our Doctor was in a C-Section and since my water had yet to break, they had me wait. They instructed me to ring for them if my water broke (that would mean baby would be coming out!) But, it didn’t and we waited about 45 minutes before our Doctor showed up.
She did a quick check, broke my water and after two strong pushes, our Eden Jane was born! She had meconium in her water bag, so they put her on my chest, made sure she was healthy and then gave us lots of time for skin to skin. Always the BEST time. Edie weighed in at 9lbs 4oz, 21″ long and perfectly pink with little spurts of dark hair. Similar to Ev, she has a perfectly round (and large) head.
Despite having a lip tie and a tongue tie, she latched immediately. And as long as she’s fed and in a clean diaper, you can guarantee she’s a happy camper.
So far, she’s happiest napping in her Solly Baby wrap on me during the day and sleeping swaddled in her Dock a Tot bed next to us at night. I love having her right next to me in her Dock a Tot. She usually only wakes up once but we’ve had a couple of nights where she has slept completely through the night!
We are mildly obsessed with her-Ellery is in love with her new Sister-and Ev is so curious and working on being extra gentle :) I can’t believe there was ever a time when she wasn’t here. The perfect addition to our little family.