Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How Things Can Change in Just One Year...

My last post was just over a year ago.
What have I been up to since then?

I expanded my family.
John Brian, aka Jack, born March 14th, 2017 at 8:22 pm.
He weighed 7 lbs 9 ounces and arrived exactly one week after his due date, and 12 hours before he was set to be evicted by induction.

I woke up throughout the night with some cramping but figured it wouldn't amount to much. I really wanted to experience the natural onset of labour since I was induced with Evelyn, but figured due to my super-cozy womb, that I'd be induced again. The cramps continued in the morning but, again, I didn't think it would escalate. I was set to be induced the next morning at 8 am and John and I were planning to go out for dinner that night for one last date night before becoming a family of 4. 

I went to my OB appointment at 11:30 where she told me I was 2-3 cm dilated and likely in early labour. She did a sweep to see if that helped things along and let me tell you - move things along it did!
I got home around 12:30 and light contractions had started. Thankfully John was working from home so he was my timer. 
23 minutes apart, lasting about 45 seconds.
Then 17 minutes apart.
13 minutes.
7 minutes.
They were coming sooner and sooner and getting more intense. 
I had a bath with Evelyn to see if that helped soothe the pain but it didn't do too much.
By 3:30 I was doubled over on the ground in agony, wondering why I had wished for labour to start on it's own!
We got in the car and drove to the hospital shortly after.

I was only 3-4 cm dilated but because I was in so much discomfort they admitted me. The doctor came in and gave the okay for the epidural (the first thing I asked for) but the anesthesiologist was in the OR and wouldn't be able to come for another hour or so. 
Thankfully it was only 45 minutes but my goodness it was the longest, most painful 45 minutes of my life!
But when he came in with his cart of wonders I was ecstatic. 
Once the pain meds kicked in I could relax. 
It was 5:45.
By 8 pm I was fully dilated and ready to go.
Our sweet little fella came into the world at 8:22 pm after only about 10 minutes of pushing. 

He is one calm, cool baby and we're so in love with him.

Evelyn has become a wonderful big sister and though she will sometimes ask me to put him down, or say "no boys!" when we're having girl time, she also loves petting his cheeks and giving him kisses.

It's wonderful.