Early Monday morning (the 8th) at 2:10am I couldn't sleep because I started feeling strong -what I thought to be- Braxton-Hicks contractions. I got up at 2:50am and started cleaning the house, because I felt these may be the "real" thing. they lasted exactly 10 minutes apart. I swept, mopped, did laundry, both bathrooms, etc. to pass the time and so that I would walk into a clean house if we ended up heading to the hospital. LOL
At 4:00am they were still about 10 minutes apart, so I woke Scott up and told him that I was in early stages of labor. He asked if we should head out now and I told him I wanted to wait a while. By 5:00am they were about 7 minutes apart and getting stronger. So I woke him up, we dressed Kayson, loaded up the car, I took a shower, called my hospital to let them know we were headed there, called my co-workers to let them know I wouldn't be in, and hit the road at 6:30am.
We arrived at the hospital at 8:00am and they had me in a room to monitor the contrax by 8:17am. I was dialated to a 3cm when I got there, which I was happy about! We then called my sister Sarah who lives 2 hours from San Angelo and let her know I was in labor. She was going to be there and take Kayson during the actual birth. (Thank heavens for her!!) She arrived about 10:30am and entertained Kayson for us.
waiting in the room
By this time I wasn't dialating anymore, but my contrax were 5-7 minutes apart. The nurse called my doc and she didn't want to start me on pitocin, because she wanted me to reach the "magic number of 37 weeks...which would be the next day...the 9th". She was still going by my original due date of March 2nd. (It turns out after Cohen was born that they assessed him and believe he was a 37 weeker after all, so March 2nd was the correct due date.) So my doc said to keep monitoring me and we'd start pitocin in the morning, if I didn't labor on my own throughout the night. I was kindof bummed because the pain was getting worse, but respected her decision and just prayed that I could do it naturally.
Around 1pm Scott, Sarah and Kayson went and grabbed something to eat. They got back around 2pm and I was feeling a lot more pain. The nurse checked and I was at 5 1/2 cm! (yay) So I knew I wouldn't have to have pitocin. Around 3:30pm the pain was becoming unbearable. I asked for an epidural....it took a little over an hour to finally get it. When I got the epi I was already at 8cm! By the time it was in I was at 8 1/2cm! It started going so quick from there. The nurse called my doc and she said to break my water and she would be on her way. When the nurse broke my water she asked scott to grab a leg and help me push. She was the BEST nurse and stayed with me through all of labor. She was as close to a labor coach as I could hope for! I pushed twice and his head was there. She said "stop pushing...we've got to wait for the doctor". When my doc arrived I pushed through 4 or 5 more contrax (which were at this point right on top of eachother) and out he came at 4:37pm! He started crying immediantly and they layed him on my chest as Scott cut the cord. He weighed 6lbs. 4 oz. We were both crying and praising the Lord. He was just perfect!
They cleaned him up and we called Sarah and Kayson in the room. Kayson was able to hold him when he was only about 5 minutes old. That was one of the best memories I'll ever have. He held him so tenderly. He scored 8 and 9 on his apgars and was sooo bright eyed. All the nurses commented on how alert he was. He took to the breast amazingly well and had no latch issues. I was worried with him being early that we'd have some issues, as Kayson took a while to get the hang of b'fing.
I had requested a tubal so they scheduled it for 8:30pm that night. (my doc had an emergency and she had to leave, so they couldn't do it right away) Because of this they were going to use the epi I already had and so I wasn't able to move to another room until after the tubal. I was in recovery until 10:30pm and was moved to our room around 11pm. I b'fed Cohen right away and when feeling started returning to my legs I took a nice long bath. With everything going on I didn't sleep at all that night. Sarah had to leave and head home, so we kept kayson at the hospital with us. The staff was wonderful!! They are so family orientated and made it special for Kayson.
Because Cohen was early they wanted to keep him one more day. They did an u/s on his heart and brain because we had some previous concerns. his doctor says so far everything looks perfect!! Another answered prayer!
Every nurse I had from start to finish were so kind and caring. The care was the best and I couldn't ask for a better delivery.
We were discharged around 3:30pm yesterday (the 10th). Cohen weighed 6 lbs. 0oz at discharge. It was wonderful being home as a family of 4 last night! A friend had left us dinner in the fridge, so we heated that up and had a very relaxing evening. I got some much needed sleep too.
We have his first appt. tomorrow with his pediatrician to check for jaundice. My milk has come in and is pretty painful. I started pumping to relieve the pressure, but holy moly my boobs are enormous. I don't even own a bra big enough. Gotta go bra shopping tomorrow after Cohen's appt.